‘Made in Canada’. Interior details
Milk and tea. Made from milk cartons, tea leaves and white glue.
Houses cast from paper, grasses, seaweed, potatoes and rice.
Natural dyes sample chart 1 & 2. Made using berries, barks, earth and vegetables.
Natural dyes postcard project
Carriage House. Made using blackberries, moss and charcoal on paper.
From Bay of Fundy plant series, made using Fundy mud on masonite.
Figure drawing with natural dyes.
Natural ink/dye experiments continued…
Above, a chart created 12.4.2013 to test the layering and mixing of different ink/dyes made from natural materials (berries: lingon & aronia, onion skin, turmeric, beet, red cabbage, all with a bit of vinegar added)
Below the same chart a few months later on 30.8.2013 (having been up on the wall exposed to natural light)
WET / DRY:
Above, a chart with wet dyes on the left, and dried dyes on the right (similar to using dried cakes of watercolours), which I had in mind might be more portable than their liquid counterparts
Below, the same chart after a few months (having been left out in the sunlight)
‘RAW’ / ‘COOKED’:
Some of these dyes involved heat, others did not – for example above, the lower colour was made by combining turmeric with room temperature water, whereas below, the top colour was made by simmering the same solution over low heat for a short time
And then below are the same samples a few months later
A landscape that was destined to fade…
I enjoy offering workshops in papermaking and natural ink/dye making, which I have hosted in Nova Scotia & New Brunswick, Canada and Tallinn, Estonia.