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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.

If you have a group you want me to teach to please be in touch I will be very happy to tailor a workshop (at the moment virtually) to their needs and your budget. Write to me @ bettysbeautifullife@gmail.com

If you want to take part in one of my workshops please select your workshop below for the date suiting you and book.

Some of my workshops are also available on the booking platform Eventbrite, you can find it https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/elisabeth-viguie-culshaw-the-lansdowne-house-8234597492

You will be registered under the email address and contact details related to your payment. If you would like this to be modified contact me by email after your payment has gone through. The web-links and all instructions will arrive to your registered address. You will receive instructions approximatively two weeks before the workshop and the weblink a few days before.

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

This workshop is taking place on zoom live on 23rd January at 1pm UK time online but will be recorded for replay. There will be a further show and tell session to discuss results. You need descent internet to follow the live session but you can choose to work with the replay. You will spend three hours with me learning to make Ecoprints leaves onto Art paper and Indigo dye them. The two techniques you will learn are: Eco printing on Art paper Setting up a simple Hydrosulfate Indigo vat At the end of the workshop you will have a set of prints and an Indigo vat to keep using and I will demonstrate how to apply this technique on fabric. If you live in the UK I will supply the starter pack including the mordant and Indigo vat ingredients. If you live overseas you will receive a list of necessary ingredients two weeks before the workshop. You do not need any specific skills to take this workshop, it is suitable for beginners but you need a clear space to Indigo dye (a newspaper covered table is enough) and let dry your prints.

£65.00

Ecoprinting and Indigo dye paper for Art online workshop Overseas participants

This workshop is taking place on zoom live on 13 January at 1pm but will be recorded for replay. There will be a further show and tell session to discuss results. You need descent internet to follow the live session but you can choose to work with the replay. You will spend three hours with me learning to make Ecoprints leaves onto Art paper and Indigo dye them. The two techniques you will learn are: Eco printing on Art paper Setting up a simple Hydrosulfate Indigo vat At the end of the workshop you will have a set of prints and an Indigo vat to keep using and I will demonstrate how to apply this technique on fabric. If you live in the UK I will supply the starter pack including the mordant and Indigo vat ingredients. If you live overseas you will receive a list of necessary ingredients two weeks before the workshop. You do not need any specific skills to take this workshop, it is suitable for beginners but you need a clear space to Indigo dye (a newspaper covered table is enough) and let dry your prints. Please follow my Facebook page for update on other workshops results https://www.facebook.com/Botanical-Eco-Upcycling-at-The-Lansdowne-House-111213898933794 Please read my blog if you want to know more about my Eco activities http://www.thelansdownehouseofstencils.com

£50.00

BOTANICAL PRINTING ON TEXTILE WITH NATURAL DYES ONLINE WORKSHOP UK participants

This workshop is taking place on the 3/4th April 2021 12 noon to 3pm UK time. You will need streaming internet to follow the zoom online sessions. All bookings are final. The starter pack is provided for UK participants or if you are abroad contact me on bettysbeautifullife for a price without a starter pack or a cost for me to ship the starter pack to you. This is a perfect online workshop for beginners, in two sessions you will learn the basic of creating a Botanical Print on fabric. You will learn to prepare, print and finish your cloth. Via an interactive set of pre workshop notes, home preparations and live sessions you will learn how to get clear prints on a selection of cloth. Day 1: We will work at understanding our process, we will mordant our fabric and extract our dye and prepare our tannin. Day 2: We will combine some natural dye and tanin with our mordants and plants to produce some stunning printed pieces on both Bamboo, cotton and silk. I will demonstrate those techniques in the live session. You can join me or work after with the video repeat. What is included: Pre workshop notes for preparations. PDF instructions to keep. The tuition over two live zoom sessions and access to the videos for two months One Show and tell session one week after the event to share results. What you will learn: You will learn how to prepare and mordant cellulose and protein fiber You will learn how to create an imprint from your leaves and get guidance on what “a good printing leaf is” as well as working on leaf composition. You will learn how to use a blanket to create a background to your print in a simple manner, how to use one natural dye and one tannin to create colour on your cloth and how to “finish” your printed material to enjoy them for time to come.

