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Pretty Little Things:  Decoupage Oyster shells

Instructor: Karen Zukas

Ages: 15 & up

Location: Kilburn Mill building - 101 West Rodney French Blvd NB

Format: 2 hour workshop

Date: Thursday MAY 23rd

Time:  10:00 to Noon 

Fee:  $35 includes all materials to make up to 6 lovely ornaments. Shells, paper, adhesive, gold paint, gold thread, tools. 

Pretty Little Things: Decoupage Oyster shells

  • All of our workshops make great gifts of an experience and the products you make in them also make great gifts !!  We will take you through the process of creating these decorative little beauties for a catch all by the sink or by the bed or as hanging decor for any occasion.  The craft of decoupage goes all the way back to Siberia in ancient times, later moving to China, then with French and Florentine followers.  It is a series of cutting out paper and adhering it through a gluing and varnishing process to hard objects like wood, and natural things like sea shells and gourds.  It is only limited to the beauty of the paper designs, and is often embellished with gold or silver leaf, beading, fresh pressed flowers and other botanicals.  They are dazzling to behold.  These are recycled fresh oyster shells gleaned from our friends at The Black Whale !! 

  • Karen Charbonneau Zukas has been making all kinds of stuff  for most of her life.  She is a graduate of Tufts university and The School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston with a master’s degree in education from Western New England University. She is a recognized portrait painter and potter and former columnist for the Bulletin in Boston. She has been teaching various subjects, primarily advanced ESL, fine art, writing, test prep, debate and humanities; at universities, preparatory, public, private and international schools and community ed in Boston and now locally for over 35 years. She and her family moved back to the south coast in 2013. She is currently working on a book which is a series of short animal stories from her personal experiences. She is the proprietor of Peasantware Pottery in New Bedford and the founder of The New Bedford Art and Cultural Emporium at Kilburn ! Email: 
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