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My Studio

Rolvenden​, Kent TN17

Saturday 10th June

11am - 1pm



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On this pigment making workshop participants will learn how to grind and purify natural earth pigment and subsequently turn the finished pigment into paint. The pigment used will come from earth sourced from nearby the location of the workshop, i.e. the Kent countryside, woodland, the garden, etc, celebrating a sense of place and environmentally-friendly practices. At the end of the workshop, you will take home a hand-painted colour chart, purified pigment and watercolour paint.

Please bring a standard-sized glass jar + lid. Everything else is provided, including tea and coffee.

The full address of this event will be emailed to you upon your booking.

The use of pigments is ingrained in human civilisation, having provided us with the means of

expression since prehistoric times.The oldest known use of pigments is a recently found cave painting of a wild pig, found in a cave in Indonesia, made at least 45,500 years ago. The first pigments to be used by man were yellow earth (ochre), red earth (ochre), white chalk, bone white (burning bone), bone black (charred bone) and carbon/lamp black (soot of burning animal fats). A lot humbler than the options we have today, and more connected to Earth.

On the workshop participants learn:

• The historical origins of pigment

• Responsibilities and health & safety of collecting natural materials and processing pigment

• About different binders, specifically gum arabic and its history and sustainability

• About different types of natural pigment: mineral (inc. shell - calcium carbonate), metal compound, animal, plant, charcoal

• How to identify and use natural artist materials

• How to grind, sieve and purify mineral into pigment

• How to create watercolour paint with raw pigment

Participants take home:

• Handout with notes and reading recommendations

• Hand-painted colour wheel

• Watercolour paint

• Purified pigment that they can continue to purify more at home

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