Mystery Technique

Mystery Technique #49

MT#49, ©Elizabeth Sanford

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I began with a yellow layer followed by an orange one on a piece of hot press watercolor paper. After it dried, I applied fluid acrylic magenta with a moldable foam stamp. I created the stamp by heating a piece of Pen Score with a heat gun and then pressing the foam on top of scattered wild rice. According to the package, you can even “melt away” unwanted designs by reheating the foam.

Announcements Exhibitions & Events

Meet me at OZ Arts!

Tales from the Anthropocene, side 2, ©Elizabeth Sanford

Come and see the amazing Modular Art Pods at OZ Arts Nashville! I was lucky enough to collaborate with Patricia Earnhardt; I did the outside, and she did the inside. Ours is a 6-foot cube called Tales of the Anthropocene; the event runs through June 25. Read more about it on Tony Youngblood’s site:

and here:


Tales from the Anthropocene,side 2, ©Elizabeth Sanford


Tales from the Anthropocene, detail, ©Elizabeth Sanford


Be sure to check out Joseph Hazelwood’s amazing video installation on vintage TVs in the Escaparte if you go. Here’s a shot of our segment taken through our “sneak preview” cube; that’s me in the cobalt blue shirt.


Tales from the Anthropocene,Escaparte ©Elizabeth Sanford

Announcements Classes/Workshops Exhibitions & Events

Free Workshop, ARTFIX Feature, New Exhibit and More!


Isn’t this a gorgeous catalog? I’m so thrilled to be part of this amazing show! Get a sneak preview here:



What a lovely surprise to see my work featured on ARTFIX daily!  Read all about it here, and find out why 20,000 is my new favorite number:


Reshaping the Shadows-Unseen Omens, ©2014, Elizabeth Sanford

It’s such an honor to be featured in Maxine Masterfield’s Spirit of Experimental Art, and it’s free to subscribe! The topic this time is “The Power of Observation,” so this piece, Reshaping the Shadows: Unseen Omens, is especially appropriate. I’m in the Finding Inspiration section; get your subscription here:


I’m offering quite a few workshops this summer, including a free one at the Green Hills Library; find out the details here:

Workshops & Classes


Announcements Exhibitions & Events

My First Billboard!

Vanderbilt Library, ©2016 Elizabeth Sanford

I never dreamed that I’d have work featured on a billboard! Art history students at Vanderbilt University selected and curated this exhibition; it’s an intriguing comparison of similar themes in medieval texts and contemporary book arts. I’m so honored that they chose one of my books; it was inspired by my 3-year-old niece – the figure can twirl on her string.

Here’s a photo from the reception and another view of the case featuring my piece.

Vanderbilt reception, ©2016 Elizabeth Sanford

Vanderbilt 4:25:16 show, ©Elizabeth Sanford


And there’s more! It’s rare that I  have 2 major events so close together! Here’s a shot of my table at Watkins College of Art, Design & Film. Saturday night was their big pARTy celebration.

Watkins pARTy, ©2016 Elizabeth Sanford

Mystery Technique

Mystery Technique #48

MT #48, ©2016 Elizabeth Sanford

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Here’s another example of what happens when you start with dark paper instead of white. This time I began with dark green Lama Li Lokta, a handmade paper from Nepal. While it has an interesting texture because of the fibers, I wanted more color variety. I used a crumpled piece of plastic to apply acrylic paint, making an irregular pattern of yellow greens and blue greens to contrast with the color of the paper.

Mystery Technique

Mystery Technique #47

MT#47, ©Elizabeth Sanford

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This is an example of paper marbling. I used a thin tool to swirl patterns in the colors before transferring the paint to a prepared piece of bluish gray Canson Mi Tientes. It’s the paper color and the use of white paint that give it such a distinctive look – this is what the paper looked like before I marbled it:


Here’s the same blue and black paint on white paper:

marbling sample