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Natural Ink Making for Beginners

The Old Waterworks
11.00 am to 4.00 pm

This beginners workshop provides a full overview of natural ink making. You’ll leave equipped with the skills and knowledge to create your own inks at home.

The workshop with start with a short introduction to the history of inks and pigments. We’ll explore responsible and sustainable harvesting and foraging practices, and tips on growing, harvesting and storing from your own garden.

You’ll learn about best practices, including tools and health and safety when using chemicals, and we’ll delve into the use of modifiers to change the colour of inks.

We’ll look at three different ways of making natural inks:

– Evaporation method
– Quick extraction using flower petals
– Historic black ink made with oak galls

You’ll create three different inks to take home and a starter solution for your own oak gall ink to finish at home.

Please bring with you:

– Facemask
– Gloves (such as marigolds)
– Notebooks and pen to make notes (if desired)
-We suggest you wear old clothes or an apron incase of stains.

Please note: we will be using iron sulphate and soda ash. These are safe but can be skin irritants.

Part of the Taking Space, Sharing Space, Taking Care workshops series. Hosted by The Agency of Visible Women.

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