Each workshops run in three parts. A week before our live zoom, I send you a prep PDF or video. Then, on the day of our workshop, we spend 1 hour making and 30 minutes sharing our results and covering any questions.
The third part of each is a very short re-cap video that I send out covering what we did and adding some extra tips. You have access to this video and a recording of the workshop which you can download if you wish.

A brief outline of each workshop is below.

What you can expect from The Basics:
Throughout this workshop we will-
What you can expect from The Basics:

* Learn how to extract colour in a number of ways from seasonal plants

* We will cover the relevance of note keeping and start documenting the process

* Using simple household modifiers will explore the pH values and how to tweak botanical inks to increase the varieties of colours from one plant

* We will also take a look at foraging for colour in our hedgerows and how best to do this sustainably

* You will finish up with one ink that you have made and the knowledge of how to make ink from other plants
*We will cover several options for binders from off the shelf options to making our own, and look at ways of preserving our hedge inks.
You will finish up with one ink that you have made and the knowledge of how to make ink from other plants.

What you can expect from the Charcoal Black Inks workshop:
Throughout this online workshop we will cover-
Make drawing and calligraphy ink from historical recipes and new cheats!
What you can expect from The Charcoal Ink & other Beautiful Black Inks Workshop:

*Making charcoal at home from a variety of hedgerow plants, what to use and how to use it to get tinkling charred results.
This is sent to you in the form of a downloadable video a week before the workshop.
*We will look at two methods for making drawing ink from our charcoal, which I use myself, to give us two different grades of Indian ink.
*We will also look at some other methods of colour extraction to how we worked in The Basics workshop, to make Oak gall black, lamp black and bone black.These historical inks are ideal for calligraphy work.
* I will be offering some cheat recipes too as well as twists on the traditional!
You will have a complete Indian ink, made from your own charcoal, and the ongoing knowledge of how to make other variations of black.

What you can expect from Lake Pigments and Lichen extraction Workshop:
This workshop is ideal for those who wish to add further paint making techniques to their canon. As well as an observation on the extraction of colour from 'found' as opposed to harvested lichens.
We will cover-
*The process of making a lake pigment. As this is a 24 hour process, we will begin it together, and I will demo the rest and what you can expect to see from your own lake pigment.
*We will look at some paints that we can then easily make from our dried pigment.
*We will have a look at lichen colour extraction by focusing on-
- Sustainable collection and ID of those which hold colour
- Two techniques to coax colour from lichens.
Due to the nature and ecological importance of lichens, this part of the workshop will be demo only. You will receive an identification PDF of lichens commonly found here in Ireland and the UK to continue your own exploration.

What you can expect from the Modification of Colour Workshop:
This workshop is ideal for those with a basic knowledge in botanical colour extraction and would like to further their ink making.
We will cover-
*Recipes for a large variety of pH modifiers. All ingredients can be sourced in the home, the garden and the garden shed!
*Common sense health and safety for making, disposal and storage.
* Different techniques of incorporating this wide range of modifiers.
*I will also supply some colour charts to help you keep track of the variations we will explore. These modifiers can be used with botanical inks and serve as a great source of extra ingredients to help you create your own pallet of homemade inks. Some will also aid lightfastness and preservation. By carefully mapping your results, you will have a colour catalogue to use in the future.
During our zoom waltz we will experiment with modifiers that you will have had the chance to stew up before the workshop. With more recipes that you can stew up later.


A week before each workshop you will receive a preparation PDF or Video. Please feel free to give me a shout with any questions or comments.
 2021 Full Day workshop Saturday September 25th at The Irish National Heritage Park, Wexford keep an eye out here https://www.irishheritage.ie/courses/ for them to come up, places will be pretty limited as we are expecting to still be social distancing. :)

Vouchers available in The Wild Hedge Ink Co shop here:
Go raibh míle - many thanks, Annie.
Thank you!
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