Lake Pigments with Natalie Stopka - August 8th : 2:30- 4:30pm EST
Lake pigments are made from natural dyes, and are a great way to use every drop of color by converting it to a shelf-stable powder. These pigments can be used for making natural artist’s materials, including paints and pastels. Natalie will share a demonstration of dye extraction and laking, followed by an overview of simple paint binders. Participants following along at home can create their own natural palette with recipes inspired by 14th-18th century artisans.
Please wear clothing that you do not mind staining. All tools must be craft-dedicated, not borrowed from the kitchen.
- 1-3 natural dye sources such as madder, weld, cochineal, sappanwood, buckthorn, or lac
- alum or potash alum
- soda ash 2
- clear containers measuring 1 quart
- mesh sieve or funnel
- coffee filters
- dye pot
- baker’s scale
- litmus paper
- optional: mortar and pestle, gum arabic or egg recommended vendors: Botanical Colors and Maiwa or The Mazi