Wild-crafted Pens

Wild-crafted Pens

I make dip pens from feathers, reeds, sticks, bamboo, antler, and random found twigs.

photo credit: Susan Teare, property of Quarry Books

Wild-crafted Paintbrushes

Wild-crafted Paintbrushes

I make paintbrushes from the landscape. The handles are from found twigs of many species; the bristles are from a wide variety of plant and animal fibers. No animals are harmed in this process, just so you know.

photo credit: Susan Teare, property of Quarry Books

Wild-crafted Paper

Wild-crafted Paper

I make paper from plant fibers that I gather and process from the landscape.

photo credit: Susan Teare, property of Quarry Books

Charcoal Holders

Charcoal Holders

I make charcoal holders from hollow or pithy twigs and sticks.

photo credit: Susan Teare, property of Quarry Books

Cattail Leaves for Making Paper

Cattail Leaves for Making Paper

photo credit: Susan Teare, property of Quarry Books

Black Walnut Hulls for Making Ink

Black Walnut Hulls for Making Ink

Black Walnut ink is a pleasure to make and work with.

photo credit: Nick Neddo, property of Quarry Books

Paint from Stones

Paint from Stones

I make paint from pigments I coax out of stones.

photo credit: Susan Teare, property of Quarry Books

Acorns for Making Ink

Acorns for Making Ink

I make an iron/tannin ink from acorns.

photo credit: Susan Teare, property of Quarry Books

Charcoal Sticks in Can Kilns

Charcoal Sticks in Can Kilns

I make charcoal drawing sticks from a wide variety of sticks and twigs to end up with charcoals of varying densities.

photo credit: Susan Teare, property of Quarry Books

Raw Stones for Making Paint

Raw Stones for Making Paint

A collection of rocks gathered for their pigments.

photo credit: Susan Teare, property of Quarry Books

Wild-crafted PIgments

Wild-crafted PIgments

An assortment of pigments stored in small jars, ready to be made into paint or another medium.

photo credit: Susan Teare, property of Quarry Books

Charcoal Can Kilns Firing.

Charcoal Can Kilns Firing.

Backyard charcoal drawing sticks being made as the enclosed sticks transform in the fire.

photo credit: Susan Teare, property of Quarry Books

Collecting Pine Soot for Making Ink

Collecting Pine Soot for Making Ink

I devised a way to collect soot as a pigment and gather it into jars for making lightfast, black ink.

photo credit: Sarah Shapiro property of Quarry Books

Firing Pottery

Firing Pottery

The final touches on a backyard pottery firing.

photo credit: Susan Teare, property of Quarry Books

Handmade Sketchbooks and Journals

Handmade Sketchbooks and Journals

These sketchbooks are all bound with the coptic stitch, which allows them to open flat, which, as you may know, is quite nice for sketching.

 I still use modern drawing tools on occasion. When I do, I tend to reach for these.

I still use modern drawing tools on occasion. When I do, I tend to reach for these.

The Living Landscape

The Living Landscape

Wild-crafted Crayons

Wild-crafted Crayons

I make crayons from local beeswax and stones that I grind into pigments.

photo credit: Susan Teare, property of Quarry Books