Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Hand Dyed Paper for Mixed Media

is highly underrated
in the studio..

I think the best obsessions
begin with play..
and this one, 

started so innocently.. 
with a little
bottle of 

Turmeric dye on a variety of papers, hand dyed with natural dyes.

I was interested in writing with the Turmeric dye..
and used an applicator bottle and a nib..

Turmeric dye on tracing paper, with hand dyed turmeric papers underneath.

which turned out well,
and then I experimented 
in dying the papers twice.

Tracing paper dyed twice using the first dye bath and a day later using the dye saved from the day before.

to do that,
I made the dye baths on one day.. 

The strength of the dye bath, vibrant yellow orange..

and then dyed the paper,
in this case I used tracing paper..

Tissue paper with dye bath, using a brush.

and let it dry..
while resting the bath overnight in my refrigerator...

Turmeric twice dyed on sketch paper using a brush and applicator bottle.

the next day
I used an applicator bottle to re-dye
the papers..

and I adore the way they turned out...

and then I read about 

avocado skins and pits..
the article said they 
  made a beautiful shade of pink..

so I HAD to try that right?

Assorted papers dyed with avocado skins and pits, yummy pinks!

I love the assortment of pinks..
and the more skins and pits you have
the darker the pink...

Mixed media paper hand dyed with avocado skins and pits.

you can save those skins and pits
put them in a baggie and freeze them...
to use when you want...

from there I used red onion skins..
I did use the dye bath on some papers,
but the most interesting thing..

were the prints I made using the skins
which look a lot like wings on some of the prints...

Red onion dye on tracing paper.

The dye bath on the red onion skins
changed color when I used 
different papers..
which was thrilling...

Red onion skin dye bath on tracing paper.

it was greenish on the tracing paper,

Red onion skin dye bath on sketch paper

and brown on sketch paper..
above which I adore..

Red onion prints on wrapping paper.

 but I think pressing the prints was even more fun..
and I am going to play with this a bit more..
I am a little obsessed now..
they are so fast and easy and very cool..

If you have not seen my 
YouTube video
on how I created these,
just scroll down to the last post..

and ...
I am off to the studio to work
on June Journal pages
as I am woefully

Ciao, ciao!


Randi Kuhne said...

Those are so yummy!

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

You got incredible results with the turmeric and onion skins. I love the avocado dyed papers. I've got mine freezing and waiting for more skins and pits before I try this process. I am SO in awe of your drawings. They are stunningly amazing.

I've never owned tracing paper, but I'm wondering if deli paper might provide similar results. Looks like I need to play with these and find out! LOVE what you have created, especially the browns and purples.

A bird in the hand said...

I remember how surprised I was when I dye a cloth with avocado and it came out pink. Love your turmeric dying - such a brilliant colour.

froebelsternchen said...

Absolutely WONDERFUL papers!

susan hemann said...

wonderful! I dyed some cotton fabric using turmeric, it was fun.

Sylvia/LittleTreasures said...

These are all gorgeous, when avocados come down in price I'll try this. I really love the yellow using the nib and applicator bottle. And I think the variety of papers give nice variety. Thanks for the fun.

Dorthe said...

They are all wonderful, dear Cat, so lovely a play :-) The avocado pinks are just so beautiful, but so are they all.
I will have to play along one of these days my dear friend. Thank you.

CAWeStruck said...

Fabulous post. I will try some of these!

Kim Henkel Creations said...

Oh so beautiful.... and playing is my absolute favourite thing to do (and you obviously do it so very well) Thanks for sharing!

Caterina Giglio said...

Thanks, Randi, I love the way they can out!

Caterina Giglio said...

Hi Dr. E, I am interested to hear how deli paper will take the dye, I am so impressed with tracing papers I will have to buy more! Thanks so much, so happy you liked all the results!

Caterina Giglio said...

Colette, I just couldn't believe it, so amazing! I was really happy with that bright yellow too!

Caterina Giglio said...

Hi Susi, Thanks so very much!!

Caterina Giglio said...

Hi Susan, It IS fun isn't it? I just love the results and the freedom that play gives to me.

Caterina Giglio said...

Hi Dorthe, dear friend, I hope you soon find time to play and enjoy dying cloth and papers. Sending you big hugs!! xxxx

Caterina Giglio said...

Hi Sylvia, I was really happy with results from both the applicator bottle and the nib, so will use that again! Thanks for commenting, it means so much!

Caterina Giglio said...

Kim!! I am placing PLAY high on my priority list! ;)

lana kloch said...

have been away from your blog.. am so blown away about this one.. learning about dyeing from organic materials.. WOW

Hastypearl said...

You had me at the gold ! : ) Laura

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