Natural Ink Making, In-person workshop with Renata Minoldo

Saturday 17 June 2023


Saturday June 17th, 11am-2pm

At Two Queens, 2 Queen Street, Leicester, LE1 1QW

Free workshop, places limited, book your ticket at:

Natural dyeing connects people with plants and with the rhythms of nature. It is magical and empowering to be able to extract pigments from different organic dyestuff and bind them onto fabric or paper. Very little is needed but time, love and patience. 

In this workshop we will explore how to extract pigments and make inks out of natural stuff around us including food and garden waste. We will work with metal salts and natural modifiers to switch colours and learn how to best preserve our inks. Towards the end of the session we will delve into meditative painting trying out our fresh and sensory colour palette on watercolour paper. Let’s explore together the magical world of natural inks!

Materials and tools will be provided. Please bring two or three small glass or plastic jars with lids to store your inks as well as some notebook and a pencil to take notes if you fancy. 

About Renata Minoldo:

I am an artist and educator who uses art as a healing practice. I make objects and facilitate accessible participatory experiences as tools for self care, grounding and reflection, aiming for connection in a supportive, non judgemental safe space. I am interested in mental health and wellbeing, in generating environments where people can reach a deeper level of understanding of their feelings and emotions, allowing time for play and exploration with a focus on the process of making and collective learning.

An access budget is available to support the participation of those with access needs. Please email to let us know if you would like to make use of this. 

An additional online workshop will take place on 1st July. Please see for more details

This workshop is taking part alongside Sean Roy Parker’s exhibition ‘The Beans’ at Two Queens, 27th May – 15th July. The project is made possible by public funding from The National Lottery through Arts Council England.