Botanical Impressions Eco-Printing on Paper


Saturday 26 February – FULL
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9:45am for a 10am start
Finishing around 4pm

Cost: $205-$225
ALL materials included
The workshop fee is a combination of:
New Students – $165 pp
Returning Students – $145 pp
All students – $60 pp
*Pensioners and Carers book as a Returning Student

The Studio, North Maleny

Minimum 4 people
Maximum 6 people

For the love of botanicals and paper!

Eco-printing is a simple and surprisingly beautiful art form. We will eco-print on to paper only, exploring different paper types, preparation and cooking options and a few other considerations.

We will take a no-fuss approach, so you’ll be able to continue eco-printing you own papers from home. You can then continue your own exploration of this beautiful and natural process.

This workshop is suitable anyone looking for an introduction to eco-printing, all ages over 16.

Scroll down to see some photos of student’s work.

This workshop previously included eco-printing onto silk scarves. The silk has been removed from the program, with the focus on paper. If you are wanting information on eco-printing onto silk and other textiles, I can absolutely provide you with appropriate information on they day.

And scroll down, or click here, to read what past students have said about this workshop.

Learning Outcome

Eco-printing refers to the act of using plant materials to directly apply color and designs to textiles and paper. You will leave this workshop with a range of papers that you have eco-printed yourself using a few different approaches to the process.

We will explore:

  • different ‘bundling’ options
  • printing with and without natural dye
  • ‘dips’ and ‘blankets’

You will be given handouts and plenty of information so you can continue to make your own eco-printed papers at home. And you will be given reference material for your own ongoing exploration.

During our workshop we’ll discuss and work through:

  • preparation of paper for eco-printing
  • plant material selection and preparation
  • how to continue eco-printing at home, without the need for fancy equipment

Please note: if you are wanting to create a predictable outcome with control over the botanical elements we use, then this workshop is not for you. There are so many variable factors that work to produce the final eco-printed result. If you love the process and with more exploration, you can influence and guide the results toward a desired outcome. You will leave with handout information, including a list of resources to buy (and from where), lists of printed and ebooks to reference, and other artists to explore – all this to further develop your knowledge of eco-printing.


All necessary materials for this workshop are covered in your Materials Fee.

– different paper types for eco-printing
– botanical materials for our eco-printing
– mordants and dyes required for this process
– equipment for boiling
– tea and coffee, with a light morning and afternoon tea

Not Included

Everything you need for this workshop is included and provided.

What to Bring

Something to take your wet papers home – an old bath towel to lay your wet papers flat for the trip home will work perfectly.

Lunch. You can pop into town to buy lunch, but it is a few minutes drive and parking can be difficult (Maleny is a popular weekend destination). Therefore I recommend you bring your lunch and maximise the time you have printing and learning in the studio.

Bring a journal or notebook for taking notes during the workshop.


​Participants are advised to wear closed in shoes, and suitable clothing or apron that you do not mind getting dirty.

We will be working with natural, non-toxic materials on the day. Gloves will be provided to be used when we unwrap our eco-printed papers at the end of the workshop.


To book your place in this workshop, please complete the booking form to the right.

Full payment is required to secure your booking. Payment can be made via PayPal or direct deposit.

If you cancel your workshop booking you may incur fees. Please read my cancellation policy here.

If a workshop does not reach the minimum numbers required, it may have to be cancelled. If this happens you will receive a full refund or an option to reschedule.

Once your booking form and payment has been received I will contact you to confirm you place and advise any special instructions.

What is eco-printing?

At its core, eco-printing is the act of directly applying botanical elements (leaves, bark, flowers) to textiles and paper to alter and/or apply colour and ‘print’ impressions of the botanical material on to the textile or paper surface. Eco-dyeing can be a component of eco-printing, but it is not the same. The ‘eco’ reference in both applications is the fact that natural materials are used to achieve the results. By natural I mean leaves, bark, flowers, roots and stems.

Who am I to teach eco-printing?

I am a printmaker – I love to print on and with anything! And I am curious. I adore silk, love paper, and I love working with nature – so for me, eco-printing onto silk and paper is a match made in heaven. I have ‘cooked’ countless silk scarves, and my growing collection of eco-printed papers is beckoning me to create artist books to share the botanical alchemy results.

I am not a botanist – but I love nature, trees, plants, especially natives, and am teaching myself about the language, varieties, species and details of the plants I love to work with.

I am not a textile artist – but I love love love silk, and I love textiles. I collect textiles. And I find being able to eco-print onto silk exciting and exhilarating. I read and research and ‘do’ to learn as much as I can about this process.

I am not a scientist – but I love process, and I respect science. With research, reading and doing, I learn; and I love to share what I learn.

