Plant & Earth Pigments!
On this page you will find information on how to make your very own colors from plants and a few of my favorite plant colors.As you can see from below, you can get very nice colors from your kitchen pantry! (Turmeric, I’m looking at you!) One of my favorite pigments is from California Black Walnut, a native species found around Los Angeles. It yields a wonderful warm brown!
Super Easy Way to Make Pigments in 4 easy steps!
1. Gather your plant materials.
2. Smash/Rip them if possible, then put them in a pot of boiling water (only a cup of water)
3. Stir, let it boil for a few minutes (don’t let the water evaporate), then turn off the heat and let it steep for a few minutes.
4. Strain the liquid into a small glass jar with lid, make sure to squeeze the plant material to get all the juices out. Date and label it and keep it in the fridge!
Plant colors can vary immensely. Some plants make stronger pigments while others are super light. Best way is to experiment! Sometimes I’ll re-use the strained liquid and add more fresh plant materials in it to help draw out a stronger color!