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Gold Leaf Fun with Ann Breckon, FREE Demos, December 29th, 2012

Watercolor with Gold Leaf painting
by Ann Breckon

Gold Leaf Fun with Ann Breckon
Saturday, December 29th, 2012
at 11 am & 1:30 pm - FREE demos!

Gold Leaf is easy and fun and does not have to be expensive. Come see several ways to enhance your artwork with a metallic sheen that adds elegance, drama and can even be used for problem solving. Ann will also bring several other home and holiday decorating ideas for gold leaf that you will love!

Some Supplies Ann will be using or talking about in her demo:
Mona Lisa Gold Leaf Adhesive
Mona Lisa Gold Leaf Sealer
Mona Lisa Simple Leaf, Gold
Mona Lisa Adhesive Leaf Pen
Mona Lisa Gold Leaf Starter Kit
Mona Lisa Variegated Leaf Sampler

If you have ever wondered how to use Gold Leaf in general and particularly how to incorporate into your artwork, this is a good demo to come to!

Hand Carved Stamps using Safety Kut for Gift Papers, Tags & Holiday Cards with Janice Berkebile, FREE Demos, December 22nd, 2012

Examples of Gift Wrapping & Tags made using
Hand Carved Safety Kut Stamps
by Janice Berkebile
Hand Carved Stamps using Safety Kut for
Gift Papers, Tags & Holiday Cards
with Janice Berkebile
Saturday, December 22nd, 2012
at 11 am & 1:30 pm - FREE demos!

Come see an exciting way to create your own hand carved stamps and some great Holiday applications for them!

Using Safety-Kut (very easy to carve) and linoleum cutters, see the process for hand carving your own stamps. Once the stamps are carved, make your mark. Using a variety of papers and tools, create holiday tags, gift wrap and cards that speak of you!

Some of the materials Janice will be using during her demo:

Speedball linoleum cutter or Flex all cutters
Safety Kut Block carving material
Tracing paper
Glass palette
Acrylic paints
Watercolor paper
Watercolor postcards
Japanese papers

“Watercolor Painting A Comprehensive Approach to Mastering the Medium” with Tom Hoffmann, FREE Demo and Book Signing, December 15th, 2012

Watercolor Painting:
A Comprehensive Approach to Mastering the Medium
by Tom Hoffmann

“Watercolor Painting:
A Comprehensive Approach to Mastering the Medium”
with Tom Hoffmann
Saturday, December 15th, 2012
from 11 am to 12:30 pm - FREE Demo & Book Signing!
There is also a prize drawing for an
ARCHES 18x24 Watercolor Block!

 We are very excited and fortunate to have Tom Hoffmann at DANIEL SMITH’s Seattle and Bellevue Stores this weekend, December 15th & 16th, for demos and book signings for his New Book that came out this week on December 11th! Tom will spend the first hour with a demonstration illustrating a topic from his new book, then the last half hour will be answering questions and signing his gorgeous new book:

Watercolor Painting A Comprehensive Approach to Mastering the Medium
by Tom Hoffmann:

The beauty of a watercolor painting lies in its diaphanous layers, delicate strokes, and luminous washes. However, the very features that define the beauty of the medium can make it difficult to master. This complete guide to understanding the relationships between color, value, wetness, and composition unravels the mysteries of watercolor to help your practice evolve.

Experienced teacher and acclaimed artist Tom Hoffmann offers a unique, inquiry-based approach that shows you how to translate any subject into the language of watercolor. With Hoffmann as your guide, you’ll learn the key questions to ask yourself at every turn and time-tested methods to help you reach solutions.

Hoffmann’s thorough explanations and step-by-step demonstrations delineate the process of composing a painting in watercolor, while art from more than thirty-five past and present masters, including John Singer Sargent, Ogden Pleissner, George Post, Emil Kosa, Jr., Mary Whyte, Trevor Chamberlain, Lars Lerin, Torgeir Schjølberg, Piet Lap, Leslie Frontz, and Alvaro Castagnet serve to illustrate and inspire. Whether you’re a serious beginner or a seasoned practitioner, this book will guide you toward the all-important balance between restraint and risk-taking that every watercolorist seeks
Tom’s demo will be about Chapters 1 & 2:
“How do you decide what kind of work to do for making your preliminary studies?” Some of this information is in the INKSMITH article, “What Not to Paint”, as the principles are unchanging. Tom will be showing examples of images during his painting demo, and he will talk about “How to determine what’s the important part of the subject and make sure it’s still visible when you are finished. How to identify what looks [ HONESTLY ] tricky about it” These are topics from Chapters 1 & 2:
- How to get started:
Page 23, “Revisiting Your Purpose”, What needs to be true in the finished painting?”
Pages. 24-27, “Identifying the Tricky Parts”.

