How to make mordants for natural dyes.

How to Make Mordants for Natural Dyes

technique inspiration with feathers - original pinner sez: ..or lay feathers on fabric and spritz bleach over top for opposite affect.

technique inspiration with feathers - original pinner sez: ..or lay feathers on fabric and spritz bleach over top for opposite affect.

botanical alchemist India Flint.  Natural dye innovator India Flint works with the trees and plants of her Australian home to create not just near-zero impact natural dyes, but spontaneously natural prints and patterns.  The idea began with a Latvian egg-dyeing technique, and has blossomed into a new language of color and design.

botanical alchemist India Flint. Natural dye innovator India Flint works with the trees and plants of her Australian home to create not just near-zero impact natural dyes, but spontaneously natural prints and patterns. The idea began with a Latvian egg-dyeing technique, and has blossomed into a new language of color and design.

Threadborne - Rust Printing Watercolour paper was cut, folded into four page accordions and layered with leaves and pieces of rusted iron; the stack was soaked in water and vinegar then steamed as usual for an hour or so. This collection was left to cool before removal of the eco printing “plates”. The combo of leaf tannin, iron and vinegar gave deep, dark colours, including several irridescent patches, not uncommon in rust prints.

Threadborne - Rust Printing Watercolour paper was cut, folded into four page accordions and layered with leaves and pieces of rusted iron; the stack was soaked in water and vinegar then steamed as usual for an hour or so. This collection was left to cool before removal of the eco printing “plates”. The combo of leaf tannin, iron and vinegar gave deep, dark colours, including several irridescent patches, not uncommon in rust prints.

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