I am a teacher – I am a student – I am an artist – I love to teach, but I also love to learn. I don’t believe that we should ever stop learning. And this process presents so many experimental possibilities. It is a relatively new process, and there are people the world over discovering new approaches to this fascinating process. I have eco-printed dozens and dozens of silk scarves and countless strips and squares and pieces of paper. In this workshop I share with you my process, and my tips and learned information so you leave armed with enough information (and more) to keep printing and exploring the craft of eco-printing from home.

Below are examples of some of my eco-prints on paper:

About Dates and other options

If the dates noted above don’t suit you, or you would like private tuition or to arrange a private group workshop, please contact me to enquire about other date options that better suit you.

You can also sign up to my mailing list to be kept up to date about upcoming workshops dates and opportunities, plus tips, hints and ideas for your own printmaking practice. I will also include information about other local artist workshops in the Maleny Sunshine Coast Hinterland area.

Read what past students have said about this workshop

  • The event was the wonderful, inspiring day that I expected. Kim, you seem to attract wonderful souls to your studio. Every single workshop that I have had the privilege of joining has been populated by positive, enthusiastic folks who want to learn and are generous in their support of their fellow participants. You are not only an excellent teacher but also an amazing psychologist! And the wall in the toilet is inspiring, comforting, and amusing…. as well as an ongoing reminder of the work we humans need to do to ensure health and wellbeing!

    Louise, Brighton Qld
    Louise, Brighton Qld Eco-printing on Silk and Paper
  • I loved the relaxed atmosphere and although I didn’t know any of the participants, I felt that I was coming ‘home’ when I arrived and entered your glorious studio. As always, the workshop included safety instructions as well as critical information provided in a clear, logical manner accompanied by examples of work. You are a consummate instructor (teacher) Kim! Other aspects… organisation, space to work, provision of generous notes, tools and materials, comfortable and beautiful surroundings, great resources (books and examples of work), relaxed but purposeful atmosphere, lovely participants, and positive enthusiasm by all as materials were unbundled. WhooHoo! Magic on the mountain.

    Louise, Brighton Qld
    Louise, Brighton Qld
  • The eco-printing workshop was a thoroughly enjoyable experience, delivered with Kim’s obvious passion, knowledge, and excellent teaching. It flowed smoothly with everything technically well prepared; still leaving space for enquiry, creativity, discovery, and happy surprises. Kim's workshop process pays a great deal of attention to the needs and experience of individual participants. Even though we were fully immersed in our creations, everyone was relaxed and friendly, making it a completely delightful day. I certainly am determined to continue my journey with botanical printing. Thank you, Kim!

    Susan, Brisbane
    Susan, Brisbane Eco-printing on Silk and Paper
  • Kim’s generosity in sharing her time and extensive knowledge is second to none. The workshop was absolutely enjoyable in every way.

    Barbi, Caloundra
    Barbi, Caloundra Eco-printing on Silk and Paper
  • I loved making the scarfs, it was the highlight for me. I still enjoyed making the paper printing, which was fabulous too. I would definitely consider doing this again, to try making the scarfs a bit different.

    Marie, Brisbane
    Marie, Brisbane Eco-printing on Silk and Paper
  • It's was so much fun and fantastic day. So much informations I need and I will be definitely back for more new experience workshops. Thanks Kim.

    Karla, Brisbane
    Karla, Brisbane Eco-printing on Silk and Paper
  • Kim is a wonderful tutor full of information on techniques, history, supply sources outlets, alternatives and much more. Kim is warm and engaging in her teaching methods that make you feel very welcomed in her environment which add to the overall learning experience. I found the process for Eco printing was a rather cathartic experience as we scrolled through the table of leaves and dried bark which were our dyes. Then placing these collections at will over our silk and papers, then binding them up tightly for boiling which releases the colours from the plant materials onto our mediums. The anticipation of the unknown print result and colours was exciting to see. Overall it was a wonderful day with a bunch of really lovely people to meet and I had fun learning another new artistic processes.

    Marjorie, Mapleton
    Marjorie, Mapleton Eco-printing on Silk and Paper
  • Extremely well presented, very knowledgeable, lots of information with lots of fun. very hands on which is super great. Lovely group of people all have a very good time and learning a new creative art. Every thing was explained extremely well and was all easy to understand.

    Neale, Toogoolawah
    Neale, Toogoolawah Eco-printing on Silk and Paper
  • A very well presented workshop, all materials provided. The day just flowed as we worked on our respective silk and paper prints. I was delighted with my first attempts at Eco-printing. Thank you Kim for a most enjoyable experience.

    Jan, Maleny Private Group Eco-prinitng
  • The course was well presented easy to understand and exciting,Kim is so informative everything we wanted to know was answered and also in handouts for continued reference.I would highly recommend this workshop I got so much out of it and it was conducted in beautiful surrounds. I will definitely be back.

