I still want to show you my adventures with the apple bark. I told you about making the pigments. Now I tried to turn them into some watercolour paint. The recipe itself is easy: You take one part (e.g. one teaspoon) of gum arabic and two parts of destiled water (or water that had been […]
It’s time for me to tell you what I did with all the apple-bark-paint-sites I was working on … First for the sap. You may remember this yellowish looks-like-egg-paint glas? First of all I actually made some „Glue-size“ from it. I took a small strip of white linen and soaked it in the sap. After […]
I’m a bit particular when it comes to green colours. There are a lot of greens in my watercolour boxes – but they are all ugly. Well there is one shade of olive green … but the rest is ugly! So I went to my secret hoard where – apart from more ugly greens – […]
I think I’ve made some pigments. May as well be dirt, I’m not sure. Remember the colour-sap? I carefully added a few teaspoons of soda-water (sodium carbonate and water) to the sap. The Book said to use only a few drops but I ended using up about half a cup. The sap begun to foam, […]
Yesterday I cooked the apple bark with water and alum for about an hour. (Making a high concentrated Alum-Solution is not that simple, I have to find another way for doing this.) And now I have about 200 ml of something that looks a bit like this colours you use to dye your eastereggs with. […]
I spent the Weekend at my parents to check up with my hibernating plants (a lot of which seem to have died), meet up with a bunch of friends (all alive and healthy) and pick up a bag of apple-tree-bark from an apple-tree-branch my father saw of a couple of weeks ago. The book says […]
Last Summer someone gave mit this awesome book about paint made from plants. There ist really fascinating stuff in it. Did you know that your can make yellow paint from apple twigs?