Paper Paintings: Fabulous Florals!

yellow and orange and red and pink and purple flowers in a clear glass vase on neutral periwinkle/gray background with texture and bright colors, created with collage


Fabulous Florals!
with Elizabeth St. Hilaire

April 24 – 26, 2023 | Monday – Wednesday

Mon 10 am – 5 pm |Tues – Wed 9 am – 4 pm

We will be drawing florals from a still life setup and modifying it to create a compelling, FUN composition. We’ll cover how to paint your life drawing with a full range of fun, bright colors and shading. You will then learn how to hand-paint your own collage papers through a series of gel plate mono printing techniques in the color palette from your under-painting. Once you have created your paper palette you’ll follow along and learn how to rip and glue and apply your papers in a painterly manner over the top of your underpainting. Elizabeth will cover how to tear with and without white edges, how to keep your pieces perfectly flat without cockling, and how to vary your paper brush marks in size and shape.


  • Drawing and starting a great composition from the floral set-up
  • How to be sure your collage fodder glues down flat
  • How to create floral collages by integrating foreground and background
  • 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

In-Person Classes

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.

  • Masks inside our buildings are optional until further notice.

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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.

Fabulous Florals!

I don’t want you to feel like you have to break the bank for the supplies in this workshop. In many cases you may substitute what you have on hand in your studio. Supplies I am a stickler about are the Golden Fluid Acrylics however, as they give the most amazing results for painting papers with the Gel Plate.  I also prefer the Liquitex gloss gel medium over any other glue product.


  • Chalk or white conté crayon, for sketching, or pencil with eraser

  • Golden Fluid Acrylic Paint Starter Set for underpainting your subject matter and hand-painting your papers. Keep in mind the colors of your
    bouquet and your ability to mix color, purchase additional colors of paints accordingly,  I suggest starting with 1 oz bottles.

  • Container of Gesso for priming your wood panels and adding white to certain paint colors in order to make them more opaque.

  • Wood Painting Panel  I’m working on a 16×20 or 24×20 deep wood painting panel so that I can wire and hang it without framing.
    (these come in natural wood and need to be primed first with a coat of gesso). You may like to work on a Canvas Panel
    for a more economical surface as you get the hang of the process, this comes pre-primed so there is no need for gesso.

  • Paint Brushes (various sizes and shapes) for painting your image and priming your panel

  • Water container, Paper Towels

  • Paper Plates for mixing paint, or Pad of Palette Paper

  • OPTIONAL: Masterson Sta-Wet Palette system, this will save your paints for up to a week or more! AND I use the palette sheets in my collage work when I’m done mixing on them. (they are not shiny)




  • Faber Castell Artists PITT Pen, permanent and fade proof in dark sepia brown, medium point

  • Uni-ball Signo Gel Pen permanent and fade proof for signing in dark areas

  • Or use whatever lightfast, permanent, fine point tool you might have in your studio!

  • Pencil or charcoal pencil



  • Stabilo Woodies pencils for adding some pops of color, lines, scribbles, marks, these are water soluble and blendable

  • Posca Markers for making lines and patterns, these are opaque and permanent

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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 March 24, 2023. Remaining balance will be refunded.
  • There are no refunds after March 24, 2023.
  • 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.