I started a series of books last June to document plants found in my area of Colorado. Using the eco print process, leaves gathered from my daily walks, my garden and donations from neighbors, I have learned so much about the native and introduced plants of this high desert-foothills region of the Rocky mountains. I created 4 books: Book 1, June JUNE JULY AUGUST; Book 2, SEPTEMBER OCTOBER NOVEMBER; Book 3, DECEMBER JANUARY FEBRUARY; Book 4, MARCH APRIL MAY. The first 2 books show a range of pigment changes as the seasons, as well as the leaf pigments, change. For book 3, I manipulated the colors obtained by using an iron mordant (rusty bits in a vinegar and water solution) and the iron rich spring water of a natural spring in Manitou. Manipulations were also done with the last and most current book. Spring comes late to the Rocky mountains so there was little to print with until well into April so I sprinkled papers with cochineal powder to give them some oomph.
|SEPTEMBER OCTOBER NOVEMBER|
|DECEMBER JANUARY FEBRUARY (honey locust seed pod, juniper berries)|
|MARCH APRIL MAY|
The pale prints against the white background reminds me of the first bursts of color coming through snow. And the dash of cochineal is the color of my peonies which sadly don't print.
|open book with flags*|
|Inside front cover--orange is threadleaf coreopsis|
|teal green squiggles--lavender blue iris|
|Rocky Mountain Juniper splashed with Cochineal|
|Chokecherry and Willows|