Explore ink making with ingredients from the Kent countryside and festival site. Connect with nature and your own creative energies!
Many trees and plants can be used to make ink; from the roots to the nuts, the leaves to the flowers, providing seasonal variations. You can also make a range of colours from clay, chalk and earth. For this workshop we’ll be working with plants and soils found on site, as well as oak galls, berries and chalk. Natural inks are alive and will change subtly as they dry over time – they can also respond differently to a range of paper surfaces.
You will make bottles of ink to take home and we will try drawing with them at the end of the workshop. You’ll use a variety of tools and ingredients to process, prepare, preserve and draw with your inks, such as pipettes, gum arabic, evergreen or other essential oil, stick pens, brushes and feathers. Clothes for mess/drips advised.
Age range: 7+
Duration – 2 hours max
Outdoor Studios provides artist-led workshops for creative experiential learning exploring environment, landscape, and place.
These unique learning opportunities are available through the collective expertise of a team of artists with extensive experience of delivering art workshops in and around Kent, connecting groups to natural and urban environments across a range of arts disciplines. They are printmakers, painters, writers, textile artists, photographers, film-makers, sculptors, craftspeople, ceramicists, and sound artists.
Participants of all ages and abilities benefit from the use of creativity to learn about and respond to geologically and historically rich landscapes, from forests and coasts to town and urban settings.