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In this Workshop, Learners will make a variety of botanical paints, inspired by the process of the Talaandig Indigenous Tribe of Bukidnon.  We will be making three living hue botanical inks extracted from Philippine plants, lake, and mineral materials that you can use for painting on paper, board, or whatever your creativity allows.  Then, we will have a chance to tap into our creativity by having a short ritual around creativity as we make intuitive artwork from our handmade inks.

The Workshop will explore this grounding technique and introduce the history and process of color as well as the immersion of its culture's story.  We will be making Itum (black), Kayumanggi (brown), and Kahel (orange) living hue botanical inks.  This process of paint making is a combination of the process of the Talaandig and Tagalog artists.

I first learned of this technique when I took a class on natural dyeing.  Shortly after, I wanted to be immersed with my country's stories for natural color.  In 2017, I met the Talaandig Indigenous Tribe which uses earth pigment as paint and a tool for nature activism and cultural preservation.  Since then, I have studied the history and culture of paint so I could pass on this knowledge and share this dying practice with others.

The materials included in your GLOkit have been packaged and sealed using sustainable materials. Our Botanical Paints are living hue earth pigments extracted from Philippine plants, lake, and mineral materials. Handmade from local and ethically sourced earth binders, natural mordants, and organic preservatives to promote and value the Philippines' biodiversity.

This Workshop is recommended to ages 12+

What You'll Need

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Botanical Paint Making from the Philippines GLOkit

This GLOkit contains: Three 30ml glass bottles with droppers, gum arabica powder, coffee powder, activated charcoal, charcoal, ceramic clay, ceramic clay powder, clove oil, and a jute sack with jute string.

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Additional Supplies

Learners will also need:

  • White vinegar
  • Raw & organic honey or vegetable glycerin
  • Distilled water
  • Access to sink and stove
  • Three cooking pots
  • Apron
  • Three teaspoons
  • Six Bowls
  • Measuring cup
  • Strainer
  • Scissors
  • Three clothespins
  • Three cheesecloths
  • Paper towels or rag
  • Pen
  • Pencil
  • Paintbrush
  • Watercolor paper or any paper that you desire to paint on
  • Leaf or houseplant (to use for inspiration at the end)
  • Small palette

Learners should make sure they have an ample work space to safely use messy materials and water near a laptop.  Learners should wear clothing that can get messy or make sure to wear an art apron.

Technical Requirements

You will need a device (computer or tablet) that is equipped with a camera, microphone, and speakers. For more information, please check out our Technical Requirements page.

Meet the Instructor

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Denise Rafaeli CadornigaView Profile

I am Denise Rafaeli, a Tagalog artist and creative director born and based on the islands of the Philippines.  With a deep desire to commune my creative process with nature and all it's living being, my work has expanded from illustration and graphic design to human-centered creative direction and branding strategies.  This includes everything from the visual arts to art therapy, from production styling and visual merchandising to botanical styling and silent selling.  Constantly expanding my creative endeavour with biophilia, my work has been a constant process of unfolding and giving.  Filling my cup and sharing with the world. 

Since the day that I was born, I was surrounded with creativity as my family is from the art and music industries.  The first creative tool I ever worked with was jumbo crayons, going towards musical instruments, and then to dance.  I remember in my early years in art school searching for deeper meaning within my art basis.  The city is filled with art theories mainly from the European studies.  I wanted to become more grounded with my culture and my love for art, and so I began traveling my own country and finding out many stories, practices, and creative cultivation with nature from my ancestors.  I believe in the importance of remembering the ancestral ways and merging them with the modern world.  Each Indigenous Tribe has a story, and I can't wait to share them with you!

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Botanical Paint Making from the Philippines