Scroll down for earlier dates
July 19 - We can all be fabulous artists with a paint pouring kit! Pour with Nancy Woodberry
Nancy led a session on how to pour paint onto a canvas, tilt the canvas around, blow the paint around with a straw or use other tools to “paint” a beautiful unique picture. These pictures are samples of what can be easily made on your first try:
Items required for your pouring session:
- Purchase from Amazon.com one of these kits:
- AUREUO Acrylic Pouring Paint Set 4 Colors 4 Oz. High Flow Pre-Mixed Acrylic Paint Bottles & 9x12 Inch Stretched Canvas & Silicone Oil, Gloves, Stirring Rod, Tablecloth Paint Pouring Kit or
- Nicpro 26 Colors Acrylic Pour Paint Kit, Premixed High Flow Pouring Supplies Set Including Canvas, Wood Natural Slices, Pouring Oil, Tools Gloves, Strainer, Cups for Beginner DIY Painting Kit
- An aluminum “turkey pan” or tub to catch all the extra paint. (The paint will dry in them; you do not want to pour it down the sink.) Available at the $ store.
- Masking or painters’ tape to protect the back of your canvas.
- A cookie sheet cooling rack or roasting rack to keep the back of your canvas out of the overflowing paint. Push pins on the back of the canvas also work
Depending upon which kit you buy, you might need to also have the following:
- A package of small and medium Dixie cups, available at the $ store
- A straw
- Another canvas for a second painting
Preparations for the session:
Arrange for a place out of the way for the canvases to dry on a level surface, as it will take up to three days. Tape the backs of the canvases so that only about 1/4 inch of canvas bottom shows, or use push pins. Set up your container (and rack) on a level surface. If you want a background color on your canvas, do that before the session.
Below are some pictures of the work in process.
To learn more about this fun activity, see Olga Soby’s YouTube videos, or get a copy of “Paint Pouring: Mastering Fluid Art" by Rick Cheadle available at many libraries.
For questions, contact Nancy Woodberry: email@example.com
July 5 - Open Studio
June 7 and June 21, 2021 Glue Gun Art with Helena Puche
Instructions and materials here
Glue gun ideas here
May 3, and May 17, 2021 - Open Studio with Carolyn McConnell
Bring any project you are working on, or start a project with coaching and feedback from group members. Carolyn will provide an overview of watercolor pigments and answer questions. All group members are invited to share tips and tricks and 'show and tell' about projects completed or in process.
April 19, 2021 Watercolor with Carolyn McConnell
Creative Mindset: Watercolor Practice with Flowers
Bring the same watercolor paints, brushes, paper, paper towels and equipment used in earlier sessions. (See September 21 and October 5, 2020 sessions. In addition bring the following:
- A flower, any flower you like. Grab one from outdoors or buy one, bring a silk one as last resort. We will take the flower apart, examine it, draw it and paint it, all or in parts.
- Sharp pencil and/or fine tip micron type black pen
- A sheet of printer paper (we'll practice painting strokes.
- Paper doily (we’ll use like a stencil with flower design)
- A piece of netting, like the kind that bags of potatoes and oranges come in.
- A piece of Saran or plastic wrap
- Table salt
Note: Better watercolor results are obtained with good paper, such as Arches 100% cotton cold press (buy it by the big sheet or in a block). You can bring the blank cards from Mary Ann’s workshop and make some more cards. And/or acrylic paints and inks from Helena’s. Building on your creative mindset!”
April 5. 2021 - Watercolor Cards with Mary Ann Timeus
View video recording of the session HERE
- Cards & Envelopes: Recommend Michael’s item #10215064: Small white cards by Recollections, set of 25 for $5.49
- Size 4 or 6 round watercolor brush with a point
- Watercolor paints: red, blue, green, yellow (optional Payne’s Gray)
- Watercolor palette or white porcelain plate for mixing colors
- Container for water
- Scrap of paper to test colors; old tea towel or paper towel
March 29, 2021 - Canva Software with Dominique Vetrano
View video of the meeting HERE
March 15, 2021 - Rock Art with Helena Puche
View video of the meeting HERE
Materials needed: Stones, acrylic paint, brushes, rag & water to clean brushes.
March 1, 2021 - Glue Gun Art with Helena Puche
Instructions and materials here.
Beautiful glue gun ideas here.
Group Screen Shot
February 15, 2021 - Imaginary Flowers #2 with Helena Puche
Feb 1, 2021 - Imaginary Flowers Painting in Acrylic or Ink with Helena Puche
January 18, 2021 - Acrylic Painting #2 with Helena Puche
Choose an image below to transfer to your canvas after you paint the background. Print the image to a size corresponding to the canvas. (or free hand a sketch or transfer any desired sketch)
Materials: Same as previous week, plus carbon paper to transfer the image that you choose
January 4, 2021 - Acrylic Painting #1 with Helena Puche
December 21, 2020 Holiday Wreath Ornament Quilling with Cece Grasso
- Quilling Board and Quilling Tool
- Wreath Ornament: 16 Green Strips and 5 Red Strips (Red will be cut in half)
- String to hang Wreath Ornament
Call or email Cece if you have any questions. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
December 7, 2020 Holiday Snowflake Ornament Quilling with Cece Grasso
November 16, 2020 Watercolor with Carolyn McConnell
See session #1 for materials. No new materials are needed. For best results, use good paper such as Arches cold press watercolor paper. Link to sample drawings:
Recommendation: See watercolor How-Tos on YouTube featuring Emma Lefebvre or Fabio Cembranelli.
