Its a Celebration!

The December 2011 issue of PaintWorks marks its 20th anniversary, and things have certainly changed since then! Twenty years ago, PaintWorks launched as a 68-page quarterly. Today, it is published eight times a year, averages 100 pages an issue, and includes bonus online projects! For this special issue, we have included designs from some of our favorite contributors, both past and present.

Throughout the years, both the industry and the art form have grown in many ways. Today, the number of products available to the consumer is simply astounding. Many types of paints and mediums have been developed, and brushes are now available in a wide variety of shapes to perform a number of functions. Decorative painters have crossed into other markets and now incorporate mixed media, such as inks, stamps, and papers, with their painting. Creativity knows no bounds!

I would like to take this opportunity to thank the wonderful artists who have shared their outstanding designs, techniques, expertise, and personal stories with us. These artists are the core of our success as a decorative painting magazine.

I would also like to thank the dedicated staff at All American Crafts and the photographers and stylists who make my visual dream a reality. On a personal note, the community of painters and professionals involved in this industry has enriched my life immensely. Working with so many creative individuals has been energizing, inspiring, and rewarding.

And a special thanks to our loyal readers, who share our joy of painting. We pledge to continue to provide you with inspiration, education, and exciting projects. Throughout the next year, we will be celebrating our anniversary with new columns, fun contests, and creative ideas. It is my hope that each of you share the joy of painting with someone who has never painted before. Give them a gift that keeps on giving.

Happy Holidays!
Linda R. Heller, Editor in Chief

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Take a Peek Inside this Issue

Projects
Layered Poinsettia Scoop Plate
Layered Poinsettia Scoop Plate
Three Wise Men Tray
Three Wise Men Tray
Nativity Triptych
Nativity Triptych
Blue Jay in Oak Frame
Blue Jay in Oak Frame
Winter Retreat Watercolor Cards
Winter Retreat Watercolor Cards
“Noel” Banner
“Noel” Banner
Twelve Days of Christmas  Charger Plate Series, Part 2
Twelve Days of Christmas
Charger Plate Series, Part 2
“Sugar and Spice” Tin
“Sugar and Spice” Tin
Santa Welcome Board
Santa Welcome Board
Maritime Santa Box
Maritime Santa Box
Santa Cloche Table Runner
Santa Cloche Table Runner
Santa with Gifts
Santa with Gifts
Santa’s Painting Satchel
Santa’s Painting Satchel
Tree Delivery
Tree Delivery
Winter Leaf Study
Winter Leaf Study
“Christmas Sampler”
“Christmas Sampler”
“Snow” Tray
“Snow” Tray
Snowflakes by the Hearth
Snowflakes by the Hearth
Features
Brushstroke Technique Guide: A Majestic Winter
Brushstroke Technique Guide
Prime Your Palette
Prime Your Palette
Style File
Style File
RB Homespun Elegance
RB Homespun Elegance
Painter’s Potpourri: The Power of Painting
Painter's Potpourri:
Signs of the Seasons
Signs of the Seasons
Book Nook
Book Nook
Savvy Studio
Savvy Studio

In this Issue
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December 2011

Projects

Layered Poinsettia Scoop Plate Margot Clark

Three Wise Men Tray Golda Rader

Nativity Triptych Janelle Johnson

Blue Jay in Oak Frame Cheri Rol

Winter Retreat Watercolor Cards Kathi Sojka

“Noel” Banner Beth Wagner

Twelve Days of Christmas Charger Plate Series, Part 2 Chris Thornton-Deason

“Sugar and Spice” Tin Rosemary West

Santa Welcome Board Antoinette Cox

Maritime Santa Box Sue Beckerton

Santa Cloche Table Runner Cynthia Erekson

Santa with Gifts Donna Scully

Santa’s Painting Satchel Judy Westegaard

Tree Delivery Pam Grady

Winter Leaf Study Prudy Vannier click here for patterns

“Christmas Sampler” Barbara Nielsen

“Snow” Tray Chris Haughey   click here for step by step photos

Snowflakes by the Hearth Monika Brint

Features

Brushstroke Technique Guide: A Majestic Winter
Debby Forshey-Choma

Prime Your Palette: Discover the Versatility of Alcohol Inks Dimensional Poinsettia
Kathi Hanson

Style File: Christmas Trends: Handmade & Burlap Pomegranate Table Setting
Kelly Hoernig

RB Homespun Elegance: Christmas Song Ornaments
Rebecca Baer

Painter’s Potpourri: Everything Old Can Be New Again!
Gisele Pope and Nony Housh

Signs of the Seasons: Holiday Blessings
Sue Allemand

Book Nook
Susan Mynyk

Savvy Studio: 20+ Stellar Stocking Stuffer Ideas!
Kathi Hanson

Departments

Expressions
Coming Next!
Designer Directory
Product Palette

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