    Sue, Withcott
    Sue, Withcott Eco-printing on Silk and Paper
  • Kim is very good at explaining throughout the day and I am so happy to come out the results I made it. The papers I'm more interested in. Cuz I love PAPERS. I would recommend you all go to her workshops. Thanks Kim you made my day. Look forward to more workshops with u Kim. Thanks.

    Karla, Brisbane
    Karla, Brisbane Eco-printing on Silk and Paper
  • Information packed, friendly and relaxed atmosphere made this the most enjoyable way to spend a Saturday.

    Kerri, Mooloolah
    Kerri, Mooloolah Botanical Impressions Eco-printing
  • 6 out of 5 stars for the Botanical Impressions Eco-Printing Workshop Kim's passion and knowledge and love of art is contagious. I would do this course every weekend if I could afford it but luckily for me Kim has armed me with the instruction and knowledge to be able to do this at home. >From the minute you walk into her studio you are overwhelmed by a sense of calm. I LOVED THIS CLASS

    Kristin, North Lakes
    Kristin, North Lakes Botanical Impressions Eco-printing
  • Give yourself a chance to immerse in a different world to be creative. Learn new skills and a process that will open up new directions in your artistic life (even if you have never had an artistic life before this workshop).

    Laurel, Brisbane
    Laurel, Brisbane Botanical Impressions Eco-printing
  • I thoroughly enjoyed this workshop. I walked away from the day wanting more and wanting to continue to experiment. The resources provided were excellent, and Kim is an excellent teacher. The results were different for everyone, I think that is why it was so exciting. Fabulous process, I would highly recommend this workshop.

    Kris, Mapleton
    Kris, Mapleton Botanical Impressions Eco-printing
  • I organised a group of friends and we had a great day we all took home some very beautiful silk scarves and paper. Kim was excellent with information and made us feel very welcome.

    Judy, Sunshine Coast
    Judy, Sunshine Coast Botanical Impressions Eco-printing
  • The workshop was great. The studio was first class (dream studio). I thought the number of participants was just right for a hands on workshop. Everything was set up and ready and the day flowed smoothly. Great instruction and sharing, no pressure and to top off a lovely location.

    Angelique, Sunshine Coast
    Angelique, Sunshine Coast Botanical Impressions Eco-printing
  • Throughly enjoyed the Botanical Impressions Eco-printing workshop. Kim is so generous with resources, ideas, and examples of what can be produced with the techniques. Am going to enjoying working through the information and experimenting more. I will definitely be attending more of Kim’s workshops.

    Jenny, Maroochydore
    Jenny, Maroochydore Eco-printing on Silk and Paper
  • Kim's EcoPrinting on Silk and Paper workshop was very informative, I learn a lot from this GREAT ART TEACHER! Excellent skills and ideas were presented in a very pertinent and clear manner, informative tips were given with great explanations. This was the BEST Art Workshop I've EVER Experienced (and I'm a workshop frequenter). Thank you so much Kim for the fabulous workshop!!!

    Bonnie, Sunshine Coast
    Bonnie, Sunshine Coast Eco-printing on Silk and Paper
  • I totally enjoyed Kim's Botanical Impressions Eco-Printing workshop, and getting into the practicalities of what is a mysterious and serendipitous art. Kim managed to cover this in her straight forward and easy going manner. I am quite proud of my 'beginner' eco-printed scarves and the gorgeous botanical shapes and colours on paper.

    Jennifer, Mapleton
    Jennifer, Mapleton Eco-printing on Silk and Paper
  • I thoroughly enjoyed attending this workshop. Relaxed but very informative and I ended up with scarves and paper that I'm quite proud of! I think Kim is very clever and her passion for the subject shines through - she really loves what she does. I will definitely be attending more of her classes.

    Megan, Mapleton
    Megan, Mapleton Eco-printing on Silk and Paper
  • I have been to a few of Kim's workshops so far and I think this particular workshop has been the most satisfying. Just love the scarves and paper we produced. Love the environment, Kim's easy reassuring manner, all the resources available and the other participants. Oh and Maggie - of course!

    Meryl, Mapleton
    Meryl, Mapleton Eco-printing on Silk and Paper
  • I loved the workshop in its entirety. It was a wonderful, fun, interactive day with just the right number of students in Kim’s studio. Everything that we needed for our artistic processes was provided. She was available to each and every one of us for advice and assistance. Her enthusiasm with her art is contagious. Kim is a great communicator passing on her craft with explanation and demonstration. She is a natural teacher and generous with her knowledge. Our day flowed beautifully because of Kim’s planning for a highly successful workshop.. I look forward to my next one!

    Mary Ann, Perigian
    Mary Ann, Perigian Eco-printing on Silk and Paper
  • Thanks to Kim for making Botanicals on silk and paper workshop an enjoyable experience. Kim takes a practical approach to this medium and makes the process easy to replicate at home. I loved the pieces of art I created. Thanks Kim

    Sue, Woombye
    Sue, Woombye Eco-printing on Silk and Paper