Beating color onto cloth is an age-old technique, and one which India Flint has coined Hapa-zome in her book Eco-colour. It’s quite simple, really. All you have to do is smash flowers and leaves on fabric with a hammer to create an imprint. The results are amazing! And if you want your dyed fabric to be washable, just steam iron it to set the imprints.

This technique makes for a really good art project for children. My daughter Rinoa did some smashing with me and, in the video tutorial, she will show you how to make a greeting card using the hapa-zome technique.