Helpful Hints Lady – Shirley Hopper

To paint the color red onto an area here is a tip that you may not be aware of:
Basecoat the area  with any medium color green. Red is a transparent color And if you put the green on first, You will only need to paint on one or two coats of red, instead of 15!
Now I know this looks funny especially when you are painting candy cane or apples. But how do apples turn into bright red apples, they become green first! Let’s not hope that’s the same for the candy canes!

Helpful Hints Lady

To antique a project, whether a jar or wood, the same method applies for both, here is the way that I do it.
You will need a tube of Burnt Umber Oil paint  and some Turpentine.
Put a dab of the Burnt Umber oil paint onto a styrofoam meat tray, or plastic bowl- that you can throw away.
Add a small amount of turpentine and mix the two until you have a soupy consistency.
Have two clean paper towels or rags next to your work area. Take one clean towel and dip it into the turpentine mixture. Wipe onto bottle. Take the other clean towel and wipe off what you  just put on there. Keep repeating this process until you get your jar or bottle to look the way you want it to. You don’t need to seal the jar or bottle with anything after you antique it.

Shirley Hopper

Helpful Hints Lady – Shirley Hopper

Here is a great tip for keeping your brushes in nice condition.
Evelyn sent me this one and I do thank her for that! She writes:
I keep one wash brush that use only to apply varnish or clear gloss.
After cleaning it with soap and water, I stroke the brush through
hair conditioner (cream  rinse) to “recondition” it. When I am ready
to use it again, I rinse it well with water to remove all the
conditioner. By doing this, my brush seems to last longer.
Evelyn Swavely

Helpful Hints Lady – Shirley Hopper

Helpful Hints Lady – Shirley Hopper

To paint the color red onto an area here is a tip that you may not be aware of:
Basecoat the area  with any medium color green. Red is a transparent color And if you put the green on first, You will only need to paint on one or two coats of red, instead of 15!
Now I know this looks funny especially when you are painting candy cane or apples. But how do apples turn into bright red apples, they become green first! Let’s not hope that’s the same for the candy canes!

Helpful Hints Lady – Shirley Hopper

Some supplies to be sure and take; brushes of course, palette paper, tracing paper, transfer paper(both light and dark), palette knife, stylus, paper towels, pencil, eraser ,container for water, brush cleaner, small containers in which to store paint should the project not be finished in class.  Take a sweater along, some of the classes are a little cool.  Optional:  holder for your pattern, plastic cling to cover palette.
Shirley Hopper

Helpful Hints Lady – Shirley Hopper

To antique a project, whether a jar or wood, the same method applies for both, here is the way that I do it.
You will need a tube of Burnt Umber Oil paint  and some Turpentine.
Put a dab of the Burnt Umber oil paint onto a styrofoam meat tray, or plastic bowl- that you can throw away.
Add a small amount of turpentine and mix the two until you have a soupy consistency.
Have two clean paper towels or rags next to your work area. Take one clean towel and dip it into the turpentine mixture. Wipe onto bottle. Take the other clean towel and wipe off what you  just put on there. Keep repeating this process until you get your jar or bottle to look the way you want it to. You don’t need to seal the jar or bottle with anything after you antique it.