£150.00

BOTANICAL PRINTING WITH NATURAL DYES WORKSHOP overseas no starter pack

See detail of the workshop above, with this ticket you will not be getting a starter pack but a full listing of what you need to take part.

£110.00

ECOPRINTING ON PAPER FOR ART UK PARTICIPANTS

This is an online workshop on the 20 February between 10 am and 12 noon UK time using the Zoom platform , it is safe and easy but you should have access to a smart phone or a computer/tablet before you book. No refund will be operated at anytime on the basis of lack of online equipment. You will be sent a link before the event to access it. Spend two hours learning how to create beautiful print on paper using botanical elements (leaves and flowers) and natural dyes you have access in your own kitchen… I have been an eco printer for many years and work regularly with paper as well as fabric… it gives me a chance to make some books… wrapping paper… cards… it is a simple process and always works… It is perfect to do with children and for beginners. If you live in the UK you will receive a starter pack allowing you to “have a go” synchronised to this online workshop. I am afraid that if you are overseas with the current Covid19 situation I will not be able to offer you the facility of a starter pack as it might never reach you. Instead upon receiving your booking I will send you a list of equipment you need.. trust me it is very little … You will receive a small discount on the price. You will be able to take part on the day using small rolls and paper I will send you ahead of the workshop (in the UK only)…. or just to view and take notes while having a go at a later stage. This will take place over a zoom link online and you will have the chance to ask direct questions as well as seeing the process in direct. I work in UK time (London time) but I have set up this event so participants from the USA can follow at a decent time After the event you will receive an emailed PDF with the basic instructions. If you have any questions you can email me on bettysbeautifullife@gmail.com

£35.00

ECO PRINTING ON PAPER FOR ART ONLINE WORKSHOP FOR OVERSEAS PARTICIPANTS

See description for this workshop above. The offer is the same but no starter pack… You will receive a list of the required ingredients or equipment.

£30.00

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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

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

The True Colour of the Cotinus, make blue prints… 100 Eco Printers cant go wrong

The True Colour of the Cotinus, make blue print PDF instruction and workshop video

To purchase this method use the pay button below. The PDF and video replay link will be emailed to you within few hours of you buying it. This is a pdf instruction method to make blue prints when eco printing Cotinus leaves onto paper. It is part of an experiment on the Cotinus leaves. When purchasing it you will get a simple method to print Cotinus leaves onto paper but also the video replay of September 2020 online video with 100 eco printers from around the world to try and obtain the colour blue from the Cotinus leave. After this mass testing most participants obtained the colour blue from their leaves following the method put in place by Elisabeth Viguie Culshaw. When purchasing this method you are not just buying a PDF instruction … you are joining a working group. Updates and follow up workshops are planned and advertised for on a dedicated FB group.

20.00 £

Cotinus tree known from oder Natural dyers as Young Fustic for the yellow dye they used to extract from it has over the past few years become of the best known leaf to print by Eco Printers. Its very strong tannin content has long attracted me as one of the leaf to have on board but also to be worried about… If not balanced by similar strong leaves it can look overpowering in a composition. You need to be sure to have a suitable barrier to prevent the leaf from ghostic on various layers.

It gives a wonderfully detailed print and if mixed with ferrous sulfate a strong reddish print… But then I dont really print on fabric a lot of the time… My favorite is paper… Fabriano drawing and sketching 200 grs paper… and this blue print appeared once or twice… So I started feeling I had to make sure that I was in control of the colour of my print…

Some eco printers like the magical mystery of the unknown result… I like control when it comes to printing. While I was not lucky to study chemistry but my bedside book is Catherine Ellis “The Art and Science of Natural Dyes” and I like studying my results, I like testing again and again until I fully understand how to achieve some results… There are two ways to insure a combination of fibre/mordant/dye works … You can test it 100 times or you can get 100 people to test it once at the same time. I just though the later would be more fun…

In August 2020 in full blast Covid I launched The True Colour of the Cotinus project… Online… on Zoom… with 100 participants from all over the world…

We just talked about the project online and 100 participants came forward to take part… together we used one method I suggested and Eco Printed on a variety of paper beautiful Cotinus prints… Here are some… They are all illustrated in the private Face group group I created… https://www.facebook.com/groups/303312714244574/ called “The True Colour of the Cotinus” from South Africa to Canada participants searched for the perfect leaf… ordered plants… from garden centers… and printed on paper.

