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.
We WILL COVER:
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
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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.
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.
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
Rice Paper there are many different kinds of rice paper, the Sumi-E sketch pad is what I like the best, especially for working on the Gel Plate, that same paper also comes on an 8-inch Hosho roll. Then there is the Suji Gami 18-inch roll that I love for it’s flexibility and size. Please click on and read the “talk bubbles” on the papers at this link for more info.
You may find others at your local supply store or you may have some on hand with or without fibers. Please avoid super thin rice papers, as they tear easily.
Variety of Found Papers sheet music, maps, wallpaper, hand written notes, old book pages, hand made papers, dry waxed deli paper,
a variety of thickness and textures.
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
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.
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