Autumn inspiration


Life is calming down as the weather shifts towards rain. A couple of friends took a nature printing class that inspired me to play with leaves, colors, and cloth.

Since I really have no idea what I’m doing, the mark of a true adventure, I pulled out fabric screen ink, waxed paper, paper towels, and made a foam covered blotter (a suggestion by the friend). A few maple leaves provided the templates and off I went a dabbing!

The initial attempts used slightly dampened cloth (old cotton sheets) with the inked leaf. If it’s too wet, the ink bleeds creating fuzzy edges. The more I played, the more I leaned towards using dry cloth as in the above images. How thick the ink was also made a difference. Top image used denser ink, lower used more watered down. I’m not sure what I want out of this experiment, but leaning towards creating unique tea towels.

Leaf in print

When pulling out tea towels I discovered a bunch of un-sewn bags cut years ago for another project. The above image is from the testing of one. The material is a light weight cotton canvas and it took the ink rather well.  All it needs now is heat setting and a sew up!

Creativity is slowly creeping back into my life again. Hopefully it will stay for good!



Published by paperstew

I'm an artist in Albany Oregon focusing on paper and natural objects for inspiration.

6 thoughts on “Autumn inspiration

  1. The leaf prints are amazing! What fun these pictures are…can’t wait to see what you end up with. Tea towels and canvas totes are great holiday gifts and house warming gift ideas too 😉

    1. Yes they are! I think my family probably gets tired of receiving handmade things, but so it goes! I can’t stand purchasing cruddy stuff that they won’t even use. 🙂

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