Painting Program

With natural pigments and ecological paper

Ecological visionary painter Trina Brammah has been working with the naturally found pigments for over ten years.  Trina mostly works with earth and stones, although is now experimenting with plant colors.  To be able to transform plant pigments into paint using ancient fine art painting techniques is very exciting.  As the Amazon still holds this wisdom of creating dyes with plants.  

Trina believes in the healing properties of the earth and stones she creates with. She has developed her unique style and will guide you in the studio to make the most out of the natural pigments. 

Trip to the native community of Chunchiwi (2 hour walk)

In the Quechua-Lamista territory which spreads over 5’492.5 hectares.   Workshop in Ceramics: two half days.  Make a simple ceramic bowl, paint with natural pigments.  Return when your bowl is dry to fire your bowl on the shuntu fire.

You will collect natural pigments on the way back to San Roque, with Trina Brammah.   A pallet of red, orange, yellow, green and brown.


Visit the studio of plant pigment painter Geens Archenti

Geens Archenti can show you how to paint with ‘Huito’ a fruit that produces blue, ‘Achote’ a red seed and ‘Turmeric’ yellow -  as well as other jungle plants.  Geens Archenti is often traveling around the world exhibiting his work in various festivals etc.  When he is in Tarapoto it is an honor that he can teach us how he makes his art.  

Trip to Chazuta choice of:

1 Day: paper making demonstration, visit chocolate factories and the museum of mythical sculptor Joyce V Barter.

2 Days 1 Night: Get more involved in the papermaking process - includes 30 sheets of paper.  Chocolate making course, visit chocolate factories, ceramic course and the museum of mythical sculptor Joyce V Barter.

Chazuta a Quechua word and derives from the ethnic groups that settled in the left bank of the Huallaga River during the XV to XVIII centuries, from its origins till the present day the Chazuta people speak Quechua. They preserve their rich cultural expressions in their ceramic work and dances.

Ecological Paper - Learn how to make ecological paper using natural resources. Making paper by hand is by no mean an easy process; you can help with this physical process or just watch and learn.  Two-hour demonstration.  

A full course - two days.  To make a new batch of paper from scratch - takes four days.   Two of which involve cooking the pulp for 24 hours.  You will be involved in the last two days of the paper-making process. 

You can not go to Chazuta without a chocolate making course at Rio Bosque Magico.


Learn about the different stages in cacao production and participate in the labor process, how to ferment and dry the cacao beans ready to make chocolate.

Prepare the most amazing energetic chocolate.   Visit chocolate factories that produce high-quality chocolate – certificated to export.


Plant pigments in the indigenous town of Wayku in Lamas 

I have recently discovered the alchemy of making plant dyes into pigments for painting.  Still at the experimental stage but exciting none the less.  So this year we are extending our painting program to plant pigments in the Kechwa Lamista communities.  There are 12 colors, although we are not yet sure of all the recipes as the older women have taken that knowledge to the grave.  Our presence is causing quite a stir as the women are asking around trying to gather the information again.  So far we have 6 of those colors.  The day out in Lamas in the indigenous town is quite a novelty. I'm always asking about traditional medicine and kechwa lamista knowledge (although the medicine man doesn't want to see outsiders.)  The community is a dream and an experience - if you just hang out and make plants into color with the locals. 

Make pigments into paint with Trina Brammah

Trina never studied pigment making but has learned from her own quest as she was determined to avoid factory processed paints.  As time passes the knowledge appears to come to her.  Recently Giulia Violanti from Italy introduced her to the alchemy of creating plant pigments into paint.  Before then the colors would always fade and deteriorate on the canvas.   It's a very simple process using chalk and alcohol.

Trina does use a synthetic glue as the jungle fungus, insects and humidity eats away at the canvas over time.  Although we can mix the pigments with linseed oil to make oil paint. We can also make natural binders for paper  - watercolor paints with gum arabic or egg tempera.   

Bring your binder of choice with you.  For each binder, it is better to buy a good Gesso before you come( you can not buy gesso in Tarapoto.) We can make gesso with chalk so if you would like to bring good quality chalk instead. 

This program is only for the artist who is serious about changing to found pigments.  There is only so much we can teach the rest is up to you.  We have to explore and experiment. 


Time spent in the studio developing ideas.  Have a go at painting a mural using the techniques you have learned.  Create a blog post about your art journey to share with the Sachaqa online community.  Exhibition at a choice of galleries in Tarapoto, San Roque or Lamas.


One month basic program: $470 USD. Two weeks: $270 USD -PLUS PAINTING PROGRAM ACTIVITIES


PRICE: $170USD - All activities and one day in Chazuta and paper making demonstration.

PRICE:$280USD -  All activities and two day trip to Chazuta - full papermaking including 30 sheets of paper and ceramics course flute making. 

Includes;  Teachers, translators, transport to course destination, food during the Chazuta and Lamas trip only.  During the two day trip to Chazuta includes; all course accommodation for the night, food and courses. 

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