making the scented paint

Today we'll make the scented paint with star anis.

The recipe for making the paint comes from this site.

"It's like a star"
"Yes, and it smells great isnt' it?"

Grinding the star anis till it becomes powder.

The bigger mortal is heavier but easier for him.

10 minutes later

Separate the powder...

Add the milk with the pipet

Sen adds milk, and I mix. Good collaboration.


"It looks like a poop..."

It became now a paste.

The paper for the water color seems to deliver the better results.

Did you draw...what?

Now we'll see how long we can conserve this.

The materials for the aprons.

composing the garam masala - preparing for the cildren's workshop

Together with the media artist Krsitina Andersen, we are preparing the children's workshop taking place as a part of the festival "Babylut" in Belgium in the beginning of March.

The festival targets the age 0 - 4. That's unusual as a festival! Those are the ages that the verbal communication does not work completely yet. But therefore the communication by means of scent could be more refined and pure...

Our goals:

  • Let the kids enjoy grinding the spices and the scent that comes up by that movement
  • Let the kids paint with the 'scented paint'.
  • Provide the kids those 'scent memories'. The scented painting helps them reminding the experiences.

What to choose as a palette ...?

We'll make the original aprons for the kids.

As starting the experiments, we'll make the garam masala.
The recipe is from my aunt that regularly practices yoga in South India.

Top row from the left: cumin, coriander seed, green cardamon, clove
Bottom row from the left: black pepper, fennel, laurier leaves, cinnamon

Roasting them.
By heating up, the smell molecules can easily come out from the tissues.

Grind them.

Good job!

We should count that:
  • the heavier stone is easier for the kids
  • the spices flies
  • better to do it on the mat

The dinner was the spinach and goat cheese curry. Delicious.


the absolute of hyacinthus

With using the most common extraction technique I've extracted hyacinthus and made the absolute.





With this method the extraction can take place in the room temperature, that means that the scent becomes closer to the real scent. It's concentrated, so it is preservable.

bottling the perfumes made in the workshop

Workshop @ Corrosia, Almere in November 2007

It became a soft, moderate animalic smell of the dog.

From the left: baking bread, Sinterklaas festival, a cocktail of an almond sweets / white wine / flower etc.

This cocktail perfume consists of the different scents that the woman liked. It has macerated and became a very nice perfume.


Bottles will be sent to the participants.