Papermaking with Pulp with Natural Dyes and Pigment Workshop with Mary Milelzcik

May 20, 2023 @ 10:00 am – 2:30 pm
Volcano Art Center Ni‘aulani Campus
19-4074 Old Volcano Rd
Volcano, HI 96785
$70/$65 for VAC members plus a $40 supply fee
Volcano Art Center

Join artist Mary Milelzcik for Painting with Pulp with Natural Dyes and Pigments workshop on Saturday, May 20, 2023 from 10 am to 2:30 pm at the Volcano Art Center in Volcano. No previous experience necessary.  $70/ $65 VAC Members plus $40 supplies.

Using shredded recycled paper, a household blender and various moulds and deckles, you’ll make large sheets of paper to which you can imbed plant pulp on the still wet surface, and press to form a single sheet. Natural dyes or pigments can be added to the pulp or painted on the wet paper.

Selection, preparation, and process of working with local plant fibers, plant dyes, and earth pigments is discussed, and samples of plant materials and finished papers are shared with the class.   Plant fibers include wauke (paper mulberry), pineapple, banana, ginger, lemongrass, cane grass, etc. – depending on availability. Flowers and plants for dyes may include olena, spirulina, kukiui, rose, hibiscus, tea, mamake, avocado, marigold, etc.

To allow for more paper making time, the instructor will source, cook, and prepare plant materials for pulp and dyes/paints in advance. Participants are encouraged to bring dried plant materials to add to the pulp for coloring or to imbed in their paper. Students may contact the instructor in advance via email to discuss special projects.


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