Make pigment from flower petals!


I took some flower petals and turned them into pigments! The whole process was a bit of an experiment and you can watch me make mistakes so you don’t have to repeat them. I started by collecting rose petals, iris blooms and a few handful of ground elder and let them soak overnight in rain water. apparently rain water has the perfect pH for this it also adds a lovely witchy touch In a pot with the lid on bring the petals and rain water to a boil then turn down the heat and simmer for about 40 minutes Once you see the water take on color, add alum about 1 teaspoon per 250ml or 1 teaspoon per cup you can buy it at the pharmacy or order it online Alum has many uses in tanning, papermaking and others. We are using it as a fixative. My roses are done simmering, I added the alum and strained the petals This is the result: A deep red water Now I’m straining the irises. Don’t worry, if you see me reusing pots, I cleaned them in between. If you want to make pigments, I suggest doing them one at a time, so you won’t have to juggle pots like I did Transfer your flower soup into a glass jar and place in a water bath Oh! almost forgot about the ground elder Instead of the rich green I hoped for. This turned out kind of yellow This one also goes into the waterbath Now add silica. This will make the colors more pastel, but it’ll also stretch the amount of pigment you get Use your judgement as to how much you want to add. If you add just a teaspoon, you’ll end up with just over a teaspoon of pigment. silica is available in health food stores, pharmacies or online And as a sidenote, because I learned it the hard way: Label your jars. It’ll save a lot of headache somewhere down the line Once you’re happy with the amound of silica you added, let your petal soup reduce in the waterbath After a while the environmentalist angel on my shoulder started yelling that I was wasting electricity. Quite right. So I decided to turn off the hob and let the petal soup evaporate naturally It’ll happen, but of course it’ll take some time. About four weeks for me. This is about one week in. The ground elder is still quite yellow, the irises turned green somehow But the rose petals retained their color beautifully. Working with nature, you’re never quite sure what you’re going to get I stir each color twice a day to stop the silica settling at the botton This is about two weeks later or three weeks since I started The roses are kind of a mud now. I still stir daily so the whole thing won’t stick to the bottom and it’ll be easier to get out later Four days later again and the mud has turned to pebbles I’m spreading it out on a plate so the last of the water can dry Look at that! A short month after I started it’s all dried up and ready for the mortar and pestle I love the color and it even smells faintly of roses Now to turn the pigment into usable color, it needs to be mixed with water and gum arabic to make a kind of a gouache … am I pronouncing that right? I talked to a lady at the art supplies store and she recommended this stuff she also said to experiment with it, so that’s what I’m doing If you couldn’t tell already, I’m not an artist and I don’t know what I’m doing but nevermind that behold my artistic prowess the annoying thing is on camera it’s a bit faint and looks grey but in reality the color is neither. it’s quite a pretty pastel rose color Oh and if you’re wondering what happened to the other two colors, I’ll get back to you once they’re done evaporating I’m thinking this time next year Now all that’s left to do is grind up the rest of the pigment by the by, an idea for witch friends: you could add herbs or make pigments from corresponding flowers to draw sigils I hope you enjoyed this video. If you did, why not subscribe?

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