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How to Paint Loose Watercolor Florals Using Natural Pigments

21st June 2024

A few years ago, I published an article as a guest blog post and almost forgot about it. Recently, I stumbled upon my old article and decided to share it with the creative community of my blog. In this post, I’ll show you how to create beautiful loose watercolor florals using natural pigments, with easy techniques that both beginners and experienced artists can enjoy. I often receive inquiries about incorporating natural colors into artistic endeavors. While natural pigments do have…

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The Blue Pigment

11th April 2024

In the realm of blue pigments, both natural and synthetic options offer distinct advantages and appeal to artists, manufacturers, and consumers alike. While natural pigments evoke a sense of tradition and craftsmanship, synthetic alternatives provide reliability and versatility. Ultimately, the choice between natural and synthetic blue pigments depends on individual preferences, artistic requirements, and ethical considerations, highlighting the diverse and dynamic nature of the pigment industry. This blog post compares and contrasts the qualities and allure of natural blues with…

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Extracting Lake Pigments from Safflower Petals

20th March 2024

Safflower is an intriguing botanical specimen for pigment extraction due to its chemical composition and historical significance. From a single plant specimen one can obtain two distinct colors. Over the last two years, I’ve been attempting to cultivate safflower in my natural dye garden, not just to gather the petals for making edible flower salt, but also to extract natural pigments. The first year showed promise as the plants produced gorgeous buds; however, they were scorched by the extreme heat…

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Japanese Knotweed: A Potential Natural Dye and Pigment Source

22nd February 2024

Not long ago, I ventured out to forage for Japanese Knotweed roots, a perfect endeavour on a chilly day as I sought respite from sports and craved exploration amidst the cold, grey winter landscape. While I had previously experimented with extracting colors from the leaves and stems of Japanese Knotweed during summers, my curiosity was piqued after delving into some research articles. This time, I was eager to dig deeper, quite literally, and uncover the potential for color extraction from…

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DIY Watercolor and Gouache Paints with Cornstarch

10th October 2023

Explore the art of crafting watercolor paints with readily available kitchen staples. Introduction Watercolor painting is a beautiful and expressive type of art that captures your imagination. However, high-quality artist-grade watercolor paints can be quite costly, making them an aspiration that’s challenging to attain for many, especially in regions where art supplies are scarce or economic conditions are modest. The Spark of Inspiration The inspiration for my cost-effective watercolor paint recipe was sparked by the narrative of one of my…

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A Masterclass In Botanical Colors!

16th June 2023

Thank you for taking the time to peruse my blog. I am delighted to offer you a cordial invitation to join my exclusive and engaging Masterclass Webinar titled “Botanical Dyes, Pigments, Inks, Cultivation, and Foraging.” Delve into the captivating world of botanical colours, unveiling nature’s extraordinary range of hues. Empower yourself to create sustainable botanical pigments, elevating your artistic creations. With engaging slides and insightful discussions, this seminar opens the door to remarkable possibilities in natural pigments. Experience the transformative…

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Easy Natural Dye Plants to Grow on Your Balcony

23rd May 2023

For years, my balcony has served as a sanctuary for my gardening adventures. I’ve nurtured an array of plants, from blooming flowers to aromatic herbs, vegetables and salads, creating a miniature oasis amidst the urban landscape. But it wasn’t until last year that my gardening journey took an exciting turn. I was granted a small piece of land, a patch of earth to call my own. With this newfound space, I couldn’t resist the urge to experiment with something new…

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