March 12, 2012

Messin Around...

No, Not that way.....LOL  I meant I was messing around with spanish moss. I have been looking for the right fillers for in my prim bowls I have been working on. Locating prairie grass in my area isnt an easy task.. I know you can buy it online but I wanted it NOW! Hhhhhmmmm.... Im starting to sound like Veruca on Willie Wonka and the Chocolate factory. So I sat in my craft room looking around to see what I could come up with. Then all of a sudden I saw it. A huge bag of spanish moss. but I wanted something that looked green.. Then I decided one way or another I was going to get it. Went to the laundry room closet and saw that I had some kelly green dye.
That right! I used Rit liquid dye to tint my moss. I soaked it in a tub of dye and hot water mixture.
The longer you let it sit. The darker it will come. After soaking my first batch for about 2 hours. I forgot I had it  I took it out and rinsed it with cold water until the water ran semi clear. I found using a colander was a lot easier than rinsing it by hand. Spread it out on some paper towels to absorb as much water as you can. After making sure you have most of the moisture out. Spread it out evenly on a cookie sheet lined with aluminum foil.
I forgot to mention that your should preheat your oven to 250°. I checked on it every 5 to 10 minutes. I just kept moving mine around on the cookie sheet to make sure it dried more evenly and it didn't burn.
After I took it out of the oven. I spread it out on a piece of newspaper to cool. Actually I used a Christmas Tree Shop ad.
Here are a  couple of pictures of the 2 shades of green I made. The first one I left soak for 2 hours and the 2nd one I left soaking for about 45 minutes. I really likd how they turned out. Now just use your imagination and think of all the colors you could do. I cant wait to do orange for Halloween. Orange grass in a black bowl is going to look sweet. Hopefully this will open a whole new outlet for creating.

                         Prim Blessings,


~The Boyd Homestead Farm~ said...

Great idea Patti!! Thanks for sharing :)

hugs, Trish

Raspberry Lane Farmhouse Living said...

What an awesome idea Patti...yippee!

The Moonlit Stitch said...

I like it Patti! Well worth it. Can't wait to see the other colors. Thanks so much for sharing! ~*~Lisa

jennifer768 said...

Now that is a clever idea! It looks fun too.Hugs,Jen

Jennifer Helms said...

Pretty cool idea. Thank you for sharing!

Sandi @ The Primitive Skate said...

What an awesome idea! Thanks for sharing!!

Robin at The Primitive Hutch said...

What an awesome idea!!!
I've been looking for praire grass to ~ it's kinda expensive in the prim shops!
Thanks for sharing!
Prim Blessings

Prims By The Water said...

That is awesome Patti! I want yours wait to try this out myself. Thanks for sharing. Take care, Janice

TheCrankyCrow said...

Wow....Love it!! That dark green is amazing.... Gee...wonder if they'll let me play with dye here? Probably not...they don't even let me touch paint anymore... :o Smiles & Hugs ~ Robin