My Backgrounds Painting class- 1st Lesson

I mentioned I was planning to start a painting class by Paulette Insall last week. The subject matter is painting backgrounds- particularly organic dimensional backgrounds with many layers using acrylics.

The first step after you prepare your canvas is to color wash it . Next add some collage elements:

Then you add the first layer of dimension and texture using paint:

That is my homework until Class 2. I need to pick up more paint colors and more canvases so I can try this using several color palettes. Stay tuned for next week’s show & tell!


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Regards, Carla

Painting and Beading

My Organic Dimension painting class with Paulette Insall starts this week with Lesson One. I’m still gathering art supplies, so I will do it later in the week. I love her work and have been wanting to take a painting class for some time now. I will show you my homework each week so you can follow along. My good pal, Lori, is taking the class with me, so be sure to check out her homework, too, each week at Art & Play blog.

One of the sites where I ordered supplies is SkyBluePink. They have an interesting offerings for mixed media and fiber artist, also crafters. Another good online shop is Joggles. Joggles also offer online classes in various topics… for cat lovers, Michele Verbeeck is offering a delightful cat bag class at the end of the month.

Beading Time! I’m scheduled to learn yet another beading technique tomorrow at my favorite Bead Store. The subject is crocheting with beads, and I am really looking forward to it! The project is a beaded lariat rope.

Just arrived back from getting my hair cut and colored. Rancher Ed’s daughter, Mae, does my hair and she is terrific! Speaking of Rancher Ed….. sorry ladies, but he just got married on the ranch this past Mother’s Day, so he is formally taken!! Mae did reveal that it was a private ceremony and that they dressed up in vintage wear for the service, then went over to Poor Red’s to celebrate!! Congrats to Ed & Cheryl!!

Enjoy your Wednesday!! Regards, Carla

Upcoming Classes

I love to take classes to expand my horizon on a particular technique. I do have about 4 classes coming up in the next month or so I wanted to share with you all.

Paulette Insall is an artist whose work I stumbled across one day and instantly loved! Here, see for yourself in this series of painting/mixed media videos:

Part One: The Background:

Part Two: Mixed Media Elements added

Part Three: The Face is added:

I want to learn how Paulette paints her backgrounds and her faces, so I am taking both her classes to learn these techniques from her.

Also, I am signed up for a class with the Pixeladies, whose work I also admire and LOVE! I love visiting their work studio, Deb and Kris are kindred spirits! Go check out their website, they do fabulous work and I especially love their purse patterns. Anyway, they are teaching a crazy piecing class. Shhh…. I already know how to piece this, but I am taking the class to just have fun, laugh, and soak up their creativity!! LOL!

The last class I am taking is another beading class- a crochet beaded rope. Check out the class picture:

I never would have guessed the rope pictured was not beaded with a peyote or other stitch… instead it was crocheted using a technique that hides the thread you are using. Anyway, I am looking forward to learning how to make the rope.

Hugs, Carla