Kimberly Baxter Packwood © 2001=-2017
Pigment Painting is relatively easy, and very gratifying. Many earth pigments are available today for experimentation. The only equipment needed is fabrics, soy milk, pigments and brushes.
Your fabric should be washed prior to painting with pigments, do not use fabric softeners or dryer sheets, as this interferes with the pigments ability to bond with the fibers. Protein fabrics, such as silk and or wool may be used, in addition to cellulose fibers, cotton, hemp, linen, etc...
You can pre-treat the fabrics with soy milk first, or you can mix soymilk with your pigments, and paint onto dry fabrics. after painting allow your fabric to cure for a minimum of three weeks prior to washing. I allow my pigments to ferment, in the traditional method, prior to painting the fabrics. I also use pigments in combination with natural dyes and earth oxides.
Mineral dyeing is also known as rust and copper dyeing. You can achieve mineral dyes in many ways.
The most common method used is to take a piece of iron or copper, place in a jar with ammonia or vinegar, and allow to soak. The soaking period varies, depending on the results you are aiming for, generally the longer the better. I allow my metal pieces to soak for a minimum of four weeks.
Oxide painting is very easy, the only equipment you will need is fabric, iron oxides, brushes and a small container for your oxide solution.
Oxides ability to bond with the fibers. Protein fabrics, such as silk and or wool may be used, in addition to cellulosic fibers, cotton, hemp, linen, etc...
You can pre-treat the fabrics with soy milk first, or you can mix your oxides with soymilk, water, vinegar, ammonia, wine or urine. Once your oxides are in solution you are ready to paint onto dry or wet fabrics.
After painting allow your fabric to cure for a minimum of three weeks prior to washing. I allow my oxides to ferment, in the traditional method, prior to painting the fabrics. I also use oxides in combination with natural dyes and earth pigments.
-k. baxter packwood
Rust and Clay Dyeing e-Book (63 pages) $9.95
In this book Kimberly Baxter Packwood covers multiple techniques on rust dyeing, how to obtain rust, and how to stop it's progression. Step-by-step detailed color photos.
Chapter 1 Rust Dyeing
Chapter 2 Earth and Iron Oxide Dyeing
Chapter 3 Discharge Dyeing Rust
Chapter 4 Pigment, Ocher, & Clay Painting
Chapter 5 Resists & Other Techniques
Want to learn more? Colors of the Earth is an online self-paced course that teaches the basics of Pigment Painting!
If you found the information on this page to be helpful, please consider making a donation. I spend many hours researching and testing natural dye techniques, to ensure that you will achieve the best results when working with natural dyes. Your donation will allow me to continue with these endeavors. Thank you ~ Kimberly