The Dye Pot Studio offers a wide range of natural pigment workshops, from 3 hours to 2 days in length. Click on a link below to book a place in one of the upcoming events, or use the Contact Me page to discuss a personalised workshop for your group or organisation.

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Introduction to Natural Inks

$120

In this one day, introductory workshop, Helen Coleman will guide you through the process of extracting colours from locally sourced, sustainably harvested plant materials, to create your own natural inks.

 

Techniques that will be explored include extraction of pigments with water and alcohol, colour range extension using mordants and modifiers, record-keeping and lightfast testing.

Students will have time to explore the artistic potential of natural inks, creating test swatches then manipulating the inks to create their own unique layered artworks.

All materials are supplied, and students will take home ink samples and artworks created during the workshop. Morning and afternoon tea and a vegetarian lunch is provided. (Fridge space is available for students that wish to bring their own refreshments).

Location: Contemporary Art Spaces Mandurah (workshop space)

 

2 dates available:

Sat 29 May, 2021, 10am-3pm.

To book, click here  (Just 1 ticket left)

 

Sun 30 May, 2021, 10am-3pm.

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Natural Pigments Workshop - 

Lake Grace

In this two day workshop, participants will explore a wide range of techniques to extract and use the colours in plants and earth samples from the Lake Grace area as art materials.

Techniques will include tannin dyeing and markmaking with mordants, botanical inkmaking, conversion of dyes to lake pigments and levigation of earth to create paint pigments.

 

We will play with a wide range of inks and paints made from simple materials and explore the chemistry of pigment colour through manipulation of pH and addition of mordant salts.

Most equipment is provided but students will be requested to bring a few basic supplies (icecream containers, jars etc) to work with and to take home their samples. This list will be emailed upon ticket purchase.

Location: Lake Grace Regional Artspace.

Sat 17 Apr - Sun 18 Apr, 2021, 10am-4pm.

To book, click here   (Just 3 tickets left)

Small Group Workshops

This series of 3-hour workshops in the Dye Pot Studio is perfect for small groups of 2-4 people and can be scheduled to suit your group. All materials and equipment are provided plus morning or afternoon tea.

Each workshop: $300 (for 1-4 students).

Grab your friends and explore natural pigments together in one or all of these hands-on sessions:

 

Workshop 1 - Natural Inks:

Students will learn how to extract colour from a range of local plant materials using water and alcohol, then explore their potential as natural inks using mordants and modifiers.

 

Workshop 2 - Earth and Lake Pigments:

Learn how to make your own earth and lake pigments from local inorganic and organic materials, ready to mix into your favourite art mediums at home. 

Workshop 3 - Natural Paints:

Explore natural mediums and mulling techniques to turn earth and lake pigments into a range of paints, including tempera, glair and watercolours. 

To book a workshop, just contact Helen.

Natural Pigments and Paints

$120

In this one day, introductory workshop, Helen Coleman will guide you through the process of making your own earth and lake pigments from local inorganic and organic materials, then use earth pigments to create your own natural paints.

The lake pigment process has been used by artists for thousands of years to convert plant and animal material into water-insoluble powders that can then be used to colour a wide variety of art mediums.

Techniques that will be explored in this workshop include water and alcohol pigment extraction, lake pigment production, earth pigment levigation and processing, tempera, glair and watercolour paint recipes, record-keeping and lightfast testing.

All materials are supplied. Students will take home samples of lake pigments made during the workshop, earth-based paint samples and small artworks made with these paints.

Morning and afternoon tea and a vegetarian lunch is provided. (Fridge space is available for students that wish to bring their own refreshments.)

Location: Contemporary Art Spaces Mandurah (workshop space)

No current dates available.

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