In this 2-day workshop, students will learn how to create a lake pigment with natural dyes. A lake pigment is an insoluble medium that is produced when a natural dye is combined with a metallic salt. The resulting medium can be used as ink or paint and incorporated into the artist’s practice. This workshop is perfect for dyers who want to get the most out of their dye baths, or for beginners who want to develop a more environmentally-friendly practice. For the first class, we will spend our time prepping our silkscreens and observing a demonstration on how to make a lake pigment. We will discuss the various stages the lake pigment goes through, and at what stage the lake pigment can be used for art-making. We will experiment using pomegranate, madder, and logwood lake pigments and screenprint our images onto paper. The second day will be spent processing dried lake pigment into watercolor paint that can be used for relief printing. Each student will carve their own relief block and learn techniques on how to thicken and print with lake pigments. Students will leave each class with a stack of prints and the knowledge to make and process their own lake pigments at home.
Level: Beginner – no previous experience necessary
Registration closes on September 2, 2022. Material fees are included with your registration, though a list of additional items needed to be gathered/purchased will be sent with your confirmation.
Sample images by Nilou Kazemzadeh