Hi MTDA members,

Please check your email as Debbi Weston has sent a very important email that needs to be read before our September meeting.  If you did not receive an email from Debbi, please let either Debbi or myself, Melissa Fox know so that one of us can get this email to you.

Also, another important tidbit….for our Maureen Baker seminar coming up the end of September, the size listed for the Thursday class should be 12×16.  Please make a note of this when selecting your surface.  Any questions regarding the seminar, please direct them to Pat McIntosh at

Thank you and hope to see everyone at the September meeting. 



Please join us for the September 16th workshop to paint Halloween Candlesticks with Benita Rhodes. The materials fee is $5.00. Bring your usual acrylic painting supplies. This is a fun and easy project that can be adapted to both Halloween and Thanksgiving! I hope to see you at the meeting in September. Please contact Pat McIntosh to sign up for this great workshop. email: or cell 615-516-7120


These are the pieces for Maureen Baker – September 28, 29, 30, 2017.  Classes are 9:30 – 4:30 at Plaza in Nashville, TN with Middle Tennessee Decorative Artists painting chapter. – $45 per day for members, $60 per day for non-members. All are acrylic – Swan is on Thursday and size is 12 x 16, Lilacs are Friday and size is 11 x 14, Altered Iris is Saturday and size is 12X16. All are Beginner to Intermediate.  Contact Pat McIntosh to sign up or for more info at or call her cell at 615-516-7120.  Space still available for this seminar.



We will be having a “Gathering of Friends” to celebrate and commemorate the life of Barbara “Bratt” Andrews, our beloved friend and President. Bratt did not like funerals or memorial services so this will just be a time to get together and remember a life well lived. Carol will be bringing several of Bratt’s paintings for viewing. Light refreshments served. Time 2:00 – 4:00.  Date: Saturday, June 3rd.
Place – Generations of Grace, 1633 W. Main Street #1100, Lebanon, TN 37087. The church is located right off of Lebanon Road (Main Street) in a strip center behind Dunkin Donuts/Firestone. If you get off of I-40 East at the Gallatin or Highway 109 exit you turn left off of the interstate and follow until you see the turnoff for Lebanon Road towards Lebanon (Lebanon Road crosses over Highway 109). Go approximately 4 miles or so – go through two traffic lights and then turn left in between Dunkin Donuts and Firestone – church is all the way in the back of strip center. If you come on down to Hartmann Drive on I-40 you would again turn left off of the interstate and follow down to Main Street. Turn right and go approx. 1 ½ miles – Firestone on right. Turn immediately right after Firestone. Hope this information is helpful.


It is with great sadness that I post this message.  Bratt Andrews, President of our MTDA chapter has passed away.  I will post more information as I find out.  Prayers for Bratt’s family and friends as well as for her friend Carol Winslow.  Condolences to all.


The daily supply fee of $12 per student includes the instructional packet, watercolor paint on Styrofoam plate, watercolor/Giniwashi paper and misc. mediums and supplies. I will have Scharff brushes for sale.

These are supplies I consider “regular painting supplies.”
• Two water containers • Pop-up tissues (cheap Kleenex- no lotion) • Paper towels or an old towel to blot your paint brush • Soft rag about the size of a wash cloth (to scrub watercolor off your painting) • A board to support your painting is helpful (a white board, or a plastic sign board or gator board or plexiglass, but NOT cardboard) • A pencil, eraser and ruler • Brushes (you can use your brushes used for acrylic painting, you do not have to use the brushes I use): • Scharif #960 Aqua Flow Super Round or a ~/2” flat brush for painting backgrounds • A large and small round brush; I use Scharff #310 No. 4 and No. 8 which are similar in size to a #8 and #12 in other brands (white nylon brush) • Scrubby brushes to remove paint, I use Scharff #222 Moon brushes in sizes #2 to #10 • 3” Hake brush to wet the paper-optional • Liner or small round for detail work • Spray bottle

For Ditch Flowers and Poppies (size is approx. 11” x 23”) bring:
• A cheap brand of masking tape about 2” wide • Ruler and pencil • Scissors • A pallet knife or #8 round brush for applying masking fluid • Soap to coat your brush before using masking fluid

For Pollen Count (size 15” x 11”) bring:
• Ruler and pencil • Watercolor pencils, a cheaper brand works better, like General/Kimberly in at least 3 colors including a yellow, red and a light blue • Scissors • Soft rag about the size of a wash cloth or so.

For Spring Flowers Trilogy (batik) bring:
• A permanent black pen like a Micron #01 or #05 (.05 is a thicker line) or an ultra fine Sharpie or a Sakura Identi-Pen. I prefer a thicker line, but use what you like. • Bring at least 30 sheets of newspapers to use in ironing out the wax. Do not bring the shiny ads. • Optional- Caran d’Arche Neocolor II artist water soluble crayons (this is to make corrections, you probably won’t need them.) • White board, or freezer paper or white paper to place under the design to see the colors on the transparent Giniwashi paper. • We will trace the designs in class. • I will bring the brushes for the wax. The chapter will provide the wax, use of the electric fry pans to melt the wax and irons, extension cords.