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Botanical ink and paint making

Botanical ink and paint making

Duration: One Month

Price: £40

Contact: Flora Arbuthnott at Plants & Colour

This course is taught online

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About the Course

How to create botanical inks

Identifying reliable and effective plants for ink making.

An introduction to two different techniques for making inks.

How to use binders and preservatives

Creating lake pigments

How to create a set of modifiers. These are metals, acids, and alkalis that you can use create a chemical reaction, transforming and shifting colours on the page.

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What's included in the price?

Before the course starts, there will be an invitation to join a little ink making community on Slack. Here, there will be an equipment list, a plant list, and a reading list. I will invite everyone to introduce themselves on the forum before the live workshop.

You will be send a video tutorial taking you through processes for ink and paint making. There will then be a follow up group Zoom call questions.

There will be a follow up two hour group video chat via zoom a month later for sharing our stories of ink making, our results, further processes, and questions. If you do miss the second of the Zoom calls (where we will be sharing our stories and work), I will invite you to share your questions, work, and reflections on Slack via video or text and images to that we can all hear your story as well and offer something back.



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  • Suitable for all abilities