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LEARNING WITH ME

I love teaching my craft, I share some knowledge and know how I have acquired over the years and in return get inspired by your creativity. With me you will learn a technique and work on a project. With each workshop your understanding of Eco Printing and Natural dyes will grow further. You can also interact in a private Facebook group I have set up so we can share results and and answer questions.

To book a space select your workshop and make a payment. You will receive a receipt and within a day or so a confirmation of your space.

To read a full description of each workshop scroll down to the bottom past all the booking buttons ….

Eco print and Indigo dye paper for Art online workshop UK participants

In a 3 hours workshop learn to Ecoprint paper and Indigo dye it after setting up a hydrosulfate vat. On zoom, 3 hours and suitable for beginners 23 January 2021 1pm to 4pm UK time

£70.00

Ecoprinting and Indigo dye paper for Art online workshop Overseas participants

SAME AS ABOVE NO STARTER PACK 23rd January 1pm to 4pm UK time

£54.00

BOTANICAL PRINTING ON TEXTILE WITH NATURAL DYES ONLINE WORKSHOP UK participants

Week end workshop to learn to create clear ecoprint on cellulosique and protein fabric with natural dye background. Over 2 sessions using zoom virtual platform 1st May and 2nd May 1pm to 4pm UK time

£162.00

BOTANICAL PRINTING WITH NATURAL DYES WORKSHOP overseas no starter pack

SAME AS ABOVE BUT NO STARTER PACKS… FOR STARTER PACK AVAILABILITY EMAIL FOR QUOTE ON SHIPPING COSTS 1st and 2nd of May 1pm to 4pm UK time

£119.00

ECOPRINTING ON PAPER FOR ART UK PARTICIPANTS

One session virtual workshop to learn how to eco-print on paper using a natural dye on 20th February 10am to 12 noon UK time.

£38.00

ECO PRINTING ON PAPER FOR ART ONLINE WORKSHOP FOR OVERSEAS PARTICIPANTS

SAME AS BEFORE BUT FOR OVERSEAS PARTICIPANTS SO NO STARTER PACKS 20th February 10am to 12 noon UK time

£32.00

Black & White, 4 weeks Printing and Mark Making with Tannin and Iron

A 4 weeks workshop (4 sundays) from 10am to 1pm online with zoom to learn to make the most out of Oak gall tannin and iron, we print, make ink, make printing paste and discharge fabric and paper. A starter pack is available for UK participants for overseas enquire on postage costs. Starts on 10th of January

£162.00

Black and White, Starter pack for the Black and White workshop

Starter pack for UK participants of the Black and White workshop … contains Oak gall, ferrous sulfate, and all other ingredients you need for the 4 processes as well as a printing screen and a chinese calligraphy brush for overseas orders please enquire in postage costs

£43.00

ECO PRINT, DYE AND STITCH AN ONLINE WEEK END WORKSHOP IN ECOPRINTING AND BOOKGBINDING UK PARTICIPANTS –

A two days workshop in collaboration with Cassandra Barron bookbinder in Ecoprinting and Bookbinding. Over a live workshop, some videos and a show and tell make a number of hand stitched books with the ecoprinted paper/fabric you will have produced. A starter pack is included for UK participants. On 1st and 16th of May

£162.00

ECO PRINT, DYE AND STITCH AN ONLINE WEEK END WORKSHOP IN ECOPRINTING AND BOOKBINDING OVERSEAS PARTICIPANTS –

SAME AS ABOVE BUT NO STARTER PACK SAME DATES

£108.00

INDIGO STORY, FOUR WEEKS ONLINE WORKSHOP IN PRINTING AND DYEING BLUE –

A four weeks online workshop exploring the magic of the ferrous vat. We will explore setting up a vat, dyeing with it, creating a printing paste with the Indigo and discharging cloth dyed with it. This workshop is perfect for textile lovers, stitchers, packwork quilters. 4 sundays starting 7th february till 28th february from 1pm to 4pm UK time. A starter pack is available for UK participants or at extra shipping cost to overseas participants

£162.00

INDIGO STORY STARTER PACK

Starter pack including Natural Indian Indigo paste, other ingredients, a screen for printing or discharge. Can be shipped overseas please enquire for starting date

