Paper Paintings: Fabulous Florals!

Elizabeth St. Hilaire


Fabulous Florals!
with Elizabeth St. Hilaire

April 19 – 21, 2024 | Friday – Sunday

  • Friday: 10 am – 5 pm   |   Sat & Sun: 9 am – 4 pm
  • Experience Level: All levels of experience are welcome.
  • Medium: Mixed Media, Acrylic Paints
  • Registration: Each student must register individually. Click the Cancellation Policy tab above for more info.
  • Location: Sedona Arts Center, Theatre Studio

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

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Elizabeth St. Hilaire

Elizabeth St. Hilaire


Elizabeth St. Hilaire is an award winning full-time artist, art workshop instructor, and published author. She is an Artist Educator for Golden Paints, a former Ambassador for Princeton Brush, and Creative Team Artist for Gel Press, her work is also featured on Fredrix Canvas packaging. Her unique mixed-media artwork is created from torn tidbits of hand-painted paper which she glues down over an acrylic under-painting.

St Hilaire’s collages are collected and have been exhibited both nationally and internationally; images of her work are reproduced and available nationwide on wall canvas, household items, stationery, clothing, jewelry, and more.

Elizabeth is a Signature Member of National Collage Society, holds a BFA from Syracuse University, and has been working in her medium for over 15 years. She has published seven books on her process. She enjoys painting en Plein Air and has participated in the Wekiva Paint Out (FL), New Smyrna Beach Paint Out (FL), and the Sedona Plein Air Festival (AZ).

How do you rip and glue torn tidbits of paper in the wind? Elizabeth has a mixed media easel designed and manufactured in Italy to do just that!

YouTube: Elizabeth St. Hilaire

Facebook: Paper Paintings Collage Artwork

Instagram: @PaperPaintingsCollage

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

Questions? Please email me at

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 19, 2024. Remaining balance will be refunded.
  • There are no refunds after March 19, 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.