Saturday, August 1, 2009

Art Extravaganza

Yesterday I went to the Art Extravaganza at Sierra Azul Nursery in Watsonville.
It is put on by the Pajaro Valley Arts Council as a part of their annual "Sculpture Is" show.
I took a workshop from John Babcock on paper-making. We used plants from the nursery. One of them was bearded iris and one was rush.
After John and his wife, Linda cut the plants on Wednesday, they took them home for chopping and soaking. The morning of the workshop they boiled everything up for us.
We took small handfuls and either pounded them to a pulp with a mallet or put them in a blender, or a combination of both. We mixed and poured into a small 8"x8" frame.

Here are scans of the two I did. My camera is on vacation with another family member. The scanner didn't pick up the detail so well because the paper is not flat after drying.
The process was fun and very interesting. Now I want to take the 2 day workshop that John and Linda are giving in November.

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