Indigo Blues Rose & Star Fashion

I’ve been painting with the paints I made from Indigo powder. I began with these block designs. Look for more compositions in future posts. I’m having lots of fun. Each pair of photos was painted with the same paint but maybe lighter or darker. Each one is about 3” square. Can you identify which are the roses and which are the stars?

My first and second Rose and Star paintings. All the paintings are about 3” square. This was my comfort zone for compositions when I began.

The third and fourth ones. I always painted the Rose first so the Star often was in response to how the rose came out.

The last set. All these paintings were using special paints that had egg yolk or egg white for binders. I never could get a smooth water-color look from those. Next, I’ll use the paints that were made using gum arabic. I hope the look will be a lot different from these, but I’m not complaining.

7 thoughts on “Indigo Blues Rose & Star Fashion”

    • Yes and no. How’s that for an answer? I thought of it when someone suggested it and that Trader Joes had the right kind. Went there and was told they don’t carry it anymore. My guru in Brittany, France, Michel Garcia didn’t mention it. However, in another class when making sumi ink, we made our own soy milk. I decided I didn’t want to go through that, what I’ve got on my hands is enough to handle. I’m hoping to get back to my loom when this phase is done (the paints are used up or I’m DONE, which ever is first. What do you use soy milk with???

      • I only tried it briefly but we painted with lakes made from plant dyes including indigo. I hear you about going down the rabbit hole too far!
        But we got a good result. Think maybe natural food store might have the right soy milk.
        Lovely work-enjoy your blog very much.

  1. Did I miss what you applied the paints to? Is it fabric or paper and what kind of either of these? Could you add something like sodium alginate to thicken it and apply it through a stencil? The egg might damage the stencil depending on what the stencil is made of. The sodium alginate thickened paste can be wiped or sponged off easily with procion dyes – haven’t tried it with indigo.

    • Good questions. I’m painting on paper–watercolor paper and a thin paper with orange grid used in practicing calligraphy (I think). I’m hoping not to go down a deeper rabbit hole than I already am! So, not thinking about other ingredients or chemical dyes, or for that matter, I want only (for now) to focus on value and indigo blues. I want to get back to my studio and weave! Want to experiment more with my boxes! Does this make sense?? But thanks for your thoughts. the paint is as thick as pudding when I put a little water with it and I have done a bit of stencil work satisfactorily. Made lots and lots of textures to cut up and make collages I hope.


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