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Lace Paper and Blowouts

March 23, 2023 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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A 2-Day In-Studio Workshop!

Thursdays, March 23 and 30, 6-9pm

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About this Workshop:

In this workshop, you’ll learn how to use stencils and found objects to make beautiful lace-like paper! 

Paper blowouts are made by placing a stencil on top of a freshly formed sheet of paper and then using water to spray or blow out the pulp around the object. What’s left is a surprising image created by the stencil.  Layers of imagery can be created on existing sheets or individual doily-like pieces of paper can be made with this method. Students will leave with 10-15 sheets of unique art paper pieces. 

Level: Intermediate – Introduction to Hand Papermaking or similar workshop experience (6 hours) required.

Registration closes March 14, 2023. Material fees are included with your registration, though a small list of additional items needed will be sent with your confirmation.

Sample images by Gretchen Schermerhorn


Registration includes a $35 materials fee to cover consumable materials provided in class, including cotton fiber, pellon, mylar,, and pigments.  Students will need to supply additional materials of their own, including:

  • Non-skid shoes, boots, or crocs that can get wet (comfort is key too – you’ll be on your feet a lot in this workshop) 
  • Personal apron (waterproof is recommended)
  • Notebook or sketchbook for taking notes


Gretchen Schermerhorn is a printmaker and hand papermaker and currently serves as Artistic Director at Pyramid Atlantic. She received her MFA in Printmaking from Arizona State University, and since then has completed artist residencies at The Women’s Studio Workshop in New York, Columbia College Center for Book and Paper in Chicago, Seacourt Print Workshop in Northern Ireland, California State University and the Robert Rauschenberg Residency in Florida. Her prints, installations, and works on paper works have been exhibited around the country and internationally, and her work is part of the Montgomery County Public Art Trust, Anne Arundel Community College’s print collection, and the Janet Turner Print Collection. You can learn more about her work at www.gretchenschermerhorn.com.



“Gretchen is an incredible teacher.  She has a passion for art and teaching that conveys to the students.  I always leave her class excited about what I’ve just learned.”

Workshop Attendee, Intermediate Papermaking: Eastern Style with Gretchen Schermerhorn

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