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.
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Adios till the next time.