Friday, April 18, 2014

Prairie False Indigo on Invasive Buckthorn Paper

This sheet of paper was made after giving the buckthorn pulp another round of chopping in the blender. The paper came out a bit finer in texture. I was also finally able to produce a clearer transferred image due to drying one side of the paper on acrylic, which gives it a smoother surface for printing. It looks like I'll be collecting more buckthorn in the coming weeks.

The image is the shadow of the seed pods on a white or prairie false indigo (Baptisia lactea) plant that I photographed back in November at Welsch Nature Preserve. The status of white indigo is "special concern", meaning that it is rare (or uncertain) but not legally protected.