Warren Tri-County Art Association Pastel Skill Sharing Session Visit

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI decided to stop by the Pastel Skill Sharing Session, which is held every Tuesday from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Warren Community Center, to get an understanding of what it is all about.



There were about nine Warren Tri-County Art Association members present today, to work on their pastel paintings. I noticed right away that there is plenty of lighting and space to spread supplies out on tables. There are sturdy aluminum easels with clips to hold reference material above the paintings.


OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe coffee was brewing, and so was the creativity! The atmosphere is welcoming, warm and friendly. Conversations both on and off the art topic are everywhere. Although I have not pursued pastel painting, I immediately felt welcome and right at home in this casual atmosphere.


I found out that some folks stop in on a very regular basis, and others just drop in when they can. There are OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAnone of the regular distractions that an aspiring artist has to work around at home, and it certainly feels good to be in the presence of so many like-minded people!






There was a great deal of encouragement and friendly helpful critiques about how to proceed with a piece amongst the different artists. After a few minutes of setting up and chatting, everyone settles into their painting.





OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIf you are a beginner in pastels, you can pick up a lot of tricks and tips just from observing these dedicated pastelists, all without the constraint and formality of a class or art instructor.








I spoke to Sue, who joined the group last February. She was in a craft class at the community center when she bumped into Clare, who encouraged her to join the group. Sue said she never knew she could paint, and to look at the mountain lake painting she is working on you would not even guess she has been at it for only a year!


OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWho knows what hidden talents you might discover if you stop in and participate in the pastel session?


It is a first come first serve basis, but  everyone is more than happy to make room for more. No sign up is needed. Stop in and discover what pastel painting is all about!




Artwork For Sale By Warren Tri-County Artists At Great Lakes Family Restaurant

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERANew artwork has arrived at Great Lakes Family Restaurant located at 36830 Harper Avenue in Clinton Township, Michigan.

A great deal of effort from participating members of Warren Tri-County Arts Association goes into creating a beautiful space to dine in.


OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAFirst, artwork from the prior show has to come down.

Everyone who is able to pitches in! 

Then, decisions have to be made as to where to hang the new art so that it all works well  together. Clare Wolfe is in charge of this, and she thinks hard about where to put each piece! All of this takes a few hours to accomplish! But it is time well spent!


OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOf course, there is time to chat, get caught up on new event, and socialize. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

The end result is worth all the time and effort, and creates a very pleasant dining space at Great Lakes Family Restaurant!


OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWe would love to see new faces stop in, dine, enjoy the artwork, and even participate in our gallery events! The work will stay up for two months, and then new work will take its place. Every piece is for sale, and you can contact us from the number on the information cards attached to each artwork if you have any questions!












Make Your Own Custom Drawing Board

How To Make Your Own Custom Drawing Board

If you are tired of dragging around that oversized drawing board that requires extra paper to be sacrificed in order to cushion the drawing you are working on, then this project is the perfect solution for you!

Gather the following supplies, all of which can be purchased through Du-All. If they don’t stock it, Du-All will order it for you!

1. Cutting Mat

2. Exacto Knife or Single Sided Razor Blade

3. Double Sided Tape

4. Masonite ( You can use the pre-cut boards that are coated on one side for creating art. They are sized just right to go with different pre-cut paper sizes)

5. Vinyl Board Cover Material (Found in the drafting section and used to cover drafting boards)

6. A pen or marker

7. An Aluminum Ruler

Now that you have all your supplies, here we go:

1. Take your Masonite board and use the pen to draw an outline on one side of the Vinyl board cover.

2. Using your aluminum ruler and a sharp blade, cut out the vinyl outline that will match the size of your Masonite board.

3. Take out your double sided tape and place it against the side of the vinyl that will be in contact with the Masonite. I tape the coated side of the Masonite so that everything adheres better.

4. Using your sharp edge, trim the tape to the edge of the vinyl.

5. Peel back the protective paper so the sticky side is exposed.

6. Repeat on the remaining three sides, but take care not to overlap the tape at the corners, or your drawing board cover will be lumpy instead of smooth.

7. Place the side of the Masonite that you want in contact with the vinyl cover down on top of the sticky tape.

8. Press firmly into place.

9. Flip your board face down and trim off any excess vinyl.

Presto! You just made your own light weight, portable, custom size drawing board! You could even add rubber feet to the back side to prevent skidding on your drawing table.