New Uses for Produce

by Cecie Chewning

Who knew that carrots, apples, corn, potatoes, turnips, limes and others were just waiting for their chance to become tools to make art?

Janice led CBAS Study Group last weekend to explore the possibilities of stamping with veggies and fruits as well as with grasses, leaves and other growing things. There was also fun foam available to cut and print with. Dee led off the afternoon with examples of her printed work to inspire the group.

Here’s a sampling of the afternoon’s creativity:

Remember…as a CBAS member you, too, can explore your talents with Study Group that meets once a month in our studio at Pendleton Arts Center. For more information, contact Janice at

Cool Collage

It’s getting hotter outside, but we learned about collage with the coolest, Sara Pearce.

Sara talked about materials, technique, and copyright, among other things. She also challenged us to a variety of small projects, including using monochromatic materials (I was compelled to add red to my gray assignment — fail!), using only letters and numbers, and then creating something using vintage pictures and ephemera.

Here are a few helpful hints:

  • Move the paper, not your cutting hand. This makes the project easier to manage.
  • When cutting large pieces, cut the center parts out first. That way, the piece is less likely to fall apart.
  • Glue dots aren’t just for kids! Glue aficionados agree that glue dots work. You can stick a piece together, then take it apart!
  • A top coat keeps everything together and gives a nice finish. Use a variety of glues (experiment) or even varnish.

Here are some photos, courtesy Janice Kagermeier:

Sara brought fun stuff to share!

More kinds of glue than you can imagine!!!

Careful cutting.

Positioning pieces.

Terminal stud!

More fine work by Veronica!

“Useful Beauty” by Kelly

Shifu Study Group

Photos from my Paper Threadmaking Explorations I taught to the Cincinnati Book Art Society Study Group where we tried 15 different papers I purchased from Suder‘s Art Store in Cincinnati. Thanks to Susan Byrd, who taught us all about the Art of Shifu (cloth woven with paper thread) and the how to make paper thread at her lecture at the Cincinnati Art Museum and her workshop in Cincinnati on March 4, 5.








Gellin’ with Study Group

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Members of the CBAS Study Group gathered on the second Saturday of September to learn about printing with a gelli plate. Wow, did we have fun! Study Group Coordinator Janice Kagermeier had homemade gelli plates all ready for us; we had a choice of circles, squares or rectangles. Members Jo Diamantes and Patty Bertsch led the session. First they introduced us to the care of our plates.

Jo beginning demonstrationGelli plateThey talked about recipes for homemade plates and about where to buy commercially produced ones. We each received a packet of great hand-outs and a bag of materials that could be used to enhance our printing. Acrylic paints were provided. After a little instruction and some examples of finished work to see, we were off and running. Our three-hour class flew by. With a wide range of styles and aesthetic choices we enjoyed looking at each other’s production and were inspired to continue to explore this easy and rewarding printing technique. Here are some images of…


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Thanks to Patty and Jo for their thorough prep and for being such great teachers. And we are ever so grateful to Janice for making all those plates.

Photos from Janice and Cecie.