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botanical inks

Natural pigments, watercolor paints, plant dyes & inks

What’s happening in my Dye Garden?!-VI

7th August 2022

Before departing on a three-week summer vacation, I visited my natural dye garden to tend to my plants, gather the blooms, and take care of the damage caused by the severe thundershowers two days before. When I arrived, the garden was in full bloom, and the pollinators were busily performing their jobs, but the thunderstorms had seriously damaged quite a few coreopsis plants. I began by collecting the bright and zingy orange cosmos flowers, then plucked the coreopsis blooms from…

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Natural pigments, watercolor paints, plant dyes & inks

How to make Walnut Ink

3rd August 2019

I live in the lovely city of Graz, Austria. Every morning I go for a run or ride along the river Mur, which flows through the center of Graz. I had never noticed the diversity of flora and fauna alongside the river until I adapted to my new avatar as an artist a couple of years ago Even though I have always loved being in nature it is only when I started sketching outdoors that I began to observe and…

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Natural pigments, watercolor paints, plant dyes & inks

Natural Plant Inks

5th June 2019

I had started my blog¬† Lost in Colours with an intention to raise awareness of the environmental issues involved in art materials and to provide non-toxic, low-impact solutions. Hopefully,¬† I can be more regular in sharing not only my insights on this topic but also my struggles and joy of creating sustainable art! To date, I had only been using pigments from Earth in my daily art practice. I began foraging for natural pigments from plants last year after being…

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