The pastel talisman
My friend suggested I create a white talisman book. She really liked the purity of the white papers with the white thread and white scraps, monochromatic, colorfree.
I just couldn’t do it though. I’m helplessly drawn to getting colors from plants. Also, I realized I like the flatness and edge colorations from come from boiling bundled books! So I compromised and did not use any iron-vinegar potion, which has a darkening effect. I would get only the subtle colors from leaves and stems, boiled in nothing but water.
So here’s the latest work in progress:
The plants all came from the yard. Some notes:
- Blueberry, raspberry, strawberry, blackberry all print well. Sometimes with dots, which I love.
- Oxalis does not print any colors but made a pretty heart-shaped resist on one page.
- Tansy reliably gives a greenish yellow print.
- Sweetfern is probably my favorite dye plant. It grows rampantly here and gives a rich dark print, even without iron.
- Purple iris gave a lovely strong blue that spread subtly through several pages.
- Yarrow is inconsistent. I got a great print from it once and have been trying to recreate it ever since. This time all I got was subtle grays.
- I used some baby rhubarb leaves and stems. I think they yielded a light print, nothing impressive.
- Milkweed – a very faint green. Leaving it for any monarch caterpillars that come by.