eco art 1

i had the privilege of attending a 2-day workshop in hobart with artist trace willans last weekend

we learned how to use only natural materials to do art – no more chemicals and nasty side-effects for artists or the environment

we added background textures to a variety of papers and fabrics with mixtures you can make yourself:  plaster of paris, rabbit skin glue (for layering), flour and starch pastes, homemade gesso, and xanthorrhoea (plant-based shellac)

i also added stitch to some items for texture (see photos, above and below)

after that, we selected and prepared some of the items for natural dyeing (onion skins, brown or red, and wild cherry) and painting (using earth pigments, milk and egg)

another technique was to use an egg yolk mixture to help the natural dyes colour non-protein substrates such as paper or cotton (above photo, lower right)

we then learned how to make our own paints from earth pigments, and how to prepare and mix wax and add colour (cold wax and encaustic techniques)

these were applied over the backgrounds we had made earlier

some of the prepared backgrounds went into the dye pots, as shown below; we also  included egg yolk, leaves and sliced avocado seeds to add colour and texture to fabrics (items shown at right and centre of photo)

next post – adding more stitch to complete the artworks …

23 thoughts on “eco art 1

    • Yes, it was a really great class … when I have some spare cash I’m going to start stocking up on the natural raw materials I need to get to continue with this. Hopefully I can do that soon! =D


  1. Rita – I’m envious! A great workshop – with much info you will hopefully pass on! I was reminded of the work of Alice Fox… rust, tea stains, stitching et al.
    Thanks for visiting my blog and leaving your little bouquet of *likes*. I look forward to reading more on your blog!


    • Yes, it was a wonderful workshop … building on what I already do, but also learning some new stuff. I use rust and tea stains also (see other pages on this blog). And it was a pleasure visiting your blog; hope to visit some more! =D


    • It wa great … I’m still processing a lot of what I learned (and chasing up materials so I can continue some of it). I’ve started stitching and collaging some of them together – check out the other ‘eco art’ posts! =D


    • So glad you like this … the really great thing about trying new techniques is that you have no idea how it will turn out! I love surprises … especially this kind … =D


  2. Ooooo, those papers and materials are so delicious, what a great workshop to attend and you did a great job as well. Thanks for popping in at my place. Will look forward to following your creativity with all those pieces.


  3. Thank you Rita for sharing this wonderful workshop with us. I was very much looking forward to seeing the images after we had our chat today. Will hopefully look forward to seeing some exhibits into the future.


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