We are starting a new series on the blog with a focus on introducing you to our fabulous teachers. We thought it would be fun to pick their brain about paper crafