Hello again decorative painting friends! How it got to be the middle of June I'll never understand!
I've been busy cleaning out the studio after experiencing a minor flood. Nothing too serious but it gave me pause to take inventory. Boy do I have a lot of stuff!
But there's always a positive for every negative thing that happens. So, I was able to de-clutter the studio and my space feels light and tidy again. And this gave me an idea! You see, my students often comment on the way I have everything organized. So I thought, "Well, why don't I share those organizing tips with all of you out there?"
Every now and then in The Creative Chronicles, I'll share some of the ideas I use for staying organized. It'll be a new column called, "GETTING and STAYING ORGANIZED". I'll give you suggestions for storing your paints, brushes, supplies, books, magazines, etc. Oh, and in the spirit of sharing, if you have some cool ideas to share on this topic, please let me know and I'll post them in the next newsletter with your name so you get the credit!
Another section I'm adding to the newsletter is called "YOU ASKED". I get some really interesting questions and you don't always get an opportunity to read everything that gets posted on the website. So I'll pick a few and hopefully you'll learn something new.
You'll remember that in a previous issue of The Creative Chronicles that I asked for your feedback about adding a recipe section to the newsletter. It seems there are many foodies out there! So, at the end of each newsletter from now on, I'll share one of my favorite recipes. Just so you know, I follow a low carb way of eating. That means I eat real food, I don't eat wheat or grains or any sugar in any form. Nothing crosses my lips whose ingredients I can't pronounce either! The result? Weight loss and awesome health stats!
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GETTING and STAYING ORGANIZED
Let's start with the MAGAZINE COLLECTION. I'll bet you have decorative painting and craft magazines going back a few years! My personal collection went as far back as the early 1980's and something had to be done.
Seriously, are you ever going to paint all of those projects? Not likely. BUT, you certainly want to keep one or two projects from some of those magazines.
Here's what I did and continue to do with my decorative painting magazines. I tear out the projects I want to do and then I cut out the corresponding pattern. I slip each project into its own plastic page protector. Then I simply store each project in a binder or, in my case, suspended folders in a filing cabinet.
I keep everything stored by theme. For example, you could have a binder filled with Christmas projects, another with floral themes, or landscapes, or cats, or birds…you get the idea.
Q. Are there any glass paints safe to use on plates and glasses? Can the paint come into contact with food or beverages?
A. I get asked that a lot. I have hunted high and low for food safe glass paints and I have not found any in all of the brands I have researched so far. The paints I refer to on the website are "non toxic" but that is not the same as "food safe". You can learn more on our site.
Q. I'm a decorative painter and design my own packets. Can I sell my packets through your website?
A. That's a great question and the answer is yes! I'm expanding the e-packet section of the website and will soon be featuring packets from various artists. If you're interested, you can contact me.
Q. Can I buy physical pattern packets instead of the electronic versions? My printer is not very good.
A. Because the packets I create are very detailed with lots of great colored images, I like to keep your costs down…and I can best do that in the electronic delivery of the packet. To print a packet (or take it somewhere for printing), collate it, pack it up, drive it to the post office to mail it out just gets too expensive. You can find our packets here.
RECIPE FROM THE STUDIO
I love breakfast and I love this meal. It would make a nice lunch too with a side salad.
CHEESY CONFETTI SCRAMBLED EGGS
3 asparagus spears, chopped and micro-waved for 1 minute or until tender
2 tbsp very finely chopped red bell pepper
1 tbsp very finely chopped red onion
1.5oz very finely chopped ham
2 extra large eggs
1oz shredded cheddar
1 tbsp butter or coconut oil
Melt half of the butter in a small fry pan over medium / low heat. Add the beaten eggs and the veggies. Turn heat down to low.
Stir gently until the eggs begin to set. Add the ham and remaining butter.
Continue stirring until you get your desired doneness. Add a touch of freshly ground pepper. Salt is not needed, as there is some in the ham and the cheese already. Enjoy!
Cheryl and the gang!
Your Decorative Painting Resource
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Published by Cheryl Poulin
3152 Stonecrest Road RR2
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