Thursday, May 1, 2014
Norton Elementary School will be having a Mother's Day Farmer's Market on May 9 to raise money for their greenhouse. I talked to the kindergarten teacher whose class I have been a volunteer for several years about the idea of the kindergarten children making cards for Mother's Day and I would make paper embedded with marigold seeds in it. These could be sold along with the plants the children in the school have been growing in the school's greenhouse.
I am also teaching a class for the City of Norton Parks and Recreation on making cards with dried flowers and handmade paper. For those of you who live too far away to create with us, I took some photos while I made the paper.
I get some warm tap water to put into the bottom of the Sterilite plastic box. The box is on the sink in the studio.
The sheets of felt with the paper are now drying on the shelves of the greenhouse. It is quite chilly here today and the greenhouse is the warmest and driest place I could think of to put the felts. In the summer, I hang the felts outside and they are dried in a few hours.
The dried paper will be torn and cut to create shapes for cards. The paper can be planted to grow marigolds.