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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 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 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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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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Week 1: Gestural Impressions like Kathe Kollwitz

Kollowitz-Kathe-Self-Portrait-charcoal-on-paper1924Welcome back to our second year of Weekly Workouts! For our first workout, we’d like you all to introduce yourselves to the group with a gestural portrait of your hands or face (or both) taking inspiration from this beautiful charcoal drawing by Kathe Kollwitz.  She captures herself with movement and detail, and depicts herself as an artist. Notice the values and highlights on her hand that make it look 3-dimensional — try your best to work with more tones than just black and white.  And, feel free to stand back from the paper and use your whole arm to draw! You may even want to consider doing a double-page spread.

 

This week, all Nitram fine charcoal in all varieties are 20% off! The superb quality of Nitram ensures that it does not crumble under pressure, has the advantage of rich blacks and a wide range of shades, and it will not skip while you are drawing. It’s the favorite charcoal of the Wet Paint staff.

 


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Most Often Asked Question at Wet Paint

If you were to ask Darin, General Manager at Wet Paint, what customers ask for the most that we don’t provide, it would be “classes.” Besides not having classroom space, we at Wet Paint also believe the Twin Cities offer many options for further artistic learning. We have come up with some unique partnerships to connect those who manufacture art supplies with a number of organizations to bring new learning experiences to our customers and our community. There are a number of classes and workshops we have helped develop this October featured at existing educational venues with our friends in the art materials industry, our customers and the Twin Cities community.

Mary Esch colored pencil drawing in the Walker Collection

Mary Esch’s colored pencil drawing in the Walker Permanent Collection

St Paul Community Education still has space open in “Almost Intermediate Drawing & Color Pencil” with Mary Esch. An internationally recognized artist who has art in the Walker Art Center’s permanent collection, Mary Esch worked at Wet Paint a long, long time ago. This is a hidden gem of an opportunity to work with this talented artist at Community Ed prices. The class is held Monday evenings at Creative Arts High School.

Another Community Ed opportunity is “Open Studio Painting” with Dan Mackerman starting October 9th at Edgcumbe Rec Center. Professional artist Mackerman will help beginning artists decide which is the best wet media for them. This is a way to experiment with watercolor, acrylic and oil without having to purchase 3 ranges of color.

Brian Buell, president of Logan Graphic Products will teach a ½ day class on DIY mat cutting. The class, held at Macalester College on October 26th, will take you through border calculation, mounting and cutting both single and double mats. Brian comes armed with mat cutters and materials for everyone in class to have hands on training. This workshop is also part of St Paul’s Community Ed. Click here to see the entire Community Education Catalog!

Susan Rostow demonstrating Akua

Susan Rostow demonstrating Akua

Wet Paint is pleased to bring Susan Rostow, founder of Akua Inks to the Twin Cities. Susan became concerned about health safety issues surrounding printmaking and created soy based printing inks which are highly regarded in college printmaking departments. Besides offering a free talk at Wet Paint the evening of October 11th, Rostow is teaching a workshop at Highpoint Center for Printmaking on Saturday October 12th. At this writing, there are still some spots open in this workshop. Read more here!

Yuming Zhu

Yuming Zhu

Yuming Zhu, master of Sumi painting, has come to the Twin Cities for a number of years doing demos at Wet Paint and teaching workshops at some of the art centers in the area. October 29 and 30, Yuming will teach a two-day workshop called Golden Leaves at White Bear Center for the Arts. Yuming is a mesmerizing teacher and quite witty, too. This is a way to experience White Bear Center for the Arts’ new building which I saw last week and it is fantastic. Read more here!

All these classes have fees and registration through the organizations presenting the classes and workshops. Wet Paint is happy that we can pool our resources and bring these opportunities to our community.