Making Bone Black (and charcoal sticks) – June 22


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Join me on June 22 for this workshop on making bone black watercolor paint (& willow charcoal sticks). This is the scheduled group listing. If you’re interested in meeting at a different time and none of the scheduled workshops work for you, consider the private workshop option.

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: Saturday, June 22
  • Where: Meet at the Wild Ozark gate (I’ll email address to participants)
  • What Time: 10 am – 4 pm
  • What to Bring: lunch (optional-there is also the cafe in town), water to drink, tick spray
  • How Many: no more than 5 spots available

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.

In addition to making bone black, we'll make charcoal sticks. Willow sticks, freshly charred.
In addition to making bone black, we’ll make charcoal sticks. Willow sticks, freshly charred.
Charred bone, for making bone black watercolor paint.
Charred bone, for making bone black watercolor paint.

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 bones to appropriate size, put to the charring process
  • 12 pm: lunch
  • 1:30 pm: grind charred bone into pigment powder
  • 2:30 pm: mull pigments into watercolor paints
  • 4:00 pm: clean up and go home

With only one person the day may end sooner, but when more are participating it usually lasts until close to 4 pm.



If you are coming in from farther afield and want a place to stay overnight there are a few local options, but 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.




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