November 2, 2020 Kumihimo #2 with Michele Lefevre
October 19, 2020 Kumihimo Braiding #1 with Michele Lefevre
October 5, 2020 Water Color Session #2 with Carolyn McConnell
Letters and Leaves
2 projects were done during this session.
Negative painting and block letters
Negative painting means that coloring in the background first. See the document below with a photo of an example of negative painting using numbers. Use watercolor paper and draw a couple of block letters lightly with pencil (called monograms). Also see an example of block letters with some quick zentangles added.
The document includes a drawing of 4 leaves/with zentangles!! You can pick and choose between these leaves or find your own outside. Trace around them with light pencil on watercolor paper. Do either negative painting with these or just have fun keeping the paints wet and choosing fun colors. Leaves have plenty of speckles so you can put in dark dots similar to those done on the sunflowers during a previous session.
Extra accessories/toys to play with in addition to the supply list below:
- A small spray bottle of water
- A bit of sponge
- A few tablespoons of salt
- An old credit card, loyalty card. (Expired of course!). This works even better if you find some concrete and give the card edge a good scraping to soften the edges!
- And it’s nice to have access to a hair dryer.
- Small beginner’s set of watercolors in a “pan,” with 6 basic colors or more in 6 or more little wells. (or beg borrow or steal a kid’s set, OK for starters)
- Watercolor paper: Arches watercolor paper block cold press. 140# The ideal. 9 x 12 or smaller or Fabriano brand, same specs. Or use Strathmore or Canson, a bit lesser quality, both at Michael's
- 2 watercolor brushes (at least!) sizes 6 and 8. Synthetic OK but brushes specific for watercolor are necessary. They hold water.
- Micron or Staedtler pen. .01 black and or .03, or any one you have
- Jar to hold water
- HB pencil and good eraser, kneaded eraser best
- Paper towel
September 21, 2020 Water Color Zentangle #1 with Carolyn McConnell
August 17, 2020 - Quilling #2 with Cece
Topic: Quilling - Continued with Cece Grasso
- Updates and housekeeping
- Show and Tell projects progress since last meeting
- Quilling project #2 using the same kit used on August 3 - see materials list below
Images above are what we made.
- 1 Green Strip (cut in quarters)
- 2 Strips for Small Buds (we'll cut in half) (Example: Dark Blue)
- 1 Strip for Center (Example: Dark Blue)
- 2 Strips for Flower Petals (cut in half) (Example: Light Blue)
- 2 Strips for Flower Petals (cut in half (Example: Dark Blue)
Total of 8 Strips
Optional - Picture Frame: 1 - 6-inch x 6-inch paper (Lightweight) Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HlXYZSI9TgI
August 3, 2020 - Quilling #1 with Cece
Quilling instruction and practice
Materials: Beginner’s Quilling Kit through Amazon,
Quilling Kit from Amazon above (Quilling Tool; Quilling Board)
- 6 Strips of 1 Color (Example: Yellow)
- 1 Strip of 1 Color (Example: Orange)
- 2 Strips of Green
Glue (I use Elmer's Washable Clear Glue)
Optional: Paper for Card
July 20, 2020 - Zentangle continued with Helena
July 6, 2020 - Transfer Sketch & Zentangle with Helena
We followed Helena's instruction, shared some tips and tricks and showed our practice sheets.
- Carbon Transfer Tracing Paper (Amazon) $7.99 -$8.99
- Pen (any pen. I use Bic)
- Canvas paper (or card stock paper) Amazon
- Sharpie permanent marker Black- ultra-fine point recommended. Other sizes are acceptable.
- Alternatively, for transferring, you may use wax free graphite transfer paper.
- Instead of canvas paper you may use any harder paper that you already have at home.
- Print three example images on 8x11 paper or print on smaller paper for cards if preferred. Click the following links to display and print: Tangle Ideas, Leaf, Fern Leaf
- Please order or localize at home the items needed. Amazon has all of the materials and Michaels may as well. Michaels has curb pick up for online orders and will send an email when the purchase is ready for pick up.
June 15, 2020 - Kickoff Meeting
Our kick off meeting was held on June 15, 2020 with 15 members attending! After reviewing slides provided by Helena Puche, we brainstormed ideas for future meetings, and agreed to meet on 1st and 3rd Mondays. Cece Grasso provided slides with background about origami and instructed us in how to make an origami gift card folder. We have a range of skills. We agreed it would be best to start 'simple' and build on basics. Planning in advance will be helpful. Two or more weeks lead time to gather materials may be required for some projects.