£43.00

FELT AND PRINT, AN ONLINE ECOPRINTING ON WOOL WORKSHOP

A two sessions online workshop about nuno felting with specialist Ewa Kuniszac and Ecoprinting both on the felted piece and on a recycled wool piece some Eucaliptus leaves for red prints… This will be carried over zoom and can be completed in a tablet holder. A starter pack is available below to UK participants, for overseas location email for shipping price. On 6th and 27th february 13, 16 th

£162.00

FELT AND PRINT STARTER PACK

In this pack you will find wool, felting plastic and tools and eucalyptus leaves to follow the workshop above. For UK participants, for overseas orders enquire on postage

£27.00

Eco Printing on paper for Art online workshop

This is an online workshop on zoom. During a two hours session we will learn a simple Eco Printing technique for work on paper using a natural dye, simple like Onion skin or a more established one like Logwood. I will run the workshop live, it will be recorded and the video shared for 4 weeks, I will also share a PDF instructions. This is a simple but really effective technique to print both fresh and dried leaves. This workshop is perfect for beginners.

Black and White a four weeks technique using Tannin and Iron

This is a 4 weeks workshop online were we will explore the potential of using Oak gall tannin and tannin. We will learn how to use it to print background to Eco Prints, to transform it into an Ink, modify its colour using Ph shifts, we will make a printing paste out of it to use for screening, stencilling and stamping as well as a discharge to also use for printing. We will work through a progression of technique using the same two elements creating very unique pieces. The workshop is ran on zoom in 4 sessions and one show and tell session. All sessions are available via video replay and a PDF instructions will be available to participants.

This workshop is available for beginners as well as more advanced participants. There is a great scope for working in specific area each participant is interested in both in paper or fabric

BOTANICAL PRINTING AND NATURAL DYE WEEK END ONLINE WORKSHOP

This two days workshop is perfect for those who want to learn how to get clear Eco Prints on both cellulose fabric or silk using a natural dye for a clean background. For complete beginners and more advance printers. We will get to grips preparing your fabrics as well as mordanting them, extracting natural dyes, preparing blankets, selecting leaves and printing. Finally finishing our fabric to a high standard.

The sessions will be live on zoom and recorded before being shared for replay to participants for 4 weeks together with a pdf instructions. There is a starter pack available. We will use tannin and Logwood dye on silk, cotton and bamboo.

FELT AND PRINT A WEEK END OF ONLINE FELTING AND ECOPRINTING WORKSHOP

This is a collaboration workshop with Felting artist Ewa Kuczniac. In two sessions over two separate week ends we will learn to Nano felt some wool and Eco Print it as well as a piece of recycled wool using Eucalyptus leaves to create beautiful strong orange prints. With the completed wool you will have the chance to create a pouch for a tablet or a book.

This is the perfect workshop for a beginner who looks into making stunning prints. It is perfect for a winter time workshop when the other botanics are not yet there.

The two sessions will be ran on zoom with a video replay available for 4 weeks and a pdf instructions. We will meet for a glorious show and tell to share our results.

PRINT AND DIP AN ONLINE ONE SESSION ECOPRINTING AND INDIGO DYEING WORKSHOP

This is an online workshop which combines two techniques, Eco printing and Indigo dyeing. In one session online of 3 hours we will Eco Print some leaves on paper, prepare an hydrosulfate Indigo vat and add Indigo to our prints. This workshop is ran online on zoom live and recorded for replay by the participants for up to 4 weeks, and a PDF instructions. This workshop is perfect for beginners, for multi media artists, to produce art work, greeting cards…

You will learn two techniques Eco printing and Indigo vat building.

PRINT AND STITCH AN ECO PRINTING AND STITCHING ONLINE WORKSHOP

This two sessions workshop is a collaborative workshop with Edinburgh bookbinder Cassandra Barron from Bookbinding with Cass. We will spend one live session getting to grips with Ecoprinting on paper using the gorgeous Sapanwood and tannin and iron on fabric and paper. It will be followed by bookbinding sessions via video links with Cassandra Barron. We will have a wonderful Show and Tell session to discuss our results. You will make 3 books using those two techniques and end up with a lot of additional Art work.

All sessions will be recorded and video recording will be available for replay.

This workshop is perfect for beginners, for book lovers and eco printers

INDIGO STORY, FOUR WEEK ONLINE WORKSHOP IN PRINTING AND DYEING BLUE

This is a four week online workshop for anyone in love with Indigo and mark making. We will learn to set up a ferrous vat and dyeing with it flat and shibori, we will use paste to resist the dye, turn Indigo into a printing paste, discharge it to create pattern. We will learn to finish our pieces and maintain our vat.

