Isbell presented a demonstration featuring her interest in creating
interesting borders for her paintings and her love of colorful fabric
prints. She is interested in fabric patterns and wanted to incorporate
them as background and borders. She often uses her houseplants and vases
as focal points. Charlene brought many examples of paintings which
featured the techniques that she showed us. Most had brightly-colored
borders and backgrounds and simple shapes of objects in the foreground.
showed us how to create a border by dipping geometrically shaped objects
in acrylic paint, and stamping them on the canvas in a design that she
has in mind. After the first stamping dries, she can overlay another
shape and another color if she chooses. To make a chevron shape, she
makes a template of the zig-zag pattern on card stock, cuts it out, and
places it on the canvas. She traces around it to create the border. She
keeps adding colors and shapes until she is satisfied.
order to draw on the canvas without erasures, she traces the shape of
the subject of the painting onto a plastic sheet with a marker. She
tapes the plastic to the reverse side of the canvas, holds it up to the
light, and draws the shape on the canvas. An alternative technique
involves sketching the object in the desired size on a sheet of paper or
card stock and finding the center by folding it in half. She then cuts
it out. She moves the template around on her canvas to decide where she
wants the object in her painting. When she finds the right position, she
traces around it lightly with pencil. It is then ready to paint.
her demonstration she painted an example of a border by dabbing a circle
stamp in acrylic paint and placing it in a regular pattern on the edge
of the canvas. She then used a different color to stamp on the wet
paint, creating an antique look. The bright colors and busy
patterns were a delight to see. It was obvious that Charlene loves
painting in this way, and we loved seeing her do it! Many thanks to
Charleen. Thanks also to those who brought refreshments and art for Show
and Tell, some of which are shown below.
Show and Tell