Paper Paintings: Fashion Plate Portraits

Elizabeth St. Hilaire
EN-885 Autumn
Elizabeth St. Hilaire
Elizabeth St. Hilaire
Elizabeth St. Hilaire
Elizabeth St. Hilaire


Paper Paintings: Fashion Plate Portraits with Elizabeth St. Hilaire

October 17 – 19, 2023 | Tuesday – Thursday

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

Learn to collage fashion plate portraits in a variety of mixed media. Create your own hand-painted collage papers. Experiment with hand-painting, gel printing, stamping, and patterning paper through a multitude of techniques. Rip and glue and apply your papers in a painterly manner over the top of a female portrait made with charcoal drawing and painting. Classroom lecture and demos will be incorporated for all steps of the process.

During this comprehensive 3-day workshop you will learn a unique figurative mixed media collage technique.  Emphasis will be on defining form using light and shadow, and treating every torn tidbit of paper as a brush stroke.  Students will create impressionistic collages that look like paintings.

This class is focused on learning and growing creatively in a FUN environment.
No prior collage experience is necessary.  Some painting experience is helpful, however all levels are welcome.


  • How to choose a copyright free reference photo
  • How to create a compelling composition
  • How to create an encaustic effect ephemera collage base layer
  • How to transfer your photo to the substrate with graphite transfer paper
  • How to add shading and line quality with black pastel
  • How to create an under-painting with vibrant color and shading
  • How to paint your own collage papers with the gel plate
  • How to rip and glue and applying your papers in a painterly manner over the top of your under-painting.
  • 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.
  • How to apply simple gold leaf as an accent to your composition.

IMPORANT NOTE: There is some pre-workshop prep work required for students to complete in advance, before coming to class on the first day. Click on the Materials List tab above for more information and links to instructional videos.

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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

Click the link below and be sure to scroll down to the correct list for this workshop: 

Please click here for Materials List!

**Note – You cannot fly with spray varnish so Elizabeth will order it and have it available at the workshop.

*****Important Note: There is surface preparation required in advance  for this workshop. Please watch these two videos and prepare your surface prior to traveling to Sedona. Please allow at least 24-48 hours for the effect to dry.

How to Build the Ephemera Base Layer

How to Create the Encaustic Material

How to Apply the Encaustic Mixture

Elizabeth suggests that you go as large format as you can travel with, as bigger is easier especially when it comes to facial features – 16 x 20, 18 x 24, 20 x 24.

Also be sure that your reference photo is sized up to the exact size of your substrate and either incorporate floral elements and accessories into your reference photo, or bring ideas and photos that you can use as reference to draw in.

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

  • 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 September 17, 2023. Remaining balance will be refunded.
  • There are no refunds after September 17, 2023.
  • 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.