Betty Bjore (paper tole)



Of all Betty Bjore’s hobbies, paper tole is probably the most difficult and time consuming. It takes a lot of patience to create a picture.

Betty started making paper tole pictures after seeing what her friend Sandy Sowles had done. “I told her ‘I need to learn to do that.’ About 12 years ago I began taking lessons from Sophia, a Canadian. Over a period of about 2 or 3 years I had completed all but one of her required projects. Due to illness Sophie did not come back so I was just maybe 2 weeks from completing the last project to become certified. Since then I have done several pictures. Many of my pictures have been given to family and friends. I may still have about 10.

“You need to use 5 or 6 like prints to cut apart and put back together to give a dimensional look to the picture. I especially like doing cats and birds.” Often layers are woven together, not just layered, and special techniques are used to simulate fur or feathers. There is a lot of waiting for the silicone to dry (at least overnight) before doing the next step. A single picture could take several weeks to make.

Betty sometimes orders sets of prints from a paper tole supply site. Sometimes she makes her own. “I am working on one from a photo of the gazebo in the little town where I grew up.” (Bellville, Ohio)

‘Betty’s Herb Garden’ is actually 3 separate tole projects combined on a wooden plank. The frames need to be custom made with a special slot to hold the pictures back from the glass. This has been a dilemma for Betty. “Since the couple who did our frames sold their business and moved away, it has been very hard to find the proper framing.”

For as long as she could remember, Betty has enjoyed crafts. But until she retired, she didn’t have much time for them. She grew up in Bellville, Ohio, a village about halfway between Cleveland and Columbus. Betty tells how she came to Tanglewood. “After retiring from Merrill Lynch in 1999 and my husband Chuck, from Yellowfreight in 1998, we sold our house in Ohio and became full time Rvers. We spent 2 winters in Texas before finding Tanglewood while searching for a place to winter in Florida in 2001. We were in and out of every park between here and Leesburg and nothing compared to Tanglewood. We became full time residents in 2003 after spending 2 winters in the Outback living in our motorhome. My parents and Chuck’s Aunt Jean moved here shortly after. After losing Chuck in 2009 and then my parents, I am blessed to still have Aunt Jean.

“My daughters and families live from one end of the country to the other; one in Delaware and the other in Texas. I have 5 grandchildren and soon to be a great granddaughter in October.”

Betty has time now for many kinds of crafts. She has made artificial leaves, a dream catcher, baskets, and even picture frames out of popsicle sticks. She has tie-died and has painted sand dollars. Said Betty, “In the past I have done flower arrangements and wreaths, Christmas ornaments and plastic canvas. Have sold many things at our craft fair. Along with Ruth Sanberg, we do the flowers for church. . .

“The newly formed craft club has been a great source to learn new crafts being taught by the members that live in Tanglewood. I have especially enjoyed the button art and the flip flop canvas.” Betty recently taught a lesson on making artificial flowers.

“Here in Tanglewood I have been a member of the decorating committee since it began, now serving as vice chair. Have been treasurer of wood shop, members of petanque, welcome and bingo committees and computer club. Volunteer to deliver newsletters and pick up food for the food drive.

Betty lives year-round at 1999 Sawgrass Trail. Or you may contact her by phoning 863-471-6636 or emailing .

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