Sunday, November 14, 2010

fun colors


I had some fun with a little color this morning-I had read somewhere that there was a Mexican equivalent of Koolaid out there, and just happened to find some at the local PicknSave. It's called Klass and comes in several flavors-but my store only had Tamarind, Pineapple and Mango. So I just grabbed one pkg of each. I had no clue what Tamarind could be-but really needed to find out-so it was first. I just used a canning jar, and poured in the powder and some water. It smelled very strange-and I had to try a teeny bit---eeeyukkk--but it was a light shade of brown that could be nice. I put in a glug of vinegar, and 1 oz of wool. Then I "cooked" it in the microwave for a few minutes. I did the same with the pineapple and mango, and they all took turns for a few spins. I then let them sit for a bit to cool-but not long, cuz I was too anxious to see what I got. Well, let say for some better color it would be a good idea to put several pkgs of tamarind to get a nice brown-but I'm ok with the pale tan I got. The same goes for the pineapple-its a very very pale yellow-but pretty. The mango turned out the best. It's a pastel-but definitely the prettiest of the lot.

So what did I learn from this adventure? The taste of tamarind is hard to rinse out of your mouth, I need to find the other flavors of Klass, and I need to get many packs of each kind to get a more saturated color.

All in all-I learned a lot today.

7 comments:

  1. Thanks for sharing. Funny that it didn't taste good. I wonder if they mean to have sugar added like our kool aid?

    I love your colors and the mango is delicious looking. Good luck finding your other flavors.

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  2. Never heard of Klass but love the idea it has a brown color. Wow, one pack of Mango made that beautiful color? Sweet.

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  3. I really like that mango color!

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  4. The colors are nice, they make for a pretty color pallet if you decide to blend them.

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  5. Tamarind is used alot in Indian cuisine and is an effective dye... but I'm having a hard time thinking of it as a kool-aid flavor.

    The color is very nice.

    The Tamarind Institute in Albuquerque is doing some interesting things in the area of fine art and lithography.

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  6. The tamarind color is my favorite. Thanks so much for sharing this. I dyed yarn for the first time a couple weeks ago and really enjoyed it. Now I can't wait to try to Kool-Aid/Klass method. There are plenty of super-mercado's in my area so I shouldn't have a problem finding the Klass. Happy Fiber Arts Friday!

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  7. Hmmm... learning a lot in all of these posts. My favorite is the mango.

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