Set up for a test on how light fast some of the inks are: testing green tea, onion skin, beetroot, elder berry, and red cabbage.
A sheet of water colour paper has been coloured with the inks then cut into two strips which have been folded into a concertina.
One of these will be left open in the workshop, whilst the other is folded up, bound and kept in a drawer.
Compare results after a year…..
A new garden is being planted at Grand Parade in the green space beside the Waste House.
Planting will begin this Spring and will include a collection of berry plants and vegetables, all of which can be harvested for different coloured inks.
The new ink garden will partner the already established Dye Garden which has been growing plants for dye for a number of seasons.
This blog will keep you up to date with the development of the garden and provide links to other useful resources for anyone interested in the growing and processing of plants for natural inks and dyes.