This is a simple technique for dyeing paper using food coloring which is non-toxic and can be purchased at any grocery store. You can quickly produce a number of varied, beautiful papers which can be used for books, cards or many other paper projects. This background technique can be used before applying walnut ink or on its own.
Start with a sheet of printmaking paper (I used Rives BFK), a container large enough to manipulate the sheets (1 sheet torn into 4 pieces), water and food coloring. You may want to use rubber gloves to avoid dyeing your hands!
Click on the images below for step-by-step instructions.