Welcome Artist-Shelly Atkinson

A self taught artist, Shelly enjoys experimenting with various styles, colors, textures and techniques. "I am forever learning. I prefer to keep my paintings uncomplicated, and usually never know what I am going to paint until my paint hits the canvas, but as the colors begin to flow, a story begins to unfold. Painting makes me happy! It is the one thing that I can do by myself, where it's all from my own mind, my soul and my imagination". Shelly's paintings explode with bright colors, & warm, loving characters who would be a joy to know!

Shelly's paintings can be found in numerous private and public collections around the world, and was recently accepted by UNICEF in their 2005 campaign. "It makes me happy that I can bring a smile to those who view my work doing something I love to do."

We are pleased to announce that Shelly's colorful, wonderful art will now be converted to decoupage papers....oh the possibilities!  You can now find her
papers exclusively at Southern Blackberry Designs.  You might want to look at the cigar box purse in the How-To section of this newsletter, it was done using Shelly's designs.  Thanks Shelly for sharing your creativity with us!

 To view Shelly's artwork her web page is, www.shellyatkinson.

Have a creative day......Dea Shelton





What's New in Tissue Decoupage Papers - Shelly Atkinson
For Shelly's entire collection visit our Decoupage Papers, Fun & Funky section.

Class Schedule April 2006
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Venetian Mask - this mask is large enough to be a wall hanging.  These masks sell on-line for $199 to $400.  The Venetian Mask is made using fabric, stamping, stencil and embossing.  Fabric isn't just for sewing anymore?  You will learn some basic techniques in stamping, stenciling, embossing, faux finishing on fabric.  The mask face is done with a crackle technique and metallic paints.  This piece is truly a mixed media project.  The cost of this class is $125, which includes all supplies, mask, fabric, braid, paints, stamps, and glitters.  The class size on this project is limited to 4 people and will be held Saturday, April 22nd from 10am to 3pm. To reserve your spot for this class click here: Venetian Mask Class, let me know how many will attend, your phone number, and e-mail.



We will decoupage and stencil the reverse side of linoleum vinyl.  This is great for placemats, floor cloths, and table cloths.  My dinning room table has a cloth on in that I did 10 years ago and it still looks great.  You will learn the basics of working in this medium, and will complete two placemats with this class.  The great thing about linoleum is you can cut it into any shape and size and it is really durable.  The cost of this class is $25, this class includes all supplies, 3 decoupage papers, paints, stencils, and 2 placemats.  This class is limited to eight people and will be held Tuesday April 18th from 6pm to 9pm.  To reserve your spot for this class click here: Vinyl Placemats, let me know how many will attend, phone number, and e-mail.

Vinyl Placemats
Tuesday, April 18th, 6pm to 9pm



Did You Know?

So you get done with a project only to find, the gold or silver findings, charms, beads aren't the right shade of gold or silver!  This can ruin the finished look. Here's a quick fix.  Shade your metal charms, findings, metal beads, and hardware on projects using  a solvent based ink, like Staz-On and some soft brushes. Staz-on works great on non-porous surfaces, I wonder what it would do on glass projects?

Prior to sealing your project, load ink lightly on brush, then apply it over the metal.  You may need a few applications to complete the depth of color you are trying to attain.  I set the inks with a Krylon Matte Spray prior to sealing.  This technique was done on the Venetian Mask bells pictured at right.  These bells were gold and to stark for the copper in the mask, so I used Timber Brown Staz-on solvent based ink, and applied several light coats to achieve the "copper" look.  I love this stuff!  You can find it at your local craft and stamping stores in a variety of colors.  If you live in the San Diego Area, Stamping Details in Poway has a great selection.







Did you Know? 

Terra-cotta pot using our new
Oriental Papers

Cigar Box Purse, Faux Finished with Shelly Atkinson's Designs

New paper mache Venetian Masks.  Classes offered.  You can buy the blank Masks in our supplies Section

   What's New in How-To-Projects & The Gallery

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   Decoupage & Crafts Newsletter - April 2006



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