What you will need

Welcome to the "Upcycled Winter Roze" workshop!

You will need:

  • 4 Zendala-sized (4-5/8" or 117mm diameter) rounds cut out from a grocery store paper bag (or Kraft paper)
  • Markus Operandus printed (free download)
  • scissors
  • craft glue (I use ModPodge and a toothpick)
  • Thin round stick like bamboo BBQ skewer or thin round paintbrush
  • white gel pen (like Sakura Gelly Roll 10)
  • white charcoal pencil and tortillon (I use General’s charcoal)


  • Gel pens in other colors if you would like to add colors to your rose
  • Charcoal pencils / coloring pencils if you would like to add colors other than white

* If you are using pencils in different colors, you may want to consider using a spray fixative before putting together rose petals.

*Please test your pens and pencils on your grocery paper bag to ensure they work on this unique drawing surface. Gel pens and pastel / charcoal pencils generally work well on grocery paper bags, but not all pens, pencils and paper are created equal. 

*Upcycling, repurposing, and recycling to save our precious recourses is something I try to incorporate in every aspect of my life, and I enjoy teaching the “Upcycled” workshop series using the grocery store bags. However, please feel free to use what you feel appropriate for this project.