The garland has been used throughout centuries by different cultures for both celebrations and spiritual purposes. It symbolized purity, beauty, peace and love. A garland can also be used to decorate your creative or sacred space with positive intentions. In this fun and unique workshop you’ll get to blend handmade paper beads, drift wood, found objects and other findings into a beautiful, handcrafted hanging garland. This artistically rich and tactile project will be the perfect addition to your art wall or studio. Combining Gelli plate prints (or painted papers), fabric scraps and craft cord, you’ll create interesting and unique paper beads for your garland. You’ll also incorporate a little hidden slot to hold affirmations, your favorite quote, prayers or secret messages. Spend a day with me creating something magical and creative.
Materials Fee $15 paid at beginning of class includes:
Printed instructions and additional found objects
Supplies Needed to bring for Class:
*Consider a color scheme when pulling materials together*
Gelli Plate (any size no less than 5 x 7 in. ) and & Brayer
Sponge and bowl for water (used to wipe off access paint off of brayer)
70 lb. inexpensive drawing paper or bond paper (size sheets to be determined by the size of your Gelli plate)
Pages with text or asian writing
Wood Dowel – 1/4 in. (0.635 cm) diameter, length can be roughly 6? long for easy handling when rolling paper beads.
140 lb. watercolor paper (6 x 9 in.) You will only need two 2 1/2 x 3 in. pieces, but having extra just in case is a good idea.
2 in. wide wired burlap ribbon
Fiber materials (ie. fabric scraps, Sari ribbon, cheesecloth, batik fabric scraps, etc.) These are small pieces roughly 1- 1/2 in. wide x 2 in. long
Twine or string (17 in. long)
Embroidery floss or craft cord
Handmade Papers (ie. Mulberry paper, washi paper, etc.)
Small driftwood or cut branches (3-3 1/2 in. long)
(1) larger driftwood or branch 5 in. long to hang garland from
Tiny, thin branches, twigs or stems (optional)
Variety of found objects & findings (asian coins, small pebbles, sea shells, beach glass, buttons, small keys, ceramic findings, etc)
Acrylic paints (colors to work with your chosen color scheme)
Matte medium, Decoupage OR Mod Podge
Aleene’s Tacky Glue
Crafter’s Pick The Ultimate OR any fast drying strong glue
Waxed Paper, silicone mat OR any non-stick surface to place under your garland while working.
Black & white printout of a favorite photograph (subject should be nature related like flowers, trees, sea scapes, close ups of sea shells or leaves, etc.) to fit on the 2 1/2 x 3 in. watercolor paper pieces - see above.
Paint brushes & cup of water
Paper Towels & hand wipes
Ruler, Straight edge or Triangle
Hairdryer & extension cord/power strip
Portable table lamp for extra lighting (optional)