Making Marks and Creating Collage Papers



Making Marks and Creating Collage Papers with Mimi Damrauer

July 27-28, 2024 | Saturday – Sunday | Saturday 10 am – 5 pm | Sunday 9 am – 4 pm

  • Experience Level: All levels of experience are welcome.
  • Medium: Acrylic paints on paper.
  • Registration: Each student must register individually. Click the Cancellation Policy tab above for more info.
  • Materials List: ALL supplies included with the class fee.  Click the Materials Tab above for a list of optional items that would make your papers more personal.
  • Location: Sedona Arts Center, Theatre Studio

Learn to make beautiful one-of-a-kind Collage Papers using a variety of art supplies.  All materials are provided, so you can test out different materials and how to use them to create interesting marks before buying your own!  Mimi will show you how to work with intimidating supplies, like watercolors, to use them in a simple and fun way.

Mimi will share with you her easy process of making unique marks on papers.  You will end up with a gorgeous stash of original collage papers to use in the art pieces that you make together and for your future art projects.

Our Schedule & What You Will Learn:

Day One:

  • Black Paint and Inks.  Basic marks on all types of papers.
  • How to create designs using a variety of texture tools.
  • How to make simple Stencils to give your papers your own unique style.
  • How to Coffee Dye papers to get a vintage look.
  • How to use Watercolors to make beautiful marks.
  • Playing with Watercolors: Bonus Lesson on my famous “Double Drops”.
  • How to mark with Acrylic Paint Pens.

You will create a great pile of amazing papers to use later.

Day Two:  Let’s make stuff!

  • Mimi will show you how to create small 6” x 6” art collages on paper using your new collage papers.
  • Different ways to adhere papers in a collage using different glues and tapes.
  • How to seal water soluble papers so you can use them in your artwork.
  • How to mount your artworks onto a wood panel board.  One 6”x 6”x 2” panel board included.
  • Other small projects to use your papers: Washi Decorative Tapes and a Mini Book.

Then take home all of your leftover papers, to use in other projects.  You will have a fabulous stash!

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Mimi Damrauer

Mimi Damrauer

Mimi Damrauer is an award winning paper collage artist and instructor from Phoenix, AZ.  She combines painting, stitching, drawing & collage to create, modern, one-of-a-kind artworks.  She considers her wobbly designs to be Outsider Art which has a primitive folk art feel. 

Growing up with a very creative mother and sisters meant that art projects, cooking and entertaining were a constant.  Mimi’s love of people, art, and fun led to a career in Chicago in Special Events and a spot on the art fair circuit across the country selling her vibrant textile and now paper collage artworks to collectors everywhere.  

A collaboration with retailer Crate and Barrel resulted in the fall 2008 debut of the best- selling “Sebastian” rug at Crate and Barrel retail stores nationwide and internationally via the Crate and Barrel website.

Mimi’s art classes are a place to have fun and learn simple techniques that will be a foundation for you to build upon in your own art journey. She teaches varied workshops at her cute studio space in Phoenix and other local art schools.  She can also be shipped in to your own location!

Mimi will provide everything that you need in class.  However, it’s fun to bring a few things from around your studio space or home to use…this will make your collage papers more personal and one of a kind.  No need to buy these items.  This is an opportunity to come to class and try new things out!

The only item Mimi recommends, if you think you might use them again, is a watercolor set from Kuretake.  They are beautiful and make gorgeous marks.  Mimi recommends the Gansi Tambi 48 Color Set which you can purchase on Amazon for $46.

Below are extra items that you can pack up for class…


  • 3 Paint Brushes (Different sizes and tip shapes)
  • Any other favorite paint brushes (Mimi usually use about 6-10 per painting session)
  • Household Items to use as stamps:
  •  Caps/Lids (Lipstick Caps, Food Jar Lids)
  • Stencils (you will need at least 2-3 for the coffee dyeing to fill up a cookie sheet pan)
  • Misc. things that can make marks or stamps (Sticks and a few rubber stamps that you like)
  • Papers (Mimi will have a nice pile for you also)
  • Magazine Pages
  • Book pages (an old book you don’t mind “upcycling” and want to embellish)
  • Scrapbooking pages you don’t mind painting over
  • Newspaper or printed pages

Questions? Email Mimi @

Cancellation Policy


  • Each student must enroll individually
  • Students may register online or by calling the Sedona Arts Center’s Administrative Offices in the Art Barn, toll-free at 888-954-4442 or locally at 928-282-3809
  • Visa, MasterCard, Discover, or American Express are accepted or student may pay with cash or check by registering in person during office hours at the Art Barn

In-Person and Online Workshops

  • Payment in full is due upon registration, or a payment plan can be put in place by the student upon check-out through Sezzle.
  • There is a $125 Cancellation Fee for any cancellations made before June 27, 2024. Remaining balance will be refunded.
  • There are no refunds after June 27, 2024.
  • If Sedona Arts Center cancels the workshop for any reason, all payments made will be refunded in full.

Note: If traveling to Sedona, we strongly urge students to purchase refundable airline tickets or travel insurance in case of workshop cancellation due to insufficient enrollment or other unforeseen changes. Sedona Arts Center is not responsible for non-refundable ticket purchases or lodging fees.

Important Message

The Sedona Arts Center is not responsible for providing make-up sessions or issuing refunds, credits, or transfers for courses missed as a result of illness, emergencies, or other events beyond our control. There are absolutely no refunds after the cut-off date for any reason, unless the Sedona Arts Center has to cancel the workshop, then all fees paid will be refunded in full.

Jennifer Rovall, Executive Director, The Holland Center, Scottsdale, AZ

“When you meet Mimi for the first time, you are instantly drawn to her bubbly personality and creative energy. She is a joy (and very easy!) to work with, an amazing instructor, and her students love her classes. We are very fortunate to have her in our Holland Center family and everyone is looking forward to what she has planned for this fall!

Lisa Matthews, Student

Mimi’s class was so much fun! I had no idea that I was going to enjoy making paper and collages as much as I have. I’ve already taken two workshops and can’t wait to sign up for a third!