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Traditional Paint Making

Saturday, June 27, 2015 | Instructor: Alex Warren, of Sinopia

This special full-day seminar will illustrate the use of raw materials for making paint and traditional chalk grounds.

Paint Making: Many artists are surprised to learn that making paint from scratch is both simple and economical! In addition, the artist gains access to rare and historical pigments such as lapis lazuli and genuine earth pigments, essential in the rich palettes used by master painters such as Rembrandt and Van Eyck.
Alex Warren will discuss the different binders available, and the advantages of each medium. The making of oil paint, acrylic paint, egg tempera, casein (milk paint) and encaustic will be introduced and demonstrated. Participants will learn about the different pigment types and how to categorize them, making pigment selection easy to manage. Each participant will get hands-on experience trying the different types of paints, as they create their own pigment sample board on a traditional chalk ground panel.

Gesso traditionally made from chalk and rabbit skin glue is a rich velvety surface, which can be used as a ground for all paints, and is especially necessary for certain media like egg-tempera, casein and encaustic. Alex will discuss and demonstrate different priming options for both canvas and wood panels. Each participant will create their own gesso panel to keep.

This seminar is open to all levels of experience and in-depth questions are encouraged.

Class Fee:

Reservation-deposit: $95
Includes sample panels and all class materials, lunch is also included!


Lynne Rutter Studio | 2325 3rd St. #207, San Francisco, CA 94107 (map)

Class hours:

10 AM - 5:00 PM.


  • Class size is limited to 12 and advanced reservation is required.
  • Reservations may be made via PayPal by clicking the blue "reserve now!" button below.
  • or by sending a check to Lynne Rutter, to the studio address above.
  • You may pay a reservation-deposit, or pre-pay in full.
  • Contact the studio with any questions about this or future classes
    Traditional Paint Making workshop

    Alex Warren has been making his own paints for over 20 years and has become an expert in the field pigments through his experience as owner of Sinopia since 1995
WELCOME to the workshop page!

Lynne Rutter Studio occasionally hosts decorative painting and mural classes and specialized workshops on the finer points of decorative art, gilding, and finishing, taught hands-on by established, practicing artists in a spacious, working atelier. Classes emphasize traditional techniques and materials and practical methods.

painted furniture
faux finishes
imitation wood and marble
furniture finishes
water gilding
ornamental painting
trompe l'oeil
traditional paints and materials
mural painting techniques
cloud ceiling murals
specialty finishes
florentine furniture painting

"What a great, immersive experience, to learn something- really learn something I can use- in such a wonderful space... "

"Thank you! I loved everything about this class- the work, your generous teaching and humor, the magnificent studio space, and the great food! Please let me know as soon as you schedule another class!"

"This is what I want to do and you have totally encouraged me to do it. I didn't want to leave your studio, I had to much fun..."

"Thank you so much for taking the time to teach us. I haven't been so inspired in so long! Looking forward to more classes. "