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Wet Paint’s 2nd Annual Summer Postcard Project

postcardimage15Going somewhere fun this summer?  Or, having a productive stay-cation?  Draw, paint, or mix up your media on a postcard-sized paper and mail it to Wet Paint!  We’re putting together an exhibition of mail art from our friends and fans wherever they may be.  As postcards arrive, we will photograph them to share on our social media pages and then display them in our storefront windows.  At the end of the
summer, we’ll host a public art opening here at Wet Paint for all of the contributing artists!
There’s no limit to how many postcards you can send, but in order to participate, postcards have to arrive at Wet Paint via our friendly postal carrier – – no dropping them off at the store!  Don’t forget to sign your postcard(s) and let us know how to reach you.  We want to make sure we’re crediting you when we post the work online and we want to be able to contact you with details about the end of summer art opening on August 29th.
General Guidelines:
-We are a family-friendly shop, so please tailor your images & words to be suitable for viewers of all ages.
-We reserve the right to not display postcards that we feel are inappropriate for this activity.
-All artwork must be original.
-In order to have your postcard displayed in our end of summer exhibition, you’ll need to have it postmarked by August 21st, 2015.
-All participating mail art must arrive at Wet Paint via US Mail.
-Keep in mind that postcards will “wear” a bit depending on how far they travel- which is part of the fun of mail art!
-Contact your local post office for shipping and postage information.
-Send one or send one every week!  We’ve got big windows!

Note: If you are willing, Wet Paint will be up-cycling the postcards (mounting on Strathmore cards) to then donate to Women’s Advocates.  Please let us know if you DO NOT want your postcard donated.
More info about the end of summer exhibition and opening on August 29th to follow.

Wet Paint Address:

Wet Paint
Summer Postcard Project
1684 Grand Ave
St. Paul, MN 55105

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Week 12: A Bountiful Buffet of Media with Lynda Barry

81yi0KFScBLIt’s our last workout! Congratulations for finishing this round (or participating however you were able- your hosts are playing catch up, too)!  For our last workout, let’s blend all of the techniques together and illustrate a creative goal for this summer taking inspiration from Lynda Barry’s whimsical journal entries.  Use your watercolors, Neocolor II crayons, inks, collage, and stamp- feel free to add text and found objects, too.  This workout is all about you and what inspires your creativity, so whatever material or media you like is fair game!

what_120This week at Wet Paint, bring in your Weekly Workout Workbook (or if you are online, we’ll happily send you a discount code- just email kristina@wetpaintart.com) and get 20% off your entire purchase!  Excludes items already on promotion and classes.

And, the workouts will continue next winter (starting in January).  Feel free to participate in the past workouts- look in the Files section for the first 12 workouts and our Summer Session Series. Plus, we would love to have you participate in the upcoming edition of the Summer Postcard Project- details to be announced soon!  Thanks for making this round fabulous!  Love, Kristina & Liz

These Weekly Workouts will be posted as Events in our Facebook Group, click here to join!
We will also post our exercises here on our blog
Click here to see our list of suggested art supplies

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Week 11: Lots of Patterns with Lotta Jansdotter

lotta2This week is all about a new technique- set aside your crayons and pencils and let’s make prints!  Taking inspiration from the simple, organic forms like the lovely patterns by Lotta Jansdotter, make your own pattern on a page. This might end up being a great background for your next portrait or a journal page.  For this workout, we recommend Speedy-Cut Carving Blocks from Speedball and Lino Carving Tools also from Speedball.  Start by drawing a simple design in ballpoint pen or pencil- careful not to indent your block.  Then, if your design is detailed, begin carving out those small areas, working to the larger sections.  Take your time.  “Finger behind the blade, no band-aid”- please be careful!  When you’re done carving, use rubber stamp ink and print your pattern!  Feel free to embellish your patterns with color or paint the page before you print.

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This week at Wet Paint, all Speedball Carving Tools and Speedy-Cut Blocks are 20% off MSRP! Buy a set or just the pieces and get printing! 

