Eco workshops for Autumn 2022/Spring 2023

I love teaching my craft, I teach the workshops below online live using the Zoom platform or in person. If you are in the wrong time zone you can still benefit from the workshop by using the recording of the sessions I make, they are available for several weeks.

With each workshop I deliver written instructions and those are yours to keep. And support via a Facebook group private group. Finally most of the time I will offer a follow up show and tell where we can show our work and clear 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. I am afraid that I am not able to offer refunds on online workshops but I will always try and offer you a space at an alternative date if your circumstances prevent you to complete a workshop on have committed to.

4 weeks Botanical printing course on paper in my Glasgow Studio

4 weeks introduction to Botanical printing on paper for Art in my lovely Glasgow West end studio. Starts on 20th October at 6.30pm till 8.30 pm and weekly after that. All provided, just bring an apron or old clothes and gloves if you have delicate skin. We will explore mordants, dyes and leaves to create wonderful leaf prints and what we can do with them. Suitable for beginners or more advance printers. A sustainable way to create with nature. Sessions last 2 hours, prints to take away at every workshop and learning with each print.

£129.00

LEAVES ON PAPER – SELF PACED COURSE IN BOTANICAL CONTACT PRINTING ON PAPER

This is an online course in Botanical Contact Printing on paper. It is perfect for beginners as it teaches step by step. It is based on written instructions, photos and video material, a FB for support and from time to time a live session. Release is 1st of Septembre for the first time and for the first lesson thereafter additional lessons every two weeks (12 lessons in total). Once the course is online it is yours to keep. For anyone joining after that date you will access everything that is already online in one go.

£120.00

THE TRUE COLOUR OF THE COTINUS ON PAPER – SELF PACED METHOD (NO LIVE SESSIONS)

The True Colour of the Cotinus is a global online project I launched in 2020, it is about Ecoprinting the Cotinus leaves to obtain blue. The PAPER method was finalised in 2020 after two global online testing with 100 participants each. We use facebook to share results. This method gives you the final result and how to get Blue out of your own leaves/fabric. It is best for silk and linen but will work for cotton and other material. It is suitable for beginners … by buying this method you are in the project and will be able to access the Private Facebook group of over 500 participants to post your results and interact.

£25.00

THE TRUE COLOUR OF THE COTINUS ON PAPER – SELF PACED METHOD (NO LIVE SESSIONS)

The True Colour of the Cotinus is a global online project I launched in 2020, it is about Ecoprinting the Cotinus leaves to obtain blue. The PAPER method was finalised in 2020 after two global online testing with 100 participants each. We use facebook to share results. This method gives you the final result and how to get Blue out of your own leaves/fabric. It is best for silk and linen but will work for cotton and other material. It is suitable for beginners … by buying this method you are in the project and will be able to access the Private Facebook group of over 500 participants to post your results and interact.

£25.00

A LEAVES AND PAPER DIARY, MY YEAR LONG BOTANICAL PRINTING ON PAPER COURSE ONLINE beg. APRIL 2023

Perfect for beginners. In this course I will spend 12 months (12 sessions) teaching you all I know about Eco Printing on paper for Art, from target paper to method, mordant, botanics, printing paste… we will study how the process works and how you can program a great result after learning to understand your results. This is a repeat of 2021 course. With a mix of live online sessions and delivery of instructions by email. Each month provides a new technique. We communicate on zoom and via a FB page for support, there is ongoing conversations and a lot of learning. Small group only

£216.00

HAND PRINTED FABRICS USING BOTANICAL PASTES ONLINE LIVE WORKSHOP, starts on 1st April 2023 for 4 weeks

Starting on the April 2023 , this workshop online live is a collaboration between myself and Drussilla Cole an english Print maker and concentrates on printing patterns on fabric using Botanical pastes. You will learn all how to create some botanical pastes, use them and cure them, and about creating tools to print with from lino cutting to other more flexible blocks. This is perfect for beginners.

