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February 2021 Newsletter

President's Message - Lisa Lewis

President’s Report

Good Day all and welcome to the “menopause” time of year: hot one minute and freezing cold the next!

There are so many chances for us to hone our skills and learn new ones that I’m going to leave those descriptions for those who coordinate these opportunities for our chapter.

On January 18, following our general meeting, we enjoyed painting a chickadee with Deb Poster. She was masterful in her guidance and patient with those of us who needed a little extra instruction. It was fun to see all of the different surfaces that were being painted, too. Thank you for sharing your talent with us, Deb!

As we look ahead to the upcoming general meetings this year, you will notice that we will be incorporating some demonstrations as well as quick projects. We want to give you some opportunities to learn something new, whether it be painting along or taking notes on how you can incorporate the information into your projects. There is always some new tip somewhere!

I’m delighted to announce that when we are able to transition back to live general meetings, Garden Plaza will welcome us back. When that will be, we’ve yet to know. Thank you to Catherine Roche, our facilities liaison. She is always “Johnny-on-the-Spot” for information!

It has been interesting trying to figure out a budget for 2021 since everything is different! We typically will have some expenses when we host a seminar or some other similar event. However, our virtual seminars still require a monetary outlay of some sort since our instructors deserve some remuneration. We are doing our best to predict the number of artists who will be attending these seminars so, if you are interested in taking one, please follow the sign-up guideline and sign up early either by check or credit card.

SDP has passed on a cute covid project that you may wish to do, incorporating a mask into some art supplies. Look for that information on our website.

Thanks for reading this far!

Lisa Lewis
Co-Vice President/Program Report - Nancy Glassman, Mary Steingesser

Happy Valentines Day Everyone!  I hope you all have some exciting plans, Virtual or in Person with your special someone.

I want to give a special recognition to Deb Poster and Mary Steingesser for all the extra planning and improvising they have done
and continue to do on Zoom..  They are making our Zoom classes not only  possible for our members to attend, and teach classes in 2021!

Thank you Deb Poster, for teaching  the beautiful Chickadee project at our January Chapter meeting.  Members painted on a surface
of their choice.   Beautiful project / paintings resulted.  Deb you Rock as a teacher!!

Mary and I have arranged for the following projects / classes  to be taught for the remain of 2021:
Keep in mind this schedule is subject to change or revision.  We are very excited about the variety of project / classes  and  mediums we will be painting with this year!!

Monday Feb On Monday, February 15th at 5:30 PM, we’ll have a Zoom chapter meeting followed by a free class taught by Mary.  (There had previously been a $5 charge and that's being waived.)  The class is Linda’s Daisy by Debra Welty in the Decorative Painter, Summer 2020.  The stenciled border is not being taught as people are painting on a variety of surfaces, but a few tips will be mentioned.  If you’re painting this on fabric, have the pattern traced on and a piece of cardboard underneath.  Mary did reverse the flower, but feel free to decide on your own composition.

On Saturday, February 20th at 10am, we’ll have a Zoom batik class taught by Mary.  This is a beginner class creating an 11” x 14” acrylic iris batik on rice paper.  (Feel free to use watercolors instead.)  Mary will provide a pattern packet with a color photo and line drawings along with the rice paper with the drawing already done.  It’ll be packaged with a sturdy surface (cardboard) to paint on along with a piece of wax paper for protection.  This means that we’ll have to make arrangements for picking up or dropping off.  Contact Mary at or call at 703-728-9253.  Next is a list of supplies required followed by a list of supplies you may borrow. Next is a list of supplies required followed by a list of supplies you may borrow.

Supplies:  Wax, wax melting pot, black ultra fine Sharpie, round brush for wax, flat brush for wax, non-shiny newspapers, iron, hair dryer, bubble palette, eye dropper (or spoon), regular acrylic painting supplies
What you may borrow:  Wax melting pot, round brush for wax, flat brush for wax, non-shiny newspapers.  Mary also has a limited number of the other supplies listed, so just ask if there’s a need.
DecoArt Americana paints: Baby Blue, Blue Mist, Dioxazine Purple, Foliage Green, Hauser Dark Green, Lavender, Leaf Green, Lemonade, Mistletoe, Red Violet, Saffron Yellow
Mary uses a small wax melting pot from or Dharma Trading Company and an aluminum muffin tin.  She presses the muffin tin to the bottom of the melting pot to make it conform to the bump on the bottom of the pot.  She used a knife to shave pieces of wax.  After you add the wax to the melting pot, just plug it in.  You want the wax to be between 180º and 200º.  Any higher and it could burn (use baking soda to put out a wax fire instead of water) and any lower and the wax won’t soak through the rice paper.  You could also use a griddle or a skillet with temperature gauges.  It could take 30 – 60 minutes for the wax to heat thoroughly, depending on your heating element.  Some people have successfully used a slow cooker on low.
Please pay Linda Beaty with a check or credit card for $20.  Requests for borrowing supplies will be taken in the order in which they are received.  Deb Poster has offered to host people at her house to share her electric wax skillet.  A Zoom link will be sent out to registered students a week before the class.

On Monday, March 15, at 5:30 PM, we’ll have a Zoom chapter meeting followed by a free SDP Paint-in class taught by Mary.   Please insert your project picture here -- we aren't  charging chapter members`right

Monday, April 19, at 5:30 PM, Will be self taught -- painting  a Community Service project, possibly a memory box. More information will be available as the date approaches.

