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Last Fall (2012) I decided it was time to do a major project to dive back into creating again and also try and force myself out of my comfort zone.

I started gathering and processing local plant materials to make into inks. I found myself doing a surprisingly large amount of research on the chemistry of certain colors, particularly reds and blues.

As expected, I produced several earthy shades of yellow and brown, however, the reds were tricky. In nature, reds (and blues and purples) all come from the same chemical and depend on pH. This caused some of the colors to change on the paper as they dried. One dramatic example was the flower of the Rose of Sharon - the ink was a luscious lipstick pink - on paper it dries baby blue. This quality made working with some colors VERY challenging, but I was able to chemically alter some of these and get some very interesting results.
To see more photos of this process and some of the work I have done with these inks
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