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Botanical Printing on Fabric and Paper

A course by Anabel Torres
Fashion Designer and Textile Artist. Mexico City, Mexico.
Joined May 2019
, Fashion Designer and Textile Artist

Learn how to transfer textures and colors to create patterns with flowers and plants

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  • 99% Positive reviews (350)
  • 10586 students
Botanical Printing on Fabric and Paper

Learn how to transfer textures and colors to create patterns with flowers and plants

English, Spanish
  • 99% Positive reviews (350)
  • 10586 students
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Audio: Spanish, English
  • Level: Beginner
  • 17 Lessons (2h 22m)
  • Available from the app
  • Spanish, English, Portuguese, German, Italian, French
  • Unlimited access forever

Can you imagine using nature’s colors to adorn your garments? We’re not aware of the many artisanal methods that are available naturally and sustainably, straight from the comfort of our homes. Fashion designer and textile artist Anabel Alonso designs and sells sustainable, hand-dyed pieces with her brand Antesis.

In her first Domestika course, she teaches a textile dyeing technique with natural pigments, and in this course, she introduces you to an eco-printing technique used to transfer patterns of your favorite plants and flowers onto textiles and paper.

Learn how to extract nature’s textures and colors to then print them using different fixers to obtain different effects, discovering techniques to create outlines, background colors, and other tricks. During the course, create your own sampler from which you will base your final project: printing your favorite patterns on a garment.

About this course

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Introduction
  • U2
    U2. Getting ready to print with plants
  • U3
    U3. Washed and etched
  • U4
    U4. Botanical print
  • FP
    FP Final Project
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Start by getting to know Anabel, her professional journey as a fashion designer and textile artist, discovering her passion for teaching and plants, and seeing where she draws inspiration from.

She introduces you to the history of botanical printing and the materials and tools you need to prepare your workspace. Discover the importance of being able to correctly identify plants to collect their leaves in an eco-friendly way, and how to prepare them before use.

Then, discover textile color washes, and learn the different types of mordants to fix and modify color using: potassium alum, ferrous sulfate, and soy.

Once you have it all ready, start your basic prints in textiles and paper. When you master the technique, Anabel teaches you how to use ferrous sulfate baths, and other variants to achieve different effects: quick post-mordant baths, other types of washes, tricks to obtain background colors, how to retouch the composition, the Hapa zome technique, or how to do the final ironing, and how to care for them.

With all the techniques you’ll have learned and your sampler ready, you can start planning and developing your final project: your own garment with printed botanical patterns. Create a finalized sampler of different fixers, patterns, and tricks.

What is this course's project?

Create a sampler using different fixers, patterns, and tricks, and apply the botanical printing that you learned in the course onto an item of clothing.

Projects by course students

Who is it for?

For artists, designers, and anyone interested in learning about an eco-printing technique.

What you need

You do not need any previous knowledge to take this course, but if you’ve worked with dyes before, this more advanced printing process will be easier for you.

As for materials, you’ll need natural fabric materials, a scale, toothpicks, metal tubes, mosaics, plastic sheets, white vinegar, ferrous sulfate, sodium bicarbonate, potassium alum, a pot, a vaporizer, soybeans, containers, plywood, aluminum, leaves, and flowers to print.


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Anabel Torres

A course by Anabel Torres

Fashion Designer and Textile Artist

Anabel Torres has specialized in the dyeing of textiles using natural processes for over seven years, and through her brand Antesis, she designs and sells sustainably dyed items using natural pigments, as well as giving textile art workshops in Mexico City.

Her focus lies in studying and experimenting with colors that can be easily retrieved from the world around us—such as indigo, achiote, or cochineal—and is inspired by the textures that can be found in nature.


  • U1


    • Presentation of your portrait
    • Influences
    • What will we do in the course?
  • U2

    Getting ready to print with plants

    • Brief history and introduction to botanical printing
    • Materials and tools
    • Plant identification and collection
    • Preparation of materials and work area
  • U3

    Washed and etched

    • Introduction to washing and etching
    • Alum etched
    • Bitten with soybeans
    • Ferrous sulfate etched
  • U4

    Botanical print

    • Basic technique for printing on paper
    • Basic technique for printing on fabric
    • Effects with blankets
    • Special effects
    • Garment printing
    • Final ironing and care
  • FP

    Final Project

    • Botanical Printing on Fabric and Paper

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Botanical Printing on Fabric and Paper. A Craft course by Anabel Torres Best Seller

Botanical Printing on Fabric and Paper

A course by Anabel Torres
Fashion Designer and Textile Artist. Mexico City, Mexico.
Joined May 2019
  • 99% Positive reviews (350)
  • 10586 students