Beluga Black Lentils .... soaked
in water overnight .. yield a dark purplish / black water ...
that I let sit outside in the southern California sun for a day
or two ... and then I paint with it on cotton ... and the color
is washfast and lightfast and needs NO MORDANT ... and it lasts
- a beautiful milk chocolate brown (when super thick) ... to
a lighter medium brown - or light brown when watered down ....
out of Montana grows these Beluga Black Lentils, which I buy
at my local Whole Foods market .... They are a great starting
point for playing with edible / safe material to create LASTING
COLOR on shirts ... and clothing.
Also, I boiled some Pine Tree
Bark ... and put the water in my spritz bottle ... sprayed around
a dolphin stencil on my white cotton shirt ... and voila ...
the dye has stayed ... a second nice light-medium brown dye that
needs NO MORDANT !
So happy to make colors - TOTALLY
HEALTH-ILY .... and have them stay on shirts ....
Also, a recent trip to Sedona,
Arizona brought me face to face with the coolest ORANGE DIRT
dyed shirts ... so I brought a bucket of dark orange-red earth
home to LA with me ... added some purified water .... "painted"
through a silk screen onto some white cotton shirts ... and the
"paint" seems to be staying .... through two washes
with detergent so far ... I have a hopeful PLEASE PLEASE feeling
that the colors will last ... as I believe the iron that gives
the clay it's color.... will remain wash fast and light fast
for the most part !
I'm off to find more .... my
mission is to find colors that I can use to paint on cotton ...
colors which need NO MORDANT ... or at least NO METAL MORDANT
... I will use lemon juice, vinegar, salt ... stewed leaves ...
or other "edible" / "organic" elements to
mordant the colors .. but I don't want to use alum or mordants
This is my fun, my mission
I just wanted to share to yall
the happy findings I've come up into so far !
If anything is ringing a bell
right now - feel free to share ... Thanks !
Aloha ...lots of love