Workshops on offer

Lucy offers a selection of workshops based on the skills she has learnt; as an artist, pigment and ink maker, through her own research and previous qualifications and experience. (see ABOUT section> Lucy Mayes C.V). Workshops take place in her studio in East London or can be designed to work within a setting of your choosing. Please contact her thought the form on this page for enquiries. 

London Pigment Introduction Workshop

Making sustainable pigments, inks and paint 

- Introduction to Lucy's work as artist-pigment maker
- Waste stream pigments
- Introduction to colourants- pigments, dyes and making paint
- Paint making workshop (watercolour or oil paint etc) & filling out especially designed colour charts

Lake making workshop 

- Short introduction to Lucy's work as artist-pigment maker 
- Introduction to colourants- pigments, dyes and making paint
- Basic chemistry behind the laking process
- Practical pigment making demonstration, paint testing & filling out especially designed colour charts

Botanical Ink making workshop from locally collected materials

- Short introduction to her work as artist-pigment maker 
- Introduction to colourants- pigments, dyes and making paint
- Run through of raw materials used for botanical ink making & how to extract dye
- Ink making processes that include using the following materials; oak galls, brazil wood, madder, walnuts, earth pigments and verdigris
Practical ink making demonstration, ink testing & filling out especially designed colour charts

Intermediate pigment & Paint Making Workshop

Short introduction to her work as artist-pigment maker 
- In depth look at the properties of different pigments (concentrating on pigments I make: local/nationally collected iron oxide pigments, verdigris, lake pigments, carbon black pigments, waste stream pigments), binders & fillers and how they affect the resulting paint handling and dried paint film
- practical pigment making demonstration, paint testing & filling out especially designed colour charts

Earth Colours of Britain

- Short introduction to her work as artist-pigment maker 
- In dept look at the earth colours I have collected, their provenance, characteristics and geological make up.
- Explanation of how I process earth colours
Paint making workshop (watercolour or oil paint etc) using some of the pigments mentioned & filling out especially designed colour charts