This is ran over 4 weeks on zoom with a video replay for participants to access for 4 weeks and a PDF instructions to keep.

This is perfect for textile lovers and a starter pack is available to UK participants or overseas at an extra shipping cost. It contains Organic Indian Indigo.

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From nothingness to nearly black … 7 shades of blue, Fermenting Indigo with Aboubakar Fofana… I came home in Bali !

I am a textile artist and a lover of blue and I teach Indigo dyeing in Scotland (my next Indigo event) on a regular basis, but I love learning myself and I believe I know so little compared with Master Indigo dyer Aboubakar Fofana so I went all the way to Bali last November to attend one of his workshops on Fermentation Indigo organised by Threads of Life Bali Its a very long way to go for a weeks workshop but The Threads of Life’s premises set in the Bebali dye garden are so well suited to Indigo dyeing that it was very well worth the effort.

I did think it would be interesting but I did not realise I would get this exceptional feeling of  “coming home” … I though it would be about blue… but it was about a beautiful process, mainly about a communion with nature and how you can understanding it by looking at it, smelling it, mixing it, waiting, recording it and off course accepting the result a beautiful vat dye called Indigo, blessing it, maintaining it and finally getting blue from it.

We were a small group of about 12 meeting on the first day of the workshop, such an international group, Rachel, Margot… from somewhere in Australia, Prairie from Thailand, someone from Bengladesh, two ladies from the US … many different expectations, many different expertise, one aim… learning from Aboubakar.

Him, a master of his Art in complete communion with the huge fermentation vats he creates out of African Indigo,  but also a tired traveller that morning, Bali customs had held him for many hours the night before to test the dried mud and the Indigo fermented balls he had brought in his travel bag as a true Alchemist style… may be they were looking for the secret potion they did not find… William Ingram who runs The Threads of Life would be our father and our scientist for the week. I though him as a “frustrated teacher” wanting to find the science behind each process… he makes my day every time he can explain the chemistry behind the magic. I did not get the chance to join a chemistry class in my young days and I am still trying to find out how things work in a recurring manner… Pung the chief dyer of the Bebali garden but also the director of the Bebali foundation  which supports artisans through Indonesia in keeping their techniques and their traditions. Pung is a constant source of information, a smiling source of information, profoundly involved in the local community and so proud of his team.

And we start… Aboubakar is very straight with us… don’t you think this is about Blue… its about you understanding the process… you will grind, mix, smell, stir, understand… make it happen, and if you are lucky you will get to see the fermented vat active… we did not… one week was not enough for the little fermented balls to get their magic going… but I have recorded the smell of African fermented indigo in my head for any future tries… and we went back to the grinding mill… Lets work with paste now, lets reduce… two reduced vats using the Fructose method… one with fructose, one with sugar cane, lets learn from the eruption of our slake lime… lets measure Ph, and temperature, let it happen… by tomorrow surely there will be some blue… one can hope…

But if there is not… the Bebali garden’s vats will do nicely (3 huge vats of 300 liters… yes yes monstrous huge vats…) !!!

Can we dye please… I have crossed half of the world to come and make some blue cloth… please can I dye now????  No yet says the Master… now you have to learn to clean and prepare your cloth… May be tomorrow… OHHH ! Sheer frustration…. 7 small squares of cloth are getting boiled and stirred in Ash water… May be tomorrow.

And today… we open the lids, and we stir, and we smell, and we take the temperature and the Ph… not yet says the Master…. but you can start with the Bebali vats… Pung said yes you can… but wait though… you have to first fit some nets at the bottom… you don’t want to disturb the bottom of the vats…

Please can we dye sir? My hands are aching to be blue and my nails are still so clean… I want to make pretty patterns on a scarf and take it home to show off…

Not yet first you have to master your shades… its not about the pretty pattern its not about the blue… you still don’t understand you silly children its about the process… you must learn the process…

Look now this is what I want you to do… you must dip your squares of purest cotton (now ever so clean) in this vat once, twice, three times as many times as it takes but you must have 7 shades… starting with white and then the colour of nothingness (somewhere between white and blue… almost nothing but still something on this cloth… its beautiful )  … and finish at almost black… its still blue not quite black but so dark the uneducated eye would think it is black…

How many times please sir? As many times as you need to… you will have to stop talking now, you will have to concentrate, you will have to slow down and breathe gently and listen to the water floating in the vats while counting, you have to take turn and learn to wait, you have to learn to observe, your 7 shades will gradually be born, you have to follow a gentle pattern, they have to play blue like a melody, no discordance no big jumps, the right progression…

Will this not take forever sir? I have dipped this cloth at least 15 times, my mind is so tired… please Master am I there yet?

