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Pigment from Dye

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Pigment from Dye

Making yellow pigment from oxalis is proving to be a challenge. To make a precipitate, I am adding my alkali solution to the alum sulfate dye solution....turns orange...which is isn't the yellow I want...sure is a fun, bright orange.

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Orange from Yellow

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Orange from Yellow

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Yellow!

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Yellow!

It's oxalis season here in the bay area. You will find these low growing 'weeds' with bright florescent blossoms everywhere! I'm collecting flowers to make into yellow pastels and paint, hopefully ready for sale this summer. Make your own dye by collecting flowers, pack into a clear jar and leave outside in the sun for a few days. Makes a great dye on un-mordanted silk, wool or cotton.

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Bay Area Workshops 2016

Bay Area Workshops 2016

30 January. Ink and Paint. 10-4. Hand Made Studio, Bodega Bay, CA  27 February. Ink and Paint. 1:30-5:30. A Verb For Keeping Warm, Oakland, CA. Sign up at the store or on their site http://www.averbforkeepingwarm.com/collections/classes. 12 March. Block Prints and Stamps. 11-4. UC Berkeley Botanical Garden. http://events.berkeley.edu/index.php/calendar/sn/bot.html?event_ID=95939&date=2016-03-12&filter=Event%20Type&filtersel= 19 March. Block Prints and Stamps.  A Verb For Keeping Warm. http://www.averbforkeepingwarm.com/collections/classes

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