Eco printed greeting cards dyed in black walnut dye bath!
We have a black walnut tree in our back yard. The squirrels usually get the benefit of the nuts as they are difficult to shell and turn your hands black. I guess the squirrels don't care about black hands!
And neither did my mother!
Mom would often go to my grandfather's home to gather black walnuts which she loved and used in baking. That's a lot of work Mom! She also used the stain from the nuts to touch up nicks on the furniture. My interest in the past few years for these nuts is the beautiful dark brown dye they make.
Enter Robbie Grodin, owner of Alpaca Fiber Studio in Chagrin Falls OH.
After meeting Robbie Grodin this past summer, we struck up a friendship based on the many interests we have in common. She took my encaustic on paper class. Soon I will be taking her eco printing class where we will use botanicals to print designs on silk scarves. And finally we will be teaching together, combining her knowledge and love of eco printing on fabric with my love of that same technique on paper.
All of the images in this post are of eco prints on paper, some in a black walnut dye bath and others just steamed with the botanicals releasing their tannins to make beautiful prints on the paper.
You can see the effects on the scarves by visiting Robbie's Alpaca Fiber Studio.
Come join us for the fun on October 29th from 9AM-3PM!
You will walk away with a scarf to wear and some papers to use as cards or as inspiration for other artwork. And with a whole lot of new knowledge about working with all of the gifts Mother Nature offers us.
Signing up is easy: Just go to Alpaca Fiber Studio and you can sign up on line.