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HOW TO MEND A TORN CANVAS

     You are in the middle of an exciting painting and OOPS you get a tear in the canvas!  That is exactly what happened to me one day.  I was really upset as it was a good painting!  The tear was not in the middle of the canvas, but was at least an inch long.  I didn't know what to do.

     It just so happened that I was attending a workshop with a well-known artist.  I happened to mention it to him and asked him if it could be repaired.  He told me to bring it in and he'd teach me how to do it. It turned out to be an easy process, thank goodness!  The nice part about this repair is that if it is done correctly, it is permanent!

So, here is the way to do it:

FIRST:  Cut a piece of canvas that is larger than the hole (1/2" all around is good). You can purchase folded canvas, but it can be expensive. However, you may have an old stretched canvas you can cut up, or just purchase a cheaper stretched canvas to keep…
TAKE ADVANTAGE OF UNEXPECTED  OPPORTUNITIES!

     My husband and I were "sitting" at the St. Augustine Beach Art Studio and Gallery this month when a gentleman walked in.  That is not uncommon,  what is uncommon was that he asked if there was an artist available to do some sketches for him.  I said that I was the artist and he then told me what he had in mind. 

     It turns out he is engaged to be married and he wanted to do something very romantic for his fiance'.  He described three dates in particular that he wanted depicted and combined into one painting.  He asked for a piece of paper to show me his idea and then asked me to do a couple sketches on canvas for him to then paint.  I agreed, but we had no available canvas, so I sent him to the nearest art store while I played with some ideas on paper.  When he returned with the canvas, I said I'd have the sketches ready for him to pick up by closing time.

     The three memorable dates include…
VARNISH & FINISHING SPRAYS - TYPES AND USES

     At the stores we find many types of varnish, both finishing spray and liquid brush-on varnish.  What should you use and how?   The liquid brush-on goes further, but personally, I prefer the sprays.  The reason being that I have found the brush-on will chip or peel.  Perhaps I am putting it on too thick, perhaps not.  I just prefer to use spray.

     That said,  there are many varieties of spray varnish.  How is each used?  To make it easier for you to decide, I picked up a KRYLON flyer at our local Hobby Lobby art/craft store and took a photo of it for you to see.  I have typed in the explanations as the lettering is too small for you to read in a photo.  Hopefully this will help you to know which will work best for your situation.



Finishing sprays protect from the elements of nature.  Most have UV protection, plus they help prevent smearing, dirt marks and scratches.  Most importantly, they really make a…
WE HAD A PAINTING PARTY!

     A good friend got hold of me a few weeks ago asking if I would teach an art class at her home similar to "Painting With a  Twist"  I agreed and she got 17 people together for the fun!  Held on her lanai, with wonderful goodies to eat, lots of laughter, and paint on our hands and faces, everyone managed to finish and went home with a painting of their own.  It was so much fun that she has asked me to do it again in another town with more of her friends!

     I may just decide to do more of this type of thing in the future!

     I got a couple photos of the smiles and paintings to share with you.









BRUSH TYPES AND HOW TO USE THEM

     You go to the store to buy a new paint brush, then find yourself standing in front of a large display of brushes. The plethora of different brushes confuses you. They usually tell which medium they are suitable for, but not how each is used, so you often end up frustrated.  Sound familiar?

     Well, I hope I can help you wade your way through the different types of brushes and what each is designed to do.  Below is a list of many types of brushes and their use from Princeton Brush Company.  Print it out if you would like and keep it for future reference.  Each photo shows the brush head and ferrule (metal) in the upper right corner.

     NOTE: It is not necessary to have each and every one of these in your arsenal of painting supplies.  As you become comfortable with brushes you learn that a single brush can do many things.  You will quickly develop favorites, and every artist is different in their preferences.  Th…