Making Colour from the Garden:  A Beginners Guide

Making Colour from the Garden: A Beginners Guide

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A Beginners Guide to making Botanical Inks, Plant-Photos and Eco-Prints.

About this event

Artists Marjolaine Ryley and Ana Margarida Araujo will lead this workshop, hosted in a home in Whitley Bay. The workshop introduces how you can make your own botanical inks, photo emulsions and use plants for contact printing to create your own eco-prints. We will look at how you can use easy to grow or buy vegetables, plants and flowers (and often kitchen scraps). Creating sustainable materials and artworks can enhance your mood and well-being, connect you with nature and creativity and generate gorgeous colours and patterns that can be surprising and delightful.

During the workshop we will show participants how to make beautiful ink from garden and kitchen plants/scraps such as onion skins, red cabbage and beetroot. This will be followed by a demonstration on eco-printing (creating bundles of paper/plants and steaming to release images). We will finish with making spinach emulsion for photographic anthotypes. Participants will do all of the activities and have beautiful inks and prints to take home.

All materials are provided; participants will be provided with information before the event in case they wish to gather suitable materials (e.g plants) for the workshop. The exact location in Whitley Bay will be sent to participants before the event.

Booking is essential. The workshop is most suitable for adults due to the nature of the activity. Under 16s MUST be accompanied by one adult per child.

This session is part of ArtHouses:22 Home Actions programme. For more information about ArtHouses go to Please contact for any questions about the event.

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