Workshops on offer

Lucy offers a selection of workshops based on the skills she has learnt; as 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 or book a workshop through the website. 

London Pigment Introduction Workshop

Making sustainable pigments, inks and paint 

- Introduction to Lucy's work as artist-pigment maker
- Explanation of waste stream pigments and where to find them. 
- Introduction to colourants- pigments, dyes and making paint
- Paint making workshop (watercolour or oil paint etc) & filling out especially designed colour charts
- Paint made in the session will be available to take away

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. The choice of plant material will be offered prior to workshop and will include but not restricted to the following:
weld, ragwort, Canadian goldenrod, safflower, madder, marigold, etc.
- Pigment made in the session will be available to take away

Botanical Ink making workshop using 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 the following materials; oak galls, brazilwood, madder, walnuts, earth pigments and verdigris
Practical ink making demonstration, ink testing & filling out especially designed colour charts
- Ink made in the session will be able to be available to take away

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 Lucy processes earth colours
Paint making workshop (watercolour or oil paint etc) using some of the pigments mentioned & filling out especially designed colour charts
- A selection of earth pigments will be available to take away

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

Verdigris Workshop

- Short introduction to her work as artist-pigment maker
- In depth look at the verdigris or copper-based pigments Lucy has made, including their provenance, characteristics and recipe ideas
Paint making workshop (watercolour or oil paint etc) using some of the pigments mentioned & filling out especially designed colour charts
- a selection of verdigris pigments will be available to take away