Thursday, April 6, 2017

Eco Dyeing A to Z Challenge






Extracting beautiful colors from things found in nature, Eco Dyeing, is a magical thing.


There are loads of tutorials and workshops available. Books and art blogs abound. 

The images here are from a work shop I attended where we gathered all sorts of leaves,
then dyed paper & fabric in different solutions.










My tried & true recipe for Walnut ink/dye in my journal from about 8 years ago. Using actual walnut hulls gives you a much richer dye than the store bought variety.







Everyday kitchen items can create stunning results as well.



You can purchase mordants & other supplies as well as learn more online from  Botanical Colors.



7 comments:

  1. I used walnut dye in one of my books to darken a leather saddle. My heroine used it on her skin to darken her complexion. Thanks for the info. Find me here. LINK

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  2. Linda,

    I've not made home-made dyes before and probably won't but it's interesting. Years ago, I used fallen leaves (maple, oak, and poplar) to make impressions on a sweatshirt like a rubber stamp, except I put fabric paint on the vein side, lifting very carefully revealing a beautiful outline of the leaf. After the paint dries, I think outlined each leaf design with fabric glitter pens. I need to find that sweatshirt and take a picture of it, then share the steps to creating it for others to try. It's really a neat DIY project for anyone who enjoys crafting.

    Check out, Art Sketching Through the Alphabet with the letter "E" (elephant, eagle, elk)! Have an electric day a2zing!

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  3. Oh wow, those leaf dye prints look especially beautiful!

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  4. Beautiful. Thanks for the ideas.

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  5. Those are really beautiful. I have mad some natural dyes before. We died Easter Eggs several years ago and I remember dying some cheese cloth with tea.

    Finding Eliza

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  6. Hi Linda. This post reminded of a class I took a couple of years ago to use natural dyes to paint with. We used dried hibiscus flowers and beetroot, too. The results were fascinating.Like the dried leaves picture.

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