Gardener, Ecoprinter & Bookbinder

Welcome! I'm a passionate gardener and I use the natural pigments in the flowers and leaves I grow in my garden to create botanical contact prints or ecoprints. Simply put, I arrange plant materials grown in my garden or at local flower farms between damp sheets of paper, which I press and heat. The pigments are captured on the paper and what's left of the plants goes into my compost heap to nourish next year's garden.

Of course, it’s more complicated than that. Not all plants print and the colours and patterns depend on the variety and combination of leaves and flowers I use as well as the time of year. But, most importantly, all the colours in my prints come from plants – I don’t use synthetic dyes, inks or paints – and every print is one of a kind.

I'm also a bookbinder and I transform my original prints into hand bound sketchbooks, journals and notebooks. Nothing goes to waste in my studio: offcuts from bookbinding become note cards, bookmarks, papercraft ornaments and more.

Printmaker Peta Bailey ecoprinting StudioPetaBooks
Original ecoprint on watercolor paper by Peta Bailey

My handcrafted books are made to be used. I seal the covers with a special Japanese starch to make them more durable. I use strong Irish waxed linen threadto hand sew the Coptic stitch binding, which allows the pages to lie flat when the book is opened, and I always use high-quality acid-free paper for the inside pages.


Choose a book that inspires your creativity and write, draw, paint, sketch, collage, doodle, journal and more in it!

Peta Bailey 

Kingston, Ontario, Canada