Plants leave their botanical print differently from the fresh new leaves and flowers of early spring to the robust fully formed leaves that signal the end of summer. I am lucky enough to have the beautiful plants of Sonoma California as my palate and also print as I travel, documenting the local flora by making a botanical print.
Botanical printing is the art of coaxing plants to leave their color onto fiber using tannins, minerals, salts, plant dyes, leaves, seeds and flowers all found in nature. Silk, wool, linen, cotton, bamboo, and wood pulp rayon are excellent fibers that take up the natural pigments without loosing any quality.
Even though identical plants and printing techniques are applied, each piece is unique and can not be replicated. Natural dyes and flora create unusual patterns and textures and like nature, each piece is its own botanical art print.