Mystery Technique #38

MT#38, ©Elizabeth Sanford

Curious about how this was done? check back next month for the explanation.

ANSWER TO MYSTERY TECHNIQUE #37: I used a Japanese screw punch to punch out all the small circles. Here’s what it looks like:

Mystery tool, ©Elizabeth Sanford


Mystery Technique #37

Turning Colors II, ©2015 Elizabeth Sanford

Want to know how I created the looping lines on this flexicube? Check back next month for the explanation.

ANSWER TO MYSTERY TECHNIQUE #36: This is a sneak preview of part of a origami flexicube that I’ll be sending off to an exhibition next month: it’s part of a skink’s head. I began with Permanent Masking Fluid to save the white lines; after it dried, I painted the ground with a mixture of Daniel Smith’s PRIMATEK mineral pigments and Granulation Medium. Next I painted the skink and used a damp piece of sponge to remove some of the paint from the white lines. The last step was adding stippling with a black Pitt pen.

Hello Hedi, Part II!

Backyard Food Chain II, 10.25 x 10 x 1 in., watermedia on paper, ©2015 Elizabeth Sanford

Here’s my Hello Hedi entry. It was fun revisiting Backyard Food Chain by combining Hedi Kyle’s flag structure with a tunnel book. I really enjoy the way the story changes as you turn the pages, although it was challenging to figure out how to make all the panels work together.


Backyard Food Chain II, detail, ©2015 Elizabeth Sanford

Notice the zebra swallowtail caterpillar peeking out from behind a branch?


Backyard Food Chain II, detail #2, ©2015 Elizabeth Sanford

That’s a tufted titmouse on the last panel.

Opening Tonight!


I’m so thrilled to be in this show; wish I be there for the opening!

Here’s a link to the catalog:

Mystery Technique #36

MT#36, ©Elizabeth Sanford

Want to learn more about how this was done? Check back next month for the explanation.

ANSWER TO MYSTERY TECHNIQUE #35: I began by using plastic wrap to apply a little gesso for a slight texture; after it dried, I added a layer  of diluted yellow acrylic ink. All the other colors came out of one tube of paint – Daniel Smith’s Serpentine Genuine, one of their PRIMATEK mineral pigments. I also added some Granulation Medium for more texture.