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Natural Earth Paint Spring News

Spring News: DIY Art Supplies Recipes & New Products

natural and nontoxic printmaking ink diy recipe
I recently met a local artist/ printmaker, Shannon Yost, and asked her if she’s ever made non-toxic printmaking ink (because I know it’s very hard to find). To my delight and surprise she had actually studied with visiting Japanese Master Printmakers and learned a very ancient and little-known technique called the Moku Hanga technique of making your own inks. This ancient recipe has always used all non-toxic ingredients and we had fun including natural earth pigments in the mix! This ink is for wood block prints but can also be used for linoleum cuts and mono prints.

materials needed to make nontoxic printmaker's ink at home

Materials Needed:  Rice Paste (Nori), Natural Earth Pigments, Magnesium Carbonate -optional, Alcohol (Gin is best) – optional (makes ink more archival and durable)

Tools Needed: roller or soft brush, palette, small container, metal paint spatula
Find Step-by-Step Instructions HERE

NEW!

The Complete Eco-friendly

Artists Oil Paint Kit

new natural earth paints, set now comes with 10 pigments, a 4 oz jar of refined walnut oil, 4 oz jar of eco-solve, a new product, mixing instructiosn and a guide to using earth paints

We’re excited to introduce our newest product after many customer requests for a more complete oil paint kit. $44.95This kit contains:

  • Ten natural earth & mineral pigments in 2 oz. packets:  venetian red, orange ochre, yellow ochre, terre verte, ultramarine blue, ultramarine purple, black ochre, burnt sienna, titanium white rutile and burnt umber.
  • 4 oz. jar of refined walnut oil.
  • 4 oz. jar of Eco Solve: non-toxic and plant-based paint thinner/ brush cleaner.
  • Eco Oil Painting Guide & Mixing Instructions

Paint like the Old Masters with these 100% pure and natural earth and mineral oil paints. These naturally non-toxic paints create the most archival, UV resistant, durable and radiant paints available today. 
This kit includes top-quality pigments, sustainably harvested from around the world. Each has been carefully ground to enhance the beauty and luminosity specific to each pigment. They provide a texture, radiance, and subtlety of color that synthetic pigments simply can’t equal. When mixed with oil these paints are free of fillers, preservatives, toxins, petroleum-based pigments and heavy metals.
NEW!

ECO-SOLVE:

Eco-Solve, new nontoxic artists solvent paint thinner from Natural Earth Paints

Now Available in 1 Gallon Metal Containers

Enjoy a very high cost savings on Eco-Solve with our new 1 gallon option. Try our revolutionary non-toxic and natural paint thinner and brush cleaner.  
$69.95 / Gallon

www.NaturalEarthPaint.com

My 4 year old son loves home-made play dough, but in the reality of our hectic days, I never find myself with time to make new batches for him. So when someone gave him a set of modeling clay that permanently stays moist and malleable and infinitely re-usable, I was very excited. I noticed though that there was a toxic smell and it stuck to his hands and dyed them colors. I did a little research and found that most modeling clay is made with polyvinyl chloride (PVC) mixed with phthalate plasticizers, which helps keep them soft and maleable. Since these are associated with several scary, potential health risks, I decided to make our own with all natural ingredients and natural earth pigments. As an extra bonus, this modeling clay actually nourishes your skin as you play with it!

Recipe:
-1 cup beeswax pellets
-3 tsp. coconut oil or olive oil
-2 tsp. Lanolin (found in baby sections – commonly used for nursing)
-1 Tbsp. Earth Pigment (Color of your choice)
-plastic ice cube tray or any silicone “mold”

Step 1- Get a double boiler or fill a large pot with water and place a smaller pot with all ingredients inside. Heat ingredients and stir until melted and liquid.Recipe continues HERE

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Rogue Gallery October Exhibits

Fly, Bear, Peacock, woodcuts by Liv Rainey-Smith

Left to right: Fly, Bear, Peacock, woodcuts by Liv Rainey-Smith

In the Community Gallery:

Beast of Lore Woodcut Art of Liv Rainey-Smith

October 17 – November 21, 2014

Reception Friday, October 17, 2014 5:00–8:00pm

 

Inspired by medieval bestiaries, illustrated volumes from the Middle Ages cataloguing both real and mythical animals, the artist creates images incorporating folklore and traditions from diverse cultures. The images are created using one of the oldest methods of printmaking, woodcuts with oil-based ink on cotton rag paper.

