The Colour

Toronto Ink Company
foraged colour, found pigments and natural markings
Created 23 Jul 2020
  • Consider the Burdock
    20 Nov 2021 • 3 min read • 17 8
    Word of the day: “inscendence” — the impulse not to rise above the world (transcendence) but to climb into it, seek its core. Thomas Berry via Robert MacFarlane The year I graduated from university wi...
  • The Mess
    13 Nov 2021 • < 1 min read • 6 0
    All pictures this week. ❤️ + Squalor JL Sketchbook of Berry Stains and oak gall from the hard winter of 2021 Desert collected borax, ochres, brick, dried horsetail stalks, barn rust, morning glory vin...
  • Wandering Colour
    06 Nov 2021 • 5 min read • 12 17
    A few years ago I was invited to lead a foraging workshop for Teju Cole’s creative writing class at Harvard. I met Teju on the steps of the Widener library and everything was almost ridiculously golde...
  • Wild Grapes
    30 Oct 2021 • 1 min read • 10 4
    "I am picking wild grapes last year in a field dragging down great lianas of vine tearing at 20 feet of heavy infinite purple..." Al Purdy The Winemaker's Beat-Etude Wild Grape Wine (1968) Ink making ...
  • Collective Colour
    22 Oct 2021 • 4 min read • 12 7
    “To spark your community, you’ve got to get people together and help them start talking. Stay with it! The missing ingredient in many would-be communities is dedication. We put on one-off events or an...
  • Stay Gold
    16 Oct 2021 • 3 min read • 16 1
    Mountain Grape by Hisui Sugiura (1876-1965), included in Hisui Hyakkafu (Album of One Hundred Flowers by Hisui) published in 1920-22 Last weekend I drove up to my favourite spot for collecting wild gr...
  • Shocking Pink
    09 Oct 2021 • 2 min read • 7 0
    “Pink like the secrets you hide, maybe Pink like the lid of your eye, baby Pink is where all of it starts, crazy Pink like the halls of your heart” —Pynk Janelle Monáe Totally gratuitous Pop Culture r...
  • Black Walnut
    02 Oct 2021 • 1 min read • 9 5
    David Shrigley: Beta test of early batch of Queen’s Park Black walnut ink Consider the black walnut. Around this time of year you can find the bright green spheres in the grass, or cracked open and sp...
  • Sulphur
    25 Sep 2021 • 4 min read • 6 2
    “Nymphs! you disjoin, unite, condense, expand, And give new wonders to the chemist’s hand; On tepid clouds the rising steam aspire, Or fix in sulphur all its solid fire; Erasmus Darwin The Botanic Gar...
  • acorns!
    17 Sep 2021 • 2 min read • 10 5
    These are screen shots of the Disney Short, I could not find the children’s book, I think it might have been a golden book. Anyone? Acorns ripe down-pattering/While the autumn breezes sing. —John Keat...
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