12th January 2023
Making my own pigments!
I found the time to make two pigment powders. The sources were compost from my muck heap and rust from the chassis of a 1968 Triumph Spitfire, one of my husbands restoration projects. Sources with personal meaning.
Another steep learning curve. The rust was definitely easier to grind down into a nice fine powder. However, I found it hard to get a colour out of it just by adding a binder and medium. I need to do more experimenting with it, use different process to leach the colour. It had a great gritty texture which I will remember for future projects.
The compost was harder to break down and I should have spent more time with pestle and mortar. I only used it when I made egg tempra. It was a lovely texture and quite easy to paint with, however a finer paste would most definitely have been a better consistency.
My conclusion is that I possibly need some form of alchemist qualification.
I definitely need to improve my techniques and understand a bit more about extracting to colour from unusual sources.