Join me for a workshop on making bone black handmade watercolor paint (& willow charcoal sticks to use for drawing). The cost is $75 OR a rick of firewood. (Or a comparable value of hay suitable for horses, lol.)
Making Bone Black (& willow charcoal sticks)
Black paint made from charred bone creates the blackest of blacks, a velvety matte black, darker than any other black I’ve ever made. I’ll share my process with you and you’ll go home with a pan of your own.
- When: TBD
- Where: Meet at the Wild Ozark gate (I’ll email address to participants)
- What Time: 10 am – 2 pm
- What to Bring: lunch (optional-I’ll put on a pot of chili)
- How Many Spots Available: 3
- Cost: $75 (or a rick of firewood in lieu of money)
Foraging for Pigments
The first thing we’ll do in this paint-making workshop is gather the willow sticks. I’ll already have the bone gathered and cleaned. If you have clean, dry cow or deer bones you’d like to bring, please do.
Making Bone Black Workshop Schedule
This isn’t meant to be a rigid schedule, but an idea of what sort of things we’ll be doing throughout the day. If foraging or another part of the schedule takes longer, or less time, then we’ll adjust accordingly.
- 10 am: Meet at the gates of Wild Ozark, forage for willow sticks
- 11 am: Break sticks and wrap bones for the charring process
- 12 pm: start the fire and eat lunch
- 1:00 pm: grind charred bone into pigment powder
- 1:30 pm: mull pigments into watercolor paints, repackage charcoal sticks
- 2:00 pm: clean up and go home
With more than one person in attendance, the time could go over somewhat.
If you are coming in from farther afield and want a place to stay overnight there are a few local cabins or home-rental options. Most of the hotels you’ll find are in Eureka Springs or Fayetteville. Both of those cities are about an hour to an hour and a half from Kingston. Eureka Springs is a pretty awesome little town to visit.