Jun 01 2024


10:00 am - 3:30 pm



601MTB-P: Botanical Printing on Paper with M.Teresa Brown

Level: All
10:00am – 3:30pm

Eco Printing is a natural, sustainable art form.


Learn how to ecoprint (also known as Botanical printing) on assorted papers using the tannins from the leaves to imprint beautiful designs onto the fibers! You will also learn additional techniques to add color into the backgrounds of your designs! In the end, students will know how to use Nature’s resources, different papers and techniques to create beautiful notecards, designs and even jewelry! Students will be imprinting on approximately 10-12 pieces of paper provided by the instructor.

Students should bring:
Leaves from their area with emphasis on high tannin leaves such as oak, maples, rose, hickory, blackberry, sumac and interesting weeds. Fun additional plants (usually store bought) are eucalyptus and colorful “flat” flowers such as daises. No thick plants.
A one gallon water jug to use as a weight. (Can be filled at class)

M Theresa Brown is a professional artist whose long art career embraces many areas of the Arts. She studied Commercial Art and Printmaking at East Carolina University. Subsequent years in printmaking and graphic design work led her to explore the fiber arts. Using many similar skills and accumulated knowledge, she evolved as a hand painter, felter and ecoprinter on natural fibers. She uses natural dyes and low impact synthetic dyes and merges them into unique, beautiful designs on silk, wool, paper and leather. She turns her transformed work into artisanal clothing, accessories, and art. Her articles and designs in the fiber arts have appeared in international publications such as “No Serial Number” and “Belle Armoire”.

She has contributed articles and blogs for online publications and created many “How to” Dvd’s and ebooks in the visual arts in conjunction with the national art chain, Jerrysartarama. Her ebooks “Art Marketing Success Secrets” and “Single Mom’s Guide to Making Money as an artist” were published as audio books and she is often a guest speaker on art marketing for art organizations. She has a line of instructional PDF’s on ecoprinting techniques and is the first instructor to teach Ecoprinting on Leather in the US. She has been an instructor at many fiber art shows including Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival, Southeastern Animal Fiber Fest, Carolina Fiber Fest, Kentucky Sheep and Fiber Festival, Michigan Fiber Fest, Wisconsin Sheep and Wool Festival, John C Campbell folk school, Southeast Fiber Arts Alliance and many upcoming new venues.  She and her artist husband, Stephen Filarsky reside in rural NC with their alpacas, chickens and family dogs!

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