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Botanical Inks | Natural Dyes | Plant Dyes - Alder & Alouette

Botanical Inks: Plant to Print Dyes, Techniques & Projects

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Learn how to transform foraged wild plants, everyday plants, garden produce and recycled food into dyes and inks with Botanical Inks.

The book shows you how to extract environmentally sustainable colour from the landscape and use it to create natural dyes for textiles, clothing, paper and other materials.

Botanical Inks covers dyeing and surface application techniques, including bundle dyeing, Shibori tie-dyeing, hapazome, indigo sugar vat dyeing, wood-block printing, screen printing and more. And it also shows you how to turn your new inks, dyes and technique knowledge into wonderful projects, from a simple bundle-dyed a scarf to a block-printed tote bag.

The process of turning plants into dye can help you reconnect with nature, find a creative outlet and develop a mindful sense of presence. It also promotes an awareness of sustainable practices and how to reduce our impact on the planet.


  • Botanical Inks
  • Written by Babs Behan and photographed by Kim Lightbody. 
  • Published by Quadrille Publishing, August 21, 2018. 
  • Written for adults but adults can do many projects with children after reading this book.
  • 0.9" H x 9.9" L x 7.9" W (1.65 lbs) 192 pages
  • Softcover