A significant portion of my childhood was spent on this beach at Ft. DeSoto Park near St. Petersburg, Florida. Each winter when visiting my mom, we spend some time there. It's always a highlight of my stay.
This year, the mysteries of printing with plant pigments is always on my mind. And I had read recently that sea water makes a good mordant for printing on cotton. The photo above indicates it might be a good mordant for sand as well. Do you see the brown pigment bleeding from the mangrove leaf?
My shoreline walk that windy, cool day yielded lots of mangrove leaves washed up on the beach, along with some seaweeds. I used them as I found them - with a salty, sandy coating straight form the sea.
The seaweed (Sargassum, I believe) printed beautifully on seawater-soaked watercolor paper that was steamed in a packet, along with the mangrove leaves. I love the experiments!
Friday, March 25, 2016
Thursday, March 10, 2016
|Cherry leaves on watercolor paper cooked between tin can lids with red cabbage leaves and a little vinegar in the simmering water bath.|
I also want to say that I have many online artists to thank. In the upcoming posts, I'll be sharing their links to blogs and websites that have been so valuable to me. The huge world wide artists community is fantastic, don't you think?!
|Sweet gum (Liquidamber styraciflua) leaf.|
|Resulting print, with no mordants or other additions.|