At Strata Ink paint making starts with gathering pigments out in the field.
Once in the studio these pigments are washed and ground by hand into fine particles.
Some Strata Ink pigments are made from plants that are gathered and then 'laked' to create a dry pigment.
A few ingredients are purchased and hand processed, such as the natural indigo powder used in the Mayan Blue Ink.
The pigments are hand mulled on a glass slab with an all natural watercolor binder.
The paint is bottled with distilled water and an eye dropper cap for ease of use.
Drop the ink into a palette or directly onto paper. Use a brush or other painting tool to move the ink around the page. Dilute with water or mix with any waterbased media. This ink is formulated for exploration. I can't wait to see what you make with it. Learn more in my ink tutorial videos.
Strata Ink is handcrafted in Portland, Oregon in the home studio of artist Carolyn Sweeney. She has been making her own ink and watercolors for many years. These ink recipes are the result of her search for materials that suit her own art practice. The particular qualities and colors of natural ink inspire her on a daily basis. Carolyn has a B.A in Fine Art from Whitman College and a background in a wide array of textile arts. Please reach out via the contact form if you have any questions.