The Zen Of Making Soy Mordant

The Zen Of Making Soy Mordant

I’ve made a lot of soymilk lately.  I found it’s the key, or at least one important  part, of natural contact printing. aka eco-printing.  It’s not the only mordant I’ve been using but it’s the critical one for cotton. I use it on silk as well, but I think cotton needs it. I takes quite awhile to make a batch and I find it to be very relaxing and satisfying to make my own – not to mention that it’s a real cost saver and there is nothing added to it as in most of ready made store bought soymilk. You can buy it from Trader Joe’s if you aren’t up for making it yourself, but look carefully to find the one that has no additives. I’ve used it and it works just fine.

I started out with 1 1/2 package of dry soybeans (sorry, I’m not sure how many oz. in the package but probably 16 oz. or under).  They sat covered with water in a pot overnight. In the morning I drained them and placed them, one cup at a time, in the food processor with one cup of water until they’re blended.  Then I added another 2 cups (3 cups in all, or 4 if you’d like) of water to the mixture.  If I put it all in the processor at once, it leaks out from the cover. Pour this into a strainer that is lined with a thin cotton dish towel.

Soy beans and water

Lift the whole thing up, keeping the tops of the dish towel closed, and squeeze!  Empty out the   remaining soybeans in another bowl and set aside.  When you’ve finished this, repeat the whole process with the dried up soybeans, adding the same amount of water as the first time.

SqueezeAlmost done.

Almost done…one more batch to squeeze!  

 

 

 

 

 

 

Actually, this is how much soybean mixture there was left when I said “enough.” I was zenned out!

Squeezed out soybeans

I got 3 gallons of soymilk out of this batch that started with 1 and 1/2 package beans, NOT dry roasted beans, but plain beans for cooking. I could have stretched it out some more with more water but I thought I had plenty  for what I had to do. I bought them at the local H Mart but you can get them at Amazon if you can’t find them locally.

And here’s one that’s hot off the press!  As you can see it’s pretty colorful.  Thanks to the soymilk mordant!

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The Fuller Craft Museum

The Fuller Craft Museum

I’m still enamored with the Fuller Craft Museum in Brockton, MA!  It’s a destination for folks interested in the arts who live here as well a who are visiting!

Water Fountain on the ground floor of the Fuller Museum - really interesting building and grounds.
Water Fountain on the ground floor of the Fuller Museum – really interesting building and grounds.
Outdoor Sculpture
Outdoor Sculpture
Hornet's Nest, just outside the exhibit space.
Hornet’s Nest, just outside the exhibit space.
August 2, 2015 – November 29, 2015
Jean Ames. 1956.The Garden. Enamel on copper.
Jean Ames. 1956.The Garden. Enamel on copper.
Harold Hasselschwert.1966 Cityscape. Enamel on copper.
Harold Hasselschwert. 1966 Cityscape. Enamel on copper.
Art As Quilt-Transitions in Contemporary Textile Media

Art As Quilt-Transitions in Contemporary Textile Media

The Fuller Craft Museum was a state of the art building 50 years ago.  It still looks fresh and new. It’s such a wonderful facility for art exhibits.  If you’ve never been there, do visit sometime!  This exhibit will be there through January 17, 2016.

If you’re on the Cape, this exhibit will travel there and will show at Highfield Hall in Falmouth, MA from April 15 – June 19, 2016.

I didn’t get pictures of everything this time but the next time, I’ll photograph the rest.

For The Love of Three Oranges. Diane Wright.
For The Love of Three Oranges. Diane Wright.
Flotsam & jetsam. Rosemary Hoffenberg.
Flotsam & Jetsam. Rosemary Hoffenberg.
Rhapsody. Rosemary Hoffenberg
Rhapsody. Rosemary Hoffenberg
Sharyn Raiche. Nexus
Sharyn Raiche. Nexus
Madalene Murphy. Spun Gold
Madalene Murphy. Spun Gold
Sandra Donabed. Tune In Turn On Dropcloth
Sandra Donabed. Tune In Turn On Dropcloth
Crevices. Valerie Maser-Flanagan
Crevices. Valerie Maser-Flanagan
Succulents. Vickie Jensen.
Succulents. Vickie Jensen.
Three Feathers Remain. Wen Redmond.
Three Feathers Remain. Wen Redmond.
Vessel Of Life. Janice Jones.
Vessel Of Life. Janice Jones.

 

Out Of The Blue. Janis Doucette.
Out Of The Blue. Janis Doucette.