I’ve done very little eco-printing in 2021, concentrating instead, on a return to painting. The programmes I’ve been taking part in have introduced me to a good many different ways of starting and progressing a painting, including various ways of incorporating collage. One idea I’d not come across before is through the use of deli paper. Deli is short for delicatessen and deli paper is used by delicatessans to wrap takeaway foods. Waxed on one side, unwaxed on the other, it’s thin and virtually transparent and when drawn or painted or printed onto, can be glued onto an artwork, adding another dimension to the work and can be made virtually or wholly undetectable as collage material.
I noted, in my experiments with deli paper (which can be bought in A3 sheets in large quantities at little cost) how strong it was and this made me wonder if it was sufficiently robust to survive the eco-printing process. I managed to produce the eco prints in the slideshow above, using some of the autumn leaves now littering my garden. I’m pleased with these first attempts. I used leaves I know will give up their colour – Sumac and Dogwood and St John’s Wort. I’ll be experimenting further with different kinds of leaves.
I like the idea of using colour in my paintings derived directly from plant matter gathered from my surroundings, and in this, making my paintings site-specific. I’ve already begun some paintings using the results of these deli paper eco prints.
Deli paper may not be acid-free and archival, but are rendered archival once glued-down and coated with acrylic medium (I used gloss, which also further enriches the colours).
If you’ve tried eco printing on deli paper, I’d love to see some of your works and any tips.