Strathmore GEMINI 150 lb cold press paper! Recommended to me by my friend Deborah Hanes-Nelson and forever grateful. It is made from 100% cotton, so you can lift paint easily, blend colors in layers, much tougher than all my other papers combined! Happy Dance! Happy Dance! Happy Dance!!! Here are my first two paintings using this paper:
Ha ha! We had a glorious day at Rosemont Winery not too long ago and were allowed to go into the vineyards and take pictures. I still have several more that I want to paint from and am learning new techniques along the way - many thanks to Deb Hanes-Nelson! The first two paintings are done on Fabriano Artistico 140 lb cold press. The last one is done on Fabriano Artistico 300 lb cold press - it works similarly to hot press in that it's smooth surface doesn't allow for much lifting or movement once the paint dries before the next layer. I'm learning to like it. Which is your favorite, and why???
We had an Outdoor Fairy Garden Class at the Southern Botanical Gardens. Class was taught by Carol Nelson and myself - and we decorated the woodland trail that is part of the 15 acre Garden. We had lots of folks come - and 18 of them got to take home a wooden door and wooden windows along with the frames they made out of Sculpey clay - ready to be baked and then painted. I think the Fairy population is going to increase in South Boston, too. Here are some pics for you to enjoy:
Andrea Burke, WVWS
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