 

Portland artist Liv Rainey-Smith specializes in hand-pulled xylographic prints. Her imagery draws primarily upon historic styles, folklore, dreams, and esoteric traditions. Rainey-Smith’s woodcut process incorporates a mixture of traditional and modern tools as well as a blend of European and Japanese printmaking technique. She prints her own fine art prints in small editions on both paper and animal parchment. “While I’ve drawn my inspiration from these centuries-old manuscripts, I’ve naturalized more aspects of the animal’s appearance, and incorporated bits of folklore from a diverse array of traditions and cultures” the artist states.

               

Main Gallery Exhibit:

Transparent Watercolor Paintings of the Watercolor Society of Oregon

October 4 – November 14, 2014

Reception: October 17th, 5:00 – 8:00pm

 

On display in the Main Gallery are transparent watercolor paintings selected from the Fall 2014 convention of the Watercolor Society of Oregon. The exhibit reflects the artistic diversity of the society’s talented members.  Southern Oregon artists represented in the exhibit include Linda Boutacoff, Betty Barrs, Lane Hall, Linda Hagen, Marilyn Hurst, Cecilia Pestlin, Peggy Stermer Cox, and Eve Withrow. “The expertise of the artists using the medium of transparent watercolor is impressive. The range of style and expression is inspiring” says Rogue Gallery Executive Director Kim Hearon.

 

The Watercolor Society of Oregon (WSO) is a statewide organization and consists of almost 1000 members. WSO’s primary goals are giving members the chance to display their work, and provide education opportunities. The WSO features semi-annual shows, which are juried by nationally recognized artists. Over 320 works were submitted for this exhibit, 80 paintings were chosen.

 

 

The Rogue Gallery & Art Center is a non-profit community art center, founded in 1960 to promote and support the arts in the Rogue Valley. The center exhibits a wide range of artistic styles and mediums from local and national artists. Programming includes art educational opportunities for children and adults. Hours of operation are Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.Call (541)772-8118 for more info or visit www.roguegallery.org.

 

Exhibition and Printmaking Workshop Announcement

Facing Left Raven, print by Rick Bartow

Facing Left Raven, by Rick Bartow

Exhibition Announcement:

Prints From The Plateau: The Works of Crow’s Shadow Institute of The Arts

Rogue Gallery is privileged to exhibit the works of Crow’s Shadow Institute of Art
August 22- September 27, 2014.
Reception and meet the Institute
’s Master Printmaker Frank Janzen, August 22, 5:00 8:00 pm.

The Rogue Gallery will exhibit works from the Crow’s Shadow Institute of Art’s portfolio of prints by the outstanding group of artists associated with the Institute. Among the artists exhibited will be James Lavadour, Marie Watt, Kay WalkingStick, Rick Bartow, Jenene Nagy, and Rick Gendron. Media includes lithographs, monoprints, and woodcuts.

Located in near Pendleton, Oregon, Crow’s Shadow Institute of the Arts is a nonprofit organization that emphasizes contemporary, fine-art printmaking. They also function as a venue to practice traditional Native American art practices including weaving, bead working, and regalia making of the Plateau region. The institute houses a spacious gallery and world-class printmaking studio. Known for their exceptional printmaking, Crow’s Shadow showcases emerging and established artists to produce monotypes, monoprints and print editions which include lithographs, etchings, linocuts, and woodcuts.

The Institute’s Master Printmaker, Frank Janzen will be in attendance at the opening reception on August 22nd from 5:00 8:00 pm. He will then conduct a weekend workshop on monotypes.

