Wednesday, May 12, 2010


This time I dyed the Twinrocker sheet with coffee. It smells SO good now :)
Watercolor & acrylic ink on paper. 6" x 8"
I dyed a sheet with matcha (powdered green tea) and another with jamaica petals that await to be painted on. I'll show you those later this week.

38 Lovely Comments:

Blogger Christina said...

Hello! I recently found your blog and have been enjoying your lovely illustrations. I just wanted to jot a quick note to let you know. : ) I love the colors in this one; the vibrant reds and blues against the coffee stained paper are lovely.

5/12/2010 2:35 PM  
Blogger Pearl and Pebble said...

Oh this is spectacular!

5/12/2010 2:50 PM  
Blogger Heather T. said...

GOR-GEOUS! Your use of white outlining and detail-marking is just spectacular, and oh so effective...

5/12/2010 3:42 PM  
Blogger barbara said...

I DO really LOVE the colours and composition of this one, it's my favourite so far.

5/12/2010 3:46 PM  
Blogger Amy said...

The coffee-dyed paper against the coral and jewel tones is fantastic. I especially love the white lines on the deep red leaves and the geometric birdsong.

5/12/2010 3:58 PM  
Blogger Victoria Stitch said...

i LOVE the way you've drawn the edging on the petals! very beautiul!

5/12/2010 4:26 PM  
Blogger Maggie said...


5/12/2010 4:31 PM  
Blogger PaperPumpkin said...

Beautiful! I love the little white "stitches"!

5/12/2010 5:27 PM  
Blogger blue china studio said...

I'm loving these deeper more jewel tone colors. Just gorgeous.

5/12/2010 6:03 PM  
Blogger Carlene said...

Gorgeous color, I think you're inspired by the new paints! Very rich & vibrant, and the paper color makes everything glow.

5/12/2010 6:12 PM  
Blogger Jennifer DeDonato said...

This looks wonderful!

5/12/2010 6:56 PM  
Blogger Lolli072 said...

Oh WOW. Love the white on the flowers, it honestly looks like it's stitched on.

Artwork thats scented? Bonus! :-P

5/12/2010 7:24 PM  
Blogger Amanda Crawford said...

The colours are beautiful! Very pretty lotus :)

5/12/2010 7:29 PM  
Anonymous Lovely World said...

I like the graphic representation of the bird song. It makes your painting more dynamic. Beautiful.

5/12/2010 7:29 PM  
Blogger Allison Drew said...

I'm very inspired by the colors you've been using lately. So beautiful!

5/12/2010 8:29 PM  
Blogger Lindsey said...

Would you consider doing a tutorial on how you dye these papers? Or just some little instructions?

5/12/2010 8:48 PM  
Blogger Anna Lloyd said...

Great paper and the colours on this match perfectly. Love that shade of red!

5/12/2010 9:09 PM  
Anonymous Rambles with Reese said...

Wow! You make these papers sound so delicious that I want to eat them.

Just lovely!

5/12/2010 10:45 PM  
Blogger Mr. Spoqui said...

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5/13/2010 1:47 AM  
Blogger Škorčica said...

O, that's almost on the border of some culinary delights! :)
Colours, aromas and feelings together!

5/13/2010 3:25 AM  
Blogger fabrik-BILDschön said...

wonderful! have you tried to dye with the "dry onion`s skin" soup...i do this on easter and cook the eggs in this "soup" than i scratch them (flowers,words). maybe it would be something for fact, it smells not so good as the coffee do...;)

greetings from germany

5/13/2010 4:28 AM  
Blogger anniebeez said...

This twinrocker paper is beautiful! I will have to experiment with dying paper-what a good idea!As always your birds are gorgeous! Wish I could read bird language to know what she is saying!!

5/13/2010 7:08 AM  
Anonymous Liane at PrairieGarden said...

Beautiful! It's so wonderful you share so many details with us. It seems the new color palatte is of warmer tones. Quite lovely.

Take care!

5/13/2010 8:14 AM  
Blogger Tina Eudora said...

Absolutely love the colors and can hardly wait for the green tea dyed one.

5/13/2010 8:53 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Gorgeous paper and painting! I love the use of acrylic ink in your paintings. PS: I hope you respond to your readers once in a while at least to make this blog a bit more interactive :)

5/13/2010 9:12 AM  
Blogger bikim said...


5/13/2010 1:13 PM  
Blogger Sara said...

Ooo - this is my favorite so far! (Though it sounds like I might want to say that again very soon!)

5/13/2010 4:01 PM  
Blogger Esme said...

Have you considered making fabric with your art at You upload your own art and pick a fabric to print it on. It would be very pretty! Made me think of you today when I saw a bird duvet in Pottery Barn...

5/13/2010 5:22 PM  
Blogger Luisa said...

Just beautiful. I love the vibrant colors!

5/13/2010 8:02 PM  
Blogger Marcy said...

Love the coffee dyed background! It really makes the colors pop.

5/14/2010 3:37 AM  
Blogger kat said...

I love the richness of the colours...just beautiful...

5/14/2010 9:46 AM  
Blogger Batch No.Designs Ltd said...

I love the paper it seems to fit with your beautiful watercolours so much better then a sraight edge - almost like we are getting a peice of your scrapbook :)

5/14/2010 12:05 PM  
Blogger Chantal said...

Lovely. Such beautiful work. The coffee colour contrasts so well with that of the birds.

5/14/2010 3:25 PM  
Blogger Louise said...

wow, this is so pretty! The paper really adds a whole different dimension to your painting. I love how you are always trying new things-a visit here is never, ever boring!

5/16/2010 8:17 AM  
Blogger Jardino said...

You made my heart sing with this beautiful echeveria image! I have two at home, and I'm in love with their little pink flowers...

5/18/2010 7:03 AM  
Blogger Nat said...

Incredible art. I love the way you paint your birds with detail in white. I use lots of dyed fabric in my sculptures, but think I need to incorporate some dyed paper now. Thanks for the inspiration.

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