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This is a 5-week online course that will begin Monday, January 10, 2011

In this class, you will learn how to dry and treat flowers, which is one of the signature features of Rachel Emilie Jackson's work. You'll learn techniques for staining papers and manipulating gesso for frosty and chalky effects. You will also learn how to use watercolors to complement stamping, and learn to stamp on Rachel's favorite surface, bringing paper's soft, tactile qualities to the fore.

Upon enrollment, you will receive a FREE Romancing the Paper kit that includes: Bristly brush, blank tea bags, piece of glassine, postcard sized heavy hot-pressed watercolor paper (3), piece of vellum, assorted elements (pastel paper, handmade paper, paper flowers).

You will also have exclusive access to all of the videos and class-specific materials including:

  • 5 weeks of creative instruction on creative papercraft and rubber stamping with a touch of soft color and faded romance
  • weekly video tutorials (1-2 each week)
  • photo sharing gallery

To get ready for class, please also make sure you have the following items on hand before class begins:

  • Watercolors - half pans or tubes
  • Inkpads such as Versafine, Archival or StazOn that work well on top of acrylic-painted surfaces
  • Versamark inkpad
  • Rubber or clear stamps of choice
  • Access to flowers or leaves to dry
  • Dye inkpads and waterproof inkpads (e.g. Adirondack, Distress Ink, or Archival for waterproof ink)
  • Gel medium
  • Gesso (any good quality gesso and gel medium is fine)
  • White embossing powder
  • Heat gun
  • Tissue paper
  • A few sheets of additional watercolor paper
  • Foam stamps of choice
  • Needle and thread
  • Sponges
  • Mixing pots or palette for paint
  • Water spray bottle
  • Strong, clear, quick-drying glue, like Ranger's Glossy or Matte Accents
  • Acrylic paints - preferably fluid, but "heavy body" paint is fine too

Here is a list of optional items that you may also want to have on hand:

  • A microfleur drying tool
  • Pearlescent tinting medium
  • Watercolor crayons
  • Additional papers for experimenting
  • Assorted trims and collage elements of your choice, such as found text, pearls, etc.
  • Bradawl or piercing tool
  • Bone folder
  • Fluid matte medium

Enrollment is currently closed.
Check back soon to learn about future sessions.


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