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.
And the starch - yes - wait till the dye layer is fully dry before applying the starch maybe?
These are beautiful Nadia! What a gorgeous colour... what are you going to paint on it?
I knew it by the way ;-) eventually everyone gets hooked on natural dyeing, and whenever I see it, I think, 'I saw you coming' hehe! It's a great world isn't it?! Do with kids! I plan on doing natural dyes AS my kid's homeschool, there is so much art, science and maths (ratios) packed in there anyway.
Yes you could submerge in a bath. Not for too long as you don't want the paper to disintegrate, plus of course so many variables (the paper itself being one). Look forward to seeing the results of your experiments! Avocado is supposed to yield pink too by the way.
I think beet = beetroot in UK folks (and eggplant is aubergine)