The Imprints on Paper


the imprint on the watercolor paper


the imprint on the watercolor paper


the imprint on the watercolor paper


the imprint on the watercolor paper


the imprint on the watercolor paper

16 responses to “The Imprints on Paper

  • Chrissie

    How did you prepare the paper?

  • Chrissie

    Beautiful do you have those links for the paper process

  • wendyfe

    Thanks for sharing your results, Elena! I think they must be prints from your silk tree, no? O, no plant is ignored when it comes to eco printing! FYI, for a great tutorial on contact printing on paper, check Cassandra Tondro’s blog – that is where I learned some Best Practice for the process last fall. Other artists have successfully made eco prints on paper, too – India Flint is well known. I suspect that Out There, there are even more. Cassandra works in another medium entirely but tells us on her 2011 blog that each fall she collects leaves and steam-prints them to make contact prints on paper…As for how long to leave the bundles, cloth or paper- there are no rules, folks, as far as I am concerned…patience as a virtue is required absolutely with with one’s In Laws, ha ha…

    Re the disintegratiing cloth: The holes made by the iron can happen for sure on anything – that is the nature of iron -it will continue to erode your fibre, no escape from that…so better build the fragility into the work as a concept…That was my approach in my “Heaven and Earth” rusted textile for the Forest Floor exhibition…our field of eco prints and rust prints is untried in many respects…wait a few years and see if the prints hold up or if the textiles still remain without holes….To everything there is a season, as the Bible puts it.

    Many thanks for sharirng your knowledge so freely. That is the beauty of our connectiona


    • theimportanceofprocrastination

      Hello, Wendy! So great to hear from you! Many thanks for sharing some useful info here. I will visit Cassandra Tondro’s blog, in fact, I’ve seen her prints on her FB page and Talked over some aspects. She surely has some gorgeous papers!
      As for the plants I used for this session, they were various but except for the Silk Tree!

      Yep, contact printing with metals on the cloth sometimes equals holes! The principle of creating an effect out of the deffect applies not only to the contact printing procedure when it come to creative work in general. But what an elegant way to put it!

      better build the fragility into the work as a concept

      Appreciation for this one!

      Well, my cloth got disintegrated as the result of contact with copper pipe.

      In terms of iron/rusting I am using my Unconventional method, as I called it. And I have never ever got any hole no matter how light the fabric was. And what is more important, started in late 90-s my first experiments with it, I still have some dyed fabrics of that period, some wearables as well, which I normally wash, as well as some later dyed fabrics, so I have to say that no holes or other signs of disintegration of the fabric, along with any color fading were observed during this time what so ever!

      Indeed, this is a good advice to keep track of what’s going on with your products over the time and different treatments. As I am in the work with textiles for little bit over ten years now, I always keep a sample of anything done, say on commission, to be able to track how the thing may change in a while. For a lot that is done in the area of Textile Arts happens to be one-of-a-kind, and not just in regards of the aesthetic uniqueness but in terms of the production process as well!

      Wendy, I should say that your Forest Floor pieces impressed me immensely! I remember browsing through images again and again. Alas, I cannot give the direct link now where exactly I saw them: it’s just not a long time now that I have finally started figuring out this blogging thing and stuff; but those were awesome! It makes me especially happy to have the Author of the Forest Floor visiting my blog.
      Thanks, Wendy!

  • James Dennison

    These are lovely, Elena. I will share Wendy Felberg’s blog on her paper/book making experiences. I think you will love them. She is one of the artists who got me started printing on paper. I have not noticed much color change between wet and dry prints.

    • theimportanceofprocrastination

      Hello, James! Thank you for visiting and commenting! It will be indeed interesting, especially for I know a bit of Wendy Felberg’s work and thoroughly enjoy it. But I cannot say I know much of her paper/book making experience! So, thank you for the thread!
      I have just done a few tries on paper, so definitely insufficient for any generalizations and I appreciate so much staying in touch with the real experts here. Well, actually I am planning on testing a few paper type for imprinting. And on the other hand, I would like to set aside the results and check them later on for fading. How fast and how much the colors will fade, if any… But I am talking a real long period of time here.

  • Susanne A.

    Actually I like the first 2 best, the more neutral tone ones…

  • Ginny Huber

    I’m enjoying these imprints on paper! Especially the colorful ones; I’m a bit of a color “nut”>>but the others are fine too!

  • Moya

    Very nice patterns and color!!

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