Make Your Own Wildcrafted Paints, Brushes, Pens & Inks

Make Your Own Wildcrafted Paints, Brushes, Pens & Inks

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$125 includes all materials


Sunday, March 24, 2019


*bring snacks and lunch


Wild Lands in Accord or Wawarsing, NY
(roughly 30 minutes outside of New Paltz)

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(845) 256-9830

Make Your Own Wildcrafted Paints, Brushes, Pens & Inks

Give your creative work a handmade edge with paints, paintbrushes, pens and inks that you made yourself.

Join Nick Neddo, artist, author, naturalist, primitive skills educator and craftsman, for a hands-on workshop on the ancient process of crafting local materials into art tools! Learn all about artist charcoal, pigments, binders, various kinds of paint and some rustic, yet elegant options for making paintbrushes.

This class is organized in two parts:
Part one focuses on the basics of making your own artist charcoal;
Part two dives into making paint from stones and paintbrushes from various collected natural fibers.

In this workshop you will:

  • collect raw natural materials directly from the ecosystem
  • make artist charcoal from a variety of woody materials
  • process plant materials into charcoal holders
  • make paint from local stones
  • make paint brushes from various natural fibers
  • and of course, explore the medium’s creative potential!

Join us for this one-day workshop and spend a day foraging for natural colors from the local landscape!

Take your place in an ancient lineage doing something that your ancestors did, using your hands and creative touch to bring old skills into the future.

About Nick Neddo

Nick Neddo is a sixth generation Vermonter who has been making art since he could first pick up a crayon. He grew up exploring the wetlands, forests and fields of his bioregion and developed a profound curiosity, respect and love for the community of life around him.

As a teenager Nick identified primary focuses that would become life-long pursuits: study of the natural world, Stone Age technology (popularly known as primitive skills) and creating art.

Trusting the inherent value of these skills, he continues to embrace their pursuit with a ravenous appetite fueled by a genuine love of the living world and the creative process. He has traveled the country extensively, visiting the last great wildernesses, seeking traditional skills and experiencing the landscape’s majesty, which are common themes in his work.

Nick has been teaching wilderness survival and living skills, tracking, drawing and nature awareness professionally since 2000, although he considers himself a perpetual student. He makes his art supplies from materials he gathers from the landscape, which is the topic of his book: The Organic Artist.

Nick enjoys clean air, water, food and dirty hands.

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