Foraging & Natural Ink Making

Erin, Ontario, Canada

Experience hosted by Melissa

  1. 2 hours
  2. Hosted in English
A local favourite
Often booked by people who live nearby.

What you'll do

Join abstract artist and natural ink maker Melissa, as she guides you in the process of foraging and crafting your very own natural inks in a beautiful rural setting. She will guide you around her farm, forests and wetlands as you forage for ink-making seasonal plant material. You will have the opportunity to cuddle her pet chickens and ducks if you so wish as you wander the property. Next, you will move to the outdoor cooking station on a bucolic stone farmhouse porch and learn the art and techniques of handcrafting inks. Finally, you will have the opportunity to paint with your newly crafted inks all the while looking out over an apple orchard. The workshop is designed to be both mindful of social distancing and facilitate being inspired by the idyllic landscapes. You will take home your natural inks and recipes.
Other things to note:
All cooking utensils and materials will be provided and all will be disinfected before the workshop.
Join abstract artist and natural ink maker Melissa, as she guides you in the process of foraging and crafting your very own natural inks in a beautiful rural setting. She will guide you around her farm, forests and wetlands as you forage for ink-making seasonal plant material. You will have the opportunity to cuddle her pet chickens and ducks if you so wish as you wander the property. Next, you will move to the outdoor cooking station on a bucoli…

Meet your host, Melissa

Host on Airbnb since 2019
  • 6 Reviews
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I am an abstract artist, natural ink maker and former high school teacher. I have taught multiple workshops at West Elm Toronto, Rug and Weave in Guelph and in various locations in and around Erin. I am passionate about teaching others to transpose their experiences in nature into abstract interpretations of art. I live, teach and paint in my studio in our little stone farmhouse nestled into the rolling hills of Erin. My studio is framed by windows looking out onto dazzling golden fields, towering pine trees, a flourishing apple orchard and a natural pond.
I am an abstract artist, natural ink maker and former high school teacher. I have taught multiple workshops at West Elm Toronto, Rug and Weave in Guelph and in various locations in and around Erin. I am passionate about teaching others to transpose their experiences in nature into abstract interpretations of art. I live, teach and paint in my studio in our little stone farmhouse nestled into the rolling hills of Erin. My studio is framed by windows looking out onto dazzling golden fields, toweri…
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Where you'll be

Melissa will welcome you outside her stone farmhouse overlooking pastoral farm fields. First, you will forage and learn about ink-making plants around the farm. Next, you will move to the outdoor cooking station and learn the art and techniques of handcrafting inks. Finally, you will have the opportunity to paint with your newly crafted inks while looking over fields of wild flowers and green fields.

Rated 5.0 out of 5 from 6 reviews.

Jen
September 2021
Highly highly recommend. The location is beautiful, and Melissa is both very professional and very personable. The workshop was well paced, and full of wonderful knowledge takeaways. I also loved listening to her stories and meeting her chickens and ducks.
Bryan
December 2020
Melissa is a FANTASTIC host!! She was super welcoming when we arrived, gave great directions/instructions prior to our arrival, and was ready to answer all of our questions the day of our experience. Our experience was extra magical, as there was a fresh blanket of snow on the farm. She really lets her passion shine through in her presentation, and her storytelling is quite engaging. If you are even remotely interested in learning some nature-based skills, I would HIGHLY recommend this adventure to you!!
Pam
December 2020
Absolutely an incredible afternoon, with a gracious, knowledgeable host! Thank you so much, Melissa for sharing your creativity with us. We had the best time, in an idyllic setting - the falling snow made it even more special. Highly recommend this experience.
Lisa
November 2020
What an amazing experience. Beautiful countryside, lots of information shared and questions answered. Melissa was a great host who went above and beyond. We are looking forward to taking her knowledge and trying it out at home.
Amy
October 2020
My sister and I had the absolute best time foraging and making natural inks with Melissa. Everything about our day was magical. Melissa's property was gorgeous, with a beautiful stone home and small pond on the property, and was surrounded by farmers' fields and woods. The late October weather meant beautiful fall colours and the weather was perfect. We foraged with Melissa for berries and leaves to use to make ink and then returned to the ink making station to learn from Melissa and her vast knowledge of ink. After making and learning we had a chance to paint with the ink at a table set up on a whimsical spot on the property. Melissa had everything set up so thoughtfully, with a personalized take home bag for both my sister and I, which included the inks we made, ink recipes, and fresh eggs from her chickens. We couldn't have enjoyed ourselves anymore! We loved chatting with and learning from Melissa and were so happy with our experience!
Janet
September 2021
A beautiful experience!

Things to know

Guest requirements

You’ll need a photo that matches the one on your ID to confirm who’s actually going on this Experience.
Guests aged 4 and up can attend, up to 6 guests total.
All participants must wear a protective face covering and practise social distancing.

What to bring

apron or paint shirt
water bottle
hand disinfectant
face mask

Cancellation policy

Cancel up to 7 days before the Experience start time for a full refund, or within 24 hours of booking as long as the booking is made more than 48 hours before the start time.