Printmaking Workshop:

Monotype Workshop, Crow’s Shadow Institute of Art

Taught by: Crow’s Shadow Institute of Art’s Master Printmaker, Frank Janzen Date: Saturday and Sunday, August 23 and 24th, 9:30 am to 4:30 pm

Members: $189
Non-Members: $215
Most materials provided. BFK Reeves paper available to purchase in Rogue Studio Limited to 10 students, we encourage you to sign up early
Skill level: Intermediate

North Coast Printmakers Collective “Odyssey” Exhibit at CCC Art Center Gallery

Ink II In the studio of Marie Powell. Photo by Marie Powell

“Ink II” In the studio of Marie Powell. Photo by Marie Powell

Clatsop Community College will host a new exhibit by the North Coast Printmakers Collective in its Art Center Gallery, beginning with an opening reception, Thursday, July 24th at 6pm and continuing through September 19th. The opening reception will include light refreshments and live music, and the public is cordially invited. This special summer exhibit is sponsored in part by the Clatsop Community College Foundation.

 

“Odyssey” asks each of the participating artists to represent a personal journey of discovery and growth as an artist. Momentum points in the journey might be new techniques, new content or new relationships to the work. Each artist’s odyssey is unique and is the foundation of her or his mission as an independent artist.

 

The North Coast Printmakers Collective is a diverse and talented group of established and emerging artists working to express personal insights and shared aesthetics.  Participating artists from the Collective for this show include: Vicki Baker, Elizabeth Bonn-Zimmerman, Sarah Baumert, Reed Clarke, Roger Hallin, Normandie Hand, Kirsten Horning, Pat Howerton, Gin Laughery, Marie Powell, Ben Rosenberg, Penny Treat, Roxanne Turner and Janet Wade.

From July 24th through August 16th, the Gallery will be open Mon.-Thurs. 9-5 p.m., and Fri.-Sat. 1-4 p.m., with artists in attendance Friday and Saturday.  The Gallery will not be open July 4th & 5th. Hours after August 16th will be by appointment.

Please direct inquiries to:  Kirsten Horning, 503-338-2341; [email protected].

 

SOAR Welcomes Pam Haunschild!

Quail, by Pam Haunschild

Quail, by Pam Haunschild

The Southern Oregon Artists Resource is delighted to welcome Pam Haunschild, who specializes in abstract nature art, to the Visual Artist and Art Education directories! We have thoroughly enjoyed looking at her charming paintings, collages and monotype prints, inspired by natural subjects and sometimes incorporating them. If you don’t know Pam and her work already, we are happy to introduce you to her and hope you will visit her website so you can enjoy becoming a bit more familiar with her wonderful artistic style.

“After a career as a social science Professor, I moved to a wooded property near Ashland and now have time to pursue my lifelong interest in art.  I am inspired by the natural beauty of our region and include flora and/or fauna in all my paintings.  My work is abstract, but the natural elements, e.g., flowers, birds, fish, can be identified.  I try to convey emotion and an appreciation of nature through bright colors and strong design elements.  Much of my work is mixed-media, and I often use fibers, wood, and other natural materials.

“A self-professed ‘workshop junkie,’ I am also taking college art courses and teaching workshops at Ashland Art Center and for OLLI at SOU.  You can see my work at the Ashland Art Center‘s Main Gallery.”

Pam has a number of gallery exhibits and events planned for the remainder of 2014 where you can also see her work in person:

July                      Rogue Valley Manor          Medford
September          Belle Fiore Winery            Ashland
September          Ashland Open Studios Tour
October               ArtOberfest                        Cave Junction
November          Bloomsbury Books            Ashland

Please help us give Pam a warm welcome to the Southern Oregon Artists Resource–see her new listing for a complete set of web links and contact information, visit her Facebook page and show her some love with a “like”! Even better, register for one of her workshops or purchase a piece of her fabulous art!

North Coast Printmakers Collective “Odyssey” Exhibit at CCC Art Center Gallery

In the studio of Marie Powell. Photo by Marie Powell.

In the studio of Marie Powell. Photo by Marie Powell.

Clatsop Community College will host a new exhibit by the North Coast Printmakers Collective in its Art Center Gallery, beginning with an opening reception, Thursday, July 26th at 6pm and continuing through September 19th. The opening reception will include light refreshments and live music, and the public is cordially invited. This special summer exhibit is sponsored in part by the Clatsop Community College Foundation.

“Odyssey” asks each of the participating artists to represent a personal journey of discovery and growth as an artist. Momentum points in the journey might be new techniques, new content or new relationships to the work. Each artist’s odyssey is unique and is the foundation of her or his mission as an independent artist.