The first event was on the 1st of August. On a sunday morning 10am UK time we met on zoom and I ran a one hour workshop online. During that time I gave away one of my techniques to print on paper and participants delivered beautiful prints… some red, some purple, some green and some BLUE … We all marvelled and participants connected… I answered douzains of emails, messages, texts… everyone liked the blue print A LOT … so my next step was to find out how to make blue…

For the following months I ran douzains of trials trying all the techniques used by the participants who had got blue… Many used the same mordant/type of paper and after twitching I came up with a new method to test… and the second workshop was born…

On the 20th of Septembre I ran a second event online with 107 participants… we used the method I had tested douzains of times. And we made blue prints… many blue prints…





100 Eco printers cant be wrong… when all around the globe we do the same thing (well pretty much) and we get the same result even if our leaves are a bit different, our paper too and our water has different PH.

Participants from Australia, New Zeeland, USA, Canada, Mexico, Thailand, France, Belgium, Germany, Norway, South Africa, Hong Kong, Israel, Spain, Italy, Switzwerland… are all going crazy about Blue Prints… 281 participants in the FB group and many applying…

I used to travel the world to teach Eco Printing and last February I went all the way to Thailand… And then in February Covid kicked in … we went into lockdown… that means no travel for me… but fear not I started working on zoom and Ok my style is a bit rusty but my participants know how much passion I have to share with them my project… Together we will make the Cotinus rainbow… I used to travel the world but now the world is travelling to me virtually and together… We are testing the Cotinus leaves to find out its best colours…

Join me for an online workshop it is a lot of fun and studying with people from all over in time of Covid is really refreshing …. Here you will find my offer … https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/elisabeth-viguie-culshaw-the-lansdowne-house-8234597492

A “The True Colour of the Cotinus, made blue prints ” PDF will be available soon…

Lots of love

Betty xx

From Nearly Black to White lets do Tannin

If you want to take part in my online block of 4 workshops exploring the beautiful techniques you can achieve with tannin and iron look here https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/black-and-white-a-four-week-printing-workshop-using-tannin-and-iron-tickets-116794470405

Did you know that Oak galls (or Oak apples) were used in Roman times to make black ink and that between the Middle ages and modern times coupled with Iron it was the main source of black writing ink. A tiny little hard growth on the Autumn tree is so precious and so powerful and produces the greatest tannin on Earth. A substantive dye (that means it does not need mordant to colour cloth or fibers) it reacts with iron sulfate to create shades of grey to nearly black.

I love working with Oak tannin although there are many different tannins available from Chestnut of the European forest to Myrobolan of South East Asia, depending on what part of the World you are located. I use it to create wonderful background for my eco prints. Just look at those… on linen and silk some of my local leaves eco printed using the tannin/iron relationship.

This is a traditional technique known to eco printers and we will start there, but we will go further in our four sessions, we will learn to create printed words and images and discharges using tannin and resists pastes you can use with stencils, screens and stamps. After three weeks of great creativity we will end the program by going back in time and make ancient Gall/Iron ink for your calligraphic or free hand writing.

When I work with tannin I like to forage but I also like to use a traditional product in my work and my Oak galls come from the Themazi family, since the 1950’s in Turkey, they have been producing the best Aleppo oak galls. Aleppo oak galls give the strongest tannin. If you want to see what they offer look here http://themazi.com?aff=13

http://themazi.com?aff=13

My workshop will be run on zoom in the comfort of your home, it is a simple platform to use and all you need is access to a device (laptop, tablet or phone) and a good internet level. The workshops are live but they are always recorded, so if you live in a different time zone you can use the video replay to work.