 

These Weekly Workouts will be posted as Events in our Facebook Group, click here to join!
We will also post our exercises here on our blog
Click here to see our list of suggested art supplies

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Week 10: Fresh Fruit with Janet Fish

cartwheel-2000Going grocery shopping this week? Pick up some produce that inspires color and composition, like the amazing still life pictures created by Janet Fish.  Arrange your subject in a pleasing light- notice the use of natural light in her work, and be sure to try this workout during the daylight. Place your subject in a colorful bowl, or get items with colorful packaging and just draw the plastic. We suggest using Conte crayons, a classic drawing medium that has a smooth feel like an oil pastel, but blends like a chalk pastel (minus the mess!).  Be bold with your color selection and blending. And once you’re done, enjoy a lovely fruit salad!

fish_peachesConte crayons are available in lots of colors – not just the sanguine and black from life drawing lessons! Right now, when you buy 3 or more individual sticks at Wet Paint they are only $1.66 each!  It’s a great time to try all of your favorite colors.

These Weekly Workouts will be posted as Events in our Facebook Group, click here to join!
We will also post our exercises here on our blog
Click here to see our list of suggested art supplies

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Week 9: Getting Neighborly with Alice Neel

slide_223773_926880_freeAlice Neel is a famous portrait artist and, although her deserved recognition didn’t come until late in her life, throughout her career she painted everyone.  Find a neighbor, friend, partner, niece, child- anyone besides yourself- and draw from life.  Take note of Neel’s beautiful blue outlines and their illustrative quality.  Start by drawing the framework of the face and features, then continue by filling in with bold painted color.  The perfect medium for this assignment is the Neocolor II by Caran d’Ache, because it is a crayon that you can paint with!  Don’t focus too much on detail, keep the portraits loose and if you want the challenge, set a 20 minute time limit (your subject may thank you for that, too).

hartley-ginny-1970This week at Wet Paint all Neocolor II crayons will be 15% off our everyday price.  This is a great tool to add to your mixed media work and is perfect for travel.  They are available in sets and open stock of over 120 colors!

These Weekly Workouts will be posted as Events in our Facebook Group, click here to join!
We will also post our exercises here on our blog
Click here to see our list of suggested art supplies

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Week 8: Cartoon Collage with Elizabeth Murray

bop-by-elizabeth-murrayTime to take a walk on the wacky side and cut and paste silly shapes, getting inspiration from the whimsical cut paintings of Elizabeth Murray.  For this workout, we will start by cutting 5-7 creative shapes out of colorful paper – if you are not sure how to start, try cutting out your initials.  Next, start assembling a freestyle composition with your shapes before gluing them onto the page and feel free to layer and overlap to add dimension.  Once the shapes are glued down, add embellishments to your shapes with paint markers- these can be a pattern or texture or just outlining the shape.

 

murray-paint3-002This week at Wet Paint, all Montana and Molotow paint markers are 15% off our everyday price!  Both are refillable, acrylic based paint markers that have opaque ink, so you can experiment with nearly any ink color over the colored paper.  Wet Paint also stocks a variety of colored papers (in single sheets or packs) that are great for collaging, and plenty of glues and scissors so you will be ready to get to work!

These Weekly Workouts will be posted as Events in our Facebook Group, click here to join!
We will also post our exercises here on our blog
Click here to see our list of suggested art supplies

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Week 7: Zoom in on a Bloom with Georgia O’Keeffe

red-poppy-viSpring is in the air here in MN (or at least we are thinking about spring), and we are eager to see some flowers! Using Georgia O’Keeffe’s iconic floral paintings as inspiration, zoom in on your favorite flower.  Since flowers are not quite in bloom here, find your them either at your local market or do a quick internet search, and get up close for all the details.  Render the detail with Tombow Dual brush pens and blend the colors with your waterbrush or their handy blender pen. These pens are also great for travel if you want to visit your local conservatory.  Can we guess your flower by your abstracted detail?

okeffeThis week at Wet Paint all Tombow brush pens are 15% off our everyday price (including sets), and all Pental Aquash waterbrush are 20% off MSRP! The Tombow Dual pens feature a fine line or flexible brush tip and are available in tons of colors! Aquash waterbrushes are available in a variety of sizes and are perfect for travel.

