How To Make Red Botanical Extract Dyes Count:431 Date:9/9/2015 3:53:11 PM

Botanical Extract Dyes can be sorted into three categories: Botanical Extract Dyes obtained from plants (indigo), those obtained from animals (cochineal), and those obtained from minerals (ocher). Creating and using plant-based-dyes is a wonderful way to gain an understanding of the biology and the chemistry at work in the plants around us.

Knowing how to make your own pigments is a great thing for painting and dying things. 


The process of making pigments is pretty simple. Find something that dries the color you want, dry it very slowly(The slower you dry it the more color will be preserved) then grind it into a very fine powder. For grinding you’re going to want something smooth, flat and nonporous. A thick bit of glass works, but a stone that fits probably wouldn’t be hard to find. Now for the grinding stone, you still want smooth and nonporous, but go for something with a bit of a curve on it so you can rock it around. Start with small bits of what you’re going to grind and work it into a very fine powder. If you start with something too big it will be hard to break up and grind into small particles. Once you have a fine powder gently dump it into the container you wish to hold it in.

Now, knowing how to grind something up isn’t very useful if you don’t know what makes colors. Here’s a list of a few different things to start off with, but experiment, try to find different colored things and grind them up.

Traditionally red is made from the dried bodies of Dactylopius coccus but there are other options if you don’t want to chase bugs around. Resin from some palm trees work great, but for ease of use go for any red fruit or berry. They almost always make nice reds.

In the early 21st century, the market for Botanical Extract Dyes in the fashion industry is experiencing a resurgence. Let's try Botanical Extract Dyes!

April 8, 2011 / spleenbegone posted in Green Living / 6 Comments

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