Learn how to make your own environmentally friendly paint during this 2 day workshop

24 April 2020 - 27 April 2020

Make your own environmentally friendly paint for any home generally and historic houses in particular

If you own a historic property, basically anything built before 1900, you may well have asked yourself how you could preserve the old painted surfaces. Should you paint, should you repair, or should you restore? How do you achieve getting the painted surfaces to fit in with other old parts of the interior? The key to answering this question is, the paint.

Modern paints are usually made with a plastic binder. Old fashioned paints are made with natural and organic materials such as linseed oil, egg and milk protein.

On our two-day course you will be introduced to the old-fashioned types of paint that you can mix yourself. It is environmentally friendly and considerably less expensive than modern paints. You will be given an insight into the basic chemistry, quality and the aesthetics.

Simple recipes

Producing paint is not dissimilar to cooking. It demands developing some skills, a bit of elbow grease and a little passion. You will discover what you can do with simple materials. Should you not feel able to do it yourself, you will gain the knowledge so you can have an informed discussion and with your painter or restorer and they can follow the simple recipes we will give you.

Viking paint

We will spend time mixing and working with linseed oil paint, these are particularly gratifying to work with, and they are durable. You will be taught how to make an egg tempera, a paint used by the Vikings, that can be used inside and out. The third type of paint is milk protein paint, which is pure magic for rendered and porous surfaces.

Touching up

If you have a historic house you probably have panelling, doors and windowsills with chips and scratches. Part of the course will teach you how to retouch these, so you can postpone the big, expensive job of having everything painted again.

This is not a course that can replace conservators and professional painters, but the knowledge you will gain here over two days will help you get the results that you and your historic house deserve.

Expert tuition

The course is led by Ulla Lunn M.A.A, a conservation architect. Ulla is visiting Northern Ireland from Denmark, touring especially for this one-off course. She has decades of experience in overseeing and managing public as well as private restoration projects.

The cost is £ 285 plus VAT, which includes all materials, expert tuition, lunch and refreshments on both days. The reason for the course being either end of a weekend is that paint has to have time to dry.

24 April 2020 - 27 April 2020

Opening Times

  • 10am-3pm


  • £285 plus VAT Includes materials, tuition, lunch and refreshments on both days

Contact Details

  • Address Ballywalter Park Newtownards BT22 2PP
  • Telephone 028 4275 8203
  • Email Lady Dunleath
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