Learning in a virtual workshop means you can interact and ask questions, thing you cant do when you learn from just a video. What we miss in an online workshop is a big reveal … which is why I always plan a “show and tell” session. It is when we show each other our results and answer any last minute questions.

I hope I will see you there and enjoy working “together” in my virtual creative bubble.

In the meantime dont forget to go for a walk in the woods… its a great pastime in the Autumn.

Love.

Betty x

Sharing my Studio Space with you #shareyourcreativespace on Instagram

Recently I have been speaking to a few friends again on the phone and this week starting making grand plans to teach online an amazing collaboration workshop with my most creative friend Cassandra Barron … Its like a black cloud has lifted from over my head…. Covid is not over but I am connecting again… What am I talking about !!! I have been connected creatively non stop since the beginning of lockdown, I have ran more workshops than I would normally do and going “all online” has opened the world to me.

My lovely participants come from Alaska, Sydney Australia, Paris, North Carolina, California as well as Edinburgh and Cambridge… My face to face participants have booked my online workshops to keep the creativity flowing and I have met online many more who now cant wait to meet me face to face… Covid has been my nightmare and my saviour as far as work is concerned… So where is the problem… Why do I feel everyday is the same as before and why do I lack energy every morning…

I am a people’s person before and foremost and I love meeting and greeting, I like welcoming people in our home and when it is work related I realised now that I have catered my studio like a home… When you come to a workshop with me in my own space … you are not coming into my studio… you are coming into my life. All around me are bits and bobs that have come from somewhere I visited… No affectation there… Only the memories of good time, bad time, shared time and time to come… That brush I bought in Hongkong in this little alleyway and I can still smell the smell and feel the heat and the sweat running down my back. That Indigo paste I extracted from my friend Mann’s Indigo leaves in Northern Thailand… come and experience with me… I cant share the time I collected it but I can share the story. I am a story teller… I want to share…

But off course now I cant share… My creative space has shrank into a table space with all included on it and from there I teach you my techniques online (check here… https://thelansdownehouseofstencils.com/category/learning-with-me/)

Dont get me wrong I am enjoying it and I love meeting you Pat from North Carolina, Bridget from Cambridge, Alva from Sweeden, Moira from Sydney… but how I wish I could make you tea with that Green tea I brought back from Northern Thailand…

Not that it will be the same but I decided to make an effort to keep on sharing my stories and my studio space with you… From today I will run for 30 days postings on my Instagram page @bettysbeautifullife about stories from my creative space. The stories of my learning, of my travelling, of my sharing, of my collecting, of my meeting with lovely people face to face… and why dont you share yours? 30 days of your love for your space and what it means for you… Join me on my https://www.instagram.com/bettysbeautifullife/ every day to discover my short story. It will be tagged #shareyourcreativespace … why dont you share your own creative space on Instagram? It wont be completely like being in it but… not far… I cant wait to discover yours… will you come to see mine?

In the meantime find me online before I can meet you again…

Have a great Wednesday, I am sending you a virtual HUG.

Betty xx

Kits for an easy make

Creativity can take many forms but sometimes you lack confidence and need a little help to get started. If you want my helping hand along the way but cant make it to a workshop then one of my kits will help you to start your journey into Indigo or Eco Printing.

My kits come with full instructions and great ingredients, lovely organic dyes, hand woven silk and cotton scarves from South East Asia and India. The Instructions are yours to keep and adapt to your own material and ingredients.

