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Celebration of Light - Santa Lucia NEW! Online Class Nov 11

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Celebration of Light - Santa Lucia NEW! Online Class
Saturday, November 11, 10am-1pm Mountain Time
Instructor: Jone Hallmark
Limit: 15 students. Includes class kit + shipping.
To receive your kit in time for the class, register by Nov 4. All participants must be 15 years or older.

Class Details

With the Winter Solstice approaching and nights growing longer, it’s time to defy the growing darkness with light! It’s a season when celebrations, which are rooted in ancient pagan rituals, break out around the world. Being of Swedish heritage, Santa Fe artist Jone Hallmark is particularly drawn to the Festival of Santa Lucia, whose name comes from “lux”, the Latin word for light.

According to legend, Santa Lucia brought food and aid to Christians who were hiding in the Roman catacombs. She’s typically portrayed with a wreath of candles on her head. The candles provided light to find her way and left her hands free to carry as much food as possible. Though her festival is now largely secular, it’s still a major celebration in Nordic countries, the United States, Canada, and Italy.

True to tradition, Jone’s Santa Lucia is both dressed in white and wears a wreath of candles on her head. In her hands is a special saffron cake. Also true to tradition, she’s accompanied by a small girl and a boy wearing a conical hat and waving a star wand. (Of course, Jone being Jone, the little girl displays a heart!) The three figures are walking through a celebratory arch with stars and more candles twined through the greenery.  

The whole scene works up quickly. Jone provides a small instructional booklet and demonstrates how a just few lines and dots create the delicate tone on tone patterns on the dresses. She also provides instructions for decorating the faces and the base. After painting the little peg dolls and the base, enjoy shaping and embellishing the arch to frame your personal Festival of Santa Lucia tableau. Whether or not to bake a saffron cake is up to you!

This online class will be recorded and made available to class participants for 10 days after the class. 

Class Materials

Please bring the following materials:

Jone uses Deco Art Americana, which comes in small plastic bottles, but other acrylic paints are fine. The brand Folk Art is comparable in price. Following is a list of the specific Deco Art Americana colors she used for this project. Feel free to substitute other colors. 

  • Santa Red (true red)
  • Light Buttermilk (off white)
  • Hauser Medium Green (basic green)
  • Hauser Dark Green (evergreen or forest green color)
  • Warm Beige
  • Chocolate Brown (dark brown)
  • Honey Brown (golden brown)
  • Titanium (bright white)
  • Glorious Gold (metallic gold)
  • Scissors for fine cutting
  • Paper towels and baby wipes
  • Jar with water for painting
  • White craft glue (Jone uses Alene’s Tacky Glue because it sets up quickly and holds tightly)
  • Optional: Modge Podge to overlay your designs with a protective coat. Jone uses the matte finish.
  • Optional: apron

    Class Kit Includes:

    • Jone’s signature booklet of charming designs and instructions
    • Peg dolls and wooden base
    • Wire & greenery
    • Set of acrylic paint brushes
    • Small bits and pieces: candles, hearts, cake bits, stars, pushpin, etc to complete the scene

    We ship class kits approximately 2 weeks before the class via USPS Priority Mail. You will receive a tracking number email from USPS (check your spam folder) once your kit ships. Kits can only be shipped within the USA. If you’re outside the USA and would like to take the class, please contact us for information.

    Zoom Info

    Be sure to look for an email with class details sent out the Monday before the class. Classes with homework may receive pre-class info earlier. The email includes a Zoom link to login, the class agenda, a materials list, and information on any pre-class prep. Please be prepared to RSVP to the info email so we know you are set for class. If you don’t see the class email from us check your spam folder. No email? Double check the email address you entered when you registered. It's on your order confirmation. If there's still an issue, contact

    Class Refund/Cancellation Policy

    For cancellation made 3 weeks before class we can either issue a refund or apply the funds to another class. We deduct the price of the class kit plus shipping if we’ve already shipped the kit, and we retain a $10 processing fee for EACH class cancelled. If you cancel fewer than 3 weeks before the class there is no refund or credit. If Two Hands Paperie cancels a class, we’ll contact you by email and refund the FULL class fee.

    Instructor Bio

    Santa Fe artist Jone Hallmark, who says of herself, “I tend to work in a two-inch square!”, has created her own little world of magical delights. Each tiny wonder – from the cleverest fox or hedgehog to a charming parade of flower-bearing young girls – is handcrafted from paper clay, wire, wood, and other tiny bits and pieces. Her sophisticated yet simple designs show the influence of both her father’s Scandinavian heritage and the intricate painted miniatures she collected when living in Switzerland. Her affinity for using small, ordinary objects comes from her mom, also a graphic designer and artist. She taught Jone that you can make just about anything you want instead of going to a store to buy it. Jone’s creative life started on the floor of her father’s studio, where she sat as a child surrounded by brushes, paints, and a treasure of paper.

    Her passion for design eventually led to work developing store displays, award-winning lines of decorated papers, and the beloved Bryce and Madeline stickers. One day, after twenty years of licensing her artwork for other people’s products, Jone realized that she needed to get back to basics and simplify. In that moment, her tiny little world was born. Now she spends her time teaching, drawing, painting, and making huge messes on every available flat surface. See her work on Instagram at @jonehallmark.


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