Thursday, August 26, 2010

Pokeberry Paint

L and I were exploring our backyard last night and he grabbed onto a pokeberry plant. I know these berries are a bit poisonous (early native americans used them to induce vomitting) so I of course screamed "NO!" but as I ran over to him, I saw the bright PINK stain on his hands and thought "wow, thats really beautiful!" I knew at that moment, I had to do SOMETHING with them. It certainly was one the prettiest color made by nature that i'd ever seen!
Why not make paint?!

So I went to gathering

I first got out mortor and pestle just to see a bit of the la la!

I decided that "blenderizing" it was the quickest and most effective way to achieve smooth beautiful paint so I put on some rubber gloves and went to stripping the berries off the vines.
 I blenderized it till it was super smoooooth.

 I put it in a pretty container until I can figure out what to paint with this amazing color!

Can someone make me a dress in this color plllleeease!

To preserve the color and extend it's shelf life (it will eventually mold), add a bit of salt and vinegar to your pokeberry ink.

Because this paint is toxic, sadly I can't let L paint with it until he's much older, with my supervision, gloves and a paintbrush.  However, this did inspire me to let L make his own homemade paint with non toxic berries (blueberries, strawberries, blackberries).

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  1. So neat Jess! Love the pics too :)

  2. Love it! Did you have to add anything to it to preserve it so it doesn't turn brown?

  3. Theresa, yes I added some salt and vinegar for a longer shelf life. However, it still needs to be used pretty quickly if you want to keep that bright pink color! AND store it in a cool and dark place. Thanks for stopping by! :)


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