Botanical Inks: Plant-to-Print Dyes, Techniques and Projects


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We were so excited to have Babs Behan visit Seattle to introduce her new book and teach a fun workshop on block printing.  Botanical Inks is beautiful. It is filled with gorgeous images of plants, dye pots and inspiring projects. Botanical Inks: Plant-to-Print Dyes, Techniques and Projects covers a lot of ground in an easy-to-follow format.

Please note that this book covers general techniques in dyeing and printing with natural dyes and does not contain specific information on creating dye lakes and pigments.  For more information on these techniques, consult Make Ink and Natural Colorants for Dyeing and Lake Pigments.  The Art and Science of Natural Dyeing also has brief information on making lake pigments.

From the Chronicle Books description:

“Learn how to transform foraged wild plants, plants, garden produce, and recycled food into dyes and paints with Botanical Inks. The book shows you how to extract environmentally sustainable color from the landscape and use it to create natural dyes for textiles, clothing, paper, and other materials. Botanical Inks covers dyeing and surface application techniques. Similarly, it includes bundle dyeing, Shibori tie-dyeing, hapazome, indigo sugar vat dyeing, wood-block printing, screen printing, and more. In addition, it also shows you how to turn your new inks, dyes, and technique knowledge into wonderful projects, from a simple bundle-dyed a scarf to a block-printed tote bag.
The process of turning plants into print can help you reconnect with nature. It can help you find a creative outlet and develop a mindful sense of presence. It also promotes an awareness of sustainable practices and how to reduce our impact on the planet.”


Watch FEEDBACK FRIDAY with natural dyer and specialist of non-toxic natural dyeing techniques and bio-regional, regenerative textile systems Babs Behan, Founder of Botanical Inks here.


Make Ink

Jason Logan’s ode to natural foraging and unexpected ink and pigment-making.

Natural Colorants for Dyeing and Lake Pigments

A European volume on historical methods for making inks and pigments.

Biohue’s  inks

Print Paste Thickening Instructions

Printing with natural dyes and preparing fibers for pro dyeing results

Additional information

Weight 759 g
Dimensions 10 × 8 × 1 in


  1. nancypotek (verified owner)

    This is a lovely informative book, but it more a book on natural dyeing of fabrics. So the title is a bit misleading.
    If you want to know about ink making, buy “Make Ink” by Jason Logan. It is an amazing book that Botanical Colors sells and at this writing is in stock. Botanical colors also sells ink making supplies.

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