Well you tell me … it is your cloth after all and you have to learn to play your own music… Do you like this tune ? Are you happy with your own result… I cant tell you it is about you liking your own work !

Ohhhh! Master I don’t want to make a pretty pattern any more now I want to play the most delicate melody with my blue cloth… please can I have more time?

Well I am afraid a great melody is only as good as the paper it is written on … if your cloth is not “finished” properly it will not last… you need to rinse, rinse, and rinse again… until your hands are aching from it. And then only you will be able to say if you love your Melody…. And then you can make pretty patterns… Lets rinse more…

Now you can make pretty patterns… When we are all done we will listen to every one’s melody… Look is it not so beautiful????

Never have I achieved so much and so little at a workshop, this time no suitcase full of Artwork, one beautiful scarf stitched and dipped in an interesting Shibori pattern… a beautiful loose weave cotton woven in Bali and part of the From Farmer to Fabric program  of the Threads of Life… I know now every time I will wear my scarf someone in Bali will benefit from my purchase. But more importantly 7 little squares of beautifully dyed Blue cloth… perfect record of my progression on a process taught to me by Aboubakar…. I feel so proud of them, they are the proof of my understanding of the process… I am so very happy…

On the last day we displayed all our melodies on a table and surprise… all melodies are perfect but still they are different ever so slightly they are all so stunning… see for yourself.

This was such a long way to go but I have learned so much, a new technique, playing music with blue, an infinite patience… I feel in complete communion with a group of dyers, with a community, with even a Master dyer.

My hands did get so blue at the end… it took several weeks for my nails to be fully clean… I will cherish my squares of blue for ever they are by far my most difficult piece of work and I am so proud of them.

Aboubakar Fofana teaches Indigo at The Thread of Life every year. I highly recommend it…. but not if you want to make many pretty things… only join in if you want to be in true communion with the Blue Stuff.

Love

Betty xx

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Why I love my Journey as an Eco Artist !

The other morning I checked my art supplies, I though they were a bit low before the next day workshop and so… time to replenish… on my way to … The Kelvingrove Park…. in the West end of Glasgow, walking distance from my studio, it is lovely and a little hub of nature in the centre of the city. I took a lovely morning walk, I had a chat with the dog walkers, found some lovely autumn leaves, horse chestnut, some oak, some dried maples all in my large bag. I even stopped by An Clachan the friendly coffee shop by the children’s play park. They make a wonderful coffee and a great flap jack. After that… I went home and Eco Printed.

How about that for work life balance !

Eco Printing is a wonderful creative technique at every level.  Beginners to my workshops can produce beautiful pieces from early days, and I love how versatile the technique can be wether you are an artist, you love textile, or work with mix media, the prints you make help you mapping your creativity. Different seasons, different colours, different leaves or printing surfaces, different colours… Some call it magical but really it is chemistry !

For myself I love the resist papers I get, the negative prints so to speak… the paper blankets which give me beautiful rusty images. They are unpredictable but always beautiful.

I am an Eco Artist and I love my journey, no online shopping for me, no fighting the motorway traffic to the local Craft shops, no huge bill for specialist paint… My main ingredient… Scottish leaves  ! so when I need some… I just take a walk in the park. How amazing is that !

I will be running my next week end Eco Printing next October in my own Studio in Glasgow details https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/eco-print-your-scottish-leaves-week-end-tickets-63310032010 We will be drinking great coffee and printing Scottish leaves in my Big Aluminium Pot, we will keep cosy by the fire and make amazing and unique prints. If you are a beginner you will be blown away by the result, if you have printed before… join me for more creative fun.

I hope to see you there.

Love

Betty x

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Workshops, Contact details…

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You can contact me @ bettysbeautifullife@gmail.com. I record my activities on my Face Book page  and post loads of photos on my  Instagram page

“The workshop and your tuition was inspiring. I went home created an art space and began designing…”

My name is Elisabeth Viguie Culshaw, French born Glasgow based eco up-cycler, I studied Decorative Arts with Christies. I worked with Heritage stencilling and have recreated schemes from the Mackintosh Heritage in Scotland. I travel to Asia every year and I have developed from my trips a love for Eco Techniques. Indigo dyeing, Eco dyeing, Eco Printing. I started my Eco journey in northern Thailand with lovely ladies from the Hmong Hill tribes.

