Embellished Ecoprints: the basics

Workshop topic: Traditional hand sewing
Languages: French flag English flag
Nb of students: 10

In this workshop, the originality of which consists in going beyond the natural, participants will use several techniques to create ecoprints on paper and fabric.
The first part will be dedicated to the basics of the method, with the use of different baths and several color enhancers. We will also study the effects obtained with different plants.
Then in the second part we will work on color effects with watercolor paper in other mediums, transfer prints, embellishments before and after firing.
The results will give a personalized and creative visual.

List of supplies
  • fabric scissors
  • paper scissors
  • eraser
  • paper pencil
  • ballpoint pen
  • quilter's ruler
  • small garbage bag
  • rotary cutter
  • cutting mat
Required supplies
  • 4 - 6 wooden sticks (broom handles cut into 20 to 25 cm sections)
  • a roll of stretch film
  • secateurs to cut the plants
  • a large plastic sheet (or tablecloth) to cover the work space
  • a few 50 to 100l garbage bags
  • wire
  • thin string
  • rubber bands
  • kitchen tongs
  • apron
  • gloves
  • masks (products! )
  • sponge
  • paper towels
  • a large quantity of leaves (the list of plants will be sent to the trainees by mail)
  • something to take notes
  • 5 large sheets (50x65 cm) of white watercolor paper (180x230 gr.)
  • old road map
  • old book or photocopies of old documents
  • 1 electric plate (if you have only)
  • a hair dryer
Fabrics to bring + lengh
  • 200 to 250 cm of white fabric: cotton or linen - sheets or old linen welcome
  • Silk if you have habotai or wild silk (for a scarf, allow 45 x 130 cm)
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The teacher


Chantal draws her inspiration from her travels, from the landscapes that surround her and from nature. She often uses her own photos to create textile paintings. Chantal dyes, paints, prints or bleaches her fabrics. She likes to mix and experiment with different techniques.
Most of her creations are figurative and recreate an atmosphere or a memory.

Lena: At the crossroads of several cultures, she creates figurative paintings that revolve around emotion. She calls them her "internal landscapes", where we find animated objects, imaginary places, situations at the border of the real and the fantastic. She uses a wide range of techniques: painting, acrylic pouring, embossed metal, ecoprint, burned lutradur, always in experimentation.