Darling Mills Studio

Botanical inks. Image by Ellie Beck.

Botanical inks. Image by Ellie Beck.

Ellie’s nature brushes.

Ellie’s nature brushes.

The Art of Botanical Improv ~ Oct 19th 2019

Join artists Ellie Beck and Rachel Moodie for an immersive one day workshop in the Southern Highlands of NSW. Spend the day experimenting and improvising with botanical inks, cyanotypes, nature brushes, beeswax glazes and natural spray paints. Come away with a beautiful hand made artist book of your work.

What you’ll learn:

  • How to improvise with nature for beautiful marks, colours and layers on fabric and paper.

  • Botanical ink creation and mark making.

  • Creation of handmade nature brushes.

  • Painting with nature brushes.

  • Cyanotype/solar printing

  • Eco-spray painting using leaves, flowers, twigs and found objects as stencils.

  • Beeswax glazes; creating sgraffito marks, trapping plant matter and impressions of nature/found objects in the wax.

  • Creative mindfulness and ways to step through fears and creative blocks.

  • Final resolve of your creations as a beautiful handmade artist book.


Saturday 19th October, 2019. 9.30am - 4.30pm. All levels of ability are welcomed.


Spend the day in my lovely garden and studio, in the Southern Highlands. Exact address will be provided upon booking.

Early bird price until 31st July is $250. Full price $295


  • All materials

  • A delicious vegetarian morning tea and lunch from Four Seasons in Mittagong

  • A copy of Ellie’s brand new book ‘Mindful Thoughts for Makers.’