Countdown to Christmas

It’s hard to believe that there are only 10 weeks before the big day arrives. Yes, Christmas is right around the corner, but there’s still time to plan and prepare for the upcoming festivities.

To get you started, Nony Housh and Gisele Pope share some of their favorite sources of inspiration for the holidays in their latest article, On-the-Go Holiday Tour with Nony and Gisele. Read it and you will be inspired to transform your home into a winter wonderland! This dynamic duo also shares in a fun preholiday activity that you just might want to begin as a tradition of your own. Every year, Nony and Gisele gather with their friends for a gift-wrapping party. They bring their gifts and supplies and enjoy a creative and productive day, while sharing conversation and listening to holiday music. What a great way to avoid the crunch of wrapping gifts at the last minute! (How I remember those Christmases when my husband and I were wrapping gifts until 2 a.m. after the children had gone to bed!)

From ornaments and plaques to baskets and table décor, this issue offers a host of holiday designs for you to use to decorate your home or to give to someone near and dear. Embrace the joy of the season and share your love of painting with those around you. Fill your home with twinkling lights and the aroma of home-baked cookies for a joyful holiday celebration!

Happy holidays

Linda R. Heller
Editor in Chief

Cover

Projects
Silent Night Plaque
Silent Night Plaque
Ornament Still Life
Ornament Still Life
Christmas Believe Tray
Christmas "Believe" Tray
Rooster and Milk Can Ornaments
Rooster & Milk Can Ornaments
Pantry Sweets Basket
Pantry Sweets Basket
Santa Goodie Pail
Santa Goodie Pail
Christmas Tree Farm Plaque
Christmas Tree Farm Plaque
Winter Wonders
Winter Wonders
Winter Scene Plate
Winter Scene Plate
Santa Profile
Santa Profile
Christmas Sentiments Canvas
Christmas Sentiments Canvas
Santa's Bountiful Gifts
Santa's Bountiful Gifts
Noel's Fruit & Spice Tea
Noel's Fruit & Spice Tea
Santa Paddle
Santa Paddle
Warm Winter Wishes Stacking Boxes
"Warm Winter Wishes" Stacking Boxes
Primitive Santa Banner
Primitive Santa Banner
Cranberry's Gift Shop
Cranberry's Gift Shop
Charlie Chalkboard
Charlie Chalkboard
Believe Tote Snowman Pin
"Believe" Tote & Snowman Pin
Frosty Salt & Pepper Set
Frosty Salt & Pepper Set
Santa Float
Santa Float




Features
Brushstroke Technique Guide: Majestic Candy Canes
Brushstroke Technique Guide
Art and Coffee
Art & Coffee
Create on Canvas: Snowy Landscape
Create on Canvas
RB Homespun Elegance: Merry and Bright Floorcloth
RB Homespun Elegance
On Track with Trends: Mix It Up-Create Mixed-Media Art
On Track with Trends
Out and About: On-the-Go Holiday Tour
Out and About
Funky Folk Art: Holiday JOY Tray
Funky Folk Art
Savvy Studio: Kathi Hanson
Savvy Studio

In this Issue
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December 2012

Projects

Silent Night Plaque by Linda Sharp

Ornament Still Life by Bob Pennycook

Christmas “Believe” Tray by Patricia Rawlinson

Rooster & Milk Can Ornaments bu Donna Scully

Pantry Sweets Basket by Amy J. Mogish

Santa Goodie Pail by Della Wetterman

Christmas Tree Farm Plaque by Marty Caldwell

Winter Wonders by Patti DeRenzo

Winter Scene Plate by Rebecca Trimble

Santa Profile by Pam Gonnason

Christmas Sentiments Canvas by Chris Thornton-Deason

Santa’s Bountiful Gifts by Anne Hunter

Noel’s Fruit & Spice Tea by Debbie Cotton

Santa Paddle by Pam Grady

“Warm Winter Wishes” Stacking Boxes by Susan C. Burd

Primitive Santa Banner by Cynthia Erekson

Cranberry’s Gift Shop by Monika Brint

Charlie Chalkboard by Karen Wisner

“Believe” Tote & Snowman Pin by Kim Hogue

Frosty Salt & Pepper Set by Linda Hollander

Santa Float by Carol Pritchard

Features

Brushstroke Technique Guide:
Fishing Lures
by Debby Forshey-Choma

Art & Coffee:
Pears & Memories
by Debra Henkener

Create on Canvas:
Snowy Landscape
by Patricia Zentz Reichenbach

RB Homespun Elegance:
Merry & Bright Floorcloth
by Rebecca Baer

On Track with Trends:
Mix It Up—Create Mixed-Media Art
by Jennifer Blevins

Out & About:
On-the-Go Holiday Tour
by Nony Housh and Gisele Pope

Funky Folk Art:
Holiday “JOY” Tray
by Shara Reiner

Savvy Studio:
by Kathi Hanson

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