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Gilded Leaves

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Gilded Leaves
Karen Tanner
Date and Time:
10:00am - 4:00pm
$105 plus $20 Materials Fee
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February 27, 2018
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March 13, 2018

Workshop registration opens for members on February 27.

Workshop Overview

Do leaves hold stories? Learn a new art form with this beautiful ancient style/contemporary method of gilding natural deciduous leaves onto canvas support. By embedding the leaves with gesso on canvas, undercoating with renaissance red paint, and carefully laying gold metallic gold leaf onto the canvas, it becomes a beautiful work of art. Add richness and depth with layers of transparent acrylic wash and liquid glaze. You will leave the workshop with finished artwork. Leaves for embedding can be gathered at Sitka, or you can bring leaves that hold your story.

About the Instructor(s)

After a lifetime of making art, Karen Tanner says she views her art as her voice: “I begin with layering washes, showing the visual passage of time by building depth and texture. The layering and subtracting of paint uncovers my message. Recently I’ve been exploring inner life symbols. I often work with metal leaf. They represent the dueling of the spiritual/material worlds.” Retiring from a career teaching fine and graphic arts, Tanner explored her professional art life and its direction. She emerged from this period of self reflection a more authentic, more purposeful and ultimately more influential artist.

Materials List: Students Bring

Instructor provides all essential materials.


• Participants can bring their own pressed leaves that have personal meaning to incorporate into artwork.

Materials List Provided by Instructor(s)

• White Gesso

• two canvas supports, various sizes up to 8'x10'

• Acrylic paint several colors 

• Gold leaf to cover each of the canvases and adhesive

• Glaze 

• Paintbrushes,

• sponges 

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