Walnut Ink. So expensive at the art store, and so easy to make. These walnuts have been sitting in a bucket on my back porch since last year. They were moldy but that was no match for boiling water.
There was no complicated recipe or precise directions, I just boiled them like taters! But for much, much longer until the outside disintegrated off the nut. Then, I broke them apart and added more water and let it simmer for about 5 hours. Strained the juice, added some vodka and clove oil to deter bacterial growth, and now I'll use it to dye fabric and watercolor paper.
And then there's THIS. It took me a while to dig it up, and when I found it I didn't even recognize it...my compost bundle!
After giving it a quick hose down, I see that the fabric truly is eroded. It's worn, rusted and a bit slimy!
Poor centipedes will have to relocate.
I've suspended the treasure from the clothes line in hopes that it will dry out before I tear into it this Saturday. It's already rained on it, but I see some upper 90 degree days coming, that should do the trick.