Creative Colouring Courses

From: £100.00 inc VAT

Learn how to successfully colour wood using the new Intrinsic Collection wood dyes one of two brilliant full day courses which includes lunch, refreshments, tools, timber, PPE, insurance, tuition and your own sample set of the Intrinsic Colours. There is also an option below to pre-order a discounted full boxed set of Intrinsic Colours. The first two courses are on Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th October ’17. You only need to book one though! There are others in January and February 2018.

I’ll guide you through how to get the perfect surface on which to apply the colours and demonstrate how to successfully blend the colours together for a glorious piece that will become the centre of attention in your home.

A 6 month online membership of the workshop worth £60.00 is also included with this course. Vouchers for this course are also available.

These workshops are intense with lots to go through, and are aimed at turners who can turn a simple bowl without supervision.

See below for more important details.

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Whilst easy in principle, applying colour needs to be considered in order to get the best result possible from your turned item. On this course, you’ll learn how to choose the best woods for colouring, how to look at wood with a view to colouring it, where and why to apply colour and the thought processes behind colour choice.

The day starts at 9am (10am on Sundays) in the on-site coffee shop for a meet and greet as well as an overview of the day…not to mention coffee. From there, we will go down to the workshop.

After coffee, you will turn the outside of your piece and learn techniques of how to flawlessly finish the surface, how to apply and blend the water based colours by hand using paper towel, and how to add the final finishes to the outside of the bowl. After lunch, we’ll look at the top and inside of the bowl and further practice the techniques from the morning . . . And by the time the course ends at about 4:30pm (5pm-ish on Sundays), you will have a piece of work to be proud of.

Your Colouring Day Includes:

  • A sample set of Intrinsic Colour Dyes to use and take home worth £24.99; (See below for detail on the colours)
  • 10″ sycamore Timber blank (you are welcome to bring your own piece if you wish);
  • Use of Tools (you are welcome to bring your own);
  • Use of any required consumables or other equipment;
  • Refreshments;
  • Lunch at the popular on-site coffee shop;
  • PPE and Insurance.

How To Book:

  • Select the number of people you are booking;
  • Select a Green date in the calendar above, the cost will then be displayed below the calendar;
  • (Optional) Add one or more of the specially discounted full size packs of colours;
  • Click on ‘Book Now’;
  • Complete your details on the CheckOut page;
  • Pay with PayPal;
  • I’ll then send you further information closer to the time.

Please Read: A minimum of two attendees are required for this course to run and a maximum of four, and all attendees should be able to turn a bowl with little or no supervision. If, two weeks prior to the course date, there are not enough attendees for it to run, you will be contacted and offered a place on the next course or any monies paid will be refunded in full. Already have a set of Intrinsic Colours? Let me know and I’ll refund you £15.00 off your booking cost. Just remember to bring your set with you!

The Colours:

Being water based, the Intrinsic Colours are non-flammable, environmentally friendly and afford you a longer working time than alcohol based stains and dyes. They sink deeply into the wood and preserve the appearance of the figure in the wood, releasing the hidden subtleties and enhancing chatoyance. Apply more than one coat of dye to build up sumptuous depth of colour and atmosphere, and add a black or earth undercoat for an even more dramatic effect.

For the adventurous colourist, Intrinsic Colours can be mixed together to create even more shades or thinned with water for a lighter shade.

The full set of all eleven 250ml bottles plus a bottle of my preferred Danish Oil, which has an added UV filter comes in a smart black card box together with an in depth colouring guide leaflet. The guide has photos of the colouring process demonstrated during the day, and screenshots from the full length video you will be emailed a link for after the course.

Lightfast? No colour is 100% lightfast. They will all fade in time. The pigment manufacturer has given me assurance that they are light fast for at least as long as a normal household paint. To increase the lightfastness, I am making available bottles of my preferred Danish Oil which has an added UV filter to ensure the longest possible fade-free lifetime.

Whilst they have pretty descriptive names, to colourblind people, the colour names don’t mean much. After speaking to couple of colourblind woodturners, I’m pleased to say that there is a description of what each colour in the range, looks like which has been ‘signed off’ by those colourblind turners.

Intrinsic Colour Guide:

Black: In several coats you can build up a deep, pure black shade.
Burnt Orange: A dark orange, on the orangey side of brown.
Earth: A warm brown, the colour of drying mud. Sounds bad, but makes a great undercoat or accent colour.
Flame: A bright yellow-orange. Add luxurious fire by blending with Burnt Orange and Ruby.
Forest Green: Rich green, quite dark, a lot like Jade. A great accent colour and blends well with Straw and Honey.
Honey: A glorious yellow. Superb as a bold single colour or a ‘wash’ overcoat.
Midnight Blue: Deep blue with hint of purple. Add to quilted figure and catch the purple glint as you turn the piece.
Plum: Sumptuous Purple. Looks quite Royal, lending an air of expense to your work.
Ruby: Darkish red, Ruby adds a deep and opulent shade which blends superbly with Burnt Orange
Stone Blue: A fairly bright blue. Mixes magnificently with Midnight Blue.
Straw: A rich yellowy-green. Almost grasslike, one of the brightest colours and mixes well with Stone Blue to create a luxury green.

Workshop MembershipFREE 6 Month Online Workshop with this Course

When you book this full days tuition, you will also receive one 6 months online membership to the workshop, which is a bit like a club. This membership supports the projects of the Black Dog Workshop, Membership of the Private Black Dog Workshop Facebook Group, gives you Facebook Live events from Q&A sessions to demonstrations and a Black Dog Workshop Sticker, Stress Ball and Patch to take home on the day.

You’ll receive an email confirmation of your membership when the booking is paid for.


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