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Introduction to Botanical Inks and Paints - An In-Person Workshop in Wiltshire

Introduction to Botanical Inks and Paints - An In-Person Workshop in Wiltshire


 6 hour ‘Introduction to Botanical Ink and Paints’ workshop

10am – 4pm Mere, Wiltshire


Learn the alchemy and magic of extracting dyes and pigments from plant and mineral sources, to transform into vibrant and environmentally friendly inks, water colour and oil paints.


We’re really excited to be offering this new workshop.  There will be more images and information to follow in the coming months.


What’s included


The workshop includes 6 hours of guided tuition, which includes all the necessary materials and equipment including aprons and gloves.


You will be given your own clear workshop handouts to take away with you.


Teas, coffee and biscuits will be available all day.


Please bring a packed lunch.


What to expect


The workshop will teach you about the extraction, application and storage of natural colour, harnessed from traditional, kitchen and foraged materials.


Spaces are limited to ensure you receive as much guidance as you need and all learning is supported by detailed handouts which are yours to take home.


This workshop is suitable for complete beginners as well as those who have a little experience of natural dyes and pigments.


About your tutor


Claudia is a natural dyer and retired teacher who has been professionally dyeing yarns for Elka Textiles for many years.  She has a keen interest in the science of natural dyeing, as well as delighting in the colours that emerge from the dye pot.


Extending this understanding of the colours to be found in nature, to the world of inks and paints, has been an exciting process and one that she’s keen to share with anyone fascinated by the possibilities of natural colour.



Pettridge Lane, Mere, Wiltshire

There is ample private parking. An email will be sent out one week before the workshop confirming all the details and the exact address.


We look forward to meeting you soon but if you have any questions beforehand, please feel free to contact us.

To ensure the viability of our workshops we have to have a firm cancellation policy. Please read it HERE. By booking a space you are agreeing to this policy.





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Alex S
This workshop covered everything I wanted to learn and much more!

In recent years I've become increasingly aware of the chemicals in my conventional paints, and have been curious about learning how to make my own natural inks and paints.
This workshop covered everything I wanted to learn and much more, from the equipment needed and sourcing the plants and minerals, through to the various different processes for creating inks, water colour and oil paints.
I have to say that making oil paints from pigments was my favourite process, deeply satisfying! I'm amazed at the vibrancy and range of colours we produced in one day and would highly recommend this workshop to anyone with an interest in painting, colour or natural art materials.
It is clear that Claudia has a background in teaching, the day was meticulously planned yet relaxed and friendly and we had a very useful handout of information to take home with us, along with all our colour experiments.
I can't wait to start foraging for colour and can feel my artwork heading in a new direction.
Thank you Claudia for a wonderful day!

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