This is a departure from my customary post, yet an alchemical expression, uniting our being with nature. From beginning to end, it is most satisfying being a part of the process.
Harvest about one cup fresh, handpicked berries.
Wash well and allow to dry thoroughly, so as not to dilute the concentration.
With mortar and pestle, gently crush berries into a jammy consistency.
Cook in a double boiler over medium heat. Simmer covered for 20 – 30 min.
Strain cooked berries through a 100% cotton cloth. Double a draw-string tea bag over on itself pouring berries directly into a sterile glass ink well.
Macerate berries with grain alcohol, or at least 80 proof vodka; to further extract essential plant oils while draining.
Add 2-3 tablespoons gum arabic to thicken. I added 1 Tbsp. liquid Gum Arabic with a mineral spirit-like preservative quality.
Squeeze bag gently until all liquid juice has been fully extracted.
Allow to cool and paint, or write away!
I could not wait to apply brush to parchment and experience the glide of this yummy medium. The color is lighter than anticipated, but will undoubtedly darken over time as exposed to UV rays, and the aroma is so “jammy” wafting off the page, that I expect my artwork to be perfectly edible. This is a quick and simple craft to potentiate your art, and I successfully did it ALL while wearing white!