Dyeing paper

I thought I’d write a short post on paper dyeing. Haha πŸ˜„ most of my posts are short!

I use these papers in my journals because I like the antiquey look and it makes for a interesting journal. It’s particularly useful when using lots of different papers as it unifies while each piece retains its intrinsic qualities.

Here is an image of the onion skins simmering away…


In the image below from left to right is coffee dyed, onion skin dyed and tea dyed paper.


I onion dyed a batch of paper this morning. I love the golden colour it produces, it’s a very rich colour. I used an aluminium dyepot that I knew would dull the colour. As the Rayburn was lit and the oven not too hot I dried the paper in there on old cake racks.

It’s important to use separate pots and utensils for dyeing and to store them away from those used for food.

I placed coins on the following sheet before it went in the oven. I like the results…


I will try this technique again.

As the dye bath is not depleted of onion skin dye I’ve put a hank of my handspun yarn in it. I’ll leave it to soak for a day or so.

Thanks for dropping by

Tracey xx πŸŒΌπŸ’πŸŒΈ


Author: yarnandpencil

I'm a Christian on the autistic spectrum blogging about life and my art/craft practice.

40 thoughts on “Dyeing paper”

      1. Oh that’s great… The golden colour would be worth it even if they did smell! Maybe you could try beetroot next? You could boil up raw beetroot in its skin ready to eat, and then use the water left over to dye the paper? I’ve not tried it… Just thinking out loud!

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  1. Onion skins are my favourites to dye Easter eggs. I love the wide spectrum of brown and yellow colours they give. I wouldn’t think about using them for paper though, such a cool idea!

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    1. I hadn’t either until I kept reading about onion paper. I looked it up and it is the old typewriting paper and nothing to do with onions, however it reminded me that I had a stash of onion skins set aside for yarn dyeing πŸ™‚
      I bet it looks lovely on eggs.
      Thanks xx

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    1. The yarn isn’t so exciting. I started with a natural beige and it’s turned out muddyish. It was brought when it came out the bath but unlike the paper it had to be washed…
      Thank you πŸ™‚ I’ll try and remember to post a picture xx

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    1. Hi, I decant the dye into a roasting type container. Some papers have to go in and straight out, while others can have a good soak. It’s all very experimental. Gayle Agostinelli made a video on coffee dyeing that can be found on YouTube. I’m sure there’s many others on there as well πŸ™‚

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