I've always loved printmaking - especially using found materials to make impressions and patterns. Several years ago, I was introduced to nature printing through The Nature Printing Society, and I've been printing with plants, vegetables and other natural found objects ever since!
Usually, when printing from nature, I roll out water soluble printmaking inks, and use a brayer or dauber to apply ink to whatever I'm going to print. Recently, however, I saw a great shape in a bunch of celery I was getting ready to juice, and wanted a quicker printing option.
Here's What You'll Need:
- The end of one bunch celery
- A paper towel or rag
- A rubber stamp pad - I used Staz-On, a solvent ink pad, but any dye or pigment stamp pad will work
- Paper to print on - try copy paper, cardstock, or even tissue paper
You're Ready to Get Started!
1. Blot your celery end with a paper towel or a rag to get up the extra juices - if the celery is too "juicy," it'll cause your print to blur.
2. Ink up your celery! Don't just push the celery into the stamp pad - be a bit more gentle and dab the celery with the ink pad.
3. When the celery looks like this, you'll get a light print. Keep gently adding ink!
4. Press the celery onto your paper with even pressure. Voila! See how inky the celery is?
5. Every celery bunch has a different pattern - and each celery end can be used multiple times! I've had good luck getting up to 30 impressions from a single celery end, but haven't had much luck with storing them overnight for reuse.
The paper can be used as gift wrap, collaged into encaustic paintings, used for greeting cards - use it anywhere you'd use patterned paper! I used a celery end, but I'm thinking you could use the carved end of a potato, a cross-section of onion, or even a sliced apple!