Paint making

Last summer I dedicated a lot of time to figuring out how to work with mushroom pigments for watercolor paints. I had painted with concentrated dyes in liquid form in the past, but wanted to make a solid watercolor pellet. The pellet works better for my somewhat nomadic lifestyle and fleeting inspirations to paint. I tried using different solvents like alcohol, ammonia, vinegar and of couse plain old water for extraction. It didn’t take long for me to realize that there was no recipe and that I was going to have to treat every species individually.

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pigment extractions ready for evaporation next to lab notes