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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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For children Natural pigments, watercolor paints, plant dyes & inks

Natural ‘Crayons’ !

6th September 2023

Discover a unique and unconventional art technique: using flowers as crayons. Explore how nature’s palette can add vibrancy to your creative projects. In the realm of artistic expression, innovation often emerges from the most unexpected sources. In this article, we explore a unique and vibrant way to create art using the pigmented wonders of nature: flower petals as crayons. This delightful project is not only a feast for the eyes but also a fantastic activity for children, offering a safe…

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Natural pigments, watercolor paints, plant dyes & inks Painting & Sketching

Lake Pigments vs. Natural Dyeing

31st July 2023

In the realm of color creations, two captivating worlds stand apart: the intricate process of making lake pigments and the age-old practice of natural dyeing. While both methods embrace the wonders of natural materials, they diverge significantly in purpose, techniques, and end products. In this blog post, we delve into the intriguing differences between the lake pigment-making process and natural dyeing, shedding light on their unique characteristics and creative possibilities. The Complexity of Lake Pigment Production The process of lake…

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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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Handmade Natural Dye Garden Natural pigments, watercolor paints, plant dyes & inks

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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Natural pigments, watercolor paints, plant dyes & inks

The Magical Orange Lake pigment

22nd May 2023

As a child, I was enraptured by my late grandparents and parents’ tales of the vibrant festivities they experienced during Holi, the festival of colors. They spoke fondly of the natural hues derived from Butea monosperma flowers, also known as  Tesu or Palash, in my mother tongue. Cultural significance of Butea monosperma Butea monosperma,  holds significant cultural, ecological, and medicinal value in India. It is associated with festivals like Holi and symbolises energy and the arrival of spring. The tree’s…

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Natural Dye Garden Natural pigments, watercolor paints, plant dyes & inks

Discover the Vibrant World of Natural Dyes: Journey of Color Exploration!

9th May 2023

After three long years, I finally had the opportunity to embark on a journey back to my motherland, Bombay, over the easter break this year. This trip held immense significance for me, not only for reconnecting with my roots but also for the chance to explore the fascinating flora that Bombay had to offer. The timing couldn’t have been more perfect, as I was also running a course on how to grow an organic natural dye garden, “From Petals to…

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