Kudos to Renee for putting together a most wonderful opportunity for us to learn eco printing. We would crown her with a laurel wreath, but she would probably slap it between two sheets of paper and steam it just to see what happens. With some assistance from Blake and Laura (our helpful Botanic Garden staff), Renee had tables, chairs, electrical cords and all the equipment set up by our arrival at 9 am. With the help of our Botanic Garden Ambassador, Merry, we were guided to the various plants we could use and the electrical outlets that helped us keep all the kettles at full steam.
A dozen of our Book Arts Group members attended and we also had about a dozen additional visitors who came to participate. Most of us had no idea what we were doing, despite having read about eco printing online. Fortunately, both Renee and Bob came to the event with samples of their previous experiments, including gorgeous prints, advice on the pigments in various plants and widsom on how long to steam our packets.
Many thanks to the folks at the OSU Botanic Garden for allowing us to meet and for all their help. Thanks to everyone who brought additional material such as paper, alum, and plants, especially Bonnie, owner of Flourishes, for providing bags of roses, eucalyptus and other lovely materials for us to play with. And, again, thanks to Renee for pulling this off!
The Book Arts Group will take a break over the summer and resume meeting in the fall. If you would like to be added to our email list, leave a comment here. Your comment will not be made public, and you will receive an email reply. Until then, enjoy the photos from our June 6 meeting, stay creative and bring your best projects for show & tell in the fall.