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Mixed-Media Collage Artist’s Guild Hybrid Meetup

September 21 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

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Make a scene! Mini-Dioramas with Cathy!

IPRC Classroom / Zoom (Hybrid)

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Join us for this workshop and learn how to create a three-dimensional scene to fit inside a small diorama, also called a shadowbox. You can use small magazine cutouts, paint, or draw the elements of your scene.

When gathering supplies to bring for your mini-diorama, you’ll want to plan a color scheme and a theme for it (for examples, see the photo above for this event). This will help you create a cohesive 3-dimensional piece of art. You also may want to add visual elements of fun, drama or surprise. A diorama tells a story, so you’ll want to think about how your selections either complement and/or contrast with each other, including:

● paint for the diorama box,
● elements for the diorama background, first layer, and second layer, and
● the Washi tape for the exterior of the diorama to “frame” your story.

Note – One pre-scored diorama box will be provided for each in-person attendee: 4 1⁄4” X 3 1⁄8” X 1”. Zoom attendees can order a diorama box in advance. Suggest ordering a minimum of 10 days ahead.

● https://alphastamps.net/
● Product: “Tiny Diorama Box”

What to bring:

● Acrylic paint
● Something to use as a paint palette
● Old jar or plastic container
● Small, flat paint brush, approximately 1⁄2”
● PVA glue (“bookbinders glue”) or other liquid glue in a bottle
● Small brush for glue (old/cheap), approximately 1⁄2”
● Waste paper
● Scissors
● Bone folder or your favorite burnishing tool
● Ruler
● Pencil
● Something to score/mark heavily on card stock
● 1 piece of plain card stock measuring exactly 4 1⁄4” x 3 1⁄8”
● Card stock scraps: 4-6 small pieces, at least 4 1⁄4” long and 2” wide
● Washi tape: 15 mm (9/16”) width is a MUST; you’ll need 16” total
● Supplies to create your diorama background and elements.
If painting or drawing: colored pencils, markers, watercolors, etc.
If collaging: variety of magazine or other cutouts.

NOTE: your elements need to be small so that they can be seen in the diorama viewing window. The diorama box has a border, so the viewing window is: 3 3/16” X 2 1/16” (three and three-sixteenths inches by two and one-sixteenth inches).

Optional to bring:

● Small, portable paper cutter
● Hair dryer
● Tweezers
● Bamboo skewer
● Your favorite scissors for making collage “fussy cuts”

Register here. Some additional, helpful workshop information will be provided to attendees via email after sign-up.


September 21
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Independent Publishing Resource Center Classroom & Zine Library
318 SE Main St.
Ste. 145, OR 97214 United States
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