October 1



Course fee: £135 Tutor: Rachel Hutton

This one day course will teach you how to design  and  make botanical casts and prints using flora  and  fauna from the woodlands.

You will learn practical tips and techniques on:

  • selecting suitable plant materials, when to harvest  and  how to store/use
  • what plants/seed heads print well and what don’t
  • how to create depth
  • suitable moulding material, storage  and  where to source from
  • how to create multiple casts from the same mould
  • missing casting media, timings for mixing, pouring’s  and  curing times
  • how to create hanging fixings
  • finishing techniques
  • PPE (personal protective equipment) selection and use
  • health  and  safety related to botanical printing

You will make a number of casts/prints on the day using taught techniques. These will be different shapes  and  sizes  and  incorporate a range of plant material, patterns  and  textures

At Ecclesall Woods we pride ourselves on the high quality teaching from our tutors  and  our low class numbers (max 5 for most classes)  and  a number of our courses also have an assistant.

We have found that smaller class sizes are more productive, un-rushed  and  allow students to learn more.

You will need to wear suitable clothing  and  footwear for working outdoors in this season. Please note this course will require a good level of manual dexterity on your fingers  and  requires some degree of standing. You will need to bring a wipe clean apron, wear covered shoes  and  have clothing which covers your arms.