Introduction to Making and Drawing with Botanical Inks


Day course

Flora Arbuthnott

16 March 2021

£76 includes materials

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This course will be of interest to those who want to identify and harvest wild and cultivated plants that can be used to make inks and paints. 

Over the course of the day we will identify and harvest plants and process them into inks and dyes for paper. We will look at, create and understand where to source modifiers – metals, acids, and alkalis that you can use to create a chemical reaction, transforming and shifting colours on the page. From this you will create your own botanical ink reference sheet. A set of handmade unbleached recycled paper is included in this course for you to start exploring the possibilities of these inks using brushes and dip pens.
At the end of the day you will have a small set of handmade inks, a colour and modifier key, and some explorational drawings.

Tutor information

Flora Arbuthnott is a natural dyer, grower, and forager. Exploring the land through gathering wild dye plants, fungi, lichen, and algae, as well as growing plants to produce a variety of vibrant colours using non toxic plant based processes. Flora loves to be out on the land observing and learning from the wild plants that grow around us as well as growing her own.