Light Up Your Life: Handcrafting Mixed-Media Luminaria and Decorative String Lights On Demand Web Seminar

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Light Up Your Life: Handcrafting Mixed-Media Luminaria and Decorative String Lights

By Lisa Thorpe

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  • You want to learn how to make lanterns and light covers
  • You’re looking for a fun and creative community building or group activity
  • You need a unique and inspiring gift-making project


In this bustling world of commercialism, making art is a refuge of joy and creative energy. Around the holidays especially, but for all special occasions, it’s wonderful to make gifts for friends and family, and these little lanterns make a glowing gift. Not only are they beautiful and unique, but they are also fast and easy to make. The variations, once you learn how to make them, are also endless.

In this web seminar, learn how to make lanterns and literally light up your life. Lisa will present three mediums you can use to create color and design on the translucent substrate, and then explore endless ways to combine, expand on, and embellish these techniques. The web seminar will also include downloadable patterns for mini luminaria covers that sit over a battery tea-light, and the barrel lantern covers that pop over LED string lights.

This project is wonderful for a community gathering or creative party. Each person gets to design his or her own panel, and then the light covers can be mixed and matched on a string light. This string of lights can then be given to a special honoree, a friend in need, used brighten up a community space, a newborn’s room, and more. There is a bounty of bright possibilities! It would be a wonderful activity to do with friends at a baby or wedding shower, or a creative party night making holiday gifts and decorations together.  Whether you make these alone or in a creative community you’ll find you have a satisfied glow, and they always turn out beautifully.


  • How to make lanterns with a variety of materials
  • Create miniature luminary and string light covers
  • Explore the materials and mediums to use on the translucent substrate
  • Learn multiple methods of creating color and design
  • Discover ways to combine mediums for new effects
  • Spark your imagination with ways to embellish
  • Imagine ways to accomplish this project in community
  • Share your creations as wonderful personal gifts


Lisa Thorpe began her artistic journey as a kid sewing crazy clothes for her Barbie dolls on her hand crank, kiddy sewing machine. This trail led her to the UC Davis Design and Art departments, where her emphasis was on textiles and wearable art. Later on, she received her teaching credentials in Art and Elementary Education at San Francisco State. Over the years Lisa has explored drawing, painting, three-dimensional collage and combinations of all three.

Currently, Lisa is the resident artist at The Bishop's Ranch conference and retreat center outside of Healdsburg where she lives and works with her husband and son. She teaches art in local schools, and to small groups and individuals during their visit at The Bishop's Ranch, and teach at national creative conferences such as CREATE 2012 in Irvine, CA, and Art & Soul in Portland, OR. She loves making art in a community setting, and strives to design workshops and activities for all ages that open up blocked doors and let the bright light of creativity in. In her own work, Lisa is always exploring and experimenting, and she loves to share what she has discovered. She has also had technique articles published in Cloth Paper Scissors magazine, and most recently in Quilting Arts magazine. Check out her blog at, and her website at

SKU: EP8370

Author/Speaker/Editor: Lisa Thorpe

File Type: MP4

Format: OnDemand Webinar