Must admit I was surprised by what a difference the brand of paint makes.
I equally enjoy the white block on black & the ‘less white - more grey’ tones on black using the blocks
I realised that my preference was based on what I had come to ‘expect’ & a preconceived motion of what I might ‘do next’ with the prints rather than what I was obtaining in the exploration.
Ha ! rookie mistake falling victim to my own preconceptions.
It felt so indulgent to be picking more than one leaf at a time !
I also popped a few whenu of muka in too.
Love, love, love these - perhaps mostly because it worked !
So there it is:
Changing paints, changing fabrics, creating layers all whilst preserving the detail of the leaves.
Overdyeing, or is it underdyeing, with natural dye.
White on black, grey on black, black on white, black on harakeke pod brown.
Some I used to filter the inks I made & some are the result of these last explorations.
I literally have a couch covered in 30cm squares of different browns, all obtained from harakeke pods - no wonder we can't find one word to describe them all.
Some look slightly pink, some look slightly green, there are definitely a few that hover a little to close to beige for comfort & some are a rich warm harakeke brown.
Tino nui te mihi aroha ki te pā harakeke.
He taonga tuku iho.