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Beautiful Paste Paper and Flag Book

August 17 @ 10:00 am 3:30 pm

Date: Saturday, August 17th
 10:00 AM – 3:30 PM
Total Sessions:
 Barbara Crow
Location: Room 208, Print Studio
Adults, 18+
Skill Level:
Sliding Scale:
 $70 / $90 / $110
Materials Fee: $10

About the class

Are you ready to have fun and get messy? To give yourself permission to play, experiment, and free up your creativity? To learn an art technique that can be used in many different ways?

The art of making paste paper began in the 17th century when it was first used to create playing cards, wallpaper and then bookbindings. Today, artists enjoy using paste paper in many ways, from collage to furniture. This technique of surface decoration involves spreading a layer of colored paste onto paper then creating patterns using various tools. Additional layers of colors and textures can be applied.

We’ll spend the morning making lots of paste paper and take a break to let it dry. After lunch you’ll turn some of your beautiful paste paper into a flag book – a type of sculptural artist book that you might choose to later embellish with writing, collage, threads, etc.

You’ll go home with your flag book plus several sheets of paste paper which will stand alone as art pieces or can be used for collage, gift wrap, greeting cards, bookmaking or decorating.

Note: Please bring a bag lunch.

Please share any special considerations (medical, physical, learning) that will help your instructor make your class accessible and accommodating for you. You can share these considerations when register or by emailing Sean at

When you register for a class, you’ll be offered three price tiers. The middle tier comes closest to what our registration fees used to be, and covers about 50% of the full cost of your participation in the class – with the other 50% covered by community donations. The first tier creates accessibility for people with limited income, while the third tier covers the full cost of participation – so that we can use community donations to support other people’s registration costs. When you choose to register at the third tier, you directly help support the Center’s efforts to remove financial barriers for others.

The Sonoma Community Center (the Center) strives to create an inclusive, safe community where everyone is treated with dignity and respect. The Center is committed to creating such an environment because it brings out the fullest potential in each of us, which, in turn, contributes directly to creating a community of belonging. In order to ensure a positive, safe, and welcoming experience for everyone, all program participants are asked to abide by the following policies, community agreements, and restorative safety protocol.

About the instructor

Barbara Crow

Instructor / Artist

I have been studying and making art my whole life. I received a B.A. in Art History from George Washington University. A career in graphic arts management gave me a strong sense of color and design. Taking workshops and classes focused me more as an artist and I began working seriously as an artist after attending Santa Rosa Jr. College where I studied painting.

As a painter and collage artist, I work in multiple mediums. I am drawn to texture, color and patterns using paint, paper and mixed media. Sometimes I work from remembered scenes or images, suggestions of where I’ve been and I’m intrigued by weathered and age-worn surfaces. As I build layers, the piece pulls me along, and I’m responding to the juxtaposition of shapes and marks until a cohesive composition develops.

My work has been juried into the Marin Museum of Contemporary Art, Falkirk Cultural Center, The Arts Guild of Sonoma, O’Hanlon Center for the Arts, Santa Rosa Arts Council. I have participated in private group and solo shows at The Sonoma Library, Marin Open Studios, Bump Cellars, Sunflower Café, Guide Dogs for the Blind and others.

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