Was playing around with nature printing the other day and since there are lots of pine trees out back here and I like them very much, I was using some small branches to make prints with.
I used white gouache paint, watered down to the consistency of single cream, to do the printing - I like it to be thick enough to give a bit of texture, as well as pattern. I pressed it down onto Somerset Velvet paper - the newsprint grey shade, which has a lovely feel to it. The result is quite subtle, but I rather like that.
I decided to use the print as a book cover and since I wanted the whole project to have a natural simplicity about it, I decided to use an uncomplicated and soft binding. I therefore used two folios inside and stitched it as above with natural linen thread - well waxed, of course.
This is the front cover of the little journal once it was complete. Wonder what I could use for printing with next - Hmm lots of nice fallen leaves around .....