Plant Paper Workshop Project
Leader: Dawn Elsenbroek
Opal House 2019
Photography By Bev Abma
This workshop used colors and found objects to make their own paper.
First, the group painted homes, using colors which represented parts of their personality and who you are. ie: artistic, athletic, tall, short, big family, small family, introverted, extroverted, etc.
Next, we went on a walk collecting plants from around the school. The group did three things with the leaves:
- We came back and drew pictures of the plants.
- We painted some leaves, using different colors to represent all the different people in our communities.
- We saved some to make pulp with a blender to use to make our own paper.
On day three, we added our sketches and black paper to the pulp blender. The black paper symbolized how yucky stuff happens in our lives and messes things up.
BUT on day four, we made something beautiful out of this yucky stuff……just like God will make something beautiful out of our bad circumstances… On the dried black handmade paper, we drew plants using oil pastels to make beautiful pictures. The color showed up really nicely on the black paper!
Finally, we create a village out of our houses and pictures and built a community tree in the middle of our village which show how the community can come together and help each other. We can look around and see the houses (people) in our community and how we might relate or help each other in our struggles. Some beautiful things can be created through the process.
Then paper was used to write a letter of encouragement to someone on the last day.