Botanical Collage

Lesley Riley

Date: June 12 - June 16, 2022

Name of Event: 

“Botanical Collage"

Medium: Mixed

Level: All

Location: Studio

  Status: Open

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Rates & Enrollment

Deposit is $450, balance due 30 days before arrival

Day Student Tuition: $895 +  Materials fee

 5-Day Package*: $1,950 - 2,250* + 11%Tax

* Your 5-Day Workshop Package includes:

3 1/2 Day Workshop Tuition, 4 nights of dinner, lodging, breakfast, daily snack breaks, unlimited coffee, tea & seltzer plus welcoming  reception with light appetizers

You can choose a room to yourself (single occupancy) or double your fun, bring a friend and split a room (double occupancy).

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In this 3 1/2 day Red Thread Botanical Collage workshop, the emphasis will be on creating surfaces and surface design unique to your personal style and vision.


Botanical Collage is the perfect workshop for anyone who has a collection of both botanical prints, eco prints and cyanotype prints waiting to be taken to the next level.  You will learn to turn ho-hum prints into a cast of supporting characters for the ones you consider stars.  You will learn the basics of wet-cyanotype and quickly accumulate a stash of these blue and white wonders. 

Throughout the 3 1/2 days, time and attention will be given to honing in on the elements and composition you will employ to create your unique botanical collage.  You will learn how to best adhere a variety of materials.  Lesley will demystify collage composition and provide individual assistance as desired as you create your collage layers.  You will discover how to finish and mount your botanical collage to create a stunning work of art. 

Artist Bio
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Lesley Riley is an internationally known instructor and multi-media artist, working in botanical printing, mixed and digital media, paint and textiles. In 1999 she turned her initial passion for fabric, photos, color and the written word into a dream occupassion that continues to delight and inspire creatives and art lovers everywhere. Lesley has an extensive background in using color and pattern to create innovative art quilts, and most recently, digital modern botanical prints based on her original cyanotypes. Her work is shown and collected world-wide.


Lesley has authored nine books that demonstrate the use of everyday materials - fabric, paper, photographs and text - to create non-traditional art. Her art and articles have appeared in many publications in the US and abroad. She is a former Contributing Editor of Cloth Paper Scissors magazine, and host of the Art & Soul podcast.

In Lesley’s ongoing effort to find the best ways for mixed-media artists to get permanent imagery a variety of surfaces, she introduced Lesley Riley’s TAP Transfer Artist Paper—the state-of-the-art technology for iron-on transfers to fabric and other surfaces. The Craft and Hobby Association named it the CHA Innovation Award Winner in winter 2011. She is a currently a C&T author, a fabric designer with Northcott Fabric, a Golden Paint Artist Educator and a BERNINA Ambassador.


Lesley is a pioneer in taking the 150-year old cyanotype process into the modern digital age, blending the classic and contemporary to create truly unique botanical art. To create her modern botanicals, Lesley combines the cyanotype process with a little water (wet-cyanotype) and leaves gathered from as close as outside her door, to wherever her travels take her, to create carefully composed original cyanotype prints.

These camera-less photographic blueprints become the bones for her subsequent 21st century digital artistry, combining layers of pattern and color culled from her own paintings, artwork and photographs.


Inspiration literally falls at her feet and creativity abounds in an empty nest she shares with her high-school sweetheart husband on a mountaintop in Cascade, MD. You’ll find Lesley in her indoor and outdoor studio from sunup to sundown unless, of course, any of her six children or 16 grandchildren come to visit. 

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Materials Fee: $25 to be paid directly to Lesley on first day of class. 

Using a mix of media and tools both old and new, we will combine the known with experimental approaches to create collage papers (and a wee bit of fabric) with a focus on texture, color, line and feeling, resulting in art parts that make you go, "ahhhh."  

Tools will include cyanotype and paper, paint, pens and pencils, inks, and common household supplies.  Feel free to bring lackluster eco or cyanotype prints as well as previously created prints or papers you wish to polish.  I will have both to share.  I have attached the supply list, which also includes the materials I am providing that are included in the kit fee. 

Click here: Supply List

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Sample   Agenda **


for Artists Rising Creativity Retreat:

5 Days and 4 Nights

Arrival day, check in at 3pm
5pm: meet your fellow students reception with light dinner


Optional yoga, walking, biking in the morning
Workshop from 9-4 (breakfast & lunch included)

Art Studio available 24/7

Optional yoga, walking, biking  in the morning
Workshop from 9-4 (breakfast & lunch included)

Art Studio available 24/7


Optional yoga, walking, biking in the morning
Workshop from 9 -4 (breakfast included)

Optional : Excursion to one of the 169 small towns in Connecticut for touring and lunch and a visit to one of the gardens designed by historic landscape designer, Beatrix Farrand, among the first women to practice landscape architecture in the United States. “A garden, large or small, must be treated in the Impressionist manner,” she once wrote. “Plants are to the gardener what her palette is to the painter.”
Farewell Dinner together in Glastonbury 

Art Studio available 24/7

Optional yoga, walking, biking in the morning
Studio work in the morning, sketching and watercolor on location (breakfast & light lunch included)

Checkout by 1PM


Lots of food, fun, comradery, relaxation, re-winding, Art Studio available 24/7

You can also add an extra day before or after the retreat dates (upon availability)

Other: A complete schedule will be posted as your retreat date nears!

Weather Permitting throughout the week... biking, kayaking or paddle boarding or river excursion, leaf peeping in the Autumn


You will receive an email confirmation and, as time gets closer, more email full of info and goodies.

Here is the payment schedule:

$450 deposit is due at the time of registration. 

Remaining balance is due 30 days before your retreat start date

Pay in Full at time of registration and save $100

Please read our full cancellation policy HERE

** Please note that the Sample Agenda is a sample, meaning exact dates, times or activities can be changed based on weather, scheduling or desires of the group and size of the group.