natural dyeing, seeded eucalyptus

glowing orange from eucalyptus, umber and different shades of brown from decayed leaves and barks

Eucalyptus is one of my favorite medium and I used it frequently in my work. I am fortunate to have access to a few eucalyptus trees in my neighborhood, and hiking trails where it take me through lots of them. If you ever head out towards Bodega Bay, along the coast–the roads are lined with eucalyptus. Eucalyptus has strong and aromatic fragrance, and you can smell them from afar or walking by one.

prints made from habotai silk

I am ecstatic when I unfolded the bundle….is this a happy coincidence?

eucalyptus seed pods on cotton

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12 Responses to natural dyeing, seeded eucalyptus

  1. carolina lillo says:

    very nice

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  2. Daniella Amit says:

    Delicious ! That is what I am playing with now too. Daniella

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  3. Terriea says:

    Awesome. I always want to get prints like that but never succeed. Love the seeds and the dark shade.

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    • mltai says:

      Thank you. I must admit it’s quite unexpected sometimes…you might have a small clue of what to get, but it all in the hands of nature. Terriea, you are doing so well with your menagerie and casuarina prints.

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  4. Linda St Angelo says:

    Melinda,
    Oh my gosh, when you mentioned Bodega Bay, I had a flashback. I used to do that drive many years ago when I used to go to a spa there. It was always so very beautiful. In fact, when my son was young, he loved the smell of eucalyptus, so I would pull over to the side of the road and pick up pods for him to keep in his room. Oh, unfolding the bundle with bated breath, and usually a smile when one sees the beauty that nature has presented to us.

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