I thought that I'd take a picture of some onion skins on Thursday night, just to show all of you who'll be joining me in Lake Tahoe or Canada the ones that I find give the absolute best prints. Strong, tough brown onion skins are my preference, the thicker the better, red onions give a similar colour but in my experience the lighter papery skins of some US onions don't impart such a strong colour. So, if you're planning on bringing some onion skins to any of the above mentioned workshops, and I do hope that you are, please, please try and get the toughest old skins that you can!!!
They all look a reddish brown when they come out of the dye pot……
and print fabulously on Manila luggage tags too!
From the eucalyptus side of things 'Silver Dollar' is the round variety that gives wonderful orange prints, I usually have to order it from a florist in Ireland although good friend Anita now has a hot line to five trees!
Here it is used to print a luggage tag…..
a nuno felt wrap…..
and a ponge silk scarf. This one was wrapped around an old tin can before dropping in the dye pot, I just LOVE the speckles this gives to the leaf prints!!!
Those look wonderful! Will you be putting together any tutorials on your eco printing methods? Or perhaps another book?
What are you putting in the dye pot though?
It depends on the colour I’m aiming for on the ends of my pieces Chrissie, sometimes eucalyptus leaves, other times eucalyptus leaves and rusty metal or a combination of these and onion skins too.
I, too, love those speckles. I’ll be retrieving a tin can from the recycling bin pronto 😉
Have a great time in your travels/teaching.