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Botanical Printing with Elisabeth Viguie Culshaw.


Saturday 1st June at 10:00am Sunday 2nd June at 4:00pm

Botanical Printing is the sustainable technique of creating prints by using botanical essentially as a source of colour. With the help of heat and humidity you transfer the colour on to fiber to create unique designs. Elisabeth Viguie Culshaw is a highly successful and original Botanical Printer based in Glasgow. You can see examples of her amazing work on her Instagram page. She is creator of #thetruecolourofthecotinus, a method that allows Cotinus leaves to get printed onto fiber giving a beautiful blue print. 

During our week-end workshop Elisabeth will be sharing with you her Botanical printing methods and tips to allow you to print on paper towards informal book binding and nature journal making. During the two days you will forage for plants, learn how to select and prepare paper and dyes, print, neutralise, finish and on Sunday afternoon you will turn some of your finished prints into a little knotted book to take home.

Elisabeth will share with you basic knowledge about dyes and mordants allowing you to take this technique further and she will also share with you some instructions as an aide memoire for the future.

As this workshop is taking place in the right season… we will print Cotinus for beautiful blue prints and talk about the chemistry behind the blue print.

Please note this technique is for paper only and you will not be able to transfer it to fabric as the mordants would be too agressive. For a fabric class, approach the organiser. 

This workshop is very much perfect for any print addict, any multimedia lover, any beginner.

All material will be supplied but if you would like to try a small piece of your own paper, bring it along… if you have leaves you want to experiment with ditto. If you have a good tree guide, flower guide, leaves app on your phone, bring them along.

Looking forward to printing with you!


Originally trained in stencil conservation in Glasgow by Christies and the University of Glasgow, Elisabeth shared a body of work with the Mackintosh Heritage until she decided to move back to her first love… natural colours. For over 10 years now she has been working with natural dyes exclusively, growing, using and teaching dye plants for colours. She grows a dye plant garden in the Glasgow Botanical Garden every summer #theindigoplot.  She travels extensively to South East Asia every year to share her knowledge and educate  herself on the subject of Indigo.

Her current research is based on resist printing with Indigo and mordant experimenting for blue-prints. 

She runs a sustainable studio in the West end of Glasgow, teaches in person and online all year around.

To book, please click on this Eventbrite link

£140 Plus Eventbrite booking fee. Includes all materials plus tea and coffee.
Upper Flat, Ladybank Station House, Victoria Street
Ladybank, Fife KY15 7JT United Kingdom
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