Eco Printing

Alchemy, Nature and Conversation

with Bonny MacNab

“Stop thinking about art as an object, think about it for triggering and experience.”
- Brian Eno

The Class:

Discover the leaves that print on cellulose fibers with the help of mordants, pressure and heat. Unleash the beauty in re-purosed fiber and paper. Journal the process and build upon knowledge of your surroundings. Sharing our knowledge of plants and uses of our creations.

The Details:

This class will take you into the forest and your inner artist! Bonny will teach you about the various plants available all around us while drawing inspiration from Saskatchewan’s Boreal Forest. Once your chosen plants are gathered, your curiosity will take the lead as you explore eco printing with new plants and new methods to create a “Slow Stitch Pillow Case” and more!

You will learn techniques for drawing a plant’s image from itself onto the fiber with the help of mordants, pressure, heat and magic. Students are encouraged to bring materials for experimentation such as rusty nails, wire and copper along with repurosed cellulose and protein fibers, book pages, music notation and anything else that inspires you. Let your imagination run free as you will be at Ness Creek.

In this class from award winning artist Bonny MacNab you will leave with a new awareness and appreciation of your surroundings using the same methods that inspired Bonny to see the environment with more depth than she could have ever imagined.


No prerequisites. This course is suited for the beginner and experienced artist.


  • Create a “Slow Stitch Pillow Case”
  • Learn new ecoprinting techniques
  • learn how to use mordants, pressure and heat

FAQs, Schedule and Required Materials listed below.


July 31st – August 3rd, 2020

$495 Includes:

  • 21 Hours of Course Time
  • Daily “Boreal Bites”  
  • Morning Yoga
  • An unforgettable experience

Material & Equipment Fee: None. Please see the FAQs below for what you need to bring.

Meals & Accommodation: Purchased Separately

Available options are on the registration page.

Covid-19 Policy: 

  • Physical distancing during class and throughout the Ness Creek Site must be practiced
  • Each participant will have access to their own outhouse for the duration of their stay
  • Participants will be given their own workspace and set of tools to use for the duration of the class
  • Some tools and equipment may be shared by participants which will be sanitized with bleach after each use

Contact Us
We are happy to help answer any questions you have about forestART!

Phone: 306 481 4883
Email: nesscreekforestart@gmail.com

Your Instructor : Bonny MacNab

Bonny Macnab has been an artist all her life. Growing up on the west coast in Canada she found out in school she excelled in art and all the variations of creativity it had to offer. After graduation she moved to the prairies where the wide open space, living close to the beauty of the boreal forest and the long winters provide perfect opportunity to develop her skills.

Bonny sought out many artists she admired from all over North America and studied with them to develop her natural skill. She demonstrates a highly developed sense of color, distinct design and keen attention to the spirit of a piece of work as a whole.

She says,” I am so blessed to have this intimate relationship and conversation with the earth and people through my art. Creating allows me to be in the moment and is a prayer that inspires me daily and I am able to share with the viewer.” She has been able to carry these techniques into dying silk and finds that the silk provides another dimension to her work through the transparency and movement of the fiber.

Ms. Macnab has had five solo exhibitions, been juried into many shows across North America and won numerous people choice awards. Her most recognized and awarded medium has been portraits in watercolor. In 2016 Bonnys’ silks where juried into the Saskatchewan Craft Council, stating her artwork “exquisite”. Macnabs’ work is in many private residence around the world. The 8′ x 16′ “Farewell Mosaic Mural” Macnab designed is home to the new Mosaic Stadium in Regina. In 2018 the Canadian Justicail Council commission a silk scarf for the retired Chief Justice of Canada Beverley McLaughlin.

Bonny continues with her learning process by taking workshops and attending retreats thought out the year with other accomplished artists that provides shared inspiration and knowledge. Bonny’s studio is host to many classes and retreats to continue the shared learning and teaching. She has been involved in six ArtsSmart Programs in Saskatchewan. It is a passion of hers to inspire others to find their art.

Mapleridge Gallery and studio is in the home where Bonny lives, it is toured regularly. It overlooks a coulee where you can see rolling hills for miles. Inspiration is everywhere.
Her web site is www.bonnymacnab.com


"working with Bonny is an inspirational blessing. Her creativity joyously radiates from her heart, stirring the creative source with in her students. I adore being creative with Bonny"
Oriol Dancer
Past Course Participant


FAQ & More Info

Supplied by you:

  • scissors,
  • basket,
  • a cotton or bamboo top sheet that can be torn into smaller samples
  • A cotton tank or t-shirt.
  • Saved onion skins and avocado pits for colour experimentation
  • Feel free to bring stuff from yard and garden you are curious about printing.
  • Bring bits of rusty iron, copper, aluminum (that can be bundled into a piece for experimentation).
  • Needle and thread.

Supplied by Instructor and covered in your Materials/Equipment Fee:

  • Tubs, pots, etc. 

No, this is an introductory course, but also targets experienced artists.

Yes, students will complete a “Slow Stitch Pillow Case and experiment with paper, clothing and more!


  • AM: Arrival
  • 1pm: Group Orientation
  • 2 – 5pm: Instruction Block:
  • 5 – 6pm: Palette Cleanse (Social Hour with Boreal Inspired Appetizers)
  • 6 – 7pm: Supper


  • 7am: Yoga
  • 8am: Breakfast
  • 9 – 12pm: Instruction Block
  • 12 – 1pm: Lunch
  • 1 – 5pm: Instruction Block
  • 5 – 6pm: Palette Cleanse
  • 7pm onward: Free time


  • 7am: Yoga
  • 8am: Breakfast
  • 9 – 12pm: Instruction Block
  • 12 – 1pm: Lunch
  • 1pm: Group “Show / Share” & Farewell

Days: 3 full, 1 half.

Instructional Hours: 21 hours

It’s choose your own adventure, with options to suit every budget! You can cook all your own meals, pay for lunches only, or get the full meal deal. All meals are served individually, take out style. You can camp with or without power or rent a private cabin. Private cabins contain basic cooking amenities such as a hotplate, fridge, cutting board and cutlery.  Please bring your own specialized cookware if you desire.

Full Details on our Food & Accommodation Options can be found on the main forestART page or when you go to register!

Are you joining us??

 We look forward to seeing you in Eco – Printing with Bonny MacNab

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