Exploring Mixed Media: 7

Working with nature: Plant Drying

In anticipation of creating some nature monoprints I’ve continued to collect fallen flora.  Each leaf has been carefully laid out and pressed between paper, in single layers, using my Albion press and book blocks.

These leaves are more robust than the last ones I tried, where I learned to only press single layers at a time.  The veins on the three larger types are very prominent and I’m hopefully of excellent print transfer definition.  In fact, just during the drying process, colour leached out.

This gives a great indication of what I should be able to achieve when printing.

These small fronds have barely a vein and might only work as a resist but for the next part of my mixed media journey I’m really after leaf prints.  So I’ll experiment and see what I can get.

A friend living on a rural property very kindly sent me these skeletonized leaves, which is a boost to my meager findings.  Even though I live in a bushland environment, and walk daily, I rarely find good specimens such as these.

In mid April I created a range of nature vignettes, which was a new experience.  Having completed the on-line course, I’ve decided to extend this concept and create my vision of printed vignettes.  This collection, added to my existing dried flora, will become the basis for some of the imagery.

About Claire B

I'm a passionate printmaker, paper-maker and a poor sketcher (which I'm working to improve). I've stitched from early childhood and am a perpetual student, loving learning and participating in everything creative.
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3 Responses to Exploring Mixed Media: 7

  1. westdeanie says:

    This reminds me of when I collected leaves, grasses etc to dry and press before a cyanotype workshop. I found skeleton leaves by rifling about under hedges – the holly ones were particularly lovely. I also experimented with using the leaves as trees in a landscape which might be worth considering. Have fun!

    • Claire B says:

      Leaves as trees in a landscape is a lovely idea, Helen. Very effective. That’s been stored on my brain hard-drive for the future.
      The other day I found a clump of skeletonized eucalyptus leaves and carefully transported them home. After a couple of days of drying, because they had lain in the rain, and using two pairs of tweezers, I painstakingly pried them apart. Each time a piece tore off I thought “It’s OK, I still have enough to work with”. Finally, when reviewing my separated leaves I realised that I had a large area of unrecognisable bits of who knew what with small chunks of earth attached. Nothing was salvageable! Needless to say, I was delighted when an envelope appeared in my postbox with a few surprise leaves from my friend.

  2. Pingback: Part 1: Monoprinted vignettes | TactualTextiles

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