Natural Ink Making Day Workshop


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Come and learn how to make delightful writing and drawing from seasonal plants, kitchen compost, and found metals with local botanical ink maker Kathryn John. For use in sketchbooks, calligraphy projects, and play and the sheer, unadulterated, and delightful alchemy of it!

Immerse yourself in the sensory, slow and sacred world of making your own botanical inks and explore using them on paper. We will be learning about the properties of the plants around us, looking anew at some common favourites and bringing fresh eyes to summer in bloom. A relaxed and elemental exploring.

All experience levels are welcome. You may be a long-time maker and artist looking to bring more nature-based and sustainable materials into your practice, or a nature-loving and art-curious person looking to try something new. With full permission to make a mess and get stuck in. Kathryn John is a Somerset-based natural ink maker and artist and a wonderful teacher.

You will leave with a collection of handmade art materials, ink tests and adventures on paper, and the skills to carry on at home.

8 places available.

Location: The Engine Room, Unit 5, 21-23 Emery Road, Bristol, BS4 5PF

Date & Time: Saturday 6th August 2022, 10am – 4pm

Cost: £95 / £85 (students/unwaged) Please get in touch to access one of the reduced-price tickets. I will not ask for further details. Tick free collection at checkout to avoid postage charges.

All materials are provided and plenty of tea, coffee, homemade cake and snacks are included. Please bring along a packed lunch.


Bring a notebook with you, and a sketchbook if you would like.

Please bring along an apron or wear clothes you don’t mind getting possible ink stains on. Protective gloves can be provided if needed.

We will be walking and gathering (lightly) in the local area, so do bring wet weather boots and coat.

Please get in touch if you have any access needs you would like me to be aware of, any plant or substance allergies and your dietary requirements.

This workshop is held in line with current COVID-19 guidance. We will be in a well ventilated space and masks invited to be worn when moving around the space, along with access to hand sanitiser and washing facilities. I will be taking a Lateral Flow Test two days before attending and encouraging others to do the same to keep our space together safe and relaxed. Of course, if you do appear to have symptoms in the day or so before the workshop, even with a negative test, please do let me know and it is likely you will need to stay at home. Tickets can be transferred in this case to a workshop at a later date.


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