£216.00

ECOPRINTING ON PAPER FOR ART – THE PDF METHOD (SELF PACED WORKSHOP NO LIVE)

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… Will be delivered by email link in 24 hours of purchasing

£49.00

PRINTALONG COTINUS ONLINE LIVE WORKSHOP 25TH OF SEPTEMBER

This will be a great fun day botanical contact printing the Cotinus leaves online live together using the zoom platform. On the 25th of septembre we will meet at lunchtime UK time and spend 5 hours together. I will share 3 techniques and you will have the chance to print while we are online. You will receive instructions before the workshop so you have time to get ready… we can then share our results and ask questions… This is the first time I offer interaction with the Cotinus method live. We will print on fabric, paper and extract pigment. If you are booked for this workshop I will also offer you a virtual view of the Cotinus exhibition in Glasgow on the 11th of Septembre

£45.00

ECO PRINTING ON PAPER FOR ART ONLINE LIVE WORKSHOPS

29th October 4pm for 2 hours . This is a 2 hours workshop during which I will teach you the first steps of Eco-Printing on paper for Art. It is for beginners with a strong interest in Eco printing and paper. We will look at mordants, basic dyes and the leaves. You will learn a unique way to get a strong and precise print. This technique is perfect for home use specifically if you dont have a studio space. If you want more… scroll up for the 12 months course

£38.50

BLUE AND WHITE PRINTS, RESIST PRINTING WITH INDIGO DYE 17th Septembre for 3 weeks

Spend 3 sessions learning how to create wonderful printed fabrics using a resist past method and and Indigo vat. We will learn how to set up an Indigo vat, learn to dye with it and then to create a multiple layer printed pieces using a resist paste technique (Soya/lime)

£162.00

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

NEW DATES FOR SPRING 2023 COMING UP

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.

PRINT AND DIP AN ONLINE ONE SESSION ECOPRINTING AND INDIGO DYEING WORKSHOP – NEW WORKSHOP COMING UP IN SPRING 2023

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 – NEW DATES FOR SPRING 2023

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.

“LEAVES ON PAPER”, a self paced Botanical Contact Printing on paper online course

I am happy to announce the release of my new online self paced Botanical printing on paper course.

After booking a space you will be receiving a link to a web page where you will find the instructions in the form of 12 lessons. The course is released for the first time on the 1st of Septembre. One lesson is released every two weeks. Once all the lessons will be live anyone booking into the course will get the whole course in one go.

You will also be admitted on the Facebook page support of the course. There you will be able to share results and exchange with other participants.

There is a progression in the course and some real learning. I will be at hand for questions but there are no live sessions included in the course. However you get to keep the instructions after you are done.

It is perfect for beginners and more experience printers alike. To book a space please use the link below:

Dye and stitch

LEAVES ON PAPER – SELF PACED COURSE IN BOTANICAL CONTACT PRINTING ON PAPER

This is an online course in Botanical Contact Printing on paper. It is perfect for beginners as it teaches step by step. It is based on written instructions, photos and video material, a FB for support and from time to time a live session. Release for the 1st lesson, is 1st of Septembre. The other 11 lessons will be released one at a time every two weeks. Once the whole course is live it will stay live. You have access for life.

£120.00

Botanical Contact printing on paper is a wonderful technique allowing you to record nature around you to create beautiful prints on a variety of paper. Using knowledge and techniques that have a lot in common with Natural dyeing, it only uses Botanicals and no added acrylic or synthetic colours to create wonderful marks.

The seasons, the places visited and the happy and special times can be recorded in beautiful art work, prints, botanical diaries, and others and beautiful pieces and memories for times to come.

I am a Botanical Printer and a Natural dyer and I live in Glasgow Scotland. My Art practice is sustainable and I work with Nature around me to create prints and colours on all fibre. I research my methods and I teach them online live, and in person workshops.

I have been teaching Contact Botanical Printing for a few years now and I love sharing my techniques allowing all that I teach to become also expert in the technique. So far I have taught this method in an online live 12 months course and in physical workshops but many have asked me to put together a self paced course, more practical when time is precious or time zones different.

This is my new online self paced course and I would love you to join my community of printers.

With this course you will learn :

  • to understand your fibres and mordants
  • to select your equipment for a practical home studio
  • to recognise your leaves and what they can do for you, (colours created, colour modified)
  • to save your leaves for winter printing
  • to extract dyes and tannins via natural dye matters foraged or purchased.
  • to create dye, tannin and ferrous blankets
  • to simmer and steam for different results
  • to understand ph shift and play with it
  • to create a botanical paste to over print
  • to create amazing prints and to neutralise and finish them.

