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Ground Up: Using Natural Pigments and “Found Color” in Pulp Painting

November 3 - 9, 2024

Hannah O’Hare Bennett  ·  website

Workshop Overview

This class is centered around building a palette of colored paper pulp which will be used in learning the reverse pulp painting technique. Colors will be made with natural earth pigments, lake pigments extracted from dyes, and pre-dyed fabric scraps, and the neutral colors inherent to paper fibers. Reverse pulp painting is a versatile technique which produces finely detailed patterns, subtle layering, and other interesting effects. Another advantage of this technique is that it can be done without a press or drybox, equipment that many people don’t have access to.


  • Basic hand papermaking
  • Using earth pigments in papermaking
  • Making and using lake pigments from natural dyes
  • Reverse pulp painting technique
  • “Butterfly Wing Paper” technique


  • Abaca
  • Cotton Rag
  • Sisal and Linen rag paper pulp
  • Natural dye materials
  • Powdered mineral earth pigments
  • Thread and yarn


  • Sample sheets of color and fiber types made during the class
  • Stack of patterned paper and art pieces



Fees exclude housing and meal plans. Review housing options here.

Artist Bio

Hannah O’Hare Bennett is an artist, papermaker and educator based in Madison WI. She holds a BFA in Printmaking from the University of Kansas (1998) and an MFA in Design Studies from the University of Wisconsin Madison (2017). Between those degrees, she worked as a farmer, Peace Corps Volunteer (Ecuador, 2004–2006), and produce manager, all manual labor that informs her current subject matter and manner of creating art. Since completing her MFA she has had many residencies, taught fiber arts and papermaking workshops and shown her work in group and solo shows across the country. She has taught college courses at Mount Mary University and University of Montana Western and worked as a substitute teacher for the Madison Metropolitan School District. Currently she teaches in the Art Department at UW Madison and is the campus Peace Corps recruiter, as well as maintaining her art practice in her studio at Arts & Literature Lab.

  • Hannah O'Hare Bennett
  • Hannah O'Hare Bennett
  • Hannah O'Hare Bennett
  • Hannah O'Hare Bennett
  • Hannah O'Hare Bennett


In order to complete your registration, a $300 deposit is required.

Call 865-436-5860 with questions about registering for this workshop.

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