Mushrooms for Color

Miriam C. Rice's
New Book!

Explore a range of mushroom arts - natural dyes, papermaking, sculpture,    watercolor painting, and making pigment sticks for drawing - all in Miriam's long awaited book. 

The detailed information about achieving fine results using mushrooms will delight both newcomers and seasoned artists alike.




Mushrooms for Dyes, Paper, Pigments & Myco-Stix™ by Miriam C. Rice with illustrations by Dorothy M. Beebee is a comprehensive guide that gives new meaning to a walk in  the woods. 

In 1974, Miriam C. Rice became the first person in the world to quantify and publish the results of experiments with fungi-producing dyes with the publishing of Let's Try Mushrooms for Color.  An  expanded version, Mushrooms for Color, followed in 1980, and both books were illustrated by Beebee.

With this third book Rice and Beebee have collaborated for a third time.  Mushrooms for Dyes, Paper, Pigments & Myco-Stix details the history, development, and science of mushroom arts. It both tells and shows how to extract substances from mushrooms that allow an artist to make textile dyes, paper sculpture or plain paper, watercolors and crayons for drawing. Beebee's pen and ink drawings appear throughout and color photos of mushroom arts accompany each section.

Always eager to expand her knowledge of what she might find in natural substances, Miriam devised a way to turn mushroom-extracted pigments into drawing tools, the result being her invention and development of "Myco-Stix". This book introduces this new drawing tool to artists everywhere.

Mushrooms for Dyes, Paper, Pigments & Myco-Stix™ will delight, instruct, and inspire seasoned artists and newcomers everywhere. order

This book has just been reprinted by the IMDI and is now available for mail order from Fungi Perfecti!

Proceeds from the sale of this book will benefit the International Mushroom Dye Institute (IMDI), a non-profit organization established by Miriam C. Rice in 1985 to encourage further exploration of fungal pigments by fiber artists and researchers.


40 years ago, Christine Thresh wrote a little book , "Spinning with a Drop Spindle", hand printed and published with her husband Robert Thresh, on their press at "Thresh Publications". In 1973 Christine and Robert met Miriam C. Rice, and published her groundbreaking book "Let's Try Mushroom for Color" in 1974, - the rest is history and here we are!

Now ChristineThresh's little book "Spinning with a Drop Spindle " has been reprinted in its 40th year and is available directly from her. Celebrate synchronicity!!

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(This Website page was updated September 22, 2016 )

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