You will need
- Good quality water-colour paper
- Placenta that has not completely dried out and still has some blood on it
Step 5. Wash your hands thoroughly.
Step 6. Your blood print will change colour as the blood dries. The bright red will turn to a faded brown. To preserve the print it is a nice idea to have it framed.
This style of printing is ideal for lotus born placentas that are too dry to create blood prints with.
You will need
- Paint in whatever colours you would like (we chose to use acrylic paint because it is easy to spread and less expensive than other kinds of paint).
Step 1. We removed the placenta from our freezer and left to defrost.
Step 3. Pour your paint onto a flat surface, gently dip one side of your placenta into the paint.
Step 4. Gently place the paint covered side of your placenta onto the canvas.
Step 7. Once the print is complete you can wrap the placenta up in fresh plastic wrap and return to the freezer until such time as you would like to bury it under your garden or with a pot plant, or you can plant it straight away.
Step 8. Wash you hands thoroughly.
- Work swiftly (but don't rush, always handle the placenta with care) to avoid the blood or paint on the placenta drying before you are finished.
- Handling the organ that was once inside you, who kept your child alive for many months, that in the beginning was the same cells as the child you now care for each day, can be quite an emotional experience. Be ready for certain feelings to come up for you while making a placenta print. Make sure that those present for the printing process are sympathetic loved ones who appreciate the significance of the placenta and who will honour any feelings you might experience while making a placenta print.
- Don't get caught up in making the print look like something in particular. The print will be what it will be. Every placenta is different and so every print is unique. Much like birth, you have little control over what the end product will look like. Rather than focusing on what your art will look like when you're done, stay present to the moment and enjoy gently handling your placenta, reflecting upon your child's lotus birth and how far you've come since those early days.
- Once defrosted your placenta will smell much the same as it did the day that you froze it. Scent has a powerful way of overwhelming us with memories, be prepared to be taken back to those early days of your child's life.
Our daughter with one of her placenta prints
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