Botanical Prints

I learned how to make botanical prints when I spent a year upstate NY during the 2020/2021 pandemic. I was fascinated in discovering the chemical reactions of plants loaded with tannin. As a lifelong printmaker, it was a revelation to print without any ink. I used only the natural tannin of plants steamed with various mordanted paper and fabrics.

The “Botanical” Portfolios

Botanical Space Digitals were created by digitally blending a selection of botanical prints on paper with some of my space paintings and photos. I wanted to create a fusion of earth and space with ephemeral  luminosity.
Botanical Space Paintings, mixed media on gold covered canvas, a blending of pigment transfer with ink and paint, 24” W x 30” H.
All my botanical work on paper and fabric is to represent the making and natural materials of the forests. Botanical with Trees and Leaves: Botanical prints with inked leaves and collage.
All my botanical work on paper and fabric is to represent the making and natural materials of the forests. Botanical with Color Birds transfers: Botanical prints with inkjet transfers.
Silk scarves: Botanical print on silk with natural dyes.
In this series, in order to achieve tint colors of blue, green or rust, the leaves were dipped in several concoctions of iron water with vinegar, or rusted nails in vinegar, or copper soaked for weeks in vinegar. After the dips the leaves are arranged on mordanted paper and packed in bundles before steam.
This series was processed as monochrome botanical prints, without dipping. Only the color of dark tannin shows after the steam process.
I started to arrange my botanical prints in series, adding some collage, and displaying them in my new studio. I collaged birds with the printed leaves.
I started to arrange my botanical prints in series, adding some collage, and displaying them in my new studio. I fused music sheets with watercolor paper before printing.
I started to arrange my botanical prints in series, adding some collage, and displaying them in my new studio. I collaged trees with the printed leaves.

I collected numerous antique fine linen articles for this project. The linen was prepared (mordanted in alum, and fixed with wheat brand) before monochrome printing or tinted printing.

These are my final works in botanical prints, displayed in my upstate studio.