How to use moss rose or portulaca flower to paint?

by Aejal D. Patel
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One fine day I was looking at the flowers in our little garden.

A hanging bottle of pink portulaca flowers caught my eye. Hurriedly I took out my phone to take a picture and post it on Instagram.

I noticed that the flowers from yesterday were decreasing the beauty of today’s blossoms. So I hastily picked out the stale flowers. I noticed that there was a little pinkish glint on my hand, and blimey I said Eureka in my head.

Over the last few months, I had come across a coffee painting, I have seen people paint with Turmeric and beetroot too in the name of painting with natural ingredients. Oh, I was so excited to use the moss flowers.

There were two reasons for the excitement:

1. The color of portulaca was kind of pink which I was not able to make despite so much effort.

2. I did not have to spoiled my garden’s beauty for the color.

You can do it too in three simple steps:

1) Find a portulaca of any color. I used the ones in the picture.

2) Pluck the ones which bloomed yesterday.

3) Put them in a dish and add very little water.

4) Keep the dish tilted so that the colored water gets accumulated.

5) Take a brush and you are ready to use the natural and homemade color.

Isn’t our nature a big miracle?

Here are some of the ways I used the color.

1) I drew a simple skyline in my journal.

2) If the sky was white

and the clouds were pink and

they would taste sweet

So I would eat every bit

Like cotton candy on a stick

3) I also used this for creating a little background for a quote I like.

4) The one on the left is done with portulaca color and the one on right is done with colors from watercolors and poster colors left on my palette.

I did not want to waste it so I did a little basic shapes practice.

Although this works fine with fresh flowers too, it might take a while before you get the colored water. The more time you leave the flowers in water the better your shade will be.

This could be a good activity to do with your little one too. In spite of being way older than a child, I found it so fascinating.

The color changes with time so I would not recommend it for something you want to keep it for the long term but oh the joy of doing this even once is no match. I am brimming with joy as I write this.

You should totally try it too and you can share it with me on Instagram @aejalsdrawingjourney.

I would love to see your creations.

Also, what are your thoughts about this blog?

Tell us in the comment section. I would love to interact with you.

Adios till the next time.

2 comments

Aanu August 13, 2020 - 2:16 pm

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Aejal D. Patel January 24, 2021 - 7:24 pm

Thank You Aanu!😊

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