Its something I'm really keen to investigate much further, there's so much to be discovered and so many ways different colours and patterns can be revealed... Its a little bit of alchemy! I've run a few workshops with groups as an introduction to eco printing and its so wonderful seeing people excited by the process and wondering around collecting leaves and gathering materials to use. I think its one of those techniques where the gathering of the resources to use (in this case leaves and petals) becomes such a crucial part of the entire process that you are deeply caught up in the act of collecting - and thereby you become absorbed (and wonderfully lost) in the looking and gathering and wondering ("will this leaf do anything?").
Some of these images were taken last weekend at Arkwright Meadows Community Garden in Nottingham where I ran an introduction to eco printing and natural dyes workshop with a great group of participants. We wondered around the rich resources of plants there, gathering leaves and fallen petals to see what might happen... It was great that people went home to carry on their experiments and then over subsequent days people have been sharing their results on the AMC Gardens facebook page, its so lovely to see things that people have gone on to make. https://www.facebook.com/AMC-Gardens-Arkwright-Meadows-Community-Gardens-121448337881840/