Really, it is using natural materials to dye paper or fabric, but you knew that! In my case, I dyed watercolor paper, today, using: calendula, marigolds, roses, hardy geraniums, pansy, walnut leaves, maple leaves and seed pods, basil, hydrangea and a bunch more "stuff"!
These are some of the results......
I started by gathering my plant materials and then tore large sheets of 120# Arches watercolor paper into strips that I could fold into a 4 x 4 inch accordion book.
The paper is then soaked for a couple hours, or up to overnight, in a solution of 1 teaspoon of alum to 4 cups of water, like this...
Threadborne. She has a ton of info on her blog and an article in the July/Aug 2013 issue of Somerset Studio. So, check it out before you jump in!
Now, the fun begins......you make a paper, plant material sandwich AFTER you drain the paper and allow it to air dry for a few minutes. On each piece of paper place your flowers, leaves, etc. in pleasing arrangements. Just know, that you have little control over what color pigments actually stain the paper.
These are the fillings for your sandwiches, after you have covered all pages with plant material, clamp the pages between two pieces of cardboard and tie tightly with string.
Now, place you bundles in a large pot, I used an old canning pot with the wire rack in the bottom and my veggie steamer placed on top. Put a few inches of water in the bottom, heat it up and steam your little guys for a couple hours. Wait for the water to cool then remove, unwrap and open your lovelies! You will be amazed!
I'm planning on making accordion books of inspiring quotes with my beautiful new papers.
If, you are thinking of trying this process, read Wendy's blog first. I've just skimmed over the directions, it isn't difficult but you will be much more prepared and I'm sure attain better results if you follow her directions. She has so much great info and you will be inspired to try this.....for sure!