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Week 5: Color Contemplation

This week we are focusing on color as the subject of your work.  This means we are getting abstract with the Color Field movement, and getting inspiration from artists Mark Rothko and Helen Frankenthaler.  What is your favorite color? What do certain colors mean to you? Or invoke in others?  What color combinations are pleasing to you? What happens when you layer a different hue over another? Or in a different medium?  Try a couple of applications and mix your media to really explore color in its many forms.  This workout is designed to be meditative, so take your time and enjoy the colors in front of you.  Feel free to do multiples and post your favorites.

Now at Wet Paint, all Golden Acrylic Color is 40% off MSRP (High Flow, Fluids, OPEN, and Heavy Body).  Mix and match your favorite Golden products, and layer in with other favorite colorful media!

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: Are You Surreal?

Time to dig out your dream journal and visualize that wacky wonderland as we take a dip into Surrealism.  Taking inspiration from René Magritte’s cheeky skewed representational scenes and Salvador Dali’s wild dreamscapes and creatures, paint and collage your way through this exercise.  We suggest painting the background first and then adding your surreal elements from magazines, books, found objects, or other ephemera.  Don’t over think this workout- let your subconscious guide you.  Yes, we are surreal.  Have fun!

This week at Wet Paint, stock up on your favorite Mod Podge collage adhesive and sealant- they are all 10% off MSRP! These are water-based, so keep that in mind if glueing over a water-soluble painted background.

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 3: An Op-opportunity Awaits!

Don’t op out of this fun geometric art exercise!  Time to get funky with your black ink and a pop of your favorite color as we dive into to the Op Art movement.  Taking inspiration from Bridget Riley and Frank Stella, repeat a simple shape or line to create a pattern that makes you look twice.  Focus on black and white, but feel free to add 1 color accent. It may be useful to use templates, tape, rulers, etc. to keep things aligned.

This week at Wet Paint, FW Acrylic Ink black or Dr. PH Martin’s Black Star in Matte Finish are on sale for 10% off MSRP!  Use with a brush or a dip pen.

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 2: Dreaming of Your Art Deco Getaway

Dreaming of a winter getaway?  Create your perfect destination poster in the classic Art Deco style. Take inspiration from the WPA historical posters for our National Parks, or the European Travel posters from the 1920’s through 1940’s…these iconic works focus on saturated colors, a limited color palette, and bold graphics.  Be sure to layer your colors to get the right perspective (back, middle, and foreground) and feel free to add a little text.  You can also use stencils or templates to help with your graphic elements.  We recommend using your favorite water media: gouache, watercolor, or acrylic paint.

Need more poster inspiration? Check out the fun, reprinted vintage posters from Italian Cavallini paper – bonus: all sheet paper is 10% off right now!  These new, old timey posters would make a great travel journal cover!

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
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Week 1: Put your Fauvist Face Forward

Welcome back, Weekly Workout-ers!

For the next 12 weeks we are going to explore some favorite art movements throughout history.  Brush off your sketchbook (or buy a new one for the new year – they are all 20% off right now, online or in store!) and gather your gouache paint and brushes for our first workout!  Introduce yourself with a self-portrait in a bright color palette getting inspiration from the bold Fauvists, such as Henri Matisse and Andre Derain.  Fauvism (from les Fauves, French for “the wild beasts”) focused on a loose brushwork and strong color choices, so don’t be afraid to represent your inner wild beast!

Now through Feb. 14th, all sketchbooks are 20% off and all brushes are 50% off MSRP (a few exclusions apply).  It’s a great time to freshen up that brush bouquet!

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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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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