I train with the best in the land Eco Printing with Irit Dulman from Israel, Indigo with Aboubakar Fafo from Mali. I am relentless testing my art.

I am passionate about sharing my skills, here in the UK but also in Asia where I run sharing skills program… this year I visited Mann craft  in Sakon Nakhon, and Nussara Tiengkate from Banraijaisook  from Chiangmai to learn from them about Indigo while sharing my Eco Printing in their community.

I share my skills in Scotland and elsewhere running workshops and doing collaborative work. I team with local galleries to share my art pieces. In my studio there is always an Indigo vat on the go and a pile of leaves ready to be Eco Printed.

JOIN ME ON A WORKSHOP IN PERSONAL OR ONLINE 

During COVID19 I am offering some starter packs in the techniques I teach… those will offer all ingredients you need and a pdf/video tuition to the participants. Those are available at any time and the pdf is available for multiple uses.

NEW ONLINE CLASSES:

During Covid19, I am setting up some online classes to allow you to keep your creativity flowing. I am using the platform zoom as a support for the classes. You need a lap top or a smart phone to access via a weblink I will send you. It is a very simple process and will allow us to keep interacting in a friendly manner while you keep learning and creating…

11 June I will be running an eco printing workshop in French on zoom  “Atelier Virtuel d’Impression Vegetale sur tissus et papier Tickets

12 June I will run a bookbinding workshop for eco printer and mono printers on paper Tickets

19 June I will run a Eco Printing workshop on how to create textured background for Eco Prints Tickets

25 June I will run a workshop on how to set up an Indigo vat and to dye Shibori… this is a two sessions (25 and 26 June at mid day)  workshop Tickets

26 June I will run one workshop on how to Eco Print on paper workshop Tickets

 

For those workshops you need access to a computer and a good speed internet to be able to use it for streaming. If you have any questions contact me.

 

FACE TO FACE WORKSHOPS:

6 august for 8 evenings, Upcycling Furniture workshop, learn to recycle your furniture and the way to prepare it before hand. Over eight weeks you learn various techniques including stencilling, decoupage, chalkpaint… to book here

11th august for 8 evenings, Upcycling Furniture workshop, learn to recycle your furniture and the way to prepare it before hand. Over eight weeks you learn various techniques including stencilling, decoupage, chalkpaint… here

6 August for 4 afternoon, Blue Prints, 4 weeks workshop printing Botanical and Blue, a 4 session workshop using 4 mark making techniques using the colour blue or botanics like cyanotype, eco printing, Logwood dyeing, Indigo Shibory, perfect for stitchers, quilters, multimedia crafters… beginners… Book here

26-27 September – Eco Print your Scottish leaves on Silk week end (this will include some basic Eco Printing information)  in my Glasgow Based studio Book here

24-25 October – Eco-Print, Dye and Stitch a creative workshop Week end in Edinburgh, Granton’s Hub. If you want to read about it and book look Here

18th September, Eco Printing day workshop in Glasgow, A special day for embroiderers, quilters and anyone interested in textile art. Book here

19-20 september 2020 Indigo Blue retreat in Glasgow in my West end based Studio If you want to read about it or book look Here

Residential workshops

I teach creative residential retreats at Gartmore House in Scotland in the Stirling area If you want to read about them or book please check their sites Here 

Summer School 2020 (for the moment this class is still running)

I will be teaching a 4 days summer school in Lamlash Arran in the Summer 2020 with Cassandra Barron, we will Eco dye, Eco Print, Indigo dye and Bookbind. This is the perfect retreat for creative participants who want to carry an all around project. Only 10 participants will take part and we will use inspiration from our surrounding. If you would like to pre-book look here  If you would like more information email me  bettysbeautifullife@gmail.com

Textile Trip to Thailand 2020

I will be leading a 12 days textile tour to Thailand starting on the 28th October 2020.

