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Screenprinting with Lake Pigments, September 2022

September 11, 2022 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

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A 2-Day In-Studio Workshop!

Sundays, September 11 and 18, 1-4pm

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About this Workshop:

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


Registration includes a $55 materials fee to cover consumable materials provided in class, including natural dyes, paper, washing soda, gum arabic, Rives BFK paper, and lino blocks. In addition, students should bring: 

  • A personal apron (or wear clothes that can get inky)
  • Images to work with (sketches, photographs, patterns). The instructor will email with more information upon registration


  • You can also bring an assortment of purchased stencils, carved rubber stamps,  random kitchen tools, carved wooden blocks or silkscreens ready to use for printing and texture if you have them.
  • Fabric — kona or other white cotton for testing designs and colors. 
  • Personal silkscreen
  • Papers—handmade or decorative to try printing on
  • Personal relief carving tools (Day 2)
  • A notebook or sketchbook to take notes


Nilou Kazemzadeh is an Iranian-American artist based in Maryland. She attended the University of Maryland College Park where she completed her BA in Studio Art and Masters in Curriculum and Instruction. Her work has been shown in various galleries in the DMV area including Katzen Art Center, Maryland Art Place, Target Gallery, and IA&A Hillyer. Her work has been reviewed and included in various publications, including the Washington Post and Baltimore City Paper. In addition to being an artist, she also currently works as a public school teacher in Montgomery County. Learn more about her work at niloukazemzadeh.com.

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