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blackShed Gallery

Russet Farm, Redlands Lane, Robertsbridge TN32 5NG

10am - 1pm, 1st June 2024

Please email Lorna to book:

Make your own Natural Pigments. All tools and materials supplied (you just need a glass jar and lid). Join artist Polly Bennett for a pigment making workshop using natural materials we will forage for, behind the gallery, to create artist’s pigments. 

On this pigment making workshop participants will learn how to grind and purify natural 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 woodland behind the gallery, 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. Everything is provided. 

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 and charcoal. How to grind, sieve and purify mineral into pigment to create watercolour paint with pigment 

Take home: Handout with notes and reading recommendations, hand-painted colour wheel and watercolour paint, purified pigment to purify more at home.

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