Working on burnishing here, and I keep running into a problem which I think is just a product of my own impatience: I can’t seem to get from a bunch of burnished lines to a fully burnished page. Here's a recent example: You can see there are still a number of unburnished areas on the page. I use a giant cowrie shell to burnish, and often find that it “slips” and goes back into the line I’ve already burnished, rather than going over the unburnished bits. I suppose the paper will wear down over time, but I’m wondering if I need a different technique or tool for burnishing work? I’ve seen Vaishali use a wide flat burnisher that seems like it would overcome this, but I’m wondering if other beginning burnishers struggle with this too.
Just tried my first experiment with natural dyes for paper preparation: beets and onion skin+turmeric. Here is the result: The beet was actually a beautifully even deep pink until I went to starch it, and then the color came off in streaks.
I’m wondering if I should try submerging the paper in a bath next time, so that the color is deeper in the paper, or possibly using a dryer sponge, as the one I used to add starch was quite wet.