|Oh Deer, Look What’s Become of Me! detail|
I love to teach this class not only because I love to paint, but also because I love seeing peoples amazement when they are able to do things they never thought they could. People are hesitant to try painting, because they have this misguided notion that certain people have an “artistic gift” that they themselves do not possess, so they don’t even try.
|Learn to use freezer paper masks and painting backgrounds|
Well I am here to tell you that is baloney, painting is a skill, consisting of various techniques that with practice you can perfect, the more you practice the more natural it will become. The reason some people are so good at painting is because they do it a lot and you need to keep in mind it’s never too late to start.
|Learn to paint smooth gradations|
Painting on fabric is unlike painting on canvas though, with canvas the paint sits on the surface and you can push it around and manipulate it. On fabric the paint sinks in and stays, so there are different techniques you need to learn to cover large areas smoothly, avoiding blotchiness and keep the paint from bleeding.
|Learn what tools and techniques to use to control the paint more effectively.|
The consistency of the paint is one of the first things we talk about in class, it is such a simple thing that can make the act of painting so frustrating for people. Too thick and the paint is hard to spread on the surface evenly, too thin and it bleeds in places you don’t want it to go.
|Learn to paint smooth gradations, work with transparent glazes and paint fine details.|
Besides learning different painting techniques for creating gradations, glazing paint to create more visual depth and painting smooth lines, you’ll also learn about different types of paint, how each affects the hand of the fabric, increasing value contrast in your work to create more dynamic imagery, basting a painted surface for quilting and non traditional binding methods.
This is an information packed class geared to help you feel more confident working with paint on your next textile project.