The North Coast Printmakers Collective is a diverse and talented group of established and emerging artists working to express personal insights and shared aesthetics.  Participating artists from the Collective for this show include: Vicki Baker, Elizabeth Bonn-Zimmerman, Sarah Baumert, Reed Clarke, Roger Hallin, Normandie Hand, Kirsten Horning, Pat Howerton, Gin Laughery, Marie Powell, Ben Rosenberg, Penny Treat, Roxanne Turner and Janet Wade.

From July 24th through August 16th, the Gallery will be open Mon.–Thurs. 9-5 p.m., and Fri.–Sat. 1–4 p.m., with artists in attendance Friday and Saturday.  The Gallery will not be open July 4th & 5th. Hours after August 16th will be by appointment.

Intensive Printmaking Workshop at CCC

Royal Nebeker, Printmaker

Royal Nebeker, Printmaker

Royal Nebeker, internationally known printmaker, will teach a seven week printmaking class at Clatsop Community College this summer for beginning, intermediate, and professional printmakers. The workshop will be conducted on Fridays, 3pm-8pm, and Saturdays, 10am-4pm, beginning June 27 and extending through August 16, and will be held in the CCC Art Center Gallery, 1799 Lexington Avenue, Astoria.

Register online at www.clatsopcc.edu/register or call 503-338-2438. You can also register in-person at the Student Services Center, 1717 Lexington Avenue, Astoria, Monday through Thursday, 9am to 5pm. Cost of this workshop is $340.

Please direct inquiries to: Student Services, 503-338-2438.

Upcoming Printmaking Workshops

The Print Studio @ AAC is excited to share two upcoming printmaking workshops: Collagraphy and Screen Printing. We also want to remind everyone that artists with printmaking experience and returning students can find helpful assistance and follow-up instruction at our weekly, drop in Open Labs, Mondays and Wednesdays, from 10:00 – 1:00, for $15. For questions about the Print Studio @ AAC, email aacprintstudio(at)gmail.com or visit our page on AAC’s website here.

Collagraphy with Liz MacgregorCollagraphy with Liz Macgregor starts this Saturday, May 3, and there are four spaces still available. We are announcing need-based discounts for anyone who is interested in the workshop but the cost is prohibitive (see registration form for contact info). Also note, all returning Print Studio students get to take the class for the Member price.

Collagraphy with Liz | Saturdays, May 3 and 10, 1:00 – 3:00  |  $40 Members, $45 General, includes materials

Click here for the registration form

Collagraphy with Liz Macgregor
Collagraphy with Liz Macgregor
Collagraphy with Liz Macgregor
Collagraphy with Liz Macgregor

Screen Printing with Laura ZukowskiScreen Printing with Laura Zukowski is a three-day workshop where students will dive into the art of low-tech, low-cost screen printing. They will draw a design of their choice on a screen, create a stencil of their design, and print the design on a t-shirt. Students can bring extra shirts or material to print on. Class size is limited to 6. Ages 12+. Scholarships available for youth. Also note, all returning Print Studio students get to take the class for the Member price.

Friday – Sunday, May 23 – 25, 5:30 – 7:30 pm each day  |  $105 Members, $115 General, includes materials

Click here for the registration form

 

Screen Printing with Laura Zukowski
Screen Printing with Laura Zukowski
Screen Printing with Laura Zukowski
Screen Printing with Laura Zukowski

 

JEFFERSON, D.C. – A DISTRICT OF RESOURCE AND COMMON SENSE

 JEFFERSON, D.C. – A DISTRICT OF RESOURCE AND COMMON SENSE

State of Jefferson (which is roughly delineated by Redding to the south, Roseburg to the north, the eastern California and Oregon borders to the east, and the Pacific Ocean of Northern California and Southern Oregon to the west) makes more sense now than any other time in the past.

Because our region has the remaining untouched and protected Old Growth Forests, vast watershed, huge resource reserves, gold mining and other features that need to be stewarded for the good of our Country, it seems the very best place to incubate a new economy and new beliefs and hopes for economic revival that works in concert with and with respect for Nature and natural systems.

