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Blueberries and a purple flower sit atop a purple fabric

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May 18, 2020

Camp-in-Place #AtHomeArt: Natural Dyes

Color your world using natural elements with Camp Contemporary instructor Jessica Petrus
A hammer laying across a piece of multicolored piece of fabric
In addition to the project below, extracting color from flowers is another way to create natural dyes.

Camp-in-Place #AtHomeArt projects from Camp Contemporary instructors and Youth and Family staff. Sponsored by SONIC Drive-In.

The natural environment can be a source of endless inspiration, especially now when many of us are staying home more than ever.
To help you bring the outside in, we recently brought you an #AtHomeArt project inspired by Bright Golden Haze artist Yatika Fields, with step-by-step instructions on sourcing and building your own paintbrushes made from natural materials.

This week, Camp Contemporary instructor Jessica Petrus brings the same spirit of artistic exploration to the world of natural dyes. Inspired by our Natural Dyeing and Eco-Prints camp, this earth-friendly project — the latest in our Camp-in-Place series — uses elements found in nature to create vibrant colors to transform fabrics. Use the materials below, or experiment with different flowers, fruits or vegetables.

Let's get started!



Jessica Petrus is an Oklahoma-based artist and instructor. She was scheduled to teach Natural Dyeing and Eco-Prints at Camp Contemporary, whose summer programming has largely been cancelled due to COVID-19.

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