Seaweed And Gin

24 Apr

6 Roller

I have been experimenting with making a water-based printing ink, using a recipe from printmaker Shannon Yost published by Natural Earth Paint. There’s a comprehensive list of ingredients including Nori (seaweed) paste, powdered minerals and gin. The gin is for preserving the ink. Honest. πŸ˜€

1 Equipment

2 Ochre

Measure 1 tablespoon of natural powdered pigment.

3 Gin and water

Add half a teaspoon of water and half a teaspoon of gin and mix it up with a chopstick.

5 Add Nori

Turn it onto a palette and add 1 teaspoon of Nori paste.


Mix it well with a palette knife.

6 Roller

Roll a small amount on a smooth surface (I used acrylic sheet) with a roller (brayer).

Stage One completed. Tomorrow I’ll look at trying out different types of blocks and different papers…….



I have put my series of drawings en plein air of ancient Welsh monuments on Artfinder. Β If you want to see more, please click on the image below or the Artfinder link at the top right of this page. This one is the legendary grave of Saint Elfys (Elvis) in Pembrokeshire, not for from the Presceli Mountains. Elfys? Presceli? Elvis Presley? Coincidence? hhhmmmm

St Elvis

19 Responses to “Seaweed And Gin”

  1. Fascinating mixture gin and seaweed … or Seaweed and gin[haha] exellent Rosie.xx

  2. Mary at 22:33 #

    The tippling printmaker! Reminds me of Julia Child πŸ™‚
    I love the color. What is that pigment? Looks like some kind of yellow ochre, really beautiful.
    What fun!

  3. Leonie Andrews at 08:44 #

    I think it’s like that old Christmas pudding recipe. One for the pudding and one for the cook.πŸ˜‰

    • Rosie Scribblah at 09:19 #

      But don’t swallow the sixpence!!!!!

      • Leonie Andrews at 09:58 #

        I still have some sixprences and thruppences passed down from my Aunt. Sometimes they even make it into the pudding.

    • Rosie Scribblah at 10:02 #

      Wow, they’re well old. I have some tiny silver sixpences on a vintage charm bracelet my mother-in-law gave me

  4. Phil Cooper at 04:13 #

    Lovely pics, much enhanced by the bottle of gin on the table . Seaweed and Gin sounds like it should be an artisan bar in Whitstable , they’d go mad for it here!

  5. alethakuschan at 23:43 #

    You sure it’s not for preserving the print maker?

    Splendid photos of the enigmatic process!

  6. ‘For preserving the ink’… Hur Hur πŸ˜€


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