Botanical Printing On Silk (In-Person) June 24, 2023

Jun 24, 2023 9:30AM—4:30PM


Marine Mills Folk School 550 Pine St. Marine on St Croix, MN 55047

Cost $105.00

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botanical printing on silk

Botanical or eco printing is a direct contact printing technique. Dyes, pigments and tannins in leaves are transferred to paper or cloth with prolonged high heat to create prints. Flowers, bark, roots, and berries can also be used. No paints, inks or external dyes are needed to create these beautiful monoprints.

botanical printing on silkOne of the rewarding aspects of botanical printing is experimenting with local leaves. Not all leaves print! In this introductory class we will first create silk samplers to test leaves you bring from home or forage on-site. Some leaves that print reliably will also be provided. You’ll learn how to prepare pre-mordanted silk and how to bundle it with leaves for the steamer to get good, clear prints. As our bundled samplers heat, we’ll discuss procedures in more depth. After lunch we’ll open our samplers and review results. Building on what you’ve learned, you’ll then use your favorite leaves to bundle up a silk scarf. As they steam, we’ll look at some examples and take time for Q&A, before the always exciting “reveal”!

Your instructor will provide the following materials:
  • 1 pre-mordanted silk yardage for sampler
  • 1 pre-mordanted silk scarf
  • Bundling supplies, mordants
  • Some leaves that usually print well
  • Large steamer

Students are asked to bring:

  • 100% cotton piece at least 18” x 58” (old sheet or new/washed cotton)
  • scissors
  • bag lunch, as the class will run over the lunch hour
  • Optional: garden shears, fresh leaves from home, notebook, camera. Instructor will send out a list with some recommended leaves ahead of time.

botanical printing on silkSkill Level
No experience required. 

Age Requirement
Students ages 18 and older are welcome to attend this class.

Location Details
Marine Mills Folk School
550 Pine St., Marine on St. Croix, MN 55047

Cost Details
Tuition: $80
Materials Fee: $25
Total Cost: $105

NOTE:  Be aware we may cancel class if a minimum number of registrations is 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!

If interested, you can find our cancellation policy here.