This course is web based and includes 12 chapters (instructions, photos and small videos material). From Septembre 1st 2022 they will be delivered one by one via email link, every two weeks. Once the course is completely online you get to keep it. Participants who join after the 1st of septembre will get immediate access to all that has already been released. There is no limit of time for booking. The course is for you to keep and You will have access to a FB group for support. I will visit the group several times a week and answer your questions.

You will be part of an online community and I look forward to meet you there.

Some of my previous participants say…

” There was so much to learn and you made it so easy with your step by step method”

“I love being in control of my prints and understanding my results”

“Recognising dyes to tannin was always an issue, I now know which will give me the effect I want”

“You made me love the leaves around me, they now tell me a story”

“I am amazed about my results… I did not think I had a creative bone in me and I love the results I am getting now”

My Indigo diaries 2022 – The Indigo plot (late June) news – Planting the Indigo and – Meet the growers … Elisabeth Viguie Culshaw

June has come and is almost gone in Glasgow, the weather is finally warm and we have a lot of sun, and our Japanese Indigo, Woad, Flax, Madder, Genista plants are in the ground at #theindigoplot. They are growing strong and the Indigo pigment is starting showing in the green leaves of the Indigo plants. I feared slugs attack but they have not come.

We had a fantastic planting day two weeks ago with some volunteers coming to help, all plants went in the ground and we even fond some time to make a few blue shibori prints on cotton using a quick Indigo vat. The sun was shining and #theindigoplot came alive.

UPCOMING INDIGO WORKSHOPS IN JULY AND AUGUST:

Our next event will be an afternoon Indigo workshop in the Botanical Kibble Palace. One in July FIND INFO HERE and one in August FIND INFO HERE During those sessions we will set up Indigo vats, dye Shibori pieces and use fresh Japanese Indigo leaves to create blue yarn.

MEET THE MAKER :

Over the past couple of months I have introduced some home growers but I think it is time I introduce myself as a grower.

ELISABETH VIGUIE CULSHAW – TEXTILE ARTIST, NATURAL DYER, GROWER OF DYE PLANTS.

Who are you?      Elisabeth Viguie Culshaw

What do you do ?  I am a textile artist based in the West end of Glasgow (Scotland), I run a sustainable studio and work with natural dyes and botanical prints. I am passionate about Indigo in all forms. I teach in person and online classes in Indigo dyeing, Botanical printing. I love community projects, involving many to share creative tasks.

I lead #thetruecolourofthecotinus project. A global online Botanical printing project involving over 500 participants worldwide.

I initiated #Theindigoplot a natural dye project. A natural dye garden in the grounds of the Glasgow Botanical garden. There I have planted 4 types of Japanese Indigo, some Woad

What is your connection with dye plants and Indigo? I have been using dye plants and natural Indigo for a good few years but in 2021 I started growing them first in my own urban garden. When travelling to South East Asia I have built up a strong connection with Indigo dyeing and I have practiced there, vat building and pigment extraction. In 2022 I have started #theindigoplot a natural dye garden in the grounds of the Glasgow Botanical garden. From seed to colour is the idea behind the garden. Educating the visitors to how colours in natural dyed cloth are created.

Where will it grow and how will it be used? In 2022 I will be growing dye plants both in my home based urban garden, in box beds for my own personal use in my studio practise and in the Indigo plot. There I will be growing Japanese Indigo (4 types), Woad, Madder, Genista, Weld, and some dye flowers as well as Flax. I want to give visitors to the garden a chance to view the plants and experiment with them via workshops and demonstrations during the summer season. I will be running online and in person workshops on Indigo and natural dye techniques.

On the 10/11th of September during The True Colour of the Cotinus exhibition I will be demonstrating natural dyes in the Glasgow Botanical Kibble palace. On the 18th of September as part of the Glasgow Doors open days a visit of the garden will be offered together with a demonstration of dyeing with Fresh leaves.

For information about events in The Indigo Plot check the FB group https://www.facebook.com/The-Indigo-Plot-at-the-Botanics-100479995960184

You can also follow the growth of the dye garden by following my Instagram page https://www.instagram.com/bettysbeautifullife/