Pisolithus Ink


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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.

This lovely warm brown ink from Judi Pettite of BioHue has a host of very unflattering names. It comes from the dye mushroom, Pisolithus arhizus, or Deadman’s Foot, Dyer’s Puffball or Dead Horse Fungus. This mushroom has a distinctive odor when used as a dyestuff but yields a reliable and rich brown shade. Found low to the ground, often in unlikely places, this batch is from Placerville, CA. Pour off needed amounts and use as you would any water-soluble ink or watercolor. Keep in a cool dark place.

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

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Weight 100 g
Dimensions 4 × 4 × 2 in


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