Painting with Natural Dyes

Painting with Natural Dyes

Submitted by Renee at FIMBY

I steamed farm beets for supper last week (a vegetable I’m learning to love) and saved the “juice” left in the bottom of the pan. I stored the juice, about 2/3 cup, in a glass jar in the fridge and pulled it out yesterday for the kids to paint with.
The kids also mixed up a yellow paint with 1/2 cup hot water and 1 tbsp turmeric mixed together.
The resulting artwork is beautiful and my own art (photography) is inspired by my children’s creativity.

For more natural painting inspirations check out one of our favorites, Berry Smudges and Leaf Prints by Ellen B. Senisi.

Materials & Resources

Making Natural Dyes
History of Dyes
Chemistry of Dyes
Natural Dyes International


With over 10 years of EDU experience and a growing family, Mariah started Playful Learning in 2008 as a resource for parents and teachers. In 2010 Playful Learning received the Parent’s Choice Gold Medal, and in August of 2011, Shambhala Publications released her first book, Playful Learning: Develop Your Child’s Sense of Joy and Wonder. Mariah has an M.S. Ed in Elementary Education and was that girl sitting in the back of class thinking about what she would do differently if she was the teacher. Now she is happily working with a team of gifted educators to bring life-changing lessons to children, families, and schools around the world. In her free time she can be found taking long walks, enjoying a cup of tea, or swimming in the Atlantic with her husband and two daughters.


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