Demonstration – Extracting Pigment from Rocks and Roots

Posted by on June 19, 2015 in Blog, Materials and Techniques, Workshops and demonstrations | 4 comments

Demonstration – Extracting Pigment from Rocks and Roots

Just a quick post to let you know that I’ll be doing a (potentially messy!) practical demonstration for the Fine Art Trade Guild on extracting pigment from rocks, roots and berries at the Herbert Art Gallery & Museum in Coventry in July – booking details are here if you fancy coming along.

I’ve only got an hour, so there will be a limit as to what I can show, but I have some interesting rocks to break up (the lower one is new to me but that red/brown surface dust looks promising)


Rock 2

Rock 1


I’ll also bring some plant material, if only to demonstrate the rather volcanic precipitation process.


Extracting pigment


I’m assured that I can heat and wash pigments to my heart’s content, and that I am far enough away from the precious art gallery exhibits for them to be safe!


  1. Please do one at your studio —-

    I have been digging around the country, grinding and mixing for a couple of years now and would love to do same with someone who has had more useable results!


    • I’d love to! I’m fully booked until the autumn, but maybe after that?

  2. I’d be interested too Toni, if you did a workshop at home.


    PS Would you like some coloured rock from Hunstanton Toni? It comes in lovely orange/red/yellow ochre – I’ve used some in paintings, and will happily collect some for you for when I come if you could make use of it.

  3. Oooh yes please Vanda! That would be great – but only if you really do have the time to go and collect it. I know how busy you are. Looking forward to seeing you!

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