Enjoy creating in the comfort of your own home using Indigo and Natural dyes… If you decide to take your creativity further you can join one of my online classes https://thelansdownehouseofstencils.com/2020/06/28/learn-with-me-my-workshops/

Silk Scarf printing Indigo Shibori Kit for UK delivery

Indigo blue is one of the most beautiful colour on Earth. Praised by many it has the reputation to be hard to get... Many cant face building an Indigo Vat and yet it is possible to put together a simple small vat to produce beautiful crisp patterns.... My Indigo Kit will allow you to build a small vat of 5 Litres of dark blue Indigo even if you are a beginner. The Hydrosulphate vat is almost guarantee to "work" and will give you a deep blue without having to go through the trauma of many dips. It comes with all ingredients needed to built the vat and a beautiful natural Silk scarf produced in lovely small communities from Northern Thailand. With simple instructions you will be able to put together a small vat in a 5 litres container and fold and tie the scarf to dip it in the vat. You will also hear about the finishing technique. From this pack you will get: - Two new skills (indigo vat building, and Indigo tie dye. - An Indigo vat to use for more projects. - A tutorial. You will be able to reuse your vat after your scarf is dyed. After receiving your pack you will get a link to my online instructions.

£34.00

Cotton Scarf printing Indigo Shibori Kit for UK delivery

As above but with a lovely hand woven in Northern Thailand cotton scarf approx 40 x 140 cms

£29.00

Silk Scarf printing Indigo Shibori Kit for Overseas delivery

As above Silk Scarf and Indigo kit but for delivery from the UK to Overseas destinations

£39.00

Cotton scarf Indigo and Shibori Kit for Overseas delivery

As above Cotton Scarf and Indigo kit but for delivery from the UK to Overseas destinations

£35.00

Silk Scarf and Natural Dyes kit for UK delivery

This kit offers eco printers and natural dyers (even the beginners) the perfect tool to create a beautiful and unique eco printed and natural dyed silk scarf. The ingredients are ethically sourced in South Asia and South America and quite unique. The Silk scarf is made in a local community using the finest local silk (weft) and cotton (warp), and will take any colour beautifully. They will allow to create a unique scarf using the botanics in your area if you decide to Eco print it. The dyes are in their original wood form and as such will allow you to extract up to 5 dye bath each. The mordant will allow you to treat up to 1 kg of cloth (cellulose and silk). It contains: - a beautiful 45 cms x 140 cms, hand woven scarf from Northern Thailand, sourced in Chiangmai during my recent travel there. - 25 grs of Sapan wood, a sustainable dye, ethically sourced in Northern Thailand during my recent travels there which produce a beautiful range of pinks and reds. - 25 grs of Logwood, a sustainable dye, ethically sourced in Mexico and brought to Europe using a low carbon footprint route. It will give you strong blue to lovely pale violet depending on the dye bath. - 140 grs of dry mordant ready to mix to help creating great colours and give light fastness to your piece.. a set of instructions. I am a textile artist and work with Eco Printing and Eco Dyeing all year around teaching physical classes in Scotland and online workshops and travelling to Asia to swap skills with local groups. I have developed a mordant for cellulose and silk fibers which will give you great results with clear prints and vibrant colours from your leaves and dyes. If you are a natural dyer you will like playing with my two wood dyes, they will give you a range of colours if you modify the PH of the dye bath. If you are an eco printer you will love the brightness of the work you can achieve using my elements. My wood dyes can be reused several times unlike dye extracts. You can choose of the two colours for your silk scarf and use the other dye for material you have at home, I think the Logwood looks quite spectacular with the silk but its a personal choice.

£40.00

Silk Scarf and Natural Dye Kit for Overseas delivery

As above but for delivery from UK delivery to Overseas destinations

£45.00

Buy my Stencils

I started my artist life in the 1990’s as a stenciller. I trained in Glasgow and for many years was involved in the recreation of schemes by the turn of the century Architect/Designer Charles Rennie Mackintosh. I worked on exhibitions, conservation, refurbishment and recreation of his designs. Two of my best know pieces of work are the scheme for “The House for an Art Lover” in Glasgow in the 1990’s and the refurbishment of “The Willow Tea Rooms” now called “Mackintosh at the Willow” in 2018.

His style incorporated the famous Glasgow Rose. A stylish rose with very stylised lines used in stain glass, repoussee, embroidery as well as stencilling.This collection of stencils is inspired by the work of Charles Rennie Mackintosh. Some of the designs are taken from his collection, some I designed myself. They are all made of oiled manilla card a very sturdy material similar to that of the 19th century. They are all individually cut and can be used again and again… They come in a standard size but I will be happy to resize them to your requirements.

