February has been a very busy month! Lots of projects in the works. I’m grateful for all who have kept this chapter going. Keep reading for new ideas and opportunities to come.
I have seen some of the beautiful batik irises from Mary Steingesser’s Monday seminar a few weeks ago. Only several were able to attend this virtual class but the outcomes were beautiful!
At our monthly membership meeting, Mary guided us through a daisy on a pillow. Mine is being proudly displayed in my bedroom chair. Being quite whimsical, I went off-piste a bit but am thrilled with my results. I hope all of you are too.
More artistic excitement in a couple of weeks when Paul Leopold will have those enrolled busily using our colored pencils. It promises to be a great class.
Read on, dear artists, to discover what else we have in store for you…..
National Liaison - Marilyn Corners
Check Out What’s New at SDP
Rocky Mountain Hi Members, have you checked out the really great new opportunities that SDP is making available to you???
You owe it to yourself to log onto the Decorative Painters Academy to see all the amazing classes available to you. Well known teachers are offering awesome zoom classes in a variety of media, skill levels and subject matter. Do not miss out on the fun of learning new techniques, advancing your skill level, enjoying the camaraderie of fellow painters and keeping those brushes (or pencils) at work. All this, with no travel expense, hotel expense and in your sweats (or jammies).
These classes are exceptional! You will be amazed and thrilled to see the variety!
Log onto https://decorativepaintersacademy.com/
Co-Vice President/Program Report - Nancy Glassman, Mary Steingesser
For the February chapter class, Mary taught Linda’s Daisy by Debra Welty. The link to watch is still available until the March meeting. BTW, Lisa finished hers and made it more adorable by adding a saying “He loves me, he loves me not.” On February 22, Mary taught the Irises batik class. Everyone really enjoyed the class and finished the painting. Thank you, Mary! Here’s a picture of the finished project:
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. The example on the left in the photo below is how far someone needs to prep their piece before class. I did some things differently from Tracy since I could’t find the tissue paper, the surface, the paints, nor did I want to buy the stencil. For the surface, I cut my own wood to make a standalone pencil holder. I’ve made 10 surfaces to give away and 6 have been picked up so far just by word of mouth. I can make more if there’s a need. Anyway, I painted everything but the front with Lamp Black after sealing. I used Mod Podge to glue a printed paper from Pinterest (look for Paris Postale) on the front. Make sure that the paper is larger than the surface. Mod Podge over the paper smoothing out any wrinkles. When dry, use an emery board or sandpaper to sand off the excess paper from the edges. Use gesso on a palette knife to add texture following the photo as a guide. I added a little extra gesso on the bottom for the rocks and purposely made it a bit jagged like rocks.
I used regular DecoArt Americana: Lamp Black, Titanium White, Payne’s Grey, Rookwood Red, Cadmium Yellow, Baby Blue, Burnt Umber, and Teal Green.
Instead of the stencil, I used a rubber stamp with gold ink. It doesn’t really show up in the photo. You could just use gold paint or a gold pen and paint in the postal mark in her design.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you’d like a surface, but feel free to paint on any surface of your choosing.
Monday, April 19, at 5:30 PM Self lead Community Service project. Paint a card (envelope optional) for someone at Garden Plaza, give it to Catherine by Monday, April 26th, and she’ll bring them to Garden Plaza. Or paint a memory box using http://www.memoryboxes.org/boxreport.html to see what they want and how to donate. You can also check brighten-a-day.org where they want a variety of things such as cards and videos. Feel free to work on whatever project you desire. This will be a nice time to socialize while we work. FYI, if you create a card, stay away from mentioning negative things like “Even though we’re in a pandemic, have a nice day” and stick with positive things “From my heart to yours - have a great day."
Monday, May 17, at 5:30 PM Oils taught by Ginny Sparlin. I will be teaching a small basic still life oil painting for the May painting project. I'll try to keep it beginner simple. Starting with prepping your background, applying the pattern, laying out your palette colors, mixing or brush mixing. If there's time I'll plan to work on the project to a stopping place, where I would dry or spray with Krylon, then have another piece, same painting done and dry so I can show a little glazing and highlighting, shadows, etc. I plan to keep it small and simple so I can answer questions as I go.
