Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Silhouette Painting 1.0

My Saturday started here in the quaint little town of Benicia, CA. as the owner of Hip Chick, Carrie and I met and started setting up for students who were on their way.

You can always expect an inviting welcome when Frances is stationed at the door!

When everyone had arrived and settled in, we got right down to work picking a customized pattern and learning the reverse painting techniques.

As we painted, the art become visible. Carrie C. chose a pattern with a tutu (no surprise there!) but didn't realize how her art was imitating a (still) life in the corner!

Taking a break to let the paint dry between coats gave us time to explore Hip Chick and shop a little, eat our snack of the day, and

form exciting epiphanies for other applications which the silhouette painting could be used!

Everyone went home with a finished project, a how-to/resource sheet, contact info for my favorite shop, Room With A Past, and lots of inspiration for the next silhouette painting they'll be making at home!
I had so much fun showing them all the tips and techniques. They all got so "in to it", that they were coming up with lots of ideas of their own which they couldn't wait to try out! It was like a party with friends in my own living room! Thanks so much for coming!
The graduates included:
Carrie and her shoes (clothes and shoes were on her brain as she is expanding a small closet in her new home!)

Rebekah, the bird lover, Jes the Raven fan, Carrie C. the tutu addict, and Joni, another bird fan!
Stay tuned for RSP 2.0!

Friday, August 27, 2010

It's The Little Things

I do love a sweet silhouette! Here's a vignette in my hallway of a few small ones I've collected:

I love this one best. It was done with ink (not by me!). Click on the picture to enlarge it.

I can't wait to teach how to make reverse silhouette paintings on glass tomorrow at Hip Chick Designs! I'll let you know how it goes!

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Reverse Your Thinking And Learn Something!

How would you like to make your home a little sweeter and end your summer feeling like you learned something creative? Then you'll definitely want to sign up for a class I'm SO excited to be teaching on Reverse Silhouette Painting on Saturday, August 28th from 10AM - noon at the fun & funky location of Hip Chick Designs, in the beautiful little bay side town of Benicia, CA!

HIP CHICK DESIGNS--Owned by Carrie Clayden

In this two hour class you will learn hands-on skills and tips that will inspire you to paint your own future one-of-a-kind works of art & signs, from elegant to whimsical on framed glass, old windows and mirrors.

Reverse painting is an a very versatile, easy (really!) and forgiving art, with possibilities limited only by your imagination.

You'll complete a framed 5" x 7" project in the studio, then partake in shopping for unique treasures at Hip Chick Designs . Make a day of it by heading to nearby First Street in downtown Benicia for more shopping in lots of quaint little stores and a bite to eat in one of the many cafes and restaurants!

All supplies, and a resource sheet are included in the $25.oo fee. For more information and to sign up (by Wednesday, August 25th) contact me at mackely@astound.net.