Natural Dye Inks: Painting on Paper Workshop

September 26th, 2016  |  Published in EXHIBITIONS, PAST EXHIBITIONS & EVENTS

watercolornaturaldyesSaturday, October 29, 2016 
1 – 4PM
$75 per person

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Instructors:   Sarita Westrup & Analise Minjarez of Tierra Firme 

This workshop will explore the use of natural dye inks and flower stamping techniques. Learn how to mix your own inks from natural plant materials such as logwood, cochineal, marigold flowers, and cutch with gum arabic and alum. All participants will learn the basics of natural dyes, how to extract color, what are mordants, and how to use them to alter hues with additives such as iron, and citric acid. Participants will be introduced to basic watercolor techniques and the class will be looking at natural specimens for design inspiration.

Tierra Firme is an experiential research project that investigates the place and identity of artwork along the Texas-Mexico border. The project promotes cultural and social understanding by interviewing artists, teaching workshops, and creating original artworks in the border region. For more information about Tierra Firme, visit

Sarita Westrup is a fiber artist and art educator from the Borderlands of Texas and Mexico. She was born in Edinburgh, Texas and raised in McAllen. Her sculptural work explores identity in relationship to place through the use of found objects and weaving techniques.

Analise Minjarez is a fibers artist and educator from El Paso, TX.  Minjarez creates fiber sculptures and installations using natural dyes, hog gut, and plastics to highlight the contextual differences between materials. Her objects investigate Mexican-American identity and the metaphysical awareness created by the landscape of the Texas-Mexico borderland.

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