how to dye paper with natural plant material.
various papers, i used 140# cold and hot press watercolor paper
soup pot with a lid
first, gather leaves, dried or fresh, flowers, also dried or fresh,
bark, branches, buds, blossoms, any plant sources in your backyard
large bulldog clips from the stationary store
twine, or cord
1 or 2 tops from a tin can or other firm surface that will
1~ boil water with a few tea bags.
2~ fold the watercolor papers in half
and sandwich them into each other
3~ add plant material between each page.
i did this randomly, some pages
were filled with various leaves and plants.
4~ use bulldog clips to hold the bundle
5~ wrap the bundle in both directions with twine. i wrapped it
relatively tight but not so tight that the bundle would bow.
you can place the can lids on the outside of the packing before beginning to
wrap to keep the packet flat.
6~ submerge the bundle into a pot and simmer covered
for about an hour. you may need to add a weight on top
to keep the paper below the surface of the water.
take the package out of the water with tongs, remove the twine.
carefully take out the leaves from each page.
if the leaves are stick, wait until the paper dries a bit
so as not to damage the paper.
separate the papers and set them out to dry
or use a heat gun or blow dryer.
i am going to make a travel journal
for an upcoming trip with these papers. you can make cards,
a journal or use the paper for background,
the sky's the limit.