Make your own Iron Gall Ink

February 15

Make your own Iron Gall Ink


Details Fee Breakdown:
Tuition: $25

6:00pm to 7:00pm EST

Iron Gall Ink, made from commonplace oak galls, iron, and tree sap, was the ubiquitous and indelible European writing ink for centuries. Join Natalie Stopka in a live online demonstration of ink making, during which we’ll discuss the particularly entrancing visual and chemical properties of this richly-colored writing and drawing medium. Natalie’s recipes, foraging guidelines, and alternate ingredients will be shared. Q+A will follow the presentation.

This demonstration will be conducted live as a Zoom Webinar. Participants tune in without video or sound keeping all focus on the artist’s demonstration. Participants can communicate through the chat and submit questions through the Q&A feature during the live event.
Participants will receive an email from Peters Valley at least 48 hours prior that includes a link and a password. Only registered participants will be admitted. Peters Valley records online programs and shares them with registered participants as a non-downloadable link for one week following the live event.

Level: Beginner and Beyond
Workshop Levels

Definitions of Skill Levels for Workshops

  • Beginner and Beyond: Introductory level course that presents basic knowledge of tools, materials and techniques and is geared towards first timers or those who want to improve and expand their technique. It takes time to build skills.
  • Advanced Beginner and Beyond: Instruction that assumes some familiarity with tools, materials and equipment. Includes reviews and builds on basic skill sets, allows for those with more experience to work at their own pace. Further development of fundamentals, participants have had at least one class or equivalent with professional instruction.
  • Intermediate: Course content that assumes a working knowledge of basic studio tools, materials and equipment necessary to accomplish the projects and techniques to be explored. Participants feel comfortable in the studio setting.
  • Intermediate to Advanced: Course content that requires a proficient working knowledge of studio tools, materials and equipment necessary to accomplish the projects and techniques to be explored in class.
  • Advanced: Assumes proficiency and advanced working knowledge of materials and studio tools and equipment so that the focus is on artistic narrative and/or technical development.
Ages: Adult



Natalie Stopka

Natalie Stopka is an interdisciplinary artist and educator focused on the material history of color and sustainable studio practice. Utilizing natural dyes and handmade pigments, she captures material and elemental interactions in her collaborative, experimental art practice. Raised on the south coast of Massachusetts, she earned a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design and MFA from the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque. Her studio and dye garden are in Yonkers, New York.

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