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February 2008 Issue
Inside this Issue — February 2008

With the cold northern weather rapidly approaching, it's a perfect time to plan your painting projects for the entire winter season. We trust the feature projects in this issue will inspire you to paint up a storm to chase away those winter blues!

We've include a few last-minute holiday ideas for decorating and gift-giving. Yes, there's still time to paint up a few gifts before Christmas arrives, and there's nothing like a handmade gift!

This issue also includes technique articles for faux brick, grisaille, and skills to improve brush control. If you love winter landscapes, we have several to choose from. And animal enthusiasts will certainly enjoy our polar bear and Siamese cat paintings. Just keep in mind, whatever you choose to paint, feel free to adapt the pattern to alternate surfaces and change colors to suit your décor. We're here to inspire you—be creative and think outside the box.

So often we hear of people frustrated by lack of space in their homes to set up a painting area. Columnists Gisele Pope and Nony Housh are here to help with a two-part series on making your "paintin' place" in a limited space!

While you're in the planning mode, why not think about attending a painting convention in 2008? If you've never attended a convention before, we hope you have an opportunity to experience the fun and education these gatherings provide. This would also make a great gift for the painter in your family (or even for yourself)!

holiday tree plate

Holiday Tree Plate
by Sue Pruett, MDA
Serve family and friends your favorite holiday cookies, breads, and candies on this festive wooden plate!

blue ornaments Winter Blues Ornaments
by Gladys Neilsen
Decorate your Christmas tree with a stunning set of frosted glass ornaments.
Candy Canes and Holly Candy Canes and Holly
by Cindy Gensamer
Your holiday celebration is guaranteed to be extra sweet with these peppermint and candy cane designs!
Framed Mini Still-Life Paintings Framed Mini Still-Life Paintings
by Debra Henkener
If you love still-life painting in watercolors, you will surely enjoy these holiday miniatures!
Winter Shoe Skate Ornaments Winter Shoe Skate Ornaments
by Debby Forshey-Choma
These holiday ornaments are truly cutting edge!
placemats Winter Gardens Placemats
by Joan Dixon
Set a festive table for the holidays and all season long.
Olde Bayberry Tavern Farmhouse Chair Olde Bayberry Tavern Farmhouse Chair
by Cynthia Erekson
This primitive painted chair is a must-have for your country-themed home.
Evening Glow Tissue Box Holder Evening Glow Tissue Box Holder
by Carol Cook
Keep your tissue box "under cover" in style for the season!
Ice Fishing at Sunset Ice Fishing at Sunset
by Esa Nieminen
This winter-themed floorcloth will be a conversation piece to all who "step in" your front door!
Frosty the Polar Bear Frosty the Polar Bear
by Willow Wolfe
Our polar bear painting is a reflection of the goodwill and warmhearted nature of the holiday season.
Velvet Haze Landscape Velvet Haze Landscape
by Diana Putnam
Celebrate the magic of the season in this captivating winter scene.
Bronzed Fruits Bronzed Fruits
by Lynne Deptula
Add some glamour to your dinner table with this bronzed fruit charger and matching candleholder trio.
winter scene plate Winter Scene Plate
by Gisèle Grenier
Follow detailed step-by-step photos to complete this porcelain plate.
Magnolia Tea Box Magnolia Tea Box
by Vilma Fabretti, CDA
A cup of hot tea warms the soul and soothes the spirit!
Framed Siamese Cat Framed Siamese Cat
by Mabel Blanco
This "purr-fect" portrait captures the beauty of this stunning breed.
brushstroke Brushstroke Technique Guide: Nature's Bounty
by Debby Forshey-Choma
Learn how to paintacorns and pine boughs.
different strokes Different Strokes for Different Folks! Brush Control = Brush Strokes = Brush Control
by Heather Redick, CDA
Taking the time to load the brush perfectly for the job at hand will allow you to paint with ease and produce better results.
winter cottage Try a New Technique: Winter Cottage Grisaille
by Linda Coulter
The combination of flickering light and a warm color palette creates a lovely ambiance for this heartwarming cottage scene.
Prime Your Palette Prime Your Palette: Gilded Table with Frame Top, Vase, and Lampshade
by Margot Clark
Discover new ways to metal leaf and transfer images.
Faux Finishes A Fresh Approach to Faux Finishes: Faux Brick Panels
by Tracy Moreau
This unique twist on a simple faux finish can be used for a quick Christmas project or a terrific renovation idea requiring a few materials and a limited palette.
Pope and Housh Brush Up on Business: The Perfect "Paintin' Place"
by Gisele Pope and Nony Housh
Gisele and Nony will help you find a place to paint!
inspired pallet The Inspired Palette: Romantic Bedroom Set
by Kelly Hoernig
The palette used for this issue's featured projects invokes both neoclassic and newly classic styles.
rose tin RB Homespun Elegance: Romantic Notions Rose Tin
by Rebecca Baer, CDA
Rebecca's hand-painted tin is a perfect Valentine's Day gift for a special loved one.
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