Au Naturel

A little aside to my previous posts. Handmade paper saturated with beeswax, now weighing in at 3x its original weight.
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Natural pigments

My interests are many as I mentioned last week, always keep branching out, and yet they also converge in convoluted ways. Besides my love of strong, bright colours, I also enjoy the palette of mother nature that I see change and return each year, season by season. It is after all a grey and brown world half the time. It puts ideas in my head for plant dyed wool, growing my garden, making paper from dried plants, for using earth pigments and ink only. Motifs of rocks, feathers, bark and moss. Runes and crows and moonlight.
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Cold wax and oil

Cold wax medium is a soft paste made from beeswax and solvent which can be used to mix with oil paint instead of oil and turpentine, making it virtually odor free (if you use an odorless solvent like Gamblin Gamsol) and aids in drying the oil paint faster. Both are reasons why I haven’t been using oil paints for 25 years, smell and storage issues.
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