Artist’s Recipes for Disaster

Jul 01, 2014
Angelika Paul is Artist-in-Residence for a week at Searsport Shores Ocean Campground and will share her Recipes for Disaster, including homemade play dough.

Searsport — The nonprofit Fiber College is sponsoring an Artist-in-Residence week at Searsport Shores Ocean Campground, Route 1. Angelika Paul will serve up Recipes for Disaster in a weeklong Camp and Create session Sunday through Saturday, July 6 through 12.

The programs are available as drop-in, hands-on presentations throughout the week. No fee is required for instruction. For more information, call 548-6059.

By training, Paul is a scientist with a Ph.D. in Biology. She also is a mom with two young artists running around the house, so keeping them busy is an art in itself. With each unsatisfactory attempt at making finger paints that cracked, or colored sand that stayed brown, she got frustrated that she didn’t know the proportions and variables that would make each recipe a success. So she and her children started testing and experimenting.

They are compiling all the recipes they have tested and optimized into a handy, boxed collection they call Recipes for Disaster. During her week as Artist-in-Residence at Searsport Shores Ocean Campground, Paul will have a different theme each day. She will demonstrate how to make colored sand, pasta, rice and sugar; several different kinds of paints; doughs and clays; slimes; and bubbles. She will measure and cook and mix all these recipes from scratch and have several suggestions on what to create from the concoctions including making marbled paper, making one’s own bouncy ball and a colorful salt mandala.

Paul’s sessions will be perfect for all ages, as she has been trying these recipes since her children were toddlers. Using some of these basic materials is only restricted by one’s creativity. She will be taking pictures to add to her blog Playground Hunt, so campers are invited to join in making Recipes for Disaster art.

Also on site for the week is Captain Steve Spencer of the Laughing Gull as Environmental Artist In Residence. Spencer has devoted his life to the water and loves to share his world of fishing and boating.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or

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