In the last two weeks we have been foraging and collecting mushrooms to do spore prints! Are they ever amazing! I can’t get enough of them.
Each one is so unique and sometimes are very sharp and intricate. Sometimes they are a little blurry or smeared depending on how well the spores fall down and how well they are sealed under the glass.
What a great summer time adventure!
If you would like to try it here are directions.
How to take a spore print of your own.
Find a mushroom that has gills on the underside, if they are white put them on a black card stock paper, if they are dark put them on white card stock. You must cover them with glass and make sure all the edges of the glass are on the paper, no gaps, or you will get swirls and not very sharp prints.
Wait 2-24 hours, look through the glass to see if anything is on the paper. I like to do mine overnight but once in a while it’s too long and they get mushy.
Carefully uncover and lift them off of the paper print.
There are some ways to seal them but I’ve just taken pictures and won’t try to preserve them. They actually have depth to them and could move around if blown on.
Give them a try. They are just awesome!
We are off on another foray tomorrow if it’s not too rainy. Randy went fishing today and found some beautiful, deadly gems! We are not going to eat those! I’ll tell you all about that next week!
Welcome to my blog! I'm excited to be creating fiber sculptures of nature, going on forays, hikes and biking in the Adirondacks and the 1,000 Islands regions for inspiration with my husband, Randy.