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Plant Ink Extraction for Watercolours (Online)

March 14 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Photo:  Edward Fu-Chen Juan


Want to learn how to make your own watercolours from plants native to British Columbia?  Look no further than this online workshop with local artist and 2020 BC Culture Days Ambassador Edward Fu-Chen Juan!  Edward will show you how to make beautiful paints to create your own masterpieces at home.

If you are feeling inspired to make your own paints, you can purchase an optional paint making kit in addition to the ticket price for the online workshop.  The kit contains the more difficult-to-find materials required to create these natural watercolours, offered almost at cost and includes two legally foraged plants.  Kits purchased online can be picked up from the Nature House on Lost Lagoon, Saturdays and Sundays from 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. starting March 6.  It is recommended to watch the program and take notes instead of following along, so kits can be picked up before or after the program date.

Ticket options:

  • Regularly priced tickets ($10 members/$15 non-members) for the workshop on Zoom to learn and watch, with a recording available for a month after the program
  • Optional $30 add-on for packaged paint making kit includes the more difficult to locate materials for paint making, including tree gum arabic, rice starch, two legally foraged plants, and fine art paper (materials offered almost at cost)
  • NOTE:  Pick-up for materials is available at Nature House on Lost Lagoon during open hours on weekends 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. before or after program date. Pick-up during SPES business hours on weekdays from our offices can be arranged in advance by contacting

If you are going to make these watercolours at home, materials needed in addition to the kit available for purchase include (all utensils/cookware should not be used for food making):

  • Paintbrushes
  • Pencil/pen
  • Icing spatula
  • Small strainer
  • Silicone whisk
  • Wooden spoon
  • Small enamel, aluminum or stainless-steel pot
  • Containers for ink storage
  • Stove and water access

A full list of all materials needed and where to find them will be included with your ticket purchase.


*Tickets must be purchased in advance. Fees for this program include attendance to the Zoom workshop. If you wish to purchase the material kit, it must be purchased in addition to the ticket for the online workshop. Ticket sales close 30 minutes before the start of the program.

**This program will take place on Zoom, so please make sure you have Zoom downloaded well in advance of the webinar.  A Zoom link can be found within your confirmation email and will also be sent out one hour before the start of the program. 

***This program is one of the few selected programs that we will be offering a recording of after for a one-month duration.  Participants that sign up and are unable to attend or would like to view the program again can request a one-month private viewing link.


We gratefully acknowledge that the land on which we gather and help steward is the unceded and traditional territories of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish) Nation, and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nation. Since time immemorial, Coast Salish peoples have lived reciprocally with the land, harvesting and cultivating foods and medicines and practicing ceremony. The abundance of these lands and waters, which enables us to live, work, and play here today, is a result of the past and on-going stewardship and advocacy of the Coast Salish peoples.