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Stretching your paper before you paint is essential when using sheets of 140lbs or less. Here's a short video on doing it without the fuss and mess of butcher tape or staples!
Da Vinci Paint Co. Ambassador Crystal Beshara shows you...
How to Stretch your Watercolor Paper: THE EASY WAY!
Stretching your watercolour doesn't have to be messy or difficult. You can do it with masking tape and be ready to paint 15 minutes!
She is using Arches 140lb Cold Pressed Bright White paper.
-Your paper should be 100% RAG or cotton (artist grade paper)
-A rigid board a little bigger than your paper
-A 1.5-2" wash brush
A hair dryer
-1-1.5" masking tape with medium"tac" (make sure it is sticky enough)
I hope this letter finds you well and that you have been enjoying the summer. Perhaps you’ve been gardening, golfing, cottage-ing, visiting family and maybe sneaking in a little travel?
I've had some down time, but I have also been spending far more time in front of the computer than any artist should, busy working away on a variety of projects and contracts! I have some exciting things to share with you. Let's catch up shall we?
Art School Fair
OTTAWA 2015. SATURDAY OCT. 31ST 10AM-5PM & SUNDAY NOV. 1ST 9AM-5PM
(Hellenic Reception Centre 1315 Prince of Wales Dr Ottawa, ON, K2C 1N2, Canada)
Yes, yes I know - the last thing I need to do is give myself another massive project, but it's too good to resist. I've partnered up with my good friend David Lidbetter and we've created an art trade show, the first of it’s kind in Canada. ART SCHOOL FAIR will be a 2 day convention and an opportunity to learn, explore, try and best of all… SHOP art supplies! Read out more about it by clicking here and sign up for our newsletter here to hear about our special offers and early bird pricing for our workshops & programming. You can also follow us on FACEBOOK
Featuring... "Crystal Grey"
As some of you know, the fine folks at Da Vinci Paint Co. have been working on my custom colour. The long awaited CRYSTAL GREY line should be out by mid fall. It will be a trio set that will include a warm, a cool and a neutral – great for making shadows and creating dramatic tones without the heaviness or opacity typically seen in other tube greys. I’m super jazzed ! It’s been a longtime coming (10 years in the making) and almost 2 years of anticipation since my first meeting with Marcello (owner of DVP) when he proposed the idea! I can’t wait!!! You won’t have to make your greys from scratch any more! Think of the time you’ll save!
International Artist Magazine
Last year, I was asked by International Artist Magazine to submit a step by step demo. I am deeply honoured to have this opportunity to reach such a wide audience. Touted as the worlds “best art magazine” it is distributed to over 65 countries around the world! I’ve thought long and hard about the painting I wanted to submit. Because it was so popular, and not all of you were able to participate in the workshop, I’ve chosen the peonies in the mason jar as my lesson. “Peonies for Dad” will be featured in an upcoming issue- as soon as I know exactly which one, I will make the announcement. Stay tuned!
- 10 WEEKS: START DATE SEPT 29th
- Each Class is 2.5 hours.
- Price now includes cost of reference images
- FREE Parking
Fall Classes are UP!
CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE LIST
You’ll see that while many are GREEK inspired themes, there is a large variety of subject matter and techniques to be covered. I tend to choose themes as a concrete way to illustrate techniques, but these lessons carry over universally and can be applied to most subjects. I think you’ll derive as much inspiration from the following classes as I did from my trip there.
I think that’s about it. Remember that classes are first come first serve and they are filling up FAST! There is a materials list available for download on the webpage, an EXACT address will be given to you a week before the start date of our session. Classes are located in the Meadowlands/Woodroffe area. Space is very limited- only 8 spots each, so there are no "holds" . REGISTER HERE
Spring is finally here and I have a few exciting announcements to make! So why don't you grab a cup of tea, turn on some soothing music and read all about it...
Newest Exhibition: "Darling Buds of May"...
Watercolours & New Oil Paintings now on display at
Mint Hair Studio (until the end of May)
1071 Wellington St. W. Ottawa - 613.695.3133
"Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?
Thou art more lovely and more temperate:
Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May,
And summer's lease hath all too short a date,
Sometime too hot the eye of heaven shines,
And often is his gold complexion dimmed,
And every fair from fair sometime declines,
By chance, or nature's changing course, untrimmed.
But thy eternal summer shall not fade,
Nor lose possession of that fair thou ow'st,
Nor shall death brag thou wand'rest in his shade,
When in eternal lines to time thou grow'st.
So long as men can breathe or eyes can see,
So long lives this, and this gives life to thee."
~William Shakespear's 18th Sonnet
Spring/Summer Brush Sale!
Introducing my new Synthetic Brush set of 6 - great for beginner. All of my favourite sizes in a smooth, supple, golden taklon bristle - great for beginner watercolorists or acrylic painters. I only have a few packs left at this price. At less than 10$ brush !
Also ON SALE (and just in time for outdoor painting & cottage season - My beautiful #8 pure Kolinsky Sable Pocket Brush is on sale now while quantities last…. was $55 , Now $45!
Workshops Coming up...
I have a few weekend workshops to choose from as well for those of you who can't participate in evenings or weekdays classes.
Just remember that, for all classes REGISTRATION is first come first serve, classes fill up FAST!
Online registration is the best way to guarantee a spot.
Easy access from the highway
small classes (max 8 students)
Painting Retreat at Ghost Ranch August 2016…
Study at GHOST RANCH en plein air where painting & photo opportunities abound. Vistas of red earth and turquoise sky were made famous by Georgia O’Keefe. Mediums your choice of: Watercolour, pen & ink and pastel. Primary focus will be on watercolour - techniques, but Crystal welcomes any one of these mediums and will demo accordingly and guide individuals as per their needs. GHOST RANCH: August 28 -Sept4 3 days in Santa Fe will also be added (exact dates TBA)
I'm proud to announce my newest endeavour...
I have been very busy working on my first Art Trade Show. I've just launched teh website and facebook page as well. I think many of you will be very interested in this as an opportunity to expand your skills and Learn, Explore and even showcase your work!
FEATURING INDUSTRY LEADERS & MANUFACTURERS, ARTISTS, INSTRUCTORS + MORE!
ART + SCHOOL + FAIR is Eastern Canada's first & only Art Material Trade Show. We bring together the best names and brands in the industry. See and try all of the latest tools and products on the market and walk away with a few samples!
An opportunity for ages 10 and up to learn, explore, try and best of all… SHOP direct from the manufacturers themselves. We've invited well known instructors and professionals to share their tips, teach classes and demo exciting and innovative techniques. Whether you are a professional, or just starting out you'll leave inspired.
Chat with and buy direct from leading Art Manufacturers in the Expo Hall.
Register for an art class with a leading Art Expert or take in our free demos! Try something completely different or build on your existing skills by exploring exciting, new techniques & products. Workshops and Demo's will be running both days. There is something for everyone!
Be inspired: Stroll through Inspiration Avenue an art exhibition area where artists will be displaying their work. Leave with free samples, new products, a brain full of ideas and a full heart to inspire your next work of art!
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