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Inside this Issue — February 2007
As the mercury drops and the days become shorter, we all know that soon the holidays will be here. Why not brighten your surroundings and the lives of those around you with this issue’s spectacular selection of holiday- and winter-themed projects. This issue features designs that can be adapted to a wide variety of surfaces to spruce up your home—from wall art to whimsical seating, the choices are as diverse as ever.
‘Tis the season for giving and sharing, so consider reaching out to others who are less fortunate. As a painter or member of a painting group, you can make a difference. Get together with fellow painters and hold a sale of hand-painted items, the proceeds of which can be donated to a charitable organization. Make this the year to truly “paint from the heart” and make someone else’s life just a little bit brighter.
Projects
Winter Scene Basket Winter Scene Basket by Mary M. Wiseman
The peacefulness of fresh fallen snow in the country inspired this winter design.
Pink Poinsettias & Grapes Basket Pink Poinsettias & Grapes Basket by Carol-Lee Cisco, CDA
Think pink! This piece features a perfect combination of colors to display throughout the winter season.
Ornament Box & Ornament Ornament Box & Ornament by Heather Redick, CDA
Receiving a hand-painted ornament is always exciting. Giving one, with a matching keepsake box, makes the gift even more special.
Tin Tree Landscapes Tin Tree Landscapes by Joan Dixon
Display this tin trio throughout the winter season.
Scrooge Signboard Scrooge Signboard by Andy B. Jones, CDA
Repurpose an antique cupboard door—what a stellar surface for this spectacular depiction of Scrooge.
Angel for Hire Box “Angel for Hire” Box by Jill DiMaria and Maria Grimanis
Use this nifty little box as a keeper for all your wrapping odds and ends during the Christmas season.
Santa Plaque Santa Plaque by Jill Macfarlane
Capture the spirit of Christmas in this jolly rendering of Santa and friends.
Christmas Cactus Christmas Cactus by Sharon Teal-Coray
Celebrate the brilliant blossoms of a Christmas cactus all year long!
Wolf Plate Wolf Plate by Barb Halvorson
Although this project is not difficult to paint, it does take some practice and is an excellent example of how to layer individual hairs.
Winter on the Farm Tray Winter on the Farm Tray by Deborah Hromanik
Serve up warm winter meals with this scenic landscape tray.
Treenware Butter Paddle Treenware Butter Paddle by Debby Forshey-Choma
Wares made of treen (Middle English for wooden) were used for cooking and serving food in colonial America before pottery was readily available.
Country Home Bowl Country Home Bowl by Judy Diephouse
Fill the bowl with a package of your favorite cookies or treats when entertaining guests for the holiday season.
Special Deliveries Breadbox Panel Insert “Special Deliveries” Breadbox Panel Insert by Debbie Cotton
Winter is on its way. 'Tis the season to change your fall breadbox insert featured on the PaintWorks web site to this new holiday design.
White Ceramic Chocolate Pot White Ceramic Chocolate Pot by Mary Jo Gross
This enamelware-looking coffeepot is perfect for serving hot chocolate on a cold winter day.
Silver Birches of Winter Silver Birches of Winter by Esa Nieminen
A textured stainless steel plaque serves as the background for this contemporary winter scene.
Ornament Trio Ornament Trio by Sandy Fochler
Create these peaceful winter scenes using a limited palette and easy painting techniques.
Valentine Postcards Valentine Postcards by Connie Parkinson
Create vintage-style Valentine’s Day postcards for those special people in your life.
dress up box Dress-Up Box
This box will take you back to the days when playing dress-up was part of your weekly routine
Features
Pine Trees Brushstroke Technique Guide: Pine Trees by Debby Forshey-Choma
Follow these steps to create realistic-looking pine trees.
Pedestal Stand with Grapes RB Homespun Elegance: Pedestal Stand with Grapes by Rebecca Baer, CDA
What better way to dazzle your guests than by presenting cheese and fruit on this exquisitely decorated server?
stenciled lettering Brush Up on Lettering: Stenciled Lettering by Jill DiMaria and Maria Grimanis
Handy tips and techniques!
Hot Chocolate Box &  Marshmallow Jar Created Just for Kids: Hot Chocolate Box Marshmallow Jar by Holly Hanley
Children as well as adults will love this hot chocolate set!
snowman chair Just for Fun! Snowman Chair by Chris Haughey
This cheerful snowman chair will bring a touch of whimsy to any room in your home. Bonus web extras!
Create a Winter Landscape Explore Watercolor Techniques: Create a Winter Landscape by Tom Jones
Applying colors in layers breaks the painting procedure into easy stages. Use this technique to paint any snow scene.
Fine Design: Valentines Fine Design: Valentines—Did You Know? by Betsy Edwards
Valentines…Love…Hearts…Candy…Flowers…Cards… We all enjoy celebrating the holiday devoted to love and affection.
Your Home Studio Your Home Studio: The Emerging Business— Return of the Home Studio, Part 1 by Anne Hunter
Welcome to Anne Hunter’s studio by the lake where the focus is on education, design, and fun.
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