Mixed Media Eco-Art

the process

 

 

I incorporate natural materials in my nature art, book arts, and journals. By gathering, steaming, pounding, and dyeing with rust, coffee, and tea, I am creating my natural palette.

Incorporating rust, coffee and tea, along with forest and garden plant leaves, it is exciting to see the patterns and tints which add to the overall feel of the book.

Textures and tints carry the message in paper, fabrics and fibers adding delight to explore and touch. The fun is in the process, the wonder comes after. I used this beaver chew log to wrap paper/plant leaf sandwiches around and steamed in the crock pot for three hours. The results are the strawberry leaf and oak leaf below. Pounding fern leaves onto cloth and rust comes out black.

       

The cloth tea-dyed panels then have alcohol ink spattered on to add movement and break up space for future projects.

The one on the left is fern hammered with alcohol ink, the right is rust stained with chai tea and light spattering with fern leaf.