We will visit 3 cities, specialised textile markets, meet some communities and textile artists and local wisdom keepers, we will take workshops in Indigo, Natural dyes, weaving… we will visit Indigo country and experiment the Festival of the Lights in Chiangmai. I hope that you will want to join my small group of 6 travellers.  If you would like information about the itinerary and to book please email me bettysbeautifullife@gmail.com

 

 

 

 

ECO PRINTING

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Eco Printing is the technique of contact printing using Botanical material it does not involve any additional paint or colour. I run regular one and two days workshops in that technique.

INDIGO DYEING AND SHIBORI

I use Indigo Dye to create sharp patterns on cloth using the Japanese technique of Shibori. Folding and clamping, dip dyeing … I run regular one and two days workshops using that technique.

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UP-CYCLING FURNITURE (booking details above) 

Week end and block of 8 evening classes in Glasgow, and regular one and two days workshops in Edinburgh with The Remakery

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STENCILLING

One day workshop

I am running Discovering Mackintosh stencilling workshops in Glasgow, we visit a Mackintosh Property to look at some heritage stencilling before spending the afternoon learning the technique. Small group.  Dates and booking details above

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PRIVATE COURSES

I can organise private courses in stencilling or up cycling furniture, Eco printing and Indigo as well as Team day out, Birthday parties, I regularly work with schools. Email me @ bettysbeautifullife@gmail.com for detail.
Stencils in the Mackintosh style are available here

Facebook page The Lansdowne House Mackintosh stencils

Instagram page Here and Here

Twitter : Here

My Studio:

In the fashionable West end of Glasgow you will find just a short way away from the University and its park, a lovely crescent with large residents gardens. Around those green heavens, Victorian tenements flats and large town houses have been standing for over 160 years offering spacious accommodation and working spaces to the residents of the area.

Its a lovely, green, quiet environment where we have set up roots a long while ago and it is there that in the stone floor workshop with the roaring fire in the winter and the fresh patio in the summer I design my stencils, I wax painted furniture for my clients. This is where I run workshops and design special projects.

Charles Rennie Mackintosh and his Art Nouveau (Glasgow Style in Glasgow) designs caught my interest many years ago and stencilling has always been my preferred technique and I will offer you my expertise for any project you have in mind.

Children classes:

I can organise stencilling classes for any size of party and I have experience in working with groups and classes.

I offer:

– ready made stencils in the style of Mackintosh, you can find those on Here just email me on bettysbeautifullife@gmail.com with your requests.

– I will design on commissions for you, for any design email me on bettysbeautifullife@gmail.com

– I offer a commission service and will stencil your interior, office etc… for details email me on bettysbeautifullife@gmail.com

finally if you can’t find what you are looking for just drop me a line.

Happy stencilling.

Betty xx

Ecoprint on paper for Art the PDF

My name is Elisabeth Viguie Culshaw I am an Eco printing and Natural dyed artist from Glasgow Scotland. I was trained by Christies in Decorative Arts… I was for many years a stenciller … that might just be why I like working with paper and I think the result shows.

In this pdf I will share my techniques of Ecoprinting on paper and some of the variations I have created during the past few years to make striking and colourful prints. I will also share a way to create a discharging paste that you will be able to use to print and stamp on your prints. Your final results will be a reflexion of your creativity and the botanical elements around you.

This PDF is perfect for beginners and more experienced printers. It allows you to work in your own speed and you can access it for life

In this PDF 10 000 words, 6 video links, many photos including a step by step showing how to produce each type of bundle.

In my method I am taking you by the hand wether you are a beginner or a more experienced printer:

I am sharing with you how to:

  • Extract natural dye using original dye matter to make dye bath
  • How to collect leaves and store over winter season
  • How to understand and prepare your equipment, (pots, steamers, mordant containers)
  • How to understand the material you choose to work on … what type of paper…
  • How to work with your mordants and dyes to obtain certain colours
  • How to create texture in the background of your prints
  • How to use tannin to create background or marks
  • How to create a discharge paste to add further marks on your paper prints.

My method has been tried and tested by myself for the past 5 years and by hundreds participants online live on zoom over the Covid year and in a PDF format… Participants from every regional geographic location in the world… participants using different type of vegetation and dyes…

You will as well as the PDF obtain my constant help via a Facebook group or by emails and some regular live sessions.

