We've been busy little bees around here and have a TON of new stuff for you this month.
We've recently partnered with Viking Woodcrafts to bring you one of the best possible selections of packets, books, wood and other supplies, paints, brushes and decorative painting accessories on the net. Changing suppliers was a huge undertaking but we believe it's been well worth the effort and hope you'll all take a look at the excellent product selection we now offer. Our database is not complete yet, but the following categories are up and running:
Pattern Packets: 115 different designers - all your favorite artists from Donna Atkins to Jean Zawicki!
Pattern Books (over 1000 books to choose from!)
All of the above new books, as well as hundreds of others, can be found on our pattern book pages, listed alphabetically by artist's last name:
Wood Surfaces Everything from baskets and bentwood to desks & tables!
Steelware & Metalware Pre-primed, galvanized, punched tin & more!
Papier Mache Boxes, baskets, birdhouses, ornaments & more!
Glass & Glassware Ornaments, plates, jars, canisters, gazing balls plus!
Rusty Tin & Rusted Metal A huge selection of rusty tin cut-outs.
Canvas Canvas placemats, floorcloths, totes, photo albums, canvas rolls & panels and more!
Porcelain & Bisque Ornaments, keepsake boxes, atomizers, eggs, lotion & soap dispensers, etc.
Slate & Faux Slate Slate & faux slate in a variety of shapes.
Paints & Paint Kits Delta, Decoart, Plaid, JoSonja, 1837 Legacy, Winsor & Newton, Genesis & Permalba.
Brushes Loew Cornell, Robert Simmons, Royal Langnickel, Silver Brush Limited, Susan Scheewe, Phyllis Tilford, Winsor & Newton, Betty Byrd, Bob Ross, Dorothy Dent, Dove & Donna Dewberry's Folkart brushes.
Stencils Great selection of single and three part stencils.
Watercolor Pencils Kimberly and General's Multichrome watercolor pencils.
Chalk & Pastels Compressed pastel chalk and Rembrandt soft pastels.
Stay tuned as we continue to add new products and build new pages daily.
MORE NEW STUFF:
We've redesigned the navigation elements on the front page of Tole Expressions to make it faster and easier for you to find exactly what you're looking for:
We've changed list servers for our newsletter and now (if all goes well :-) those of you whose email clients are set up to receive HTML mail will automatically receive the HTML version of our newsletter. Those of you whose email clients are set up to receive text only will automatically receive the text-only version of the newsletter.
TIP OF THE MONTH:
If you have trouble with highlighting, or if you'd just like an easy way around second-guessing which colors to use, there are a couple of relatively new products on the market just for you that simplify this process:
DecoArt Hot Shots: Here's what DecoArt has to say about Hot Shots: "Hot Shots are the hottest, the brightest, the most fun and fashionable fluorescent hard surface and fabric acrylics around! Choose from six sizzling shades of the brightest, most concentrated neon colors available. These super fluorescent colors can be used alone or as a super highlight with other DecoArt paints. Try these colors (especially Fiery Red) on hard surfaces to highlight Americana colors. Hot Shots are perfect for fabric painting because they dry super-soft, never require heat-setting, are non-toxic and have a special "no-fade" formula."
Delta's Perfect Highlights: "Use Delta Ceramcoat Perfect Highlights to highlight any similar color. The bright florescent pigment and intense acrylic color will deliver the perfect highlight every time. Provides an easier, more effective way to achieve light and dimension."
If you have a Tip of the Month you'd like to share, please email us . If your tip is used, full credit is given, including a link to your website URL if you have one.
WEBSITE OF THE MONTH:
The Website of the Month for July is the newly redesigned nstdp.org, the official website for the Society of Decorative Painters. If you haven't been to their site in awhile, please be sure to stop in. They've really outdone themselves and now have message boards, chapter locations, teacher connections, CDA and MDA certification information, convention information, calendar of events, membership information, submission guidelines, skillbuilder lessons and an SDP gift shop! Way to go, guys! - Congratulations on a site well done!
If you own or have found a website you feel would be useful for decorative painters, please email us If your recommendation is used, full credit will be given, including your website URL if you have one.
PATTERN PACKET AND BOOK SUBMISSION GUIDELINES:
If you're a designer and would like to market your decorative painting packets or books through Tole Expressions, please see the following page for updated packet and book submission information:
NEW FREE PATTERN:
The new free pattern for this month was actually supposed to have been posted a couple of months ago, but things have been a little confusing around here lately as we've just made a move from Maine to Michigan and are still getting settled in. It's an Independence Day pattern, but hopefully you'll all find it Americana enough to alter slightly and use year round:
Hope you have fun with it!
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NEW BOOKS ADDED TO OUR AMAZON STORE:
Joy To The World: Painting Holiday Heirlooms by John Gutcher.
From Flea Market to Fabulous by Kerry Trout.
Priscilla Hauser's Book of Fruits and Berries by Priscilla Hauser.
Color for the Decorative Painter by Sandy Aubuchon
Painting European Folk Art by Andy B. Jones. Paperback, 112 pages. An inventive decorative artist presents his own interpretation of several European painting styles, showing crafters at all skill levels how to create charming pieces that will complement any decor. The book begins with a brief historical survey of European folk art. The first chapter is devoted to supplies: working with acrylic paints, selecting brushes, and gathering other essential materials. After reviewing several basic painting techniques and how to correctly prepare surfaces, the author presents detailed demonstrations of the decorative painting styles of England, Norway, Holland, Germany, and Russia. The projects feature motifs traditionally painted on wood, metal, and porcelain, and incorporate a range of techniques, including decorative strokework, working wet-in-wet, and antiquing.
The Little Book of Folk Art Roses by Kate Coombe.
To see the complete index of all books in our amazon store, go to:
LAST BUT NOT LEAST:
On a sad note, the painting community recently lost two very talented and gifted members.
Carol Bond passed away unexpectedly after a short illness. Carol was well known for her "Reflections of the Heart" books (Volume 3 of which is new this month - see Pattern Books by Author, A-F ) and was also co-author of two other books. Carol was a member of the Society of Decorative Painters, received her CDA certification in 1989 and taught throughout the US for 20 years. In 1999 she was named Artist of the Year by New England Traditions. She was a founding member and past president of the Connecticut Society of Decorative Painters and was currently serving as an advisor for that organization.
John Gutcher has also passed away suddenly of heart problems. John is most well known for his incredible santa portraits and murals and his talent and love of painting shine through brightly in his work. Mr. Gutcher is the winner of numerous national, state and local Best of Show, First Place and People’s Choice awards in art shows and galleries throughout the country and his oil paintings and portraits are now in many private collections. His most recent book, Joy To The World: Painting Holiday Heirlooms, as noted above, was also just published in June, 2001 and he is also the author of a 3-part video instruction series in oil painting. If you'd like to see more of John's work, please visit his website at www.johngutcher.com.
Carol and John will be sadly missed by all of us. If you'd like to express condolences to Carol's family, you can write to them at: firstname.lastname@example.org and if you'd like to write to John's family, they can be reached either through email on his website or cards can be mailed to 1001 Morrison Court, Tampa Florida, 33629-4912.
Until next time, Happy Painting!
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