Judi Pettite started BioHue 2006. Engaged by the promise of artist colors from natural pigments, she’s been on the alchemical journey ever since. Judi forages purchases or grows the materials for the art materials as mindfully and sustainably as possible. The inks and watercolors are made from the fewest ingredients possible allowing the beauty and personality of the source material to come through.
Indigo is our most popular dye and we are frequently asked how to make ink from indigo. Judi makes a beautiful indigo ink from her own Persicaria tinctoria plants grown in the Sierra foothills of Northern California. A little dark and inky and slightly grainy, it can shade from the lightest blue to nearly black. Comes in a stoppered bottle so you can dispense exactly the amount you need for your artwork.
To expand your natural ink adventures, we also recommend Make Ink: A Forager’s Guide to Natural Inkmaking by Jason Logan and Botanical Inks: Plant-to-Print Dyes, Techniques and Projects by Babs Behan