Would you like to join me on an arty creative Indigo exploration?

A few months ago a sample of a new art material arrived in the post –
it was a large piece of the Indigo water soluble pastel from Wallace Seymour Fine Art Products – who incidentally (and rather conveniently) are based near me just over the border into Yorkshire!

Immediately I set to work and filmed myself experimenting with it
onto some different paper surfaces, and the resulting recording led to
requests to create this short course. So if you love to have permission
to play, experiment and, in turn be inspired to investigate more, then
do come and join this growing band of Indigo fans.

This course is structured to follow the pace of a real day workshop with progressive exercises using charcoal, ink and the indigo to help to unlock a playful approach alongside the sparking of your natural curiosity in the wonderful properties of the materials themselves. 

I have included a review section at the end to show you how I develop my own work and to help you consider ways in which to develop the work you will have created throughout this course.

What will you discover?

  • To work freely with dry media
  • To work expressively with wet media
  • To experiment with both wet and dry media 
  • To explore the unique properties of the indigo pastel
  • To play and respond to prompts as you extend your mark making
  • To review your work to help you develop it further


What a glorious weekend I have had on retreat with you , workshopping my way through your amazing course!
You were extremely generous with all your ideas , material lists, and fabulous explorations with that magic indigo stick. Your videos are stunning to watch and you so carefully build up one's confidence to vary one's marks!
Your presentation was clear , calm , friendly and encouraging...You are so relaxed and obviously love the excitement of the magic happenings that are so so beautiful!!
You are really good at sharing your knowledge and make a fantastic teacher. It was great fun, Lyn XX

Lots of reasons to love this indigo but most of all for me its the opportunities for mark making once you get the water involved. So far it has been squash, smudge, splash, smear, scrape, scratch and other such actions. Thanks Janette for this inspiration. Hours of fun ahead methinks, Sharon 

Just binge watched all your exercises which has completely wetted my appetite. Now starting again, doing the exercises and watching the videos as I go. Its Fab thanks Janette from Gill 

Join me now
and let the indigo flow

Table of Contents

Welcome & Introduction
Dry Media warm up with charcoal
Indigo a Go Go Inspire
Indigo a go go go
Extending your Indigo repertoire...
Review and Reflect
Moving on...

Frequently Asked Questions

How long will I have access to the course?

Once you've enrolled and paid, you'll have access to the lessons for the lifetime of the course (at least until until February 2022) so please feel free to devour it over a day or to take your time. It's your choice!

Do I need to be an experienced artist to do this course?

This course is suitable for all artists who are open to working with curiosity and a willingness to play and explore this versatile new material.

Where can I get hold of the Indigo?

I have stock available for you to purchase direct from me. Please email me at to place an order. It costs £10 or £20 depending on the size you would like. This includes p&p in the UK. I have sent this out all over the world - so if you are not based in the UK please ask me for the postage rates to your country.
You can also buy it from in Glasgow and online.

What other materials will I need?

Charcoal - various thicknesses /
White chalk / Rubbers - putty and/or plastic / Ink or watercolour paint - black or Indigo or sepia / Pencil / pencil crayons / Paint brushes - various eg ; from rigger to 4” decorators / Mark Making tools - dip pen, bamboo pen, sticks, feathers etc / Glue stick / Cartridge Paper plus any other surfaces and papers you would like to try out. / A Water Spray is useful / OPTIONAL Gesso or textured acrylic mediums to prime and prepare paper surfaces.

Can I share any content from this course with my friends?

As it has taken a lot of time to prepare this online course I would appreciate it if you did not share any of the content with others. All the information is for the sole use of the individual subscriber and not to be used in any form without written agreement from Janette Phillips. I am happy for you to share your work on social media but please tag me or give me a mention.

I still have a question, how can I contact you?

I'd be happy to answer any questions you might have. Send me an email at

What if I'm unhappy with my purchase?

I am afraid that once you have accessed the course I am not able to give refunds. Your feed back is important to me though so do please get in touch if you have any problems.

How much time will it take to complete this course?

I designed this course as a day workshop but you may want to spend more time on each section and make a few exploratory days of it.

Don't miss out
It is time to Indigo a gogo now!