Acrylic Online Contests

I am in two acrylic groups offering online classes next year. And they are both offering contests!

Acrylic Painting ClubTiger in the Grass – Classes begin January 1. 2015 Cost is $99.00. Fourteen online classes over the year……Sign up for the club and have a chance to win the following prizes…..the grand prize is your subscription for 2015. Three second prizes are a subscription to 2016 classes and then three “surprise” third prizes. Please sign up through my home page link. Winners will be announced December 22.

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Purely AcrylicLittle Pekoe – classes begin February 2, 2015 cost is $99.00 Thirteen online lessons are offered weekly with access for the whole year. Six subscriptions (for 2015) will be given away. Email me with your answer to this skill testing question “What is Lydia’s favourite theme to paint?” Contest closes December 21. Winner will be announced December 22. Please sign up through my home page link.

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What is an online event?

Decorative Painting has gone online it seems. I talked about the E-zines in my previous blogs. But there are also “on line events”.

These “events” are like mini conventions. There are slight variations of course, but basically a group of teachers get together and present their projects to you in the comfort of your own home. Usually there is a video as well as a complete e-packet. The projects are released regularly to your email and then there is a full year for you to access the videos at your convenience. And I mean at your convenience! Stop and start the videos as you like. Watch them 100 times!! In your pajamas or dressed for a party!! The e-packets are yours to download and keep.

With the cost of traveling and the demise of our beloved painting studios and shops this is a great way to keep on painting. The community aspect of painting is continued with a Facebook page. Projects are shared and encouragement is ongoing and contagious.

Find an “online convention” that matches your needs…..Art Play Date is a mixed bag with the focus on creativity. Coloured Pencils of course. Look for Acrylic events coming and I believe there is an Oil Painting one available as well. They are always a great value with at least 12 projects and the price seems to be hovering about $100.

Decorative Painters will always find a way to keep on painting!!

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The Pixalated Palette e-zine

The third e-zine I know about it The Pixalated Palette. Each e-zine seems to have a slightly different focus so you can choose the one tailored more to your creative pursuits. They certainly all seem to be reasonably priced too. Especially with the introductory offers.

Here is what The Pixalated Palette has to say ……

“What we’re trying to do is create a digital painting magazine that features a wide range of projects that hits a range of interests. Our readers like to do more than just decorative painting, so we try to make sure there are plenty of mixed media projects, some crafts, and a bit of fine art in the mix as well. Since we miss Painting Mag and PaintWorks mag, we have connected with all the artists that made a regular appearance in those publications and offered them another outlet for their work.

The nice thing about the online e-zines is that we can now easily include our friends overseas in Italy, South America, Britain, Australia and everywhere else. These folks fly in for conventions every year, order tons of craft products from the US and have shops open in their hometowns, but have never been able to get the US painting magazines because they simply aren’t published overseas. They’ve created their own versions in their home languages that are fantastic and we wanted to make sure our readers got a chance to learn from them too! I’m delighted to have several artists in our e-zine who live in Italy, Canada and Colombia. Their work has a really unique flair that I know will be popular!

So far the response has been overwhelmingly positive and we’re very excited to see how the next year will go. Our readers are enjoying the convenience and ease of access that the digital format brings, as well as the ability to save each issue without having all the paper clutter around. I think this is going to be quite the popular trend in the future!”

There’s a summary on their page here:

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Susan Kelley and Sharon Chinn decided to do an ezine after they learned about the closing of PaintiWorks, the decorative painting community’s last print magazine available to the general public.

Susan was previously editor of Paint the Town ezine which was part of for 3 years, have been a designer for many years, and also runs her successful Puddles of Paint website and membership club for painters. Sharon Chinn (previously Sharon Saylor) has been a designer for over 25 years, was partner in Sharon & Gayle Publications – a leading publisher of tole and decorative painting books for 12 years – and is now owner/operator of the popular website, where she sells ePatterns for over 70 designers.

The closing of PaintWorks was the perfect opportunity to introduce a new online magazine to bring new designs and articles to painters as well as provide designers an outlet to bring their new works to the marketplace. Susan and Sharon’s past and current experience make them the perfect pair to partner for this new publication. They are the self-declared computer geeks of the painting world. In today’s world, with the popularity of computers, tablets, and smart phones, anyone can easily access an online publication. Online publications are “green”… they can be electronically stored by subscribers, so they don’t add to studio clutter, and can be selectively printed on demand.

Susan and Sharon picked the name PaintingEzine because it simply states what and who they are. Their ezine is a bit different from the others on the market in a couple of ways. It is in a flipbook format, which means you can view it on your computer/device from their website and the pages ‘flip’ to give the feel of actually flipping through a print magazine. Each issue will also be available in a downloadable pdf format so the subscribers can save the magazine to their computer enabling them to print the projects/pages they want to paint or just to keep in their digital library for years to come. Another difference is all projects in PaintingEzine will be primarily painted. They will cover a range of skill levels from beginner to intermediate to maybe a few advanced, and they will be mostly acrylic projects, but with the addition of oil, watercolor, colored pencil, or pastels from time to time to add variety. Susan and Sharon feel there is still a large part of our painting community who want to “paint” vs. creating projects that mostly require the purchase of mixed media tools like stamps and stencils. While they will allow projects that include a small addition of a mixed media tool or technique, that addition should be an optional decision for painters to add or not.

