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Artists’ Forum Tomorrow Night!

Here’s a sneak preview of what inspires my work: three photos of some of my favorite dancing trees! Learn more tomorrow night; I’ll be taking part in an Artists’ Forum with Michele Lambert and Brenda Stein from 6:30 – 7:30 pm at the Bellevue Branch Library.

tree8, ©Elizabeth Sanford


tree 10, ©Elizabeth Sanford


tree 11, ©Elizabeth Sanford

Announcements Exhibitions & Events

Bound Together Opens!

Here are 3 views of  Family Secrets, my entry in Bound Together, an exhibit at Watkins College of Art & Design. While the show will be up through October 16, tomorrow is the annual Handmade and Bound event, so that’s the best day to see it.  Find more information here:


Family Secrets, detail, ©2015 Elizabeth Sanford

Family Secrets, mixed media, ©2015 Elizabeth Sanford

Family Secrets,alternate view, ©2015 Elizabeth Sanford

Announcements Exhibitions & Events

Opening Soon!


I’m so honored to be part of this show! Here are the details:

In Honor of the 2015 United Nations Year of Soils

An interdisciplinary exhibition featuring natural history specimens, artist books and poems selected from an international call for entries.

Exhibition Dates:
August 6, 2015 to December 4, 2015
Collins Library, the University of Puget Sound

Opening Reception:
September 10, 2015, 5:30 – 7:00 p.m.
Collins Library, the University of Puget Sound

On-Line Catalog:

Events Calendar

  • Exhibition Opening September 10, 2015 from 5:30 – 8:00 p.m.
    Reception will be held from 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. Light refreshments will be served. Curator Lucia Harrison will then give a lecture entitled “Intersections:  How Artists and Scientists Can Collaborate to Create Environmental Awareness” from 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.
  • Art/Science Salon September 17, 2015 from 4:30 – 8:30 p.m.
    Tour the exhibit and attend a talk by Lucia Harrison (Visual Arts) and Abir Biswas (Geology) from The Evergreen State College.
  • Educator and Student NightSeptember 24, 2015 from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m.
    Learn about “Staying Healthy with Polluted Soils” with Walt Burdsall from the Tacoma Smelter Plume Project and “Combining Art, Literature and Science in the Classroom” with Lucia Harrison.
  • Earth Pigments: Hands-On Activity & Family Reading Hour – October 3, 2015 from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m
    Make acrylic, egg tempera, and watercolor with soil pigments with Curator Lucia Harrison and join members of Puget Sound Greek Life for stories about soil.
  • Dirt? Poets Reflect on Soils and the EnvironmentOctober 15, 2015 from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
    A Poetry Reading with Regional Poets featured in the Dirt? Exhibition. A celebration in conjunction with Tacoma Arts Month.

All events are open to the public and will take place in Collins Library, University of Puget Sound.

Here are 2 views of my piece, Secret Sides of Soil: 

Secret Sides of Soil, watermedia on paper,4.5x4.5x4.5 inches, ©2015 Elizabeth Sanford

Secret Sides of Soil, alternate view, ©2015 Elizabeth Sanford

It’s an origami flexicube.

Mystery Technique

Mystery Technique #40


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ANSWER TO MYSTERY TECHNIQUE #39: This shows some of the amazing effects possible when you combine acrylic ink and water on Yupo, a synthetic paper. I began by wetting the surface and applying a mix of diluted acrylic inks; I then used a spray bottle filled with water to encourage this turbulent mix of runs, rivulets and spots.

Mystery Technique

Mystery Technique #39


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ANSWER TO MYSTERY TECHNIQUE #38: This is a preview of a new wall sculpture. I began by making some linear marks with diluted white acrylic ink on 300 lb. hot press watercolor paper. After this layer dried, I wet the paper and mixed Granulation Medium with various granulating watercolors, including Daniel Smith’s Sodalite Genuine, my favorite of their PRIMATEK series. The dark shape is a cutout that reveals part of the layer underneath.

Mystery Technique

Mystery Technique #38

MT#38, ©Elizabeth Sanford

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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