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February 15 Imaginary Flowers #2 with Helena Puche

Video recording of the session.


How to make Imaginary Flowers

Slide show with lots of ideas

Feb 1 Imaginary Flowers Painting in Acrylic or Ink with Helena Puche

Click HERE for instructions and materials

How to Make Imaginary Flowers slides by Helena

January 18, 2021 Acrylic Painting #2 with Helena Puche

Choose an image below to transfer to your canvas after you paint the background. Print the image to a size corresponding to the canvas. (or free hand a sketch or transfer any desired sketch)

Materials: Same as previous week, plus carbon paper to transfer the image that you choose

Background Ideas Power Point

January 4, 2021 Acrylic Painting #1 with Helena Puche

Click HERE for instructions and materials.

December 21, 2020 Holiday Wreath Ornament Quilling with Cece Grasso


  • Quilling Board and Quilling Tool
  • Wreath Ornament: 16 Green Strips and 5 Red Strips (Red will be cut in half)
  • Glue
  • String to hang Wreath Ornament

Call or email Cece if you have any questions. Email:

December 7, 2020 Holiday Snowflake Ornament Quilling with Cece Grasso

Click HERE for instructions and materials.

November 16, 2020 Watercolor with Carolyn McConnell


See session #1 for materials. No new materials are needed. For best results, use good paper such as Arches cold press watercolor paper. Link to sample drawings:

Recommendation: See watercolor How-Tos on YouTube featuring Emma Lefebvre or Fabio Cembranelli.

November 2, 2020 Kumihimo #2 with Michele Lefevre

Click HERE for instructions and materials

Kumihimo Patterns

October 19, 2020 Kumihimo Braiding #1 with Michele Lefevre

Click here to view video of the session

Click HERE for instructions and materials

October 5, 2020 Water Color Session #2 with Carolyn McConnell

Letters and Leaves

2 projects were done during this session. 

Negative painting and block letters

Negative painting means that coloring in the background first.  See the document below with a photo of an example of negative painting using numbers.  Use watercolor paper and draw a couple of block letters lightly with pencil (called monograms). Also see an example of block letters with some quick zentangles added.

Fall leaves

The document includes a drawing of 4 leaves/with zentangles!!  You can pick and choose between these leaves or find your own outside.  Trace around them with light pencil on watercolor paper.  Do either negative painting with these or just have fun keeping the paints wet and choosing fun colors.  Leaves have plenty of speckles so you can put in dark dots similar to those done on the sunflowers during a previous session.

Extra accessories/toys to play with in addition to the supply list below:

  • A small spray bottle of water
  • A bit of sponge
  • A few tablespoons of salt
  • An old credit card, loyalty card. (Expired of course!). This works even better if you find some concrete and give the card edge a good scraping to soften the edges!
  • And it’s nice to have access to a hair dryer.


  1. Small beginner’s set of watercolors in a “pan,” with 6 basic colors or more in 6 or more little wells.   (or beg borrow or steal a kid’s set, OK for starters)
  2. Watercolor paper: Arches watercolor paper block cold press.  140# The ideal. 9 x 12 or smaller or Fabriano brand, same specs. Or use Strathmore or Canson, a bit lesser quality, both at Michael's
  3. 2 watercolor brushes (at least!) sizes 6 and 8.  Synthetic OK but brushes specific for watercolor are necessary.  They hold water.
  4. Micron or Staedtler pen. .01 black and or .03, or any one you have
  5. Jar to hold water
  6. HB pencil and good eraser, kneaded eraser best
  7. Paper towel  


September 21, 2020 Water Color Zentangle #1 with Carolyn McConnell

Click HERE for instructions and materials.

Link to Carolyn's Sunflower Sketch for printing

August 17, 2020 - Quilling #2 with Cece

Cece's Quilling Presentation

Helena's Quilling Photo Album

Topic: Quilling - Continued with Cece Grasso

  • Updates and housekeeping
  • Show and Tell projects progress since last meeting
  • Quilling project #2 using the same kit used on August 3 - see materials list below

Images above are what we made.


  • 1 Green Strip (cut in quarters)
  • 2 Strips for Small Buds (we'll cut in half) (Example:  Dark Blue)
  • 1 Strip for Center (Example:  Dark Blue)
  • 2 Strips for Flower Petals (cut in half) (Example:  Light Blue)
  • 2 Strips for Flower Petals (cut in half  (Example:  Dark Blue)

Total of 8 Strips

Optional -  Picture Frame:  1 - 6-inch x 6-inch paper (Lightweight) Youtube:

August 3, 2020 - Quilling #1 with Cece

Quilling instruction and practice
Materials: Beginner’s Quilling Kit through Amazon,
Quilling Kit from Amazon above (Quilling Tool; Quilling Board)
   -  6 Strips of 1 Color (Example: Yellow)
   -  1 Strip of 1 Color  (Example: Orange)
   -  2 Strips of Green
Glue (I use Elmer's Washable Clear Glue) 
Optional:  Paper for Card

Quilling Presentation

July 20, 2020 - Zentangle continued with Helena

Click HERE for instructions and materials.

July 6, 2020 - Transfer Sketch & Zentangle with Helena

We followed Helena's instruction, shared some tips and tricks and showed our practice sheets.

  • Materials
    • Carbon Transfer Tracing Paper (Amazon) $7.99 -$8.99
    • Pen (any pen. I use Bic)
    • Pencil
    • Canvas paper (or card stock paper) Amazon
    • Sharpie permanent marker Black- ultra-fine point recommended. Other sizes are acceptable.
    • Alternatively, for transferring, you may use wax free graphite transfer paper.
    • Instead of canvas paper you may use any harder paper that you already have at home.
    • Print three example images on 8x11 paper or print on smaller paper for cards if preferred. Click the following links to display and print: Tangle IdeasLeafFern Leaf
    • Please order or localize at home the items needed. Amazon has all of the materials and Michaels may as well. Michaels has curb pick up for online orders and will send an email when the purchase is ready for pick up. 

June 15, 2020 - Kickoff Meeting

Our kick off meeting was held on June 15, 2020 with 15 members attending! After reviewing slides provided by Helena Puche, we brainstormed ideas for future meetings, and agreed to meet on 1st and 3rd Mondays. Cece Grasso provided slides with background about origami and instructed us in how to make an origami gift card folder. We have a range of skills. We agreed it would be best to start 'simple' and build on basics. Planning in advance will be helpful. Two or more weeks lead time to gather materials may be required for some projects.

Origami gift card holder instructions and materials

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