Wet Paint

Artists' Materials & Framing in St. Paul, MN


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Cultivating Our Creative Community

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This blog post is written by Virginia, the Programming Manager at Wet Paint.

Having planted the garden and tended to its growth along the way, now comes the harvests’ bounty. And we have a bountiful season of creative opportunities for you to sample.

New varieties abound! – from the satisfaction of making stunning Crepe Paper Sunflowers and jewel toned French Lace handbound Journals, from the deeper dives of Self Portraits 3 Ways and Experimental Drawing, to the rich exploration of creative life questions such as “Who Am I Now?” Organizational Journaling for Pre and Post retirement.   There’s a whole new crop of classes designed for the absolute beginner who wants to try painting and drawing with themes like painting pets, miniature landscapes, painting in the style of MonetMatisse and more!

 

Perennial favorites form the base of any excellent feast! You’ll find fresh and fortifying classes by top-notch teaching artists in watercolor, acrylic painting, encaustic painting, drawing, book binding, rosemaling and hand lettering…including a new Monthly lettering practice Meet-up on the first Monday of the month.

 

Bright notes and deep flavors round out the season! Look for show-stopping classes and demos by visiting artists in sketching, relief printmaking and silkscreen printing as well as other great demos and hands-on events that will surprise, engage, edify and cultivate your creative life.

To see the full bounty, head on over to our events page to browse the whole lineup!


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Week 2: Getting Fresh Faced with Frida Kahlo

frida-kahloGet some color back into our sketchbooks (and these cold grey days) with some inspiration from the fabulous Frida Kahlo.  Grab your favorite accessories (and/or a furry friend or houseplant!) and your oil pastels and create a colorful self-portrait.  What are oil pastels? They are the happy medium between drawing and painting- works like a crayon, but the color intensity and creaminess of paint.  Feel free to exaggerate the color, your features, or the setting to enhance the “Frida-ness” of your self-portrait!

 

All oil pastels are 15% off our everyday price! We have some great inexpensive sets from Craypas Expressionist or get real fancy with the giant Sennelier oil pastels (including the beautiful iridescent and metallic colors).  Or get some fine lines for detail with the Holbien square oil pastels.

 

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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WP Weekly Workout- Week 2: Introduce Yourself with a Self-Portrait

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Egon Schiele self portrait

Step up to the mirror, it’s time to do a self-portrait! Make faces or practice your cool-as-a-cucumber look, or try one of each using different materials. Self-portraits are great practice and these are meant to be quick and simple – just look at Egon Schiele’s example (nice work, Egon!). Try a contour line drawing (like Egon did) or simple brush strokes that frame your face, or smudge your way along with a graphite pencil. These don’t need to be perfect, just a reflection of your sweet self!

Wet Paint will have several different drawing materials to choose from at a 15% discount for this week (2/26-3/4). Try the oh-so-popular Pentel Pocket Brush Pen (and it’s refillable!), the smooth range of Palomino Blackwing Pencils, or the trusty classic Sharpie marker!  Out of ink?  You can buy new stuff here!
And please feel free to share what materials you end up using. There are endless options out there to choose from!

These Weekly Workouts will be posted as Events in our Facebook Group, click here to join!

If you are not on Facebook, share your photos in our Flickr group

We will also post our exercises here on our blog

Click here to see our list of suggested art supplies