Susan and Maggi had everything set-up for members to start compiling the eco-dying layers, alternating watercolor and copy paper with layers of leaves, flowers, and grasses.
Each member had a wire packet of papers and natural items. These sandwiched items were then set into a large press to condense even tighter. Then the whole batch goes into a pot of simmering water, vinegar, and iron oxide to stew for a couple of hours.
It took a delicate hand to peal the paper layers out after their 2-hour simmer, but the results are beautiful!
Haiga in Handmade Books
While everyone was waiting for the papers to boil, Amy showed the group how to make Blizzard Books out of upcycled brown paper bags and their favorite mixed media or watercolor papers.
The pages of these books remove easily for easy painting, drawing, or doodling. Amy also shared details of Haiga, the Japanese art of illustrating Haiku poetry.
The project was inspired by Penny Arrowood's submittal for the Tiny Sketchbook Project.
Garden Wishes/Prayer Flags
Laurel introduced the group to the concept of wishes/prayer flags where you include good thoughts and hopes onto the flags and install them outside. Your wishes are then carried off on the wind. Laurel had some lovely examples of sizes and techniques in creating them.
Love Laurel's teeny flag pin! Everyone set to task with fabric paint markers, stencils, and embellishments.