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Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Onion and celery

We stay at the vegetable department and this time we get an onion and celery. Let us play with the onion first. Slice it and let it dry for a couple of days. It does not matter which way you slice the onion, both ways give a nice effect. All the samples I am showing you this month, can be made on either fabric or paper.

Just like I described in the previous post I placed the fabric on my printing board. Applied the paint with a foam brush, but you can also use a brayer or a foam roller, and press the onion down on the fabric.
Here are two examples of how the prints turned out:

 In the quilt shown here, I had pieced the background before I printed with the onion.

Next item we will be using is celery. You can either stamp with the whole celery or just with a single stalk.

For this sample I started with a sunprint which needed a bit more and I used a single celery stalk and black paint:

And this is how it looks when you use the whole celery:

Don't they look like flowers?


  1. They DO look like flowers! I had a dried red onion but that printed great roses! Love these!

  2. So simple and yet simply beautiful results.

  3. LOve the shape of them both and they do look like flowers.

  4. Those are really beautiful. I have to give this a try sometime.

  5. Guess I won't throw out that old onion any more!!! I'll just head to the dye room and stamp first! Thanks!

  6. I loved the vertical sliced onion prints we did one time. Wonder why we didn't think to try the horizontal slice as well then! I love it! The celery turned out very well! I especially like the individual stalk prints. Keep 'em coming!!

  7. these turned out great, love the onion prints


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