I would add to the beautiful poem penned by Rupert Brooke (1887-1915) And avocado dyed papers whispering in shades of pink. Truth is…I could never add anything to The Great Lover because it is perfect as written and one of loveliest poems I know. But I am absolutely smitten with avocado dyed paper, fabrics, and whatever will take the dye. I’m not ashamed to say, I love the color pink in all it’s derivatives from deep rose to the palest pink.
I first read about dying paper with boiled avocado pits in the Victoria Bliss magazine. Do you think I can find that article to share with you? Nope…but there are loads of tutorials out there and enchanting photos of people using the green, guacamole ingredient to turn paper, fabric, lace, ribbon and whatever you wish into a charming array of pinks.
Since first reading about this magical, natural dye I’ve dyed numerous plain, white papers and was delighted when they came out in so many different pinkish hues with texture, spots, and interest. Then I thought why not scan these lovely papers and offer them for sale at Studio on the Corner Etsy shop? So I did.
Avocado Dreams Paper Pack
These papers create wonderful backgrounds for junk journals, planners, greeting cards, and any paperie craft. One of the finest things to do is to use them as stationery and write a letter to your favorite long-distance friend. You can find the Avocado Dreams pink paper pack at Studio on the Corner Etsy shop.
DIY Avocado Pink
It’s super easy to dye paper. Just pick up a couple avocados, make a delicious guacamole. Set aside those big, beautiful pits. I dyed with just the pits the first time. The second time I tossed in the peels and pits into about 2 cups of boiling water. I’ll be honest I was not very scientific. Let the pits and peels simmer in the water for…. well I don’t know. Every once in a while I’d take a piece of paper and dip it into the avocado water. From my experimentations the longer you let the avocados simmer the darker the water becomes.
I layed a couple papers in an old cookie sheet (some people call it a jelly roll pan) and poured the deep colored water over the papers. No I did not let it cool, I was just too excited to see what would come of my haphazard dying method.
You can do a quick dip for a hint of pink or leave the papers linger in the water. The longer they linger, the deeper the pink, is what I discovered. One batch of papers came out a lovely peach color instead of pink…no matter I think the color is ever so lovely.
What kind of paper should you use? I experimented with different weights and tried dying watercolor paper. They all turned out beautifully. I think I’ll dye some ribbon next and maybe some lace, definitely more papers.