Sunday, June 10, 2012

What If-ing Weeds Part 3: Plein Air Printing

Despite the fact that it was a hot Sunday in Northern Virginia, I packed up some gear (i.e. cotton fabric, opaque fabric paints, glass palettes, Rollrite brayers and my camera) and headed outside to test out a what if that's been rolling around in my head all week.

What if I lay some fabric down directly on the growing weeds in the garden and roll fabric paint over the fabric?

My first test was a bunch of dandelions in the front garden.

I found it interesting that the dandelion stems showed up in these brayer rubbings but not softer, leafy parts.

I then tried a patch of clover in the grass.

Finally, I managed to lay a piece of fabric really in the thick of it...over those pesky Velcro (my name) weeds with their furry little burrs.

Here are the results...



  1. Isn't it amazing what a creative mind can come up with! The results of your weed printing are poetic - you must have been very pleased. I can imagine you pondering over what parts of the garden you can roll fabric next.

    1. Thanks, Susan. I've been thinking about doing this all week and was surprised at the results. I was expecting more "leafy" images...but I actually really like what appeared on the fabric. They look very much like pastel drawings. I am thinking that I want to do more of this... but oh how I which it were a bit cooler outside...summer is definitely here in Northern Virginia!

  2. This definitely wins creativity award!