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ABCDeconstructed Thursday, August 2, 9:00 AM  
Caitlin Dundon $145  
This workshop is 6 hours.

Student Level: All levels
Type of Workshop: Process and Project
Prerequisite: None
Workshop Category: Acrylic Painting

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In this full day workshop with alphabets as the theme, we will start with simple resist stencils in gesso and liquid masking liquid on paper and build layers both positive and reverse stenciling. While many of us in the mixed media world have worked with stencils for years, we often settle for the basic simple layer or two of stenciled paint or gesso and then move on to other techniques and other mediums. Use one stencil for each piece we will turn, print from, outline, hand paint and add texture in wet paint and wet gesso. Push your acrylic techniques and allow yourself to explore acrylic washes with both water and matte medium, using acrylic glazing liquid, scribing or sgraffito, and distressing by sanding back to really push the boundaries of the basics and get beyond the basic look of the designer stencil to reveal gorgeous artwork. An excellent workshop for the intermediate student who has some acrylic painting experience, but also fantastic for the beginner to learn a variety of techniques with acrylics.

Kit/Materials Fee (payable to instructor at class time):

  • $10.00 includes:
  • use of additional acrylic paints (heavy body, fluid and high flow)
  • black gesso, acrylic glazing liquid, matte medium
  • use of alphabet stencils
  • liquid masking frisket
  • sandpaper
  • use of extra pen like Pitt pens, FW acrylic ink, China Markers, etc.

Student should bring:

  • 4 or more sheets of 9 x 12 inch, 140 lb watercolor paper (hot or cold press)
  • assorted brushes (half inch flat, 1 inch flat, small brushes for details)
  • 3 colors of acrylics (instructor recommends Golden fluids or heavy body)
  • paper plate or palette paper
  • disposable foam makeup wedges or foam pouncers
  • baby wipes
  • paper towels
  • water container


  • Alphabet stencils

Some workshops may require that you bring supplies or tools that you may not presently possess. If you'd like to place an advance order for jewelry supplies & tools for pick-up at the on-site Jewelry Supply store when you arrive at ARTU18, contact:

SJ Jewelry Supply LLC

Please note that SJ Jewelry Supply has an extensive selection of products but not all of them may appear on their website. If in doubt about the availability of any product, a simple phone call will get you the information that you desire.

Email your order to: info@sjjewelrysupply.com
call: 602-956-0189

Some workshops may require that you bring paints or supplies that you may not presently possess. If you'd like to place an advance order for paints or supplies for pick-up at the on-site Mixed Media store when you arrive at ARTU18, contact:

Beach Flea Market

Email your order to: beachfleamarket@sonic.net
call: 707-486-6262

Questions: handwrittenlife@gmail.com
Website: www.handwrittenlife.com