Soy milk, watercolor & pigment

1 Mar

Today I finally got to play with my soy milk, watercolors & natural dye pigment. These ideas came from the Japanese Katazome tradition taught by John Marshall. John covers the basics here on his web page.

My friend, Marge, helped me figure out my support frame. Once that puzzle was conquered we sized test scarves with soy milk. We let the scarves cure for a couple of days and after Marge left I got to do some color play.

The watercolors mixed nicely with the soy milk. I do need to work on my brush work and stencil skills.



My pigments that I precipitated with calcium hydroxide were definitely not as bright as the watercolors. The lichen oxidized from purple to brown during the precipitation. The weld exhaust was….well, exhausted. I got a nice yellow back wash but not weld yellow.


The pieces are drying and tomorrow I will mount them on their frame and give them their final coat of soy before I set them aside to cure. Once cured they will get a hand wash and steam pressing and I’ll see how each method, natural dye precipitation and watercolors work with soy. I am happy with the possibilities!


6 Responses to “Soy milk, watercolor & pigment”

  1. jschubertdesigns March 1, 2015 at 4:22 am #

    Interesting technique!
    I’ve been wanting to try a hand at stenciling too. You have given me ‘food for thought”!


  2. lulu March 1, 2015 at 5:06 am #

    What a great fun and interesting project.


  3. Michele Dixon March 1, 2015 at 3:13 pm #

    I can see where you had lots of fun Deb. It all looks lovely to me.


  4. rsmalbin March 1, 2015 at 4:58 pm #

    Great presentation. I’m inspired and might try redoing some scarves by over painting.


  5. soewnearth April 20, 2015 at 11:37 pm #

    you could try thickening the paint with a little skim milk powder

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