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freewaydog
« on: November 07, 2008 10:22:02 AM »

Just curious: I once heard that there is a way to make homemade paints out of plants, like grass, dandelions, daisies, other flowers, weeds, etc.  Does anyone know how that is done?  I just want to know what it entails.  Thank you very much. 
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Tiny_viking
« Reply #1 on: December 23, 2008 05:44:42 AM »

Have you googled for recipies? I would imagine either drying the plants and grinding them then adding them to an oil (linseed?) or water?

Or instead of using a recepie why not just play around and see what you get?Cheesy Would love to see your results!
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freewaydog
« Reply #2 on: December 23, 2008 07:03:17 AM »

Yeah, I tried googling, but I could not find anything.  I will see how to go about "playing around", lol!  Thanks for getting back to me.

Have you googled for recipes? I would imagine either drying the plants and grinding them then adding them to an oil (linseed?) or water?

Or instead of using a recepe why not just play around and see what you get?Cheesy Would love to see your results!
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JillBoBill
« Reply #3 on: January 02, 2009 08:10:48 PM »

Some of the earliest paints were made from plant dyes (grass, flowers, ect). They won't last long, though and tend to turn brown and discolor very quickly.

If you really want to make something like that at home, you're best bet might be an egg tempera (not that junk they use for little kids, either). Here some recipes here: http://www.ampersandart.com/tips/eggtemp.html

You'll need to buy pigments, though. I guess you could, theoretically, use parts of your lawn (lol) to make the colors, but like I said, they'd last such a pitifully short amount of time....
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freewaydog
« Reply #4 on: January 03, 2009 04:03:59 AM »

Thanks, Jillbobill.
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JadedMoonlight
« Reply #5 on: January 09, 2009 11:08:27 PM »

I found this on making clay paints. http://www.ehow.com/how_2109243_natural-clay-paint.html?ref=fuel&utm_source=yahoo&utm_medium=ssp&utm_campaign=yssp_art
I know that's not quite what you're looking for, but at least in my area, reddish to even lighter yellow clays aren't too uncommon. So maybe that's another option?

http://www.motherearthnews.com/Do-It-Yourself/2006-10-01/Make_Safe_Natural_Paint.aspx has TONS of info about different types of DIY paints.

I imagine many plants do brown heavily, but you could also consider things like carrots and tomatoes, which retain their color a lot better, I feel like. Or perhaps any of the veggies that bleed red when you cook them - beets, red cabbage, etc.

I remember that we boiled walnut hulls for a nice deep rich brown in kindergarten, haha.
Another site mentioned that colors can be "found throughout nature in clays, herbs, nuts, berries, barks, carbon, charcoal, and soot"

Hope this helps! Show us the end product - I'm really intrigued.
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freewaydog
« Reply #6 on: January 10, 2009 03:51:59 AM »

Thanks, Jaded, I will have a looksee.
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« Reply #7 on: January 13, 2009 03:23:52 PM »

Hi!

I once painted a series of aquarels with coffee. One can regulate the color with water like with regular aquarel-paint or one can regulate the coffee it self; make it more concentrated for darker brown.  It makes sort of a sephia-effect, and you get a feeling of painting old pictures somehow Smiley These paintings will not last for ever, they will bleach faster in the sun etc, but I painted mine back in 2001 and they are still holding up.

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freewaydog
« Reply #8 on: January 13, 2009 05:01:07 PM »

What is aquarel?
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« Reply #9 on: January 14, 2009 12:22:48 AM »

Oh, Sorry! Language-slip! ( I guess my english is getting a bit rusty  Undecided)
An aquarel is a watercolorpainting made on wet paper, I dont know what the english word for it is). The term is also used to describe the special paint and paper, I guess its slang. What I do know is that the word originates from french.

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