Lake pigments continued

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Now that I have a small first collection of pigments to play with before new plants can be tested next summer (I do have some old dried things I can try too), there are multiple ways to use them. They need some kind of binder, although I suppose you could just soak them in water. Alcohol? But even watercolours have binders added to add intensity to the colour as well as make it stick to your paper.

You can use oil, egg, honey*, gum, shellac, wax, milk, spit! or buy readymade binders for a variety of mediums. Even an acrylic binder which I may just have to test, although I’m leaning towards wax and shellac since I plan on working with that anyway.

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Plant pigment

Five years ago I did a brief test of concentrated plant dye baths to see what they were like as watercolours. I didn’t add anything to it as I recall and I’m not sure where my sample is now!

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Paraphernalia

Didn’t get ready today to show you a full version of my pigment experiment as planned, as I’ve had other things to attend to. So I thought I’d show you my latest finding, a book press which I thought could help me get water out of new paper sheets, rather than stacking cinderblocks on the floor. One way of tackling multiple projects could be doing so as efficiently as possible!

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Storage contraption

It’s been two years since we finished building my little studio – but the saw still lives right outside in the hayloft. I have some plans to turn the stable downstairs into a general workshop however, now that nobody lives in it.

Anyway – I wanted to show you a tiny little building project that I needed as part of my new cwm project: a rack for storing sticky paint panels. With 45° walls I don’t have a lot of hanging space, there’s dust to consider with slow drying items, and I only have the one work table, so laying out things in a row is not working.

Options: hang from the rafters or store in a mover’s box anywhere. Right now I have so many small test panels I need more racks already! How do you store wet paintings?

WIP Wednesday whoops (3)

Everything was glitchy yesterday, including me! But here we are a day late with a few backgrounds that I’m prepping for the new series. Click to the front page if you would like to see where the first painting is at the moment, or that side link to Instagram. Contrary to my previous post I decided to show the preliminary version after all, but I’m reserving the right to change it once the others are more complete. 😉
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