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Botanical Ink Making

Join children’s book illustrator and designer, Gabrielle Eisma, for a class of colorful botanical ink making with foraged plant material. In this class, you will be introduced to many natural sources that create inks, learn how to modify homemade ink to create new colors, and learn tips and tricks for using botanical ink. You will leave with a booklet of botanical ink practices & recipes you can make in your own kitchen or studio, an experiment chart from the specially made inks from the class, and a small sample bottle of botanical ink to take home!

This program is intended for ages 13 and up.

Pre-registration is required to attend this program, and all registered kids must be accompanied by a registered adult. Online registration closes at 12pm the Thursday before the event, unless it is sold out first. If the program is sold out, please complete the online registration to be added to the waitlist. You will not be charged to be added to the waitlist. 

About the Instructor Gabrielle Eisma: Gabrielle is an illustrator for (mostly) children, a fine artist, and a botanical ink maker. She lives in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where she spends the spring, summer, and fall foraging for natural pigments outside with her dog and anyone else that she can convince to hike alongside her—most of the time that person being her dad. In the winter, she looks forward to doing it all over again. Gabrielle forages, boils, and bottles her own small-batch inks from botanical and natural sources around her.

Adult: 18 and older
Youth: ages 13-17

Adult/youth members: $30
Adult/youth non-members: $37.40
Adult chaperone without materials: $5 (this option is for adults signing up with kids between the ages of 13-17, and who will share materials with their kid)

Please Note: This program will be held indoors.


Aug 03 2024


10:30 am - 12:00 pm


Blandford Nature Center
1715 Hillburn Ave NW, Grand Rapids, MI
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