This is my second attempt at making eco prints on watercolor paper (300 lb.) On my first attempt, I made a classic beginner's error....I didn't pre-fit the materials to the steamer, and consequently, the papers, in their wrappings, would not fit flat into the steamer. I got some prints, but the results were predictably uneven.
I used Eucalyptus leaves, both E. cinerea and E. globulus, Blackberry leaf, Rose leaf, Cherry leaf, Maple, and a few Cotinus. All the papers and leaves were spritzed with an iron solution before steaming. The steaming lasted a couple of hours.
I am drying the prints for awhile on an outdoor window in the hopes they will stay flat.
Eucalyptus and Cherry, open spacing
Two kinds of Eucalyptus, mirror images
I got carried away here with, perhaps, too many maple leaves. Such bounty right now.
Blackberry and Cherry Leaves
This is a fun and inexpensive way to test leaves...all the leaves I used, with the exception of the fava leaves left more or less distinct prints. I want to experiment with the use of mordants...alum and spritzes of vinegar, iron, and copper to see what effect on the color.