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Embossed Copper Mercantile Box Embossed Copper Mercantile Box
by Chris Thornton-Deason
Summer Lake Plate  Summer Lake Plate
by Sharon Buononato
Mosaic Turntable Mosaic Turntable
by Jill DiMaria
Swan Tray Swan Tray
by Ana Verastegui
Tropical Fish Tropical Fish
by Patricia De Torres
Seashell Lamp Seashell Lamp
by Jane Allen
Turchino Oceano Turchino Oceano
by Sharon Teal-Coray
 Sailboat Watercolor Card Sailboat Watercolor Card
by Kathi Sojka
Sunset Lake Tray and Card Box Sunset Lake Tray and Card Box
by Susan V. Cochrane
Lighthouse Canvas Lighthouse Canvas
by Linda Lover
Orchid on Parchment Orchid on Parchment
by Willow Wolfe
Ferns with Insects & Creatures Tray Ferns with Insects & Creatures Tray
by Peggy Harris
“Lilies” Heart “Lilies” Heart
by Debbie Cotton
Arne’s “Welcome” Arne’s “Welcome”
by Pamela Gassman
Bird and Flowers Bucket Bird and Flowers Bucket
by Vicki Allwardt
Jackmanii Clematis Stool Jackmanii Clematis Stool
by Marlene Kreutz
Hydrangea Tray Hydrangea Tray
by Gail Jean Frigon
Williamsburg Plate Series Williamsburg Plate Series
Barbara (Franzreb) Bunsey
rainbow plaque Rainbow Ice Cream Plaque
by Charlene Barlow
brushstroke Brushstroke Technique Guide:
by Debby Forshey-Choma
rufus Painter’s Profile:
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Painter Profile Painter's Potpourri:
by Susan Mynyk
Home Studio Your Home Studio:
by Kathi Hanson
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by Andy Jones
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by Angela Anderson
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by Kathi Hanson
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Inside this Issue — August 2010

Plan a "Staycation"!

The arrival of the summer season signals that it’s time for families to pack their bags and head off for a fun-filled weeklong vacation. Perhaps you don’t have time to travel this year, or perhaps it’s not in the budget. Don’t fret! With a bit of creative imagination, you can plan a stay-at-home vacation (“staycation”) that will be enjoyable, relaxing, and re-energizing.

A staycation is a perfect opportunity for you to embrace the vivid colors of summer’s palette and transport yourself to the “resort” of your liking. Let your paintbrush whisk you away to far-off places.

Sail off to a scenic lake with Sharon Buononato’s Summer Lake Plate, Ana Verastegui’s Swan Tray, and Kathi Sojka’s Sailboat Watercolor Card; or find peace and solitude in Susan V. Cochrane’s two-piece set, Sunset Lake Tray and Card Box.

Enjoy the salty air and sun-warmed sand with Jane Allen’s Seashell Lamp, or go totally tropical with Patricia De Torres’s Tropical Fish plaque. Take a cruise to the Mediterranean with Sharon Teal Coray’s Turchino Oceano (Turquoise Ocean) canvas.

Take a trip to Cape Cod, Massachusetts, with Charlene Barlow’s Rainbow Ice Cream Plaque, or visit Colonial Williamsburg in Williamsburg, Virginia, as you paint Barbara (Franzreb) Bunsey’s Williamsburg Plate Series. The instructions for two of the plates are featured in this issue and the third can be found on our Free Projects page.

For those who are adventurous, go hiking in the woods with Peggy Harris’s Ferns with Insects and Creatures Tray. This issue also offers a wide variety of garden-themed projects to keep you busy over the next several months.

Plan ahead for your “staycation”—you just might find it a rewarding experience!

Download the checklist for "Packing for a Painting Adventure" (PDF)