Beet Juice!

by Donna
(Virginia, US)


Dipping in beet juice gives a beautiful range of colors. I lay my sheets out in my gravel driveway and dip my fingers into a cup of (undiluted) beet juice, then shake my hand over the sheets. Some get MORE drippy marks and some LESS... I just keep going until I like what I see.

Then I leave them out to dry in the sun, iron, and i'm ready to tear! The juice from a can of beets keeps in the fridge for a long time and is PLENTY to prepare many sheets for future projects.

I have used it on copy paper, cheap parchment paper from the Dollar Store, and nicer lightweight drawing paper (gray gives an AMAZING result), music paper, book pages, and watercolor paper.

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Oct 20, 2016
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Beet juice acidity
by: Donna

Yes, this could be a concern, altho' I have convinced myself (correctly or not) that beet juice cannot be more acidic than coffee or tea. And I'm resolved that my junk journals are not museum pieces; as my friend Karen says, "This is a folk art" that we do for FUN, not for stress.

Oct 20, 2016
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Will pages rot or disintegrate?!
by: Anonymous

I would worry that treated pages in (say) a precious/much loved/used journal would disintegrate or similar?!

Oct 14, 2016
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Cool idea!
by: Sarlou

I have to try this....your results look fab!

Oct 11, 2016
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beets peeled or not?
by: Donna

Hi Claire, if you cook some beets UNPEELED, the result is a brownish pink, very different from canned beets, which yield much a much "clearer" pink or red. I also want to SPRAY some on coffee-dyed paper... might be a nice effect! Have fun!

Oct 11, 2016
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Thank you!
by: Claire

The colors are amazing! I can imagine a light coating of tea/coffee stain on some to be a bridge between my tea/coffee stained papers.

Thank you so much for this idea! I hope the weather is nice this weekend so I can try this out in the yard.

Oct 10, 2016
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Responding to Claire on Beet Juice
by: Donna

Hi Claire, I have sent a couple of photos to Debbie-Ann in case she wishes to post them.

Thanks for your interest! Have a great week

Oct 10, 2016
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Pictures?
by: Claire

Do you think you could upload a few pictures? I know the color might not be exact, but I would love to see the general effect!

Thank you.

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