Artists have used natural pigments to create art for over 40,000 years. Natural pigments are all around us: in rocks, minerals, plants and insects.
The process of an botanical print is to pull pigment from a natural source using heat and water. The pigment is transferred over onto a surface such as watercolour paper or fabric.
Currently I am using watercolour paper as my substrate. It's a multi step process which requires planning but also forces you to relinquish control as the final result yields unexpected results.
Even though I am familiar with the colours certain natural materials yield, a sort of magic and uncontrolled chaos happens during the printing process.
The final print is never as it's envisioned nor can any two prints turn out the same. The letting go of control and being pleasantly surprised is what drives me to further explore this medium.
View below for a gallery of prints (mounted and unmounted).
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