Saturday, April 8, 2017

Hand Dyed Papers with Organic Dyes

If you have always wanted
to try natural dyes..
to create hand dyed papers..

I have put together a little tutorial for you..
while there are countless 

fruits, veggies, and spices to use..

I used just a few to show you a range of color
beets, cabbage, black beans, yellow onion and blue berries..

On Tuesday, I will post
the papers and a project along with a comprehensive list of
natural products that you can
boil and simmer and use to dye, both paper and 
fabrics.. to use in your work..

I hope you enjoy it..
try it...
and let me know!

Ciao, ciao!


Roberta Warshaw said...

Oh this looks like fun! I guess I always thought that you had to add chemicals or something to the dyes to get them to stay! I hope to try this soon. I loved the paper with the actual beet impression on it. So great! Thanks so much.....and PS


Createology said...

Thank you very much for such a wonderful tutorial. I have done organic dyeing decades ago with Easter eggs and Elementary school classes. I am renewed in my love of this for paper arts. I have dyed vintage music sheets with beet juice and the pink color is "delicious"! I'll be back to follow your projects. <3

Zue said...

Hi Caterina,
I loved your video.
Every year when the hedgerows here are fruiting, I use blackberries and elderberries to make some delicious dyes for natural fabrics.
But this year I'm going to spend time dyeing papers as well.
Thank you so much, I love watching you at work and look forward to Tuesday.
Also cumin and white onion skins are favourites of mine.
Have a good week.
Sue x

Zue said...

I'm definitely going to try hibiscus tea....thanks for the tip.
What fabulous colour!

susan hemann said...

I have been dyeing fabric with natural materials for a long time, I have not tried paper though. thank you

Dorthe said...

Oh I enjoyed seeing this, Cat - you created such gorgeous colors with the different food . I did try this myself, with beat, onion and cabbage - but mostly with fabrics, so I will certainly make some happy hours trying with papers, too :-)
I know my husbond is cooking with beets for tonight , so I will snatch some rests from him and giv e it a try tomorrow ,lol.
Thank you dear, it is wonderful seeing you demonstrate all this, and I will look forward to the coming week, and your next video .
Love from Dorthe

froebelsternchen said...

Such an inspiration! Great!

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

I LOVE this post. You may not have noticed, but my blog was on meltdown and I lost all my blogs I visit. My friend Scott fixed it, and thanks to Patty's blog, I was able to find you again.

I have dyed tea and blackberries on paper, but have dyed fabric only using turmeric, black beans, onion skins, and grape juice. Like you, I don't like those horrible chemicals and the mask that is required when using commercial dyes. I really enjoyed that you combined them all in one post. I'm apparently not that put together. I now must get some red cabbage and blueberries and try the shibori technique on paper. Thanks for this.

BTW, I saw the book project first and came hunting for this one. I always dip my fabric in the juice, but have always removed the onion skins, etc. before continuing. I also leave my fabric in the dye bath overnight, but never thought to leave the dye bath overnight, then dye later. And of course, I use the dedicated microwave in my basement instead of my stove.

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

Forgot to mention that the papers you rolled with skins and leaves remind me of the eco dying I do. It's too bad we live so far apart. We could have lots of fun coming up with ways to dye different things and experimenting with different veggies.

Caterina Giglio said...

Hi Roberta, no you do not need chemicals at all, they are simple plant stains, and they are not toxic in the slightest. They will fade over time, especially exposed to light, but that is ok with me. Glad you liked it and as always I am grateful for your support! x

Catharina Maria said...

Big hug for all the beautiful papers with the lovely Colors !
Your friend Catharina ( Rini )

Caterina Giglio said...

Hi Creageology, so happy that I have renewed your interest, as I love it so much, making papers is such a great way to clear cobwebs and art blocks, and makes me feel like a kid again! thanks for stopping by and taking the time to comment, it is so appreciated!!

Caterina Giglio said...

Sue, your fabrics must be delicious! So glad you will try dying with other things, especially hibiscus tea, it is just wonderful and I think you will be impressed. Thanks for the tip on the white onion and cumin, I will definitely add that to my list to try, and I will be doing a natural dyes part two, since I have so much interest! thank you so much! x

Caterina Giglio said...

Hi Susan, you can basically do everything with paper that you can with fabrics, but you will have to iron wrinkles if you use the shibori techniques, I don't mind that at all, I just whisk my craft iron over it.. so glad you will give it all a go!!

Caterina Giglio said...

Dorthe, just wondering how your beet color came out on papers and so excited to know what you thought! So happy you enjoyed the video and thank you dear friend, for stopping by, I never take your visits for granted!! xoxox

Caterina Giglio said...

Hi Susi, thank you so much! :)

Caterina Giglio said...

oh E!! so sorry about your computer having a meltdown, you can always google me, I will come right up, and I am so glad you enjoyed the book and the video. Yes, it is a shame we are so far away, I really miss that about Fort Collins, I had so many art pals to play with there. I usually do a lot of veg and fruit dyes at one time and then off the heat and pop things in the bath, unless I want a really dark color and then I boil it. Yes you can use any shibori method and all the eco dyes with plants wrapped up, BUT some of the papers will fall apart if you boil them too long. I often leave fabric and papers in tea overnight to get a darker, richer color.. there are just so many things you can do to play with natural dyes. Hope the computer is fixed and thanks for stopping by!! x

Caterina Giglio said...

Hi dear Rini, thank you so so much and for stopping by as always I so appreciate your visit! xo

Zue said...

Realised I made a mistake wasn't cumin I used, but turmeric, the yellow spice.

Unknown said...

Hi, Caterina. Just watched your video and love what you’ve done. I’ve dyed with avocado skins, elderberries, and tea. Did you ever post the list of dyeing materials and directions. You mentioned in the video that you would post it on “Tuesday,” but I can’t find it.
Aloha, Lisa

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