more adventures in mushroom ink… 311013

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a further selection of drawings using shaggy-ink-cap ink gathered and processed in north devon…[i]

ink cap drawings, 311013 (ink cap ink © p ward 2013) ink cap drawings, 311013 (ink cap ink © p ward 2013)

ink cap drawing; ink cap fan, 311013 (ink cap ink © p ward 2013) ink cap drawing; ink cap fan, 311013 (ink cap ink © p ward 2013)

ink cap book, 311013 (ink cap ink © p ward 2013) ink cap book, 311013 (ink cap ink © p ward 2013)

© P Ward 2013


[i] https://intim8ecology.wordpress.com/2013/10/31/ink-cap-ink-cap-soil-culture/

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3 Comments on “more adventures in mushroom ink… 311013”

  1. hey cool.
    did you read about it somewhere? or notice that they shrivel and melt away to a squishy blackness and say hey…wait a minute…i can paint with this….
    curious if you are using a mordent-or preservative/fixative.

    i have a can of black walnut shells outside covered in snow, and sumac bark soaking and evaporating down to a concentrate, to be used as pigment, but unsure as to how long it will be visible….like invisible ink. no wait, like visible ink turned invisible when exposed to sunlight.

    (both give a earth tone/red/brown/black)

    😛

    • pw130524 says:

      nothing quite so intuitive i’m afraid! just heard somewhere that they could be used as ink and had tried them many years ago in ireland – give a beautiful texture as a watercolour but do fade quickly. walnut ink is a lot stronger i think. i like your process/technique of just leaving stuff to ‘brew’ – a friend of mine uses similar ideas for dyeing cloth (http://dancingwithdyes.wordpress.com/2013/11/20/the-unveiling/) with some beautiful results.

      really like your stick sculptures too and your bundles – all ready to make something wonderful with!?!

      thanks again for your thoughts and best wishes 🙂

      • oh cheers. 😛
        yes, low impact pigment making. rusty can/nail sitting outside (somehow the rust helps to fix-or maybe that’s just fabric dye). thought of adding a little honey for preservative.
        good luck out there.

        m.


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