Thoughts and images from an eccentric and somewhat reclusive artist
Monday, February 2, 2015
Time for a new vat
of Walnut Juice! The pots are freshly scrubbed and just begging to be
cooking something... and the plant pot full of walnut husks have sat
out front all winter turning into their wonderful blackness! I am
quite surprised the critters did not get into them this year. I
usually need to cover them up, but never did. (see also Oak Gall Soup)
new... I have heard color can be had from avocados, so I have been
saving pits and peels for a few years. Some I had saved in a freezer bag
and others I had dried allowed to dry. Here is a pot of the peels that will
cook for a few days. I will then see how it works on muslin fabric.
I decided to do the
pits separate to see if they cook up differently. They will have to
wait a few days because I need one burner free to cook my dinner.
I also plan to experiment with
black beans... I have seen lovely results from them and want to try it out.
I recently bought 10
yards of unbleached muslin, so I have plenty of fabric to dye for
projects. Whatever the results: success or fail... I will share!
Update: Dipped printmaking paper in dye vats after about 24 hours and here are results. The lighter one is avocado and walnut is on the right. Pretty good for just one day. The pots will sit on low heat for several days.