Mystery Technique

Mystery Technique #61










Curious about these images? Watch for the explanation next month!



This is part of an experiment in various ways to “save” a circle before painting over it. I began by cutting a few circles out of clear contact paper, sticking them on hot press watercolor paper, and then rubbing them with my burnishing tool to keep paint from seeping under the edges. I painted the other circles with either a thin layer of permanent masking fluid, white acrylic ink, or yellow acrylic. After these dried, I got the paper wet and painted it with blue and green watercolor. I alternated layers of blues and greens with ribbon-like shapes of diluted yellow and white; removing the contact paper halfway through the process varied the depth of the circles. I used some of Daniel Smith’s PRIMATEK Green and Blue Apatite in the final layers for some texture and added shading to some of the circles for a little more dimension.



Announcements Classes/Workshops Exhibitions & Events

Workshops at Owl’s Hill, Watkins & More!




I’m delighted to announce that Owl’s Hill Nature Sanctuary is hosting one of my Art & Nature workshops on September 23! You’ll have the chance to make and decorate your own nature journal, go on a special kind of hike, and take a turn with The Box of Wonders; find out the details here:

My volvelle workshop at the Main Library is full, and you’ll have to wait until October for my Plaza workshops; but there’s still room in my 9-week Mixed Media class at Watkins on Wednesday nights! I’ll also be teaching a 2-day Natural Abstractions workshop on September 30 and October 1. Learn more about both here:

I got great feedback about my Installations at the Richland Park Library Branch, so it was sad to see them come down this week; there’s still time to see the ones at the Bellevue Branch, though!



Mystery Technique

Mystery Technique #60

Mystery Technique


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This is a sample nature journal I did as part of the preparations for the Art & Nature events at the Bellevue and Richland Park Library Branches. The yew clippings made a great paintbrush to paint the cover! Although I tried various other plants, the yew is my favorite; there’s a lot of expressive energy in the marks. Because these events were geared to families, I used Sargent Art Watercolor Magic washable liquid watercolors for the paint.


Announcements Classes/Workshops

Freak Accident, Missing June, New Workshop & More!



It happened in a flash. One minute I was walking through the parking lot on my way to swim laps; and the next, I was on the asphalt in agony with multiple fractures in my leg! That’s the short version of why the June postings for this blog went missing; a teen on a bike shattered all my summer plans.


Backyard Food Chain, detail, ©Elizabeth Sanford


Because I’m currently in a wheelchair wearing a leg immobilizer, most of my summer classes had to be postponed and will now take place sometime in the fall. The good news is that I’ve decided to teach a few small workshops in my home. The next one is a Tunnel Book Workshop on August 19. It’s limited to 5 students, so email me soon if you want to join us, and I’ll fill you in on the details!


a&n adventures logo, ©2017 Elizabeth Sanford


I’m thrilled to announce that the Art & Nature Adventure Kits are available at the Bellevue and Richland Park Libraries, so just ask a staff member at one of those Branches how to start your own adventure by checking one out!

The Mystery Technique will return in August!