Wildcrafting Workshop: Charcoal Ink – May 23rd

Last September the 36 Pit fire erupted along the banks of the Clackamas River and quickly seared 5,520 acres at the edge of Oregon’s Mt. Hood National Forest (MHNF). The steep and timbered hillsides—familiar to so many Portland residents, who use the area as a weekend escape for boating and camping—turned the color of scorched toast.

During his time as the inaugural Signal Fire Tinderbox Artist in Residence, Gary Wiseman used the charred remains of the 36 Pit fire as both subject and medium. He developed a unique technique of collecting, refining, preparing, and using a wildcrafted charcoal ink/paint hybrid. Wiseman initially used his ink to paint maps of the specific burned areas from which he collected raw charcoal from.

Come learn Wiseman’s techniques. Make a batch of ink. Make a drawing. Take home some of what you make. Discover new applications and find your own techniques.

Learn more about this project at http://bark-out.org/content/critical-habitat-barks-artist-residence-protecting-our-wild-and-creative-places.


Photos by Christine Toth












This workshop is free but space is limited and participants must supply some of their own supplies! Please RSVP to courtney@bark-out.org if you want to attend.

When: Monday, May 23rd @ 6-8pm
Where: Bark’s Office, 351 NE 18th Ave. Portland, OR 97232
What to bring:

Materials list (participants must provide the following):

  • mesh colander
  • metal or ceramic bowl (colander must fit into bowl)
  • funnel
  • metal spoon
  • scrap newsprint
  • heavier paper to test the ink
  • small jar with lid (mason is good)
  • dust mask/face cover (handkerchief works—mostly for those who suffer with asthma)
  • cheesecloth
  • clean rags/towels

For the Tinderbox Residency, Signal Fire supported Gary to work within the office of Bark, the organization that tasks itself with defending the public land and waters of Mt. Hood National Forest. Without the assistance of these organizations this work would not have been possible.

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