Black Walnut Dye: Two Day workshop

Pick beautiful dye right off the tree!

Nature, art and DIY unite in this two part workshop. Learn how to turn black walnuts into strong, rich brown dyes. A native plant to Southern Ontario, this rich, permanent dye has can be used to colour papers and textiles alike. On October 17th, meet at Action Potential Lab, to learn about the history and process behind this incredible natural dye. Thereafter, Not Far From The Tree will lead us on a forage to hunt and gather for our own black walnut at trees in the St Clair West area. On October 24th, the following weekend, we will meet at Paperhouse Studio, to process the walnuts into dye and ink and experiment with adding mordants to alter the colour. We will dye and paint with it with it on handmade japanese paper both as a dye and an ink. Students will leave with their experiments and with everything they need to flatten and preserve their new creations. They will also go home with three jars of ink and a brush to continue their artistic experiments. This is the ultimate workshop for scientists, arborists, environmentalist, urban growers and artists, alike.

This workshop is a collaboration between Action Potential Lab, Paperhouse Studio and Not Far From The Tree

Day 1

Saturday, October 17, 2015

10:00 AM-2:00 PM

Action Potential Lab
451 Christie St. Toronto, ON. M6G 3C7

Day 2

Saturday, October 24, 2015

10:00 AM-2:00 PM

Paperhouse Studio
Unit 102, 180 Shaw Street, Toronto, ON


  • Adults

  • High School & University students must bring a valid ID

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Adult $165 + HST
Students $150 + HST

Participants must be registered prior to the commencement of the workshop. Once payment is received, a confirmation will be emailed to you. Receipt of payment secures your place in the workshop. There are no makeup classes or refunds for missed classes. Refunds will not be given after the workshop has taken place.