Painting with ochres and soy milk

A few months ago I bought some natural ochres from Clearwell Caves, some old coppermines in the Forest of Dean.  I also had some natural dye extracts, so I decided to do some painting with them, using soy milk as a binder.   I had fun and just played without thinking too much.  And here are the results.

ochre painted fabric in studio

Here they are drying in my workroom.  That old clothes horse I found while tidying the boxroom came in useful!  (So obviously tidying does have its benefits…

ochre painted fabric

This is the first I did.  It’s roughly based on one of my doodles.

tree ochre painted

Here’s a sort of stylized tree.

ochre painted rusted fabric 

I painted this to enhance some rust dyed fabric.

ochre painted fabric

A lot of what I was painted was for textures, to print on or to cut up and use for journals.   I thought of printing one of my Gocco house screens on top of this.

ochre painted fabric

This is a sort of brick texture.  I printed it using the tip of a sponge brush.

overpainted blue fabric with ochres

This was overpainted on to some blue fabric.

ochre painted textural fabric

And this was another ‘texture’ painting.  The fabric is quite shiny and it looks quite effective.

Now I have to leave them for a few months to batch, so the colours don’t just wash out.  So no guilt about not using them! 

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11 Responses to Painting with ochres and soy milk

  1. pippa February 11, 2009 at 10:57 pm #

    Great results from the ochres and lovely earthy colours

  2. Vicki W February 12, 2009 at 3:27 am #

    These are great!

  3. Helen Cowans February 12, 2009 at 10:34 am #

    Love those colours.

  4. Alis Clair February 12, 2009 at 7:18 pm #

    Great work Liz. The colours are great.

  5. sharon February 13, 2009 at 8:49 pm #

    What amazing colours, and vibrant designs, I’ve been thinking of using natural dyes for some time, just haven’t taken the plunge yet.
    You have a great blog.

  6. Lisa February 16, 2009 at 5:59 pm #

    Amazing work! I especially love the very first one you made; it’s so earthy and flows beautifully.

  7. debraann February 17, 2009 at 5:38 am #

    Beautiful colors! I agree you have a nice blog too.

  8. Anonymous March 7, 2009 at 8:57 pm #

    Very nice. Love the colors.

  9. Anonymous March 16, 2009 at 10:30 pm #

    What talent I love your work. I also love the earthy tones —- I would love to have this in fabric and make a quilt of of it. Good Work!

  10. painting services March 17, 2009 at 5:38 pm #

    Well, Liz your creativity is really admirable.. I appreciate ur skills and efforts..

  11. PL March 23, 2009 at 6:23 pm #

    This is so cool! I never knew you could paint or do anything cool with soy milk besides drink it! I love that this is all natural. The one one blue fabric is beautiful. I love the colors. I can’t wait to try this!!