Ecoprinting on paper for Art the PDF

In this PDF instruction I will share with you my technique developed over several years of Ecoprinting on paper to get clear and colourful prints using Botanical material and Natural dyes. We will explore via the PDF text and a number of videos 3 methods (simmering in dyes, dyes and tannin blankets, Iron blanket, steaming with blankets, texture blankets) on a variety of paper using several natural dyes or tannins. You will learn to: – Select paper – Understand your leaves fresh and dried. – Understand mordants and dyes and extract your dyes from nature – Put together your equipment – Print your paper – Learning to discharge text or designs from your prints – Finish and seal your paper so you can use it for making books, putting on a frame, using for greeting cards…

£49.00

Make Tea and Print – Ecoprinting on paper workshop PDF and Video

This is about a simple Botanical Printing workshop I ran in December 2020 during my first ever online Virtual Open Studio in Glasgow with about 100 registered participants. During that day I welcomed in my studio many from the comfort of their own home and we shared about being safely at home and enjoying the creativity in the comfort of our own home. Participants from places as far as the USA, Thailand, Hongkong, Norway etc… took part. Some lovely friends teachers of craft from Edinburgh, Glasgow and Sakhon Nakhon in Thailand “visited” and shared their experience of teaching creativity in time of Covid online… some lovely participants from Glasgow and South Carolina in the USA also shared about how creativity even online helped them through life crises… There was such a buzz about this meeting.

And I shared with all a method of printing on paper using Tea Tannin as a dye… after drinking a cup of tea…  If you would like to share this method please purchase the PDF using the link below. It will give you access to the list of ingredients and the Video recording of the event. I look forward to see your results…. and remember Tea always make things better.

Love Betty x

Drink Tea and make print eco printing on paper method

This simple but effective method allows you to print on paper using botanical elements such as tree leaves and a simple tannin… Tea… So to join in make a cup of tea and sit back … watch the video and follow the simple method.

£10.00

BOOKS … hand made ones !

Each of my Eco prints on paper is unique and is a reflection of a moment, working with Botanical elements, with dyes and tannins I have discovered in my local environment or my travels… hand dyed … hand knotted with hand waxed strings and individual trinkets brought back from far away places.

I would love to share those with you… the fact is that there are so many books one can use for writing or sketching… so those books below are available for you to share… They are hand knotted, the cover is made with Eco-printed hand made paper with Scottish leaves and using natural leaves, the inside is made with recycled paper from coffee cups and I love each of them.

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This book cover was Ecoprinted using Scottish leaves in Mangosteen dye. 18 pages, that is 36 sides in one signature, white suitable for writing, sketching 14 cms x 28 cms Hand tied with waxed linen and hand made in Thailand green ceramic beads, chinese coins

£39.00

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Identical as above but for delivery overseas… if unsure email me bettysbeautifullife@gmail.com

£49.00

EUCALIPTUS (UK shipping)

This book cover was Ecoprinted using Eucalyptus leaves using a hand made cotton resist and a Mangosteen dye.on hand made paper, cover decorated with vintage 19th century Victorian paper 18 pages internal, that is 36 sides in one signature, white suitable for writing, sketching 10 cms x 28 cms Hand tied with waxed linen, a vintage rusty washer and hand made in Thailand glass and china beads

£39.00

EUCALYPTUS (Identical above but for overseas shipping)

This book cover was Ecoprinted using Eucalyptus leaves using a hand made cotton resist and a Mangosteen dye.on hand made paper, cover decorated with vintage 19th century Victorian paper 18 pages internal, that is 36 sides in one signature, white suitable for writing, sketching 10 cms x 28 cms Hand tied with waxed linen, a vintage rusty washer and hand made in Thailand glass and china beads

£49.00

My teaching for groups and organisations

I run individual workshops for groups and organisations. I cover the subject of Ecoprinting and Indigo vats (Fructose, Ferrous and Hydrosulfate). I work on cellulose fibers and protein fibers as well as paper.

Wether you are a weavers’ guild or a community group I will tailor a workshop for your needs and deliver in person (whenever possible) or virtually using the Zoom platform to your group.

If delivered in person I will provide all material and equipment, I will quote to provide starter packs to all participants or provide a material list. I will supply a set of pre workshop instructions and some instructions after the workshop. I deliver flexible timings from half days to week end workshops.

If delivered virtually I will provide the platform and both pre-workshops instructions and PDF instructions for participants to follow after the live event. I record all events and share for up to 4 weeks. If the workshops is delivered to UK participants it is an option for me to provide starter packs. Please note that good speed internet is needed to attend to a live zoom session and it is best to use a lap top.

I can provide prices upon request for quotation and availability please email bettysbeautifullife@gmail.com