Nature’s Palette: Botanical Ink Making

Deborah Manson

Join artist Deborah Manson for this exciting one day workshop to learn how to make botanical drawing inks using fresh, dried plant materials and dye extracts suitable for drawing on to paper.

You will make a range of colours to share between the group and produce a selection of colour samples, reference sheets, mark making and drawing using a selection of drawing tools. You’ll also experiment with household ingredients to shift colours with surprising and magical results.

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 and mark making tools you may have (although some will be provided)

Deborah Manson is an artist and maker based in East Sussex. She is interested in the connections between gardening, growing, making and wellbeing. Her studio is an extension of her garden where she grows and harvests dye plants. Her practice is informed by heritage textile craft process’s such as natural dyeing, patchwork and quilting and has expanded to include activities such as foraging, gardening, growing and processing plants, recording, repairing, sharing and facilitating. Deborah studied Visual Communication at Central at Central St Martins and in 2016 she gained her MA in textiles from Chelsea college of art. She exhibits her work in museums and galleries and runs workshops and courses for people of all ages and abilities.

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