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Natural Inks in the Kitchen, February 2022

February 24, 2022 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm


An Online Workshop!

 Thursday, February 24, 6-8pm ET via Zoom

About this Workshop:

This is a fun introduction to extracting color from natural sources found in our kitchen! We will see what colors we can pull from spices and food scraps and explore modifiers that may alter the color or consistency of our inks. Students will learn how to safely use these materials and methods in their own home.

Level: All levels welcome!

Registration closes February 15, 2022 to allow time for students to purchase their materials. With your registration you’ll receive the full materials list (with helpful links if applicable) to purchase your items, any handouts about the process, as well as a quick 1-page “how-to” on downloading and using the Zoom video app.

Sample images by Catherine Stack.


Please Note: The online session will be recorded for Pyramid Atlantic’s private use to better optimize our programming and share as examples for funders. You may mute your microphone or turn off your camera if you do not wish to be recorded. Access to the recording(s) will be made available to all participants for a limited time.


Students will need to gather/purchase the needed supplies for class. The list includes:

  • Any food scraps or spices you would like to experiment with. Think of things that easily stain – beet root, turmeric, coffee and tea are great materials to start with!
  • Paint brushes, at least 2 or 3
  • Paper: assorted printmaking, watercolor, handmade or machine-made
  • White vinegar
  • Lemon juice
  • Baking soda
  • Salt
  • Paper towels, old dish towel or rag
  • (Optional) Soy milk, tablespoon, measuring cup and tray
  • (Optional) Gum Arabic, cloves or thyme oil
  • Several glass jars, take-out containers or paper cups (to hold ink and water)
  • Sieve, coffee filter and/or cheesecloth or cotton rag
  • Old pot or pan to cook down the ink (Instructor’s Note: Some plant materials might be toxic when heated so it’s best to have a designated pot for extracting dyes. Aluminum is the best option.)


Brooklyn-based artist Catherine Stack was born and raised in a small town in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. She received her MFA from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design (Massart), and graduated with a BFA from the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design with a focus in printmaking. She has taught Continuing Education courses in printmaking and drawing at Massart. She currently teaches courses in etching at the Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop where she is also a contract printer for the Printers without a Press program. Her etchings and fiber-based works have been shown throughout the country. Learn more about her work at www.catherinestack.com.



“The information about possible ways to experiment and keep track of results of dye-making trials was very valuable.”

—Previous Workshop Attendee

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