Before art stores, artists had to be alchemists, creating their own archival art supplies from the materials in their own back yards. Whole compositions would be developed around the availability of resources, from the plentifully domestic to the more limited and exotic materials. In addition, artists would be intimately knowledgeable of safety and storage issues of their media.

In this workshop we will work through the processes of crafting one’s own inks and paints. We will also look at the construction of various art surfaces: canvass, wood panel, and mounted paper, with materials purchased from local home improvement stores. The resulting materials will be of professional grade quality at a fraction of the cost of most art store supplies. Studio safety and green practices will also be covered.