Our land has restored prairie and woodland, and I collect various grasses and leaves to print on trays and plates. Oak leaves print well because they are thick and sturdy, and have a variety of shapes.
Right now, all the tall prairie grasses have gone to seed. These are big bluestem. Grasses print best when they are freshly picked.
I roll out a slab, dry it a little between cloths so it isn’t sticky, and then mark the pattern. These will be small trays.
Then I lay the grasses on the slab where I want to print them, and roll them in with a rolling pin.
Here I add a stalk of Indian Grass and roll it in.
Then the grasses are lifted out, leaving the print.
Then the trays are cut out and formed on a mold.
Everything in the kiln!