is highly underrated
in the studio..
I think the best obsessions
begin with play..
and this one,
started so innocently..
with a little
|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
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
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
on how I created these,
just scroll down to the last post..
I am off to the studio to work
on June Journal pages
as I am woefully