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Autumn inspiration

October 9, 2018


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!



6 Comments leave one →
  1. October 9, 2018 10:25 pm

    Oh these are lovely!

  2. October 10, 2018 5:44 am

    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 😉

    • October 10, 2018 12:32 pm

      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. 🙂

  3. October 16, 2018 5:38 am

    So glad to see creativity creeping back into your life—these are gorgeous!

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