Monday, May 17, at 5:30 PM  Project To be announced. Taught by Ginny Sparlin

Monday, June 21, 5:30 PM   To be announced  SDP paint in project

Monday July19, 5:30 PM  To be announced. Taught by Deb Poster

Monday, August 16, 5:30  Landscape taught by Andrene Schmelzer

Monday , September 20, 5:30 PM To be announced. Taught by Karon Sorensen

Monday, October 18, 5:30 PM  Rosemaling? Taught by Lisa Lewis

Deb has graciously offered to help teachers with Zoom either by you going to her house or her to yours.  Thank you, Deb!  We really appreciate your efforts!

I personally am looking forward to painting with all of you this year!!  Thank you everyone who has volunteered to teach and or help with these projects!  

Nancy & Mary

Membership Report-Debbie Botts

no changes. I'd like to thank everyone who joined the last Chapter meeting and the painting project.

Sunshine Report- Karon Sorensen

We want to wish all members Happy Valentines Day, with lots of cards and roses. Maybe painted ones.

No February Birthdays!

Local Teacher Seminar Chair Report - Char Bucher

On March 20th, we will have Paula  Leopold teaching colored pencils. The subject is called  “Hummingbird and Hybiscus..”  The cost is $40.   Please send you check to me, made payable to Rocky Mountain Hi Artist Chapter of SDP as soon as possible.  After your check received you will be sent a photo, the pattern, directions and a list of supplies.. The paper you may wish to buy for this project is Mi teintes 8.5” x 11” in iivory.  If there is another color you like for the background, go for it, Paula is fine with any color paper you choose. . Paula will not be doing the pan pastel background.

Let me know if you would like to take at Paula's house instead of on-line. .She can take up to 8 students at her home.

Travel Teacher Seminar Chair Report - Melinda Barnes

Don't forget we have this wonderful opportunity to paint with well known teachers!
Contact Carolyn for details and who to send your check to. Classes are $30 which includes the Zoom class and pattern. Students will supply paint and surface.  You can check our website's seminar page for photos and more information.

RMHi is co-sponsoring with High Plains Decorative Artists a seminar with Mark Polomchak. Mark's seminar has been rescheduled until 2022.
Melinda Barnes

Tole Chatter - Melinda Barnes

Hobby Lobby... They are discontinuing the popular coupon as of February 28. The company announced the news on its Facebook page. The craft store company's discount off one regularly priced item was often used by its customers, but Hobby Lobby says the change will allow better discounts on more items. I checked this out before relaying you the information. Sooo... if you want to use those coupons you need to use them before the end of February.
OKC Painting Palooza... sadly has been canceled again. Many classes have been rolled over to the October 23 - 30, 2021 conference. I'm sure this was a hard decision for the team to make, but one best for everyone involved.

DecoArt... Since we are all having difficulty finding paint colors since the pandemic I want to list the link to the DecoArt website for their conversion charts again. I think you will find these very helpful. Hint... click on the name of each paint brand.

You will also find another chart very helpful. "Retired Americana Colors and Mixing Recipes" for retired colors could be a life saver.

While you are visiting the DecoArt website I hope you have time to take a good look around. So much info, free patterns and so much more.

I just found a wonderful pattern by Sandra Malone on the DecoArt website. Did I mention it was free? <grin> The design is called "Winter Painting"... I love it and hope you will too.

I have always been a fan of Sandra Malone's designs. Sandra has many finished items for sale on her website you might like. Lots of wonderful patterns as always.

Golden Artist Colors... Here is an article that may be very helpful to many of you because we live in Colorado. "Painting in the Cold" is something we might need to think about.

Pinecraft... has added several wooden plates for sale on their website. Sometimes they are hard to find.

Hofcraft... also has many shapes and sizes of wooden plates and right now they are all on sale! If you need any of those wooden plates don't wait because their website doesn't list when the sale is over. As I have mentioned in the past Hofcraft carries everything an artist might need and has sales regularly.

JB Wood Products... here is another source for wood and pattern packets.

Linda O'Connell... She has the cutest designs for Christmas ornament gnomes you ever saw. She also finds wood surfaces at the Dollar Store to paint on. Check out some of her designs.

Annette Dozier... Many patterns available in oil and acrylic paint. I love her landscapes. Annette is working on videos now too.

We had a wonderful class with Deb Poster in January. During the brief meeting our new members, Jan Wells, mentioned the pigs that RMHi and HPDA painted for a charity. Here are the photos taken for you to see if you are interested.

As you know Deb Mishima is teaching a one day seminar for HPDA I thought you might like to see other examples of her work.
Viking Woodcrafts... Viking is featuring a free pattern by Marlene Fudge. Lots of step by steps for this landscape. Surface is available for sale.
Tracy Moreau... What can I say, I know I mention Tracy many times. Tracy shares so much knowledge about the DecoArt products, but not only that she shares so many free patterns and online videos on how to paint them.  Be sure to follow Tracy on Facebook and her RAK page. This stands for Random Acts of Kindness. Many free patterns to paint and share with people you know, or may not know, to bring a smile to their face. These patterns are usually ornaments or pins and quick to paint.
That is all for this month.  I hope to "see" you on Zoom.
Stay safe and healthy!
WEBSITE and Facebook - Melinda  Barnes

Society of Decorative Painters
New address:
7450 S Seneca St
Haysville, KS 67060
Be sure to check our website for the most recent information concerning chapter meetings and events. Some Zoom class photos have been added.

We are also on Facebook. Please visit our chapter page and like us and our posts! This helps our chapter to be more visible to possible new members.

Newsletter Compiler - Verlene Siska
Rocky Mountain Hi Chapter

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