Monday, March 22, 2010

Plantable Paper Making workshop coming up...

Plantable seed paper is all the rage right now and is very pricey…. so why not learn to make your own?

On Saturday April 24th I'll be teaching a workshop on how to recycle the paper we commonly find in our home or office to create plantable handmade paper.  Plant-able  handmade paper can be used to make wonderful greeting cards, wedding or baby shower favors, hang tags, wedding confetti, etc.

In this three hour “hands on” workshop each student will learn the basics of making handmade paper, and will make a number of different seed papers, in different colors, shapes, and sizes.

Class size is limited due to the “hands on” nature of this class.  For more information on AFAF classes, please visit the Antioch Fine Arts Foundation website.

Plantable Paper Making Workshop
Saturday, April 24
9:00 am – Noon, at the Antioch Fine Arts Gallery, Antioch, IL.

Feel free to email me with any questions! 

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Thursday, March 11, 2010

My first ever painting...

Those of you have read my blog for any amount of time know that I am a botanical artist by way of glue - I take the beautiful pressed flowers, stems, leaves, etc. that God created and simply glue them down.

This past Tuesday I gave a nature printing demonstration at the Antioch Fine Arts Gallery monthly meeting.  Nature printing/leaf printing is something I've dabbled in, and look forward to doing more of, but I hadn't created any significant art pieces with my prints.  While preparing for the demo, I decided make a prints of a large maple leaf on a piece of handmade paper, and then (and this is really reckless for me) I attempted to watercolor within the outlines of the leaves.  I was pleasantly surprised at the results!  I even went so far as ordering a mat and frame for it this morning.