I figure as many newer people as we have that maybe have never played with oils, maybe they don't know where to begin, and this might help them think about trying oils. I'll take notes as I paint and probably turn it into a pattern packet, in case anyone would want to try it on their own. - Ginny
Monday, June 21, 5:30 PM Self lead SDP paint in project which is a Lydia Steeves colored pencil Chickadee on a Branch.
Monday July19, 5:30 PM Zendoodle taught by Deb Poster.
Monday, August 16, 5:30 Acrylic 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 technique. Taught by Lisa Lewis
Monday, November 15, 5:30 PM Chapter Holiday party.
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!
Thank you everyone who has volunteered to teach and or help with these projects!
Nancy & Mary
Sunshine Report- Karon Sorensen
We are sending get well wishes to both Nan Auhll & Jerry Hunt from their recent auto accident.
Birthday Wishes for the following.
Nan Auhll March 7
Paula Leopold March 18
Char Bucher March 31
Local Teacher Seminar Chair Report - Char Bucher
Everyone who signed up should have their pattern and list of supplies and perhaps you have your pattern on the paper of your choice. You will receive directions thru your e-mail on accessing the site on the day before Saturday the 20.
Will see you all on site for this very beautiful colored pencil picture. I know all of you enjoy Paula's teaching so we should have a wonderful day. Call me if you have any questions. If you wish to do the pan pastel background, Paula
will be teaching it at her house at a later date. She will provide all the supplies for $10.
I' m still taking sign-ups for the Judy Patti class to be held on July 10 both on-line and at her studio if you so choose.
The subject is eyes...all kinds, animals, people, fish. In addition, she will include features, as in noses etc. Hopefully we will have photos for the next newsletter, as well as on the web site. It will be a 3-hour class.
Don't forget we have this wonderful opportunity to paint with well known teachers! Contact Carolyn email@example.com for details and who to send your check to. Classes are $25 and $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.
Tole Chatter - Melinda Barnes
Bear With Us... Since they are retiring you might want to check out their sales to deplete their inventory. You can sign-up for their newsletter and be aware of what is featured and on sale. https://www.bearwithusinc.com/
Peggy Harris... Peggy is known for her sweet little bird designs and other baby animals. She has specialty brushes she uses and a video explaining their use. On her home page you will find some video clips that are helpful to paint her little birds. Peggy has also provided a conversion chart if you don't have Folk Art paint. https://peggyharris.com/
New England Traditions... The dates are set for October 5-10, 2021. The NET catalog preview is live on their website in the form of a slider. Looks like some wonderful classes! https://www.newenglandtraditions.org/catalog
Jane Allen... If you like to play with sculpting and QuikWood you will love Shara Jane. Combined designs by Jane Allen and Shara Reiner. You will also find all the tools needed for the sculpting designs, patterns and many patterns by Jane. https://www.janeallencreates.com/
Patricia Rawlinson... Patty has a new venture which is StudioR12 Stencils. She has a YouTube channel with all kinds of tips and techniques. I watched one the other day on how to paint a chalkboard without any special paint. Use regular acrylic paint, color of your choice, and roll a chalk pencil over the top when paint is dry! I thought that was very clever. Once you use this link you will see other videos to watch. Bring something to drink because you might be there awhile. <grin>
Montzka Woodworking... I discovered another source for turned plates. Plates are popular to paint on and his company supplies plates for JoSonja. https://montzkawoodworking.com/
CREATIVE INNOVATIONS in PAINTING... I know I have mentioned this Facebook Group before by Debbie Cole. Its members are growing by leaps and bounds, now over 11,000! Debbie is offering many more free painting lessons by the top artists in our industry. There are also interesting interviews. I just saw there will be a free 1 1/2 hour lesson by Marco Antonio Aguilar on cat eyes in acrylics, I can't wait! https://www.facebook.com/groups/creativeinnovation
Catherine Holman... Catherine taught painting classes and seminars for several years. I painted with her at Cherri Lusk's shop many years ago in Littleton. She is now selling prints and her original paintings. Some of her prints are on t-shirts, iPhones, pillows, jigsaw puzzles and much more! https://catherine-holman.pixels.com/art