M.K. asked the Maker Concierge about making postcards, specifically, but this information will help you get started eco-printing on paper of any size (and, in some cases, on fabric). Just apply what you learn to postcard-sized paper (or cut larger paper down to postcard size) to make pieces to send to all your favourite people!
Eco-Printing Tutorials Online
- Information on papers, with a step-by-step tutorial.
- This is a series of posts with loads of info and details, focusing on printing with fallen autumn leaves.
- Very in-depth Eco-printing tutorials.
- An outstanding list of plants and dyes.
Books & Magazines
- Eco Colour: Botanical Dyes for Beautiful Textiles, by India Flint (seems to focus on fabric printing, but should apply to paper, too)
- Try searching through Cloth Paper Scissors magazine archives for articles on eco-printing.
Tips & Notes
Iâ€™ve read mixed reports on what people think of using watercolour paper for printing, and some people say that any heavier weight paper will work. My impression overall is that thereâ€™s quite a lot of trial and error involved. So roll up your sleeves and get ready to experiment. Try cutting down larger pieces of paper to keep your paper costs low.
- Wendyfe beautiful samples (in addition to her excellent tutorials).
- India Flint
- and our favorite visual search engine.
From what I can tell, the process of eco-printing on paper and on fabric is much the same, with some minor differences in preparation. I see a slippery slope here, is what Iâ€™m saying. :)
In the Honolulu, HI Area
Iâ€™m not finding anything local that’s specific to eco-printing, but you might check see if The Green House could be a resource.