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Making Paper Mache Birds

September 7, 2023 @ 10:00 am 11:30 am PDT

Meet Nancy Overton and explore her beautiful methods for sculpting birds with everyday items.

Nancy will give us a slide presentation of step-by-step photos of how she makes a bird: tools and materials, collecting reference photos, making a silhouette drawing, making wire silhouettes, putting the silhouettes together and filling in the frame, covering the frame with strips of newspaper, covering the bird in colored papers, and applying the eyes. Have your journal ready to sketchnote this process!

From our Special Guest

My name is Nancy Overton and I am an artist. In the years I spent in the commercial craft industry, I developed designs and products for the craft and gift markets. I wrote how-to articles for craft publications and instructions for craft kits. In my fine art life, my world is paper and glue: paper collage and paper mache. Through my themes of birds, animals and flowers my goal is to increase awareness and care for the natural world and through my food themes, my goal is to encourage the celebration of wine, tea and cookies. I sell my art in galleries, license art to the gift market, teach an occasional class and run a small greeting card and poster business. When I’m not creating, I will be in the garden, walking the dog or roaming estate sales looking for old recipes and letters, sheet music and other ephemera to use in my paper creations. I am a graduate of The California College of Arts and Crafts in Oakland, 1965 and I live in Roseville, CA. www.nancyovertondesign.com

All ages and experience levels are welcome. No registration is necessary.

Suggested donation: $20. Your donation helps support me and my family. Your generosity is deeply appreciated and it makes an immediate difference in my ability to continue to offer these programs. Your donation is tax-deductible. Click here to donate. If you are not able to donate at this time, no problem–please continue to enjoy the classes and find another way to pay it forward in your community with acts of kindness and service. Thank you!

If you are new to Zoom or are having trouble with the meeting controls, please see these notes and suggestions on Zoom Tips for Online Classes with John Muir Laws to help you get more out of the online workshop. When possible I will also make a recording of the workshop and post it on my blog. I look forward to seeing you there!


  • Your Journal and favorite drawing materials. Taking notes while you watch and participate will help you remember the new techniques and incorporate them into your journaling.
  • Your sense of humor!
$20 Suggested Donation

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