One of my favourite times of the year is autumn and one of my favourite ways to hold onto the beauty and mystery that the season holds is to make ecoprints, steaming leaves I have foraged on my hikes into paper that I then make into cards, framed prints, or book covers. Dying with plants is an inexact science but I have been doing this one for years and here’s hoping that some of these pointers will steer you in the right direction with your attempts. So here is video that is short but will hopefully give a visual of some of the more hard to visualise parts about making your own ecoprints.
If you (like me) enjoy a tutorial that is printed as well as the video, here is a post to get you started:
Ecoprinting with Autumn Leaves
To see an older video that also has lots of fun details, here you [read more]
I really love these boxed bundles of journal jumpstart stuff inspiration.
It starts with a handbound journal. It measures 6″ x 6″ (16cm x 16cm), with 30 tea-dyed pages (for 60 sides). The cover is an eco-print made from Autumn leaves foraged in a Welsh forest. The wraparound cover ties with fawn sari silk and the binding is covered with tea-dyed gauze and a foxed paper from a 19th century frontispiece (see photo 6). It is truly one-of-a-kind. PLEASE CLICK ON ANY PHOTO TO SEE A LARGER IMAGE.
Then there are the journal-keeping accessories:
- UHU glue stick
- 60 ml handmade walnut ink
- Two bamboo dip pens in various sizes
- Spritzer/mister bottle (to be filled with ink and water or acrylic paint and water to embellish pages)
- Paper bundle pack (vintage French print, handmade marbled paper, mulberry paper, Nepalese lokta, vintage blueprints on acetate, a variety of tissue papers, two oversize tags). Papers are all different but approximately 6″ x 6″ (16cm x 16cm) and can be used in your blank book or in other mixed-media work.
This bundle makes a unique starter kit for the new diary keeper or a charming addition to the longtime journal addict’s stash.
Cost is £65 GBP plus £5 shipping. You [read more]