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 #47

MT#47, ©Elizabeth Sanford

Curious about how this was done? I’ll explain next month, so be sure to sign up for email updates!



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


Mystery Technique

Mystery Technique #46

MT#46, ©Elizabeth Sanford

Curious about how this was done? Sign up for email updates and learn the explanation next month.

ANSWER TO MYSTERY TECHNIQUE #45: This is a combination of wet-in-wet color mixing and glazing on Unryu paper, which I was delighted to find means “Cloud Dragon Paper.” It contains long, swirling strands of kozo, which caught part of the wet pigment, creating a delicate texture. I began by painting the surface with irregular bands of yellow-orange acrylic ink. After it dried, I add a glaze of diluted red watercolor mixed with granulating medium and sprayed it with water as it started to lose its sheen.

Mystery Technique

Mystery Technique #45

MT#45, ©Elizabeth Sanford

Curious about how this was done? Sign up for email updates and learn the explanation next month.

ANSWER TO MYSTERY TECHNIQUE #44: This is the cover for a piece called Family Secrets. I used a Dremel tool to modify the shape of the central hole and to make grooves in  the wood. I then  added additional texture with an X-Acto knife and stained the surface with walnut ink and diluted acrylic.  Next I glued a flat slice of walnut shell, which I cut with jeweler’s saw, to the watercolor painting in the center.