These Weekly Workouts will be posted as Events in our Facebook Group, click here to join!
We will also post our exercises here on our blog
Click here to see our list of suggested art supplies

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Week 6: Canines, Kitties, and Cake with Maira Kalman

maira-bassetIt’s all of your favorite things in one workout! Including gouache paint!  Check out the bold and beautiful illustrations by Maira Kalman (you may have seen her work in a magazine or children’s book) and take inspiration from her eclectic subject matter.  She has done everything from pets, food, shoes, and beyond.  For this workout, we would like you to focus on a pet and if you don’t have a pet, paint some cake (and then you can enjoy eating it)!  Or maybe surprise a family member with a portrait of their pet… or just cake. Kalman uses gouache and ink in her illustrations, so we suggest using our favorite Acryla gouache from Holbein, and your Pentel Pocket Brush Pen. Look at her brushwork with the noticeable blending and her bright color palette mixed with pastel tones that make her illustrations pop.

Spread2LRG._V198773820_This week at Wet Paint, all Holbein Acryla Gouache is 25% off MSRP, and the Pentel Pocket Brush Pen is 15% off our everyday price!  Stock up, and don’t forget your refills!

These Weekly Workouts will be posted as Events in our Facebook Group, click here to join!
We will also post our exercises here on our blog
Click here to see our list of suggested art supplies

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Week 5: Kolor Kaleidoscope with Lee Krasner

lee_krasner2This week, let’s play with masking fluid (resist) and watercolor and take some inspiration from these lovely Lee Krasner paintings.  Notice the graphic white lines and bold color choices in these abstract pieces. There’s a new product on the market that makes using masking fluid easy-peasy, the new Molotow Masking Pen (that we are lovin’!).  These pens are available in 2 sizes and are refillable!  Start drawing with the masking pen – a pattern or a graphic motif (like Lee does) or just doodle whatever is in your noodle- and paint bold rich colors over the page (maybe get a big brush). When the paint has dried, use your finger or a soft eraser to lift the masking away to reveal the lovely white of your page(s).

jm-aa_08_05This week at Wet Paint all Molotow Masking Pens are 15% off our everyday price and all Holbein Watercolors in open stock are 25% off MSRP!  Plus, we have a set of 12 Holbein watercolors at a super bargain price of $35.00 (MSRP $79.00)! And, if you are in need of a big brush, our favorite is the Black Velvet by Silver Brush.

These Weekly Workouts will be posted as Events in our Facebook Group, click here to join!
We will also post our exercises here on our blog
Click here to see our list of suggested art supplies

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Week 4: Collection Collage with Jane Hammond

scrapbook-arlesMany artists are known for collecting- whether it is art supplies, paper scraps or oddities, things tend to accumulate!  This week we want to see your stuff in a beautiful layout in your sketchbook like the one pictured by the fabulous Jane Hammond.  Sketch, photograph, paint, or collage your favorite things, tchotchkes, and memorabilia on the page (or pages). Feel free to tell us a short quip about your collection and your favorite mixed media when you post.  Think you don’t have a collection? What about your selection of earrings?  Or your keys? Find a stash of something that is like a collection and put it on the page!

This week at Wet Paint, all Faber-Castell Polychromos Colored Pencils and Albrecht Durer Watercolor Pencils are 15% off our everyday price (includes sets)!  These are two favorite pencil lines of the Wet Paint staff!

These Weekly Workouts will be posted as Events in our Facebook Group, click here to join!
We will also post our exercises here on our blog
Click here to see our list of suggested art supplies

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