- Phoenician Study
- Timeline Figures, Books and Resources
- Make Phoenician Purple Dye ( You are here.)
- Art Project- Phoenician Batiks Part 1
- Art Project- Phoenician Batiks Part 2
How to Make Phoenician Purple Dye
You can make your own natural dyes from food. Though you can make many different colors from a variety of food, we will stick with blueberries because it best produces the color purple. Phoenicians in the ancient world made the purple dye for which they are named for from Murex, a sea snail with a spiny shell. It was a very expensive and costly process. The color quickly became associated with the wealthy and was a symbol of status. And ever since, the color has been associated with kings.
To make natural purple dye you will need:
- 2 cups frozen or fresh blueberries
- 1-2 quarts of water
1. Boil two cups blueberries in 1 1/2 -2 quarts of water for at least one hour on medium heat. ( a great deal of liquid will evaporate )
2. Drain blueberries and reserve liquid for dye.
It’s such and easy thing to do but requires a bit of time. However, a little can go a very long way and you can use your natural dye for several purposes. Increase the amounts for multiple projects.
Phoenician Art Lesson for Kids
Now that you’ve made a dye, what will you do with it? We decided to try out making a batik. A batik is a method of producing designs on textiles by applying wax to the parts to be left undyed. Why not use your dye to make a Phoenician Batik with us?
Or, if my art lesson isn’t quite what you’re looking for, try dying pasta, rice, or sand for future craft projects or sensory tables, making your own t-shirts and socks, doing a science experiment, or using as homemade watercolor. The longer you soak your item, the darker color the dye will produce.
The following lists each lesson by civilization, what each lesson’s focus will be, and the media/project tutorial. (These are subject to change.)
- Prehistory– Cave Paintings- Painting the Ancient Way
- Sumerians – Ancient Writing -Cylinder Seals in Clay
- Egypt – Egyptian Art and Hieroglyphs- Multi Media/ Egyptian People Coming Soon!
- Assyrians and Babylonians – Glue Painting- Babylonian Art Lesson for Kids
- Phoenicians– Ancient Dyes– Batik Bags [Follow the 5 Day Series.]
- West Africa– Akuaba Wooden Doll- Scratch Art
- Minoan and Mycenaean– Early Greek Masks-Paper Mache Masks
- Persians– Persian Carpets and Decor- Paper Weaving
- China- Tangrams– Tessellating Birds
- Greece- Etruscan Vases- TBA
- Rome- Mosaics- TBA
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