Aquarelle Tannin Liquid is an easy to use liquid natural dye that creates a soft purple with Iron or a light buff by itself. Similarly, aquarelle tannin extract is considered a “light” tannin. In addition, it does not significantly alter the color of other natural dyes when used for mordanting. It comes from gall nuts, which contain approximately 50-60% tannin. Therefore, it also has a lovely tea-like aroma.
Each Aquarelle liquid natural dye is pre-extracted from a leaf, root, bark or other natural source. They combine easily and produce beautiful shades. Thicken with Print Paste Thickener . After that, use for printing, painting and other surface design applications.
So make sure to check out the How To section on liquid natural dyes!
- Measure out the desired amount of dye(s). Add to the dye pot filled with enough water so the fibers move easily without excessive crowding. Stir the pot so the dye is evenly dispersed.
- Add the yarn or fibers to the pot.
- Begin heating the pot until it reaches 30°C/90°F. Rotate the fibers gently to avoid felting or tangles. Hold at this temperature for 30 minutes.
- Bring the heat up to 90°C/200°F and hold for 30-45 minutes. The dyebath should look very light or nearly clear (exhausted). You may let the fibers cool in the dyebath until they are safe to handle, except for Saxon Blue. Remove Saxon Blue after dyeing. Rinse the dyed fibers in warm water.
- If the dyebath still contains a lot of dye, add ¼(50 ml) cup white (distilled) vinegar and continue a low simmer for another 30 minutes, then let cool overnight in the dyebath. Rinse in cool water.
- Saxon Blue and Himalayan Rhubarb will make Olive, Sage and Bright Greens
- Saxon Blue and Pomegranate will make an Aqua and a light Teal
- Cutch and Saxon Blue will make a Steely Gray Blue
- Saxon Blue and Madder will make a Yellow-Brown
- Madder with a pinch of Soda Ash will make a bright Purple
- Madder with a pinch of calcium carbonate will make a Cherry Red
- Cutch with a pinch of Soda Ash will make a reddish Russet
- Myrobalan and Pomegranate used together create a rich yellow reminiscent of Indian textiles.
- Tannin with Iron is considered the most ancient recipe for dark gray and black