Handmade Paper in Color: Mineral Earth and Lake Pigments

with Hannah O’Hare Bennett
Sat–Sun, January 28 & 29; 10am–4pm CT

Add color to handmade paper with natural pigments! On day one of this in-person workshop, begin with a review or introduction to basic European sheet formation, followed by instruction on how to extract lake pigments from natural dye vats using soda ash and alum. On the second day, spend the morning learning how to integrate mineral earth pigments and the lake pigments into pulp using retention aid. Then, pulling sheets of western-style papers in rich, natural hues ranging from oranges and yellows to light and dark reds and grays. If time allows, use citric acid and iron solutions to shift the colors of the papers. Participants will come away with a portfolio of colorful paper and a basic understanding of the papermaking process. Please wear clothing that can get dirty and shoes that can get wet (i.e. rubber boots, garden clogs, etc.).

Note: For folks to continue working on this technique independently following the workshop, participation in European Papermaking and Paper Beater Training is required in order to know how to prepare fiber using the paper beaters safely and effectively.

Please note that papermaking is a wet and physical process that involves repeated lifting and bending. Accommodations can be made for individuals’ specific needs (please share these when registering) and we encourage all abilities to participate in ways that feel safe and comfortable.

All skill levels welcome
Certificate: 12 hours, Category B or D

$275/participant (10% discount for MCBA members) + $115 materials fee
$138 for BIPOC participants (10% discount for MCBA members) + $115 materials fee
We are offering a scholarship rate to BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) participants to honor equity and increase access and artistic opportunities for those who have historically been underrepresented in the book arts. For individuals to whom this does not apply, register at the rate listed first and, if you are able, consider making a donation when registering to support MCBA’s efforts to make scholarship rates available.

All in-person program participants are required to wear a mask while in MCBA’s studios. See our COVID Safety Guidelines for more information.

Please note: Registration closes 1/23 at midnight (CT).