Shop for the Holidays while Supporting Local Artists

Participation in a local Holiday Sale in Point Richmond, California, will be fun, exciting and impactful. Whether you’ll be shopping for the holidays, getting out and seeing some great art or just spending some quality time with your loved ones – what ever reason you have for coming to the Arts of Point Richmond Holiday Sale, YOU can make a difference.

Shopping locally and supporting artists has more of an impact on lives than shopping at Target, Walmart or any of the big box stores. Make a commitment to help the people in your area before making the fat cats fatter. Isn’t that what the holidays are about? What a wonderful way to support your local artists and get your holiday shopping done all in one fell swoop.

There will be all different types of art being offered by talented artists – myself included.  The participating artists will be selling their cards, stationery, jewelry, metal work, ceramics;  I will be selling my handmade books, stationery and a few Encaustic Paintings.

Arts of Point Richmond Holiday Show is on Saturday, December 8, 2012. It will be held at the Point Richmond Community Center, 139 Washington Street, Point Richmond, California. The hours of the show will be from 11:00 am – 5:00 pm. It’s FREE, and there will be coffee, hot spiced cider and cookies.

I look forward to seeing you there!

Suminagashi Marbling & Encaustic Painting

I have been playing around with different papers and backgrounds for my encaustic painting and thought I would try my hand at Suminagashi. It is the traditional Japanese water based marbling technique. I got the ink set at Dick Blick Art Supplies on Market Street in San Francisco California. I used white Strathmore cards and envelopes in my studio so before I got too deep in this process I thought I would just use what I had.

These inks are not ordinary dyes. They are pigment inks made by blending high-grade cosmetic pigments with PVA via a special process. They have a good adhesion to materials and do not run or blot in water. Furthermore, they have an opacity not found in dyes, and can be mixed according to standard color rules like paints. The inks can also be applied in layers when the undercoat is dry. Virtually all ordinary materials that soak up water (paper, cloth, hide, wood, etc) can be marbled with these inks. The inks are made from high-grade pigments and so are non-toxic. Even small children (ages 6 and up) can use them without worry.

I will glue them onto the Ampersand Clay Boards before I begin my encaustic painting. I even tried FW Acrylic Inks and was happy with the colors and how they turned out. I will definitely be doing more of this marbling and will post more pictures when I have completed my encaustic painting with one. I was so excited about this and just wanted to share these pictures with you. 

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