How to paint with flowers

painting with flowers

My friend Nell came over for a coffee the other morning. While I made her a flat white, she pulled out a mini mortar and pestle and frozen blue pansy petals. She told Elfie to find a few flowers from the garden. We were intrigued.

Nell began grinding the flower petals using the mortar and pestle. She added a speck of boiled water, and then, curiously, added chalk dust.

She painted the colour onto white paper. Blue…like duck eggs. Lovely.

The following rainy Sunday, Elfie filled her basket with petals, leaves and weeds from the garden. We sorted them into colours, by putting the petals in ice cube trays and put them in the freezer for a couple of hours.

painting with flowers

painting with flowers (rainbow)

It was fun grinding the different petals and discovering the colours. Surprisingly, the colours were strong and vibrant. We experimented, adding a little chalk dust to some, and salt to others.

painting with flowers

making natural paint from flowers

natural watercolours made form flowers

To make natural paint from flowers:

1. Collect petals and leaves

2. Separate into colours and kinds using an ice cube tray

3. Freeze for a couple of hours

4. Grind a small handful of petals or leaves one colour at a time using a mortar and pestle, or something similar

5. Add a few drops of boiling water to activate the colour

6. Experiment by adding chalk (alkaline) or salt or vinegar (acidic)

7. Paint onto paper

According to lovely Nell, the colours don’t fade if kept out of direct sunlight.

Have fun! x

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Linking with Essentially Jess.