Nature’s Palette: Botanical Ink Making

Deborah Manson

Join artist Deborah Manson for this exciting new one day workshop to learn how to make botanical inks using seasonal, foraged and dried extract plant materials suitable for drawing and printing onto paper and fabric.

You will make a range of colours to share between the group and produce a selection of colour samples, as well as drawing and mark making using a selection of drawing tools and printing stamps. Deborah will also show you how to shift colours using modifiers and demonstrate screen printing. Over the day Deborah will share her own work, her library of botanical colour and her passion for growing plants and natural dye.

This course is suitable for beginners as well as those with more experience and especially for those who are interested in learning more about using natural colour from plants.

Red Room, Phoenix Art Space

Most materials are supplied although students will need to bring the following along:

  • Rubber gloves
  • Apron
  • A sketchbook
  • Pencil and pens
  • Any brushes, mark making tools or printing stamps you may have ( although some will be provided)

Deborah Manson is an artist and maker based in East Sussex. Her practice is studio based and incorporates collage, drawing, print and textiles – including growing and processing her own natural dyes. Her aesthetic – lo-fi, handmade, imperfect, incorporating inexpensive paper, re purposed textiles and natural dye – evolves from her interest in age old craft techniques and the cross overs between art and craft. Her work is informed by the belief that artists have a responsibility to make conscious decisions about materials, approaches to making and their impact on the environment. Deborah studied Visual Communication at Central at Central St Martins and went on to work as a designer and teacher. In 2016 she gained her MA in textiles from Chelsea college of art.

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