As Washington D.C. is the location for politics and government, our region, South Jefferson, would become the center for stewardship of natural resources with focus on creating jobs that are in concert with nature and projects that reclaim the commons and  prevent further exploitation and waste of America’s natural resources.  Counties in Northern California, in particular Del Norte and Siskiyou, are well ahead of us in petitioning County Commissioners to consider a secession movement.  In South Jefferson, a District of “Common Sense” seems a practical approach, whether that is simply declared as a working concept and method of raising awareness in Salem of the issues in rural Southern Oregon, or as a real movement to make it so,  Jefferson, D.C. has a responsibility to our citizens to advocate for stewardship and reasonable preservation of community rights, property rights and creation of jobs that protect our region, care for our farms and forests and embrace Jefferson, D.C. as a beacon of hope and new leadership to secure a good future for America.

 

 

 

 

Summer Recap!

Ashland Art Center Print Studio

 

Print Studio Summer Special

We had a very successful summer special, and are continuing our $40 a month rate. Be sure to stop by and check out our newly renovated space! Visit the Print Studio’s page to learn more.
 

Rust Prints book by Tiffany Hokanson

 

Rust Prints Class

Tiffany Hokanson taught a workshop on printmaking with rust. Students enjoyed learning this technique with Tiffany who developed a body of work in rust prints during her artist in residence in AAC’s Print Studio spring 2013.

 

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Duck Pond Epiphany by Tracey Barnes Priestley

 

 

Author Talk

Author Tracey Barnes Priestley gave an engaging and entertaining presentation describing her process as a writer. She also read aloud some favorite passages from her book, giving us insight into what she loved most about this story and what it meant to her to create it.

You can still purchase her books in our main gallery… pick up your copy today!

Visit Tracy’s blog to learn more.

 

 

AAC 4th of July Parade 2013

 

4th of July

We were so happy with the community participation we received at our free community art sessions. The AAC community had a blast painting aprons and collaging flags to celebrate our favorite American artists. We won 3rd place in the non-profit category of parade entrants.

 

 

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Josie Rodriguez Encaustic Demo

 

 

Encaustic demo

On July 13, San Diego artist Josie Rodriguez gave an engaging demo on encaustic art, the process of painting and layering with melted and colored beeswax. Josie demonstrated dozens of techniques, including laying down colors, adding collage elements, engraving the wax, and doing design transfers. In a slideshow presentation of her work, we saw her love of experimentation and examples of a wide range of processes and techniques, including sculptures created with beeswax and paper made of thinly sliced fruit and vegetables.

There will be an encaustic workshop  with Josie in 2014. Check back later for details!

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Flying Circus Art Camp with Amy Godard NavickasAmy Godard Navickas' Flying Circus Art CampFlying Circus Art Camp

Amy Godard Navickas taught a fabulous kids art camp, where everyone made circus art projects in clay and mixed media! Students also made circus-themed shoe box dioramas. Their inspiration came from Alexander Calder, surrealist artists like Picasso, and 19th century circus posters.

 

 

 

 

 

Wordpress Workshop with David Gordon

WordPress Workshop

A full room of eager students learned tips and tricks for successfully creating and managing their own WordPress sites! AAC artist and website developer David Gordon has created WordPress websites for Ashland Art Center, Judith Pavlik, Jo Ann Manzone, and many more.

Visit David’s website to learn more.

 

 

 

 

Art for Book Cover Designs with Ashland Creek Press

Career Development Workshop

This quarter’s very popular career development workshop was led by Midge Raymond and John Yunker, co-founders of local publishing company Ashland Creek Press. Participants enjoyed an informative presentation introducing artists with the world of creating art for book cover designs.

Visit Ashland Creek Press’ website to see more of their beautiful cover designs.

 

 

 

Japanese School Group

 

Japanese School Group

AAC was honored and excited to hold two classes for the Showa Mura Homestay group. Eight Japanese teenagers, their parent chaperones, and local hosts, joined AAC artists Denise Kester, Nathan Clinton and Alissa Clark for fun workshops in paste paper painting and ceramics. It was wonderful to see the Japanese students getting their hands dirty and playing while making art. (We’ll see them again next year!)

 
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