Experiments with natural dyes

February 4, 2016



Whilst literature has introduced me to the mysterious craft of dyeing with plant material, it is the experimenting that has brought satisfying results.  Along the way came disappointments …. But then some mind blowing results traversed my way.

These prints on silk are my latest results, using in the main, eucalyptus leaves from my garden;  also walnut leaves(3rd photo) given to me by a friend.

Love to hear your reaction to these.



Hot Dog!

February 2, 2016

A wee diversion to another topic.

Summer heat makes for a hot dog.  Our household companion Roxy, the Airedale of 3 years old, sneaks a cool spot for daytime naps…..



Morning glory

January 30, 2016

Time out for me from creative labours Has been a result of Dungog’s summertime humidity & 30+ degree temperatures.  Air conditioning & knitting (socks) has been creating a mood of quiet contemplation.

This morning’s sunrise was quietly meditative with beams of sunshine falling on the earth against a foggy backdrop.  These colours of our backyard are glorious.

Working with tjaps

January 27, 2016

You may be thinking, what are tjaps!  At a 2015 workshop by Els Van Baarle I too wondered.  I became intrigued by the imagery these beautiful tools create.


My tjaps are vintage copper blocks made in Jarva for batik printing on fabric.  When they no longer are needed they are sold to artists.

This is is my latest addition to my collection.

And this is what emerged from dyeing at my home workspace.


Diverting from dye to watercolour

January 16, 2016


Today’s continuous falling of rain diverted my attention towards painting silk fabric with watercolours. As my interest was to produce art cards rather than art to wear, the use of watercolours was fine.

I discovered this technique from the book Silk Painting by Colleen Western.  This well written book came into my hands when loaned by a Dungog stitching friend.  So I quietly sat with my paints & brushes.

Emerging from my table came these two.  First one was painted on organza that was previously Eco-dyed with leaves; the second piece was pure White habotai silk.

Do I keep these as samples, or do I make them up into greeting cards?

Am sleeping on it.


Rain stops wet-room work

January 15, 2016

imageYesterday’s summertime heat nudged 40 degrees where I live.

Today is a different story….a 20 degree temperature  drop with constant rain estimated to be 40 mlls  in 24 hours.  It’s been too cold – too wet – too windy to go outside to my workspace where I do all my wet work.

so here’s 2 photos showing the finished printed silk using the banana skin DSP technique I talked about in my previous post.

Now, what to do with this ….that is my quandary now.


Gone bananas!

January 15, 2016


A few days ago, whilst snacking on a banana. I was seeking new ideas on how to create imagery for the backs of silk screens.

Working in my wet room & I needed other ways to create texture for deconstructed screen printing.  And then my little eye spied the banana skin!  Because of that banana I created these two prints on silk fabric.  A lovely result, don’t you think?

Love to hear your impressions, so don’t hold back.



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