We hope you can come to this very Special Event:
Tom Hoffmann’s demo and book signing!
Don’t forget, the prize drawing for an
ARCHES 18x24 Watercolor Block
Retail value is $126.75.Tom will also be at our Seattle Store on

Here is a post of a
Tom Hoffmann demo at DANIEL SMITH in 2008
Here is an Inksmith Article:
What Not to Paint” by Tom Hoffmann
from our Summer 2006 DANIEL SMITH Catalog.

Tom Hoffmann at Seattle DANIEL SMITH, 2008

Drawing from Life with Michael Lentz, FREE Demo and Mini Workshop, December 16th, 2012

Basic Drawing Materials

Drawing from Life with Michael Lentz
Sunday, December 16th, 2012
from 12 pm to 2 pm - FREE demo & mini workshop!
Bring drawing materials & piece of fruit to draw with
during the second hour in this FREE 2 hour mini-workshop with Michael.

This FREE 2 hour demo & mini-workshop, will cover the basics of drawing from life. Still life, landscapes, figures, portraits, the principles are all the same. The demos will focus on the very basics of learning to see and then learning to interpret and design in drawings. It will cover procedure, values, edges, simplification and design, and measuring.
The first hour; Michael will demonstrate the very basics of drawing, and lay them out in a simple way.
The second hour; you will be drawing fruit (please bring your favorite) and you’ll have the opportunity to apply the new information in this free, mini-workshop.

Michael will come around and help everyone for the remaining 45 minutes or so. This demo or mini-workshop is a great chance to begin with the fundamentals or to catch up if you've already got some working knowledge.

Please bring materials to draw with and a piece of your favorite fruit. Daniel Smith will also have supplies on hand available for purchase.

Supplies Michael will be using during this “Hands On” demo or mini-workshop, and suggests you bring to take advantage of this FREE opportunity to learn!

18''x24'' Smooth Newsprint
Generals Charcoal Pencils (6B)
A standard razor blade
A sanding pad
Staedler lead holder
2B lead
lead sharpener

Luminescent Watercolor on Gold Gesso with Kim Caldwell, FREE Demos, December 9th, 2012

Detail of a Painting of Cannon Beach,
Watercolors on Gold Gesso
by Kim Caldwell

Luminescent Watercolor on Gold Gesso
with Kim Caldwell
Sunday December 9th, 2012
at 12 pm & 2 pm - FREE demos!

See how beautiful watercolors are on DANIEL SMITH Gold Gesso at Kim Caldwell’s demo and learn tips on how you might use this gorgeous surface for your own work.

First, Kim will show you how to apply luminescent watercolor to gold gessoed paper, then she’ll work on paper she has already gessoed, hard dried, and a sketch drawn on it.

Kim will begin applying layers of DANIEL SMITH Watercolors demonstrating the amount of pigment that needs to be applied with each layer in order to preserve the luminosity of the surface underneath as well as the transparency of the paint.

You’ll also watch as Kim show you lifting techniques that can be used on the gesso surface.

Kim will show you how to apply further layers of Luminescent Watercolors without lifting the previous layers from the gessoed surface as you glaze with the watercolors.

Come and see the beautiful luminescent landscapes that are made possible with the help of DS Gold Gesso!
Cannon Beach by Kim Caldwell

WATERCOLOR: Intense Color & Contrast with James Farrand, FREE Demos, December 8th, 2012

"Clearing" by James Farrand

WATERCOLOR: Intense Color & Contrast with James Farrand
Saturday, December 8th, 2012 - FREE demos!
at 11 am & 1:30 pm

James Farrand will discuss and demonstrate—among other things—various aspects of contrast in art and color. In particular, he'll discuss some of the concepts developed by swiss painter and teacher, Johannes Itten, including contrast of hue, contrast of saturation, and contrast of extension/proportion.

Watch as James also demonstrates the basics of how he go about achieving these contrasts in the medium of watercolor. By using techniques such as pouring/squeezing, charging, glazing, and masking, you’ll see how he creates paintings with highly saturated colors and values that often have viewers asking, 'that's a watercolor?'.

With thoughtful attention to these concepts/techniques, and a goodly amount of patience and a friendly blow-dryer, you can too.
"Train City" by James Farrand