TO PURCHASE A STENCIL, MAKE A PAYMENT BELOW AND EMAIL ME YOUR SHIPPING ADDRESS ON bettysbeautifullife@gmail.com

Glasgow Rose – Large Rose with UK shipping

This stencil is based on the traditional Glasgow Rose and the nine squares part of Mackintosh vocabulary. It is available at this price for shipping in the UK Design size 16.5 x 18 cms

£19.95

Glasgow Rose – Large with Overseas shipping

This stencil is based on the traditional Glasgow Rose and the nine squares part of Mackintosh design vocabulary. It is available at this price for shipping to Europe, the USA, Canada, Japan, Australia. For any other destinations please email me for a quote ... design size 16.5 x 18 cms

£24.95

Windyhill Rose – With UK Shipping

This stencil was designed by Mackintosh for a bedroom for a Scottish House called Windyhill. This is available for UK Shipping 17 x 18 cms

£19.95

Windyhill Stencil – with Overseas shipping

This stencil was designed by Mackintosh for a bedroom for a Scottish House called Windyhill. This is available for shipping to Europe, the USA, Canada, Australia, Japan... for any other destinations please email for a quote

£24.95

I AM 60 … MEET ME ON ZOOM !

To find out about my next zoom workshops please check here :

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In April 2020 I turned 60 and just as my textile business was doing well and I was enjoying face to face natural dyeing workshops with very small groups in my own lovely studio… COVID19 dropped a bomb on me and I had to start teaching online… ON ZOOM !

I am from this generation that wrote at school with an inkpen… better not to be left-handed…  and then a fountain pen… I learned to copy type using a mechanical type writer … then an electric one… we did not have a phone at home until I was 18… I lived abroad in my 20’s cut off from my family without the comfort of whatsap, face time, and the internet… we wrote paper letters… my first Art business was essentially paper full, only finding a IT use for it… and I remember sending my new course programs to potential participants through paper mailing… So you could say I am a bit old school…

But then OMG I discovered Facebook in 2005 when off for a summer and being scared to be bored…  and then Instagram when I decided I wanted to share more photos TO THE WORLD… as my family rightly says I was unleashed… and at some point I switched from posting personal stuff on Facebook to going professional, every other posting had a stencil or a piece of fabric… I had always had this thing about networking before … so what not to like to do this online? Facebook groups about Eco Printing allowed me to call The World my Village and to meet people from the other side of the world and exchange techniques…

Other middle age ladies get offered expensive jewellery for birthday or Christmas my husband know better and know I will find the use for one of the lastest smart phone in the market… I do not sit in front of a computer… I am in the park on my phone like any other young (at heart) person:)

I made easy connections with people from South East Asia and discovered I wanted to visit Bali and so on and so forth… but not like an observer… very much like a participant and an organiser…  This very blog starting distributing to Facebook, Linkedin, Twitter etc… in one touch of a button…

I am a techno babe and I love my phone… my challenge is to do EVERYTHING with it … I love to be able to send a photo of my work in the touch of a button within minutes to someone on the other side of the world instead of having to pay a premium and spend 24 hours waiting for a physical slide to send by post as we used to do in the 1990’s…

So in April 2020 I gave in and I set up an account with Zoom ! I have turned 60 and I now run my workshops online… That means a lot of changes and extra work… but so much reward…

I could be the half empty glass girl and say it has been a problem and that I cant wait to get back to normal… but actually I want to be that half full glass girl and rejoice about the fact I can have now participants from the US, Australia, Sweden, Belgium and Holland taking part all at the same time…  My work is done here… Off course I will be so happy when it is finally (and soon I hope) safe to welcome lovely participants into my space but in the meantime find me on zoom !

Change is difficult and many resist and mourn the good old days.. but if you accept it and embrace it… there is always a silver lining… I always find my silver lining … make sure you don’t mourn for too long…  you will go past serious fun !

I look forward to meet you on one of my sessions wether it is on Zoom or Facebook live I have a lot to share with you … and to learn from you …

Have a great day

Betty x