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Eco-Dye Paper

  • iota press 925 Gravenstein Highway South Sebastopol, CA, 95472 United States (map)

Saturday,  1pm - 5pm
Sunday, 9am - 1pm

With Karen Rush

Dive into experimenting and exploring the colors and shapes found in the natural world around us. In this workshop we will create eco-dye printed paper and learn about the nature of mordants and modifiers, the characteristics of different paper and plant matter and how they can be used to create reflections of the natural world around us.  Paper ready for dying will be provided to learn the basics of wrapping, steaming and dyeing.  You will then prepare your own papers and experiment with different mordants, plant materials, and wrapping methods. You will go home with paper to use in your own books and collages or simply display as they are.

Students will be provided with eco-dye instructions to take home and allow you to dye at home.

Material List

  • Apron or wear old cloths
  • Exacto Knife
  • Scissors
  • Metal Ruler
  • Cutting Mat
  • Small Bucket
  • Pencil
  • Sharpie
  • Notebook


  • Qty 2: 4x4 or 6x6 ceramic tile

  • Rusty bits (should be flat such as small keys or metal plates, gears)

  • Paper: (We will cut down into 5” x paper length)Watercolor paper (90 lb)

  • Printmaking paper (such as Rives BFK 175 gsm or 250 gsm) Or any other paper you want to experiment with.(Needs to hold up to steaming and boiling water)

  • Fresh Leaves and flowers (Bring whatever takes your fancy and we will pool our material)

These plants work well:
Eucalyptus (all types)               
Camelia leaves
Maple and Japanese Maple
Carrot tops
Oaks with pliable leaves (all types)
Fruit Trees such as apple or plum       

Onions skins (all types)
Catalina Ironwood

Rose hips and leaves
Queen Anne’s Lace
Cotinus (Smoke Bush)
Camelia Leaves
Walnut leaves   

Don't forget to read over our Registration Policies!

Earlier Event: September 22
Letterpress Fundamentals
Later Event: October 14
First Annual Fundraiser