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Lanterns decorated in Sellwood Library workshop

by: DAVID F. ASHTON - Sitting with Artist Cindy Lommasson, participant Amanda Chavez shows how her autumn lantern project is progressing.Several Inner Southeast residents spent the afternoon at the Sellwood Branch Library on October 5 – for a workshop dedicated to decorating paper lantern shades.

Artist and craft instructor Cindy Lommasson told THE BEE that she’d proposed the workshop, and seven libraries, including the Sellwood Branch Library, said they wanted the program.

“I thought it would be fun to make the lantern into more of a ‘mobile’, because it's really too small to safely hold a lit candle,” Lommasson said. “But, a small LED light might be very nice.”

Participants cut leaves out of construction paper, and attached autumn-colored ribbons that would let the leaves swirl around in the wind.

“We have a liquid water colors and sprayers; some prefer to paint directly on the white tissue paper lanterns. And it is an autumn theme, so I brought out autumn leaf colors.”

As participants completed their projects, Lommasson said, “I’ve always enjoyed doing crafts. Doing and teaching crafts has been part of my life since childhood. Coming up with these crafts is something that I really enjoy.”

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