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Topic: Hand-dyed paper using hibiscus leaves/flowers  (Read 4891 times)
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« on: February 06, 2010 10:30:54 AM »

My hubby drinks hibiscus tea everyday for his blood pressure. I noticed that wherever the tea fell, it stained the dishdrainer or sink...so, I decided to experiment and use the used leaves to color some background papers.

I used plain old white card stock. Sprayed it with water on both sides, laid down some leaves, put down the paper, sprinkled on more leaves:



Paper drying on a cookie rack:



Close-up of two sheets.  I actually made about six sheets with the leaves and they all came out different--some sheets were nearly blue and some nearly all red!  I used the red "water" to dye some coffee filters.  I loved the randomness of the patterns and not knowing for sure what I was going to get! Cheesy
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« Reply #1 on: February 06, 2010 10:43:12 AM »

wow, that turned out sooo pretty! I love it!
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« Reply #2 on: February 06, 2010 10:44:55 AM »

Pretty paper!
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« Reply #3 on: February 06, 2010 12:35:45 PM »

Great idea Always!  The papers are gorgeous.  And it warms my little crafting soul to see someone come up with their own idea to try something and just going for it! I am always googling my ideas to see if someone else already did it because I am afraid of doing it "wrong"...this makes me want to change that way of thinking.  Thanks for the kick in the pants!
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« Reply #4 on: February 06, 2010 01:48:43 PM »

Wow! That red is remarkably bright. I've never heard of using hibiscus for dyeing, so I immediately went and looked it up in the few books I have on natural dyes. Only one mentions it, and says it produces brown or gold depending on mordant. Which makes me even more curious!

What brand of hibiscus tea was your husband using, and does it list any other ingredients that could produce this intense colour? I'm wondering if it might not contain a natural red dye like cochineal.

Whatever it is, it produces a lovely effect, and suggests so many other things to try!

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« Reply #5 on: February 06, 2010 02:29:15 PM »

Thanks for the nice comments!  ha ha some of my swap partners will be seeing these papers in their pacakges!  Cheesy

He buys the tea in bulk at the natural foods store--next time he purchases it, I will ask him to read the information...

I like to observe the wonderful colors as he cooks...I have used onion skins, coffee, and curries...this was almost an accidental find as I was scrubbing out the sink of the blue coloring...I have yet to figure out why there is such a variation of colors...I suspect it is how long the tea brews--the red appeared because I left the leaves sitting overnight (I think!)...

I am saving the used tea from his daily drink to experiment further...I want to dye some yarn next!
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« Reply #6 on: February 06, 2010 02:36:03 PM »

What an ingenious idea, always! And the turnout is just fantastic! Those are absolutely lovely papers and all because you have a great observational eye! I can't wait to see more of these papers to get a wider range of how they turn out Smiley
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« Reply #7 on: February 06, 2010 04:12:21 PM »

Those came out great. Do you or hubby sew? You should try this w/fabric - get yourself some white muslin (real cheap) & try it on that & you can make yourself something nice.
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« Reply #8 on: February 06, 2010 06:32:12 PM »

Great idea!  I should start with cheap fabric before I ruin some good wool yarn! I will let you know how it goes!
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« Reply #9 on: February 06, 2010 09:04:53 PM »

What wonderful color and patter you got on each piece! I love hand dyed papers...they have so much character and individual beauty and yours are awesome!
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