Monday, September 28, 2009

Brown Eyed Santa

A brown eyed Santa using brown and beige colors for the facial features. This lesson used retarder, a medium that slows down the drying time of the paint to allow a longer time to blend and work the colors. Working with faces always seems to challenge us to improve our work. This design is by Debby Harris and is from her Dingle's Kringles book.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Angel Face

In today's class we painted a Harvest Angel. The pattern is by Mary Jo Tuttle and is available as a free download at, you can also purchase the wooden angel on that site as well. I am posting a step by step work up sheet that I did to simplify the process. We used a double load on the base and shade and worked wet on wet to highlight and blush. Stroke the hair in the direction that it grows and be sure to thin your paint for the second and third colors. If you have questions you may send them to

Monday, September 14, 2009

Christmas Bell Ornament

Today's class featured under painting, learning to base coat without transferring all the pattern and color floating a wet surface. A quick and fun project enjoyed by all. The design is by Bonnie Demers and is from her Saltbox Seasons Vol.2 book. If you have questions or comments, leave a post below or email

Thursday, September 3, 2009

September Classes

Paint small projects for Christmas. September 14th we'll paint a small winter scene to be done on a wooden Christmas ornament, September 21st will be for a snowman on a door hanger and September 28th we'll paint a Santa face for a gourd ornament. Classes are held on Mondays at the Adult Learning Center in Bardstown. All supplies (except brushes) are furnished. For more information you may leave a comment below or email


We painted sunflowers in Monday's class. The background is "combed", a technique using paint, glazing medium and a combing tool. A checked border complimented the finished painting. The design is by Nance Wilhite-Kueneman from her Country Gardens book. The book features everything painted with shaped sponges, but we did this design with brushes. It is very quick, easy and fun to paint.