Today, as the culmination of a multi day process, I immersed a book in a cutch and logwood bath and removed magic!
2 days ago, I applied either milk or soda ash mordant to a variety of scraps of cloth: linen, cotton, nylon, mystery cloth. The next day I stitched that cloth to a large sheet of watercolor paper. I then coated the watercolor paper with milk. when that was dry I cut it down into 12 folios. On the third day I bound it, coptic style.
Today I filled the pages with garden treasure: lupine, indigo, coral bell, St. John’s Wort, mint, rhododendron, sunflower petals, cone flower petals, yarrow leaf, dried rose petals, bark, rusty bits and a bit of lichen. The pages were alternately moistened with copper mordant or iron mordant. I wrapped it in perforated galvanized metal and white linen, bundling it tightly with waxed nylon thread. Into a pot of cutch and logwood it went, simmering for 2 hours. Magic!