NATURALLY PIGMENTED PAINTS

INGREDIENTS

  • 257 g dried cherries from Snowy Mountain Organics

  • 257 g plum wood smoked salt from Bowen Island Herb Salts

  • 2 tomatoes from Plenty Wild Farms

  • 1 red cabbage from Plenty Wild Farms

  • Water

  • Vinegar

  • Larger fine-mesh metal strainer

  • 5 drops wintergreen essential oil OR 1 Tbsp of whole cloves

METHOD

Boiled Ink (Paint)

Use a ratio of:

  • 1 cup water to 1/2 cup fruit extract

  • 1 cup vinegar to 1 cup water

  • 1 tsp salt to 1 cup water

  1. Roughly chop red cabbage

  2. Boil 1 cup of water and add 1/2 cup of chopped cabbage

  3. Turn water down to low and allow to simmer for anywhere from 5 minutes to 1 hour or longer, depending on how strong you would like your pigment to be

  4. Strain contents into a glass (not plastic) bowl using an extra-fine metal strainer

  5. Add 1 cup of vinegar and 1 tsp of salt.

    NOTE: The vinegar will act as a colour preserver and the salt will prevent the ink from going rancid on the paper.

  6. Store long-term in a glass jar with 5 drops of wintergreen essential oil or 1 Tbsp of whole cloves.

Fresh Ink (Paint)

  1. Using a fork or crumbled up ball of tin foil, crush 2 tomatoes into a bowl to extract the juice then strain the contents into another glass bowl.

  2. Add 1 cup of vinegar and 1 tsp of salt

  3. Store long-term in a glass jar with 5 drops of wintergreen essential oil or 1 Tbsp of whole cloves.

Boiled inks can be made using anything that stains, such as cabbage, beets, carrots, acorn shells, avocado pits or spinach. For fresh ink use dark, juicy fruits.

Once you have created your inks, apply them to paper as you would any watercolour paint using a paintbrush.

These are excellent paints for toddlers and kids!