My friend Louise Wells didn’t just bring delicious smoked salmon blinis to Melbourne Cup lunch last Tuesday. She brought a large bag of garden cuttings. Among them, vine leaves.
So I had a little go at bundling some of them with silk pre-soaked in strong iron water and then simmered for two hours in a rich black pot of iron and onion skins.
The result is not spectacular but it does encourage me to experiment further until I find a way to get really good prints.
Preparation for the building of the studio continues. I have just pruned back all the planting along my battle axe driveway to protect it from the builder’s heavy vehicles. So in the same pot and using similar pre-soaked silk i also bundled some geranium leaves and flowers.
I suspect that these prints are very dependent on the heavy iron dosing but will now try them with steaming.