Learn the fascinating process of printing leaves onto fabric without the use of paints, inks or external dyes. In botanical printing, also called eco printing, heat is used to extract pigments and tannins from leaves and transfer them to paper or cloth, leaving behind lasting prints of the leaves.
In this introductory class we’ll take a brief walk outside to gather leaves, learn how to bundle our leaves tightly against silk, then submit our bundles to the steamer. While our bundles are steaming, we’ll eat our bag lunches and discuss procedures and options in more depth, and look at samples using different techniques. After steaming, we’ll open our bundles for the always exciting “reveal” and discuss our results.
To help you learn how to experiment with the leaves in your yard, we’ll make test bundles with the leaves you find on the walk (or bring from home) to see how they print. You will also be provided with one hemmed silk scarf to bundle with leaves that are fairly reliable printers.
Students to bring:
- Bag lunch
- Optional: garden shears, leaves from home, camera/phone.
- Dress for a brief walk outside.
Our Location (unless otherwise specified):
Wilder Forest/River Grove School
14189 Ostlund Trail N.
Marine on St Croix, MN 55047
If using GPS, enter River Grove Elementary as the destination, it works best!
NOTE: Be aware we may cancel 5 days before class date if a minimum number of registrations not reached. We work to balance teachers’ need to plan for a class with students’ busy schedules — not an easy task. Please register as early as possible!
General Age Policy:
All classes are for adults (18+) unless otherwise noted.
Be aware we may cancel 5 days before class date if a minimum number of registrations not reached. We work to balance teachers' need to plan for a class with students' busy schedules -- not an easy task. Please register as early as possible!