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Wednesday, 19. September 2012

Instant elderberry sap

While unpacking one of the last boxes (there are still n+1 left (n beeing the number of boxes I know about) I came upon a jar of dried elderberry sap.

On an sudden impulse I filled it up with water and a few moments later:

elderberry

After a couple of hours and some vigorous shaking I had a whole bottle of elderberry sap.

I pomptly heated it up and put in some hydrous clay.
The result looked something like blueberry youghurt:

blueberry youghurt

And after a few days the thing was totally dry - and looked like some lavender miniature of a dead, sunbaked desert. (I had a great picture for you - but I lost it. Shame on me)
And it behaved exactly like rock. Meaning: I could do nothing. Absolutely nothing.

As a last resort I added again some water and put it to dry, not in a saucer, but as a thin layer on a plastic bag.
The future remains exiting!

Monday, 17. September 2012

Guess what?

wow

Wednesday, 5. September 2012

puff

Let me tell you something about goldenrod.

goldenrod

It’s amazing! I put it in a pot, added a bit of water and some alum, and: puff!

goldenrod

YELLOW

goldenrod

I’m doing shell-paint at the moment and later it will be pigments again. Haven’t decided about which method to use but it looks promising.
More promising than the sunflowers ever did.

Sunday, 2. September 2012

By the way ...

... that’s the result of the sunflower paint experiment:

sunflower

It’s a pale, soft yellow, nearly white. I will try to make some watercolour, but I’m not optimistic about the outcome

Friday, 31. August 2012

Not really mortar and pestle

pestle

... but pestle and a glass slab.

I’ve made a rule out of using the things I already have and not buying anything new. So far it’s working fine.

Here you can see what’s become of the geranium-tomato sauce:

tomato sauce

I grind it with said slab and pestle,

tomato sauce

making fine pigments which are alarmingly whitish.

But after mixing them with water and gum arabic they turn dark again and end up beeing a dark, burgundy red colour (wich I will show you some other time.)

tomato sauce tomato sauce

The painting experience is a bit like painting with what in germany is called 'Wasserfarben' - you have to stir a bit to get some paint on your brush.

Thursday, 30. August 2012

That’s why I love 'Altweibersommer'

It makes me do things. Not only want-to but actually do-do.

Last weekend, sitting under a linden tree, I started collecting the seed vessels and now I’m going to stick pins into them to be able to thread them on a string later.
I’m in jewellery mode again.

linden


And yesterday I went to not only fix my saddle but also to collect some goldenrod and elderberrys, so now it’s vegetable colour again too.


goldenrod

elderberry

Saturday, 18. August 2012

Like it’s a piece of Aglarond

crystal

Do you see this?
The geranium sap shell (gss) is all crystal like a pretty little geode.

I took a lot of pictures, and you have to watch them ALL!


crystal

Do you know what’s great?

crystal

It dissolves really easy in water.

crystal

Making it very easy to soak up paint with a brush and ... well paint.

crystal

OK, there are just five pictures but I like them.

Saturday, 11. August 2012

The squirrel gene

Guess what! I’m still collecting flowers (and other stuff) for further experiments.

blue

Saturday, 4. August 2012

Sunflowers

sunflower


A bunch of sunflowers.


sunflower


The petals of a bunch of sunflowers in a pot.


sunflower


The petals of a bunch of sunflowers with water and alum in a pot cooking slowly.


sunflower


The petals of a bunch of sunflowers with water and alum in a pot cooking slowly, giving only marginal colour.


sunflower


The petals of a bunch of sunflowers with water and alum in a pot, giving a bit more colour after more cooking.


sunflower


The sap of a bunch of sunflowers after much cooking and adding some hydrous clay


sunflower


The hydrous clay sap of a bunch of sunflowers after much cooking and dehydrating.


sunflower


The dried hydrous clay sap of a bunch of sunflowers wayting for me to find me mortar and pestle.

Tuesday, 24. July 2012

Geranium pt. 3

Did I mention me beeing impatient!?!

The geranium stuff is still not finished.
As you can see, it dwindled, but ...

geranium

... still too much water.

So I brought it againt to the boil and led it reduce a bit. (As much as I dared)


geranium


Now it sits in a smal glass bowl looking like tomato sauce.


geranium


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