Making Mushroom Tints and Toners

Gymnopilus sp. spores. Fall 2016.jpg

Recently, I've been experimenting with making film tints and toners from the mushrooms I gather.

This Gymnopilus species will make a gorgeous yellow-orange dye when combined with an alum (potassium aluminum sulfate) mordant. These mature specimens are releasing masses of their gorgeous cinnamon-orange spores. The more mature the better for the color of the dye. 

More about my work with mushrooms.