PaintingEzine will premiere on November 15, 2014. After that new issues will be available on the 1st of each month. Subscriptions are available for 12 issues or 24 issues. Individual issues will also be available for purchase.


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Painting e-zines

With the unfortunate demise of Paintworks (bankruptcy) and the steady loss of other painting magazines we are all looking for what will fill the void.

E-zines are popping up all over the place. I know of three: Interactive Artist Magazine, Pixalated Palette and PaintingEzine. And I have asked these three for a little bit of a review! Hope you find it helpful.

We will start off with the Interactive Artist Magazine because it has been around the longest.

Interactive Artist Magazine was started 6 years ago when Dawn Knowles worked on a production with Detroit Public Television. She grew up in the industry and knew in some way she wanted to be a part of its growth – specifically education. She decided to do just that and thought it would also be a way to help her family’s manufacturing business, Martin/F.Weber, thrive. Dawn loves people and enjoys sharing her love and passion for the arts with others. She wanted the magazine to be a way to inspire artists along their creative journey.

IAM is a unique, online artist magazine, providing creative inspiration and education to you, 24/7, without leaving your home or art studio. They offer Written and Video Lessons by some of the top artists in our industry as well as up and coming artists that are just emerging. IAM offers a Virtual Gallery, enabling artists to share their work, and a store for artists to sell their DVDs, packets and ePackets. They provide Product Reviews as well as Informative Articles and Lessons in every issue. IAM publishes a new issue every February, April, June, August, October and December, and each issue is packed with an average of 5 Written Lessons, 5 Video Lessons, 4 TV Artist Video Lessons and so much more!

IAM’s Editor in Chief, Sandy McTier, says one of her main goals in every issue is to reach and inspire every artist regardless of their skill level. IAM offers Artist Tip Tuesday on their FB page and will soon start a FB Group to follow along with a series being offered in 2015 – Making Art your Business with artist Carol Foldvary-Anderson.
LIKE their Facebook Page here:

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Colored Pencils Club


My second project for the Colored Pencils Club is ready! Debutante! Mama chipmunk is introducing her baby to the big world. This project will be great for beginners as well as for the experienced pencil artist. If you have been thinking about signing up, now is the time. TheĀ  early bird sign up special (three free tutorials) is over Friday. Please go to my home page and click on the banner to sign up.

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Bobcat or a Lynx?

While at the Kaleidoscope of Color Northwest Decorative Artists convention in Seattle this September I visited the Northwest Trek where I was able to to see the difference between a Bobcat (left) and a Lynx (right). When I was researching for my book I looked at a lot of photos but there isn’t any better way than to look at the real thing!!

Bobcat kind of looks like a domestic tabby….. and look at the back of the ears! But wow oh wow look at the size of the feet on the lynx!!

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Colored Pencils Club

My blending techniques for coloured pencil video is an added benefit for those who have signed up for the Colored Pencils Club. This is a great on line event featuring 12 fabulous projects in coloured pencil. Go to my home page for more information and to sign up!!

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Art Play Date Contest

We are running another contest to give away FIVE FREE SPOTS for this year’s ART PLAY DATE. If you have signed up, you could win your money back. Contest closes July 8th. Email me if you would like to enter and let me know what intrigues you about this event.
There is still time to join this event if you would like. You have the videos until next year.
To sign up or view the projects, please go to my home page and click on the banner. That way they know how you got to the site. Thanks!!

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Little Foxy – part three

Sorry for the delay on this installment. I got a little distracted with the Art Play Date, finishing my book and going to The Tole Patch in Delaware!! They did an amazing job on their Little Foxies!

I use my Princeton Select Series 3750 1/8″ lunar blender to stipple the highlight. That way I get a texture and more variation in colour. Look closely at eyes. They have lots of flecks of colour in them. I stippled a highlight first and then I wiped my brush and stippled some darker brown flecks. And I even added some yellow to have a glow.

After the stippling, it’s time to float.

The floats are quite narrow for this guy. Narrow but not harsh. They still need to be blended. I did a brown float first – around the edge of the iris AND around the pupil. Then I repeated the floats with a well controlled black sideload.

Back to the lunar blender for a secondary highlight and a few sparkles.

After touching up and highlighting the membrane, float black again around the eye (on the fur this time) to set the eyes in.

The nose is also stippled and drybrushed with the 1/8″ lunar blender. Its always best to do things in layers rather than one bright step. That way you can control the values. Use your angle or flat to float the nostrils for a crisper edge. Again, look carefully at how a nostril is shaped. Dog noses will be similar to a fox.

I hope you have found a few bits of useful information to help you paint your animals.

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