thank you all for your kind wishes for hannah and tyler.
they are feeling a bit better, a bit less shell shocked.
which makes my heart beat more easily.
after the first evening walk in ages
i gathered up some black eyed susan petals,
from my backporchpatch
and set them to soak
(maybe for ink)
in paper doings
my student todd brought me this lovely gampi/cattail paper
(an apple for the teacher, he smiled)
much more subtle than the photo shows.
todd's gampi supports two little flax with lokta stitch sheets i took along to maiwa
here they are with some indigo dyed hand spun hemp
and then some walnut dunked earth pigmented sheets
on a walnut/flax/stitched sheet
there seems to be no end to the possibilities
of which i've just scratched the surface.
and then this came
if you've ever thought of making your own ink
you should check out this book
a touch of color on the corners entices you to open
an illustration from the book:
a green earth pigment dunked in black walnut
and then an ochre, likewise dunked
and the backside of this indigo dunked flax and lokta
a wee bit of hemp basket in making
one of my flax samplers
(there are a few of these...
nice back, don't you think?
contact printed acrhes text wove.
my class worked with drew matott and johnny lafalse
while i was at maiwa
my students learning and pulp painting
how to form a sheet,
back left is johnny
each bucket a different pulp,
mostly from knitted cotton shirts
and almost black and blue pulps,
and a brand new sheet.
i came back and we all have to slow down now
and make really good sheets
after repulping half of their first abaca sheets
they are really, really attentive.