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Mixed Media Airmail Art

April 22 – 24, 2022 | SEG Studio

Friday 4/22: 10 am – 5 pm | Sat & Sun 4/23 & 4/24: 9 am – 4 pm

This workshop focuses on techniques and processes for mixed media with anchor elements being the US Mail; old letters, envelopes, postage stamps, vintage postcards. We will cover creating unique combinations and effects with mail elements that can stand on their own as abstract collage OR become ephemera backgrounds for my favorite collage subject, simple songbirds.

We will be creating three 10×10 pieces that will work together as a series. This series will be a body of mixed media artwork with common themes in US Mail ephemera backgrounds, vintage post marks, size and format, and bird imagery to re-enforce the travel and flight of letters.

This ephemera can be sourced from your own archives or online at Etsy or eBay. I also have designed red rubber stamps of vintage US Mail post marks as well as 10-inch foam stamps of birds that you can purchase in class. 


  • How to collage letters, postcards, and postage stamps in uniquely patterned, textured, and layered combinations
  • How to be sure your collage fodder glues down flat
  • How to create US Mail inspired collages by incorporating a subject with your background
  • How to create a compelling composition that will make the best use of your US Mail background elements
  • How to transfer a bird drawing with Art Foamies stamps
  • How to transfer a bird reference photo to the background with graphite transfer paper
  • How to create an underpainting with vibrant color and successful shading as a roadmap for collage
  • How to paint your own collage papers using the gel plate; one video per technique
  • How to rip and glue–applying your collage paper in a painterly manner
  • How to tear with and without white edges
  • How to keep your pieces perfectly flat without cockling
  • How to vary your paper brush marks in size and shape

COVID Health and Safety Protocols

The health and safety of our Patrons, Students, Volunteers, and Staff are a top priority. Since COVID-19 first surfaced, our staff continues to monitor the situation closely, taking every precaution to keep our Patrons, Students, Volunteers, Staff, and our community safe.

  • Unless you are fully vaccinated, we require that masks be worn at all times while inside our buildings.  Paper masks are available for no charge.
  • Thermometers are available in the Gallery and Studios for self-checking of temperature upon entrance.

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Elizabeth St. Hilaire

Elizabeth St. Hilaire

Meticulously torn bits of hand-painted papers, delicately put together, form the exceptionally vibrant collages created by Artist Elizabeth St. Hilaire. Richard Colvin, executive director of the Lake Eustis Museum of Art says, “Elizabeth St. Hilaire’s artworks have a fresh quality that belies the way they are constructed.”

St. Hilaire published her book Painted Paper Art Workshop internationally with North Light Books in August (2016). Elizabeth’s work has also been published in Acrylic Works 3: Celebrating Texture (2015) and Incite 2; Color Passions (2014), both by North Light. A feature article on her work appeared in the April, 2014 issue of The Artists Magazine, she was also a finalist in The Artist’s Magazine Annual Art Competition (2014 and 2015) and took first place in the category of Collage/Mixed Media for The Artist’s Magazine All Media Competition (2010). St. Hilaire was an award winner in the National Collage Society’s Signature Members Exhibition at the Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum, in Mesa AZ (2013). Online, Elizabeth was a Finalist in The Richeson 75 Annual Art Contest (2013).

Born and raised in New England, Elizabeth has lived in Central Florida for the past 20+ years. She holds a B.F.A. in Advertising Design from Syracuse University, which prepared her for a dual identity as both communication designer and a painter–these days she’s a full-time fine artist who’s only graphic design client is herself. St. Hilaire has earned Signature Member status with the National Collage Society and crisscrosses the country several times a year to take her painted paper tidbits on the road. Teaching and sharing her collage technique through an intense three day Paper Paintings workshop has become a passion.

Supplies for this workshop are listed on my website. This is a very comprehensive list and there are things that you can certainly opt out of to make travel easier.

Supplies You Can Leave At Home:
You will not need to bring your varnish or spray varnish. You do not have to have decorative papers or deli paper if you do not want to but you will need the rice paper and found papers. You will not need pens to sign your work or hanging hardware.

You will not need the envelopes, coffee or the vinyl placements as we will not have time to antique paper or make envelopes for the back side of the projects in class but I will talk you through the process and show you an example so that you can do it on your own time if you choose to later.


We will work on three 10×10 cradled panels. If you choose to work on unprimed wood panel, you will need to prime with Golden GAC-100 (one coat) and then two coats of gesso on these panels prior to class. If you choose to purchase Fredrix canvas board there is no prep required.

Custom Designed Supplies
You may choose to purchase a bird and branch stamp or two to use as your drawing for the bird. You may also use a reference photo and graphite transfer paper to sketch the bird, this is your choice. Reference photos need to be sized to fit the 10×10 board so that they may be transferred with graphite transfer paper. The Post Mark stamp set is super fun and something you might like to have but not required if you want to just use stamps that are already cancelled, the stamp pads are for the stamps

Supplies You Can Share in Class:
I will have some stencils to share, I will have a few pieces of punchinella, I will have a few texture rubbing plates, I will have one or two Princeton wedges.

I will have stencils and 1 oz. paint in limited colors, available for purchase at the workshop.

Any questions, please email Elizabeth:

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

  • A student may pay in full or place a $125 non-refundable deposit to save a space in the workshop
  • Any unpaid balance is due at least 30 days prior to first day of class
  • If a student cancels before the 30-day cut-off, the balance is refunded (or cancelled if not already paid) – the deposit is non-refundable
  • If a student cancels within the 30-days prior to class, no refund is given and both deposit and balance are forfeited
  • If Sedona Arts Center cancels the workshop for any reason, all payments made will be refunded in full

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.

Covid-19 Update for In-Person Classes and Workshops: 

As long as SAC is able to provide an environment that adheres to the CDC guidelines for social gatherings, and assuming all other normal criteria are met and the workshop or class goes forward, the above cancellation policies are in effect.