EZ Dotz

The EZ Dotz tool is great to have in your painting toolbox. The regular and mini EZ Dotz give the ability to make 8 sizes of dots with 2 little tools that fit in the palm of your hand. No searching for something else to use to make the size dot you want. You can buy the EZ Dotz tool at DecorativePaintingStore.com

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What A Cute Artist Watch!

I found this handcrafted artist watch on line and just had to share…  You can purchase it from Whimsical Watches.  They have tons of creative, handcrafted watches for all occasions, professions, hobbies, etc.  When you get to their site, type Artist Watch in the search box.  Check them out…

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Inspiration for a New Painting – Getting Started

Sometimes when I take a photo, I can just see a finished painting inspired by it. I took this photo of a burro in Hackberry, AZ on a side trip while attending the Creative Painting Conference in Las Vegas a few years ago.  I’ve wanted to paint a sign using it as an inspiration ever since.  Hackberry was founded when a mine was discovered in the 1870’s. A large Hackberry tree grew by the spring and gave the town its name. The mine died out, and Hackberry is now a ghost town on old Route 66 which attracts tourists.  Well, I finally got up the nerve to try it, and started the pre-work over the past few days. First I had to come up with the line drawing and layout.  I did this in Photoshop. I’m using at 12″ wide x 30″ long pine board for my sign.  Today I start painting… Will keep you posted on the progress. Sharon Chinn

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Traditions Artist Acrylics

If you haven’t painted with Traditions Artist Acrylics, you should give them a try.  They are rich, creamy and full of pigment which means you use less paint for coverage.  And they never need to be shaken!  A sample pack of 1 oz. bottles includes 10 basic colors and 2 mediums for only $21.50.  I have them available at The Decorative Painting Store.  Here’s a 16×20 canvas I painted from the Traditions Art School Tier One Class… It’s is an interpretation of a cave painting discovered in the Cave of Chauvet in southwestern France… Chinese Horse #3.  The background is painted to resemble the walls of a limestone cave.  I taught this to my beginner students and we had a lot of fun with it! Sharon

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Painting Classes

I’m starting my first painting classes in my home studio on Tuesday, so I’ve been busy setting up my classroom and trying to get organized. What a lot of work! I’ll be starting out with 5-6 students and our first project will be my Autumn Harvest Scarecrow on a small ironing board/pelt board shape.

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ePatterns

Give ePatterns a try… get instant gratification and save money! I’ve added lots of patterns in downloadable ePattern format. You can download the pattern as a pdf file as soon as your payment is completed… pay by Paypal and it’s instant. Pay by credit card and you’ll have to wait until I process your credit card and mark your order as completed. I charge $2 less for ePatterns to offset your cost of printing the pattern on your home printer, and you don’t have any shipping & handling costs. Either way, once you’ve downloaded your pdf file, you just open it using Adobe Acrobat Reader, a free program that comes standard on most computers. But if you don’t have it you can download it at http://www.adobe.com. Print the pages on your color printer and start painting right away. If you want to try an ePattern at no cost, just download one of my free ePatterns to see how easy it is. I have a couple available at: https://www.decorativepaintingstore.com/free_decorative_painting_pattern.html

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