Halloween has come and gone and the busiest painting season is now upon us. Time to get your brushes busy, get your creativity in gear and get out that "gift list" you've been adding to all year. Only 53 days left until Christmas! (Is it me, or wasn't it just JUNE???)
TIP OF THE MONTH:
To save money on palette paper, use a dry marker board, a piece of smooth counter top or a smooth glass cutting board as a palette. When finished painting, let the paint dry and scrape with a razor blade. (Thanks to Renate' Capalby, Kingman, AZ)
Other cost effective palettes: Styrofoam meat trays you get in the supermarket and, if you work at a job where you print a lot of address labels, save the shiny backing paper they come on and use them for paper palettes.
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WEBSITE OF THE WEEK:
The subject of this month's newsletter is creativity. Tera's Wish, by author/artist Tera Leigh, is a wonderful site packed full of inspiring information about creativity. This site has many interesting articles on creativity, journaling techniques, and a section called "The Workshop," which includes a variety of exercises, challenges, topics and ideas to get your creative juices flowing. They also have a monthly newsletter and offer creativity seminars. This is one to bookmark, folks!
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 address if you have one.
Creating Original Art - Part I
This article was written for the artist who has the skills and techniques of decorative painting down pat, but runs into trouble when beginning to design original artwork. Put your camera to work to spark your creativity and you'll be on your way to creating your own masterpieces and designing your own packets in no time.
Pattern Packet Design Challenge
But HURRY! -- The contest ends January 7, 2001!
We'd like to welcome two new designers to Tole Expressions:
Sheryl Thompson of Katahdin Valley Farm Designs. Sheryl's work captures the spirit of New England beautifully. Her current packets include:
Lorraine Ulen of Packet Inn in Clearwater, Florida. The bright, sunny palette is what caught my eye on Lorraine's packet. Watch for more of Lorraine's packets soon!
See them all at:
PACKET SUBMISSION GUIDELINES:
If you're a pattern packet designer and would like to market your designs through Tole Expressions, please email us for our submission guidelines.
NEW FREE PATTERN:
We've been getting a lot of requests for Christmas patterns already, so this month we've added a new free pattern for a Frosted Poinsettia Christmas Ornament. Hope you have fun with it!
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NEW BOOKS CATEGORIES:
We've added several new pages in our books section:
Painting Your Own Greeting Cards and Giftwrap
NEW BOOKS ADDED:
More Wildlife Painting: Techniques of Modern Masters by Susan Rayfield
Decorative Furniture by Donna Dewberry.
Tole-Painted Outdoor Projects by Areta Bingham.
Until next time, have a Happy Thanksgiving
and Happy Painting!
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