This is something I’ve been waiting for a long time, and a few months ago I set up a small organic stick to paint blue.
Woad is a European plant with indigo pigment. Requires the same process as indigo to dye blue. Two things are needed to give a chemical reaction: an alkali and a reducing agent. For the alkali and reducing agent, I used calcium hydroxide (slaked lime) and henna, respectively. I also add a little palm juice every time I use it.
The photo below shows a chemical reaction during heating. The liquid thickens and forms a metallic luster. It was after this photo that a “flower” began to appear on the surface, which was an exciting moment!
The first things I painted were some test samples, and I also dyed the avocado skin a lot to make beautiful purple shades.
A simple organic cotton dipped dyed scarf.
It’s great to be able to create blues again! The following example of an olive green fabric shows that the alderco is covered with wool.
Wool dyeing adds to the rainbow the plant colors I’ve been painting lately. Below are wool, avocado skin and stone, aldercone, seaweed and carrot tops.
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