I went for a walk in a local park yesterday…. After I took this photo I thought to myself, I must bring just one Fern home, to nature print with! So this was my Index card for ICAD on June 10th . . . .Read More
Steve made a table at Lucas Boatworks and said to me, I have a new table for the Tiki Hut and I would love for it to be a collaborative piece. Would you mind doing some nature printing on it??Read More
|Deck strips added|
|add paint to your leaf with a sponge or foam brush.|
It is on top of the transparency sheet.
|paint side down onto your receiving item|
|place scrap paper over and use your hand(s) to press the leaf |
(or use a brayer - I prefer my hands)
|Lift carefully . . .|
For me! . . . .
Below, for Frieda . . . .
For Debby . . . .
and for Caryl . . . .
To make these cards I took plain white cards, about 2.5 x 3.5 inches in size and used real leaves and Lumiere paints for the nature printing. I made 5 ATCs for the group plus a few extras, very similar to these, that I could give to friends as gifts. When the paint was dry I took a number of fun unmounted quote stamps from Zettiology and stamped on top of the leaf prints with permanent StazOn ink.
Beverley was a participant in two of my recent studio classes. This was an extra special case because Bev was here visiting from British Columbia, Canada! While her husband was working, she got to play. In fact, we arranged two classes that Bev could take while she was here. I wrote about the collage class she took in an earlier post, and on October 18th, Bev took Nature Printing & Paintstik Techniques with me in my studio. I made a small collage for her as thanks for coming all this way and taking my classes, and that is what she is holding in her hands. : ) Bev is also a frequent participant in my creative swaps.
So, if you are traveling and know you will be near Avon, CT - let me know! We may be able to meet or to arrange a class for you, in my studio. I do have a number of workshops scheduled through December -check my website for more details. There is an Image Transfer class in November, as well as another Collage class, and two silk scarf classes are scheduled for early December.
To the left you'll see 2 of my shiva oil paintstik 'rubbings' as well as a number of nature prints. Below is Carla with one of our paintstik exercises/experiments, just as she was just getting started:
And here is her piece as she added more, adding mono printing and stenciling on top of her wonderful masked background.
I love the colors Carla choose and the way she did her masking! I went for a much straighter masking line for my demo . . . .
The Nature Printing leftovers . . . .
they are so beautiful still tinted with Lumiere paint.
The scarf to the left was created this past summer while I was on vacation, and features printed grape vine leaves from Wolfe Island, Ontario, Canada. The dogs Asia & Chloe were part and parcel of this private class (Carla welcomed them!) : )
I am teaching this class again next Saturday (October 18th) in my studio located in Avon, CT ~ please email me if you are interested in joining us!
My husband Steven loved these cards so much --the fact that they were nature themed/created with leaves and yet so different and unusual in their coloring. He insisted on taking them to work to show off and to possibly sell. : ^ ) Well, he did just that and the next day I took the rest of the cards to the Tapestry Rose Gift shop in Rocky Hill, CT. Steven's cousin, Sally Farrell, who owns the shop, really loved them. She took all the cards that were left! That was so wonderful for me!
Nature Printing is not too hard to do, it just requires practice & experimentation to find out what you like and what works. You need natural plant material, or even silk plants will do in a pinch. It's best to pick the material fresh, or you can store them in a plastic bag in the fridge if you need to, for a day or two. You'll need acrylic paints (I love using Lumiere, by Jacquard ) and an acrylic sheet, or a plastic plate. Even a piece of freezer paper will work for a paint palette. You will use this palette to mix paint colors and as something to put your nature item on when you sponge your paint onto it. You’ll need lots of plain paper to use as cover sheets for your nature items while printing.
How to do Nature Printing on Fabric: Take your nature item (leaf, flower, etc.) and put it on your palette sheet. Take a foam brush or a sponge and dip it in to the paint that you have poured onto your palette. Gently dab the paint onto your nature item. If you need to mix colors, do that on the palette sheet first.
Important: use a piece of scrap fabric or card stock to *test your nature print first* before going onto your actual piece of fabric or card/stationery. Use tweezers to pick up the leaf or flower if it is very messy and transfer it with the painted side down, to the scrap fabric or paper. Wipe your hands off and place a plain paper cover sheet over the back of your nature item and gently press or rub your fingers all over the back of the cover sheet & the nature item. Use a brayer if you prefer -I like using my fingers. Remove the cover sheet, and use the tweezers again to pick up the nature item. If it is a sturdy item, you will be able to use it more than once. You will definitely need to re-paint the item each time you press for a good print. If you are satisfied with your print, re-paint and go on to the actual piece that you are printing, replacing the nature item as it wears out. I love to mix colors on one leaf or flower and that is how I got some of my finished results that you see. I will be teaching this in person to my friend Carla Kurt in October, what fun!