By Sam Skopp
On Sat. Feb. 4, the Camera Obscura Art Lab hosted a Valentine’s Day card-making workshop with instructor Angharad Caceres. Caceres teaches a variety of paper crafts among other art forms here in Santa Monica.
She used to own the Urban Crafts Center in Santa Monica. “When I closed it, I switched to mostly doing workshops.” Now she hosts periodic workshops throughout the year, usually at the Camera Obscura Art Lab.
During the Feb. 4 workshop, participants had access to a variety of tables filled with materials, including different kinds of paper, rubber stamps, washi tape, die cutters, and punches. Caceres naturally focused on making designs with multi-patterned hearts, inner foldout designs, and other Valentine-centric embellishments.
So what’s the secret to making a good Valentine’s Day card? Caceres says one of the main criteria is the design. “However,” she adds, “I’ve seen some really fun stuff that I would have thought was obnoxious.”
At the end of the day, though, she notes the most important thing is that the creator of the card is happy with their work. And especially in the case of Valentine’s Day, that it comes from the heart.
The Camera Obscura Art Lab hosts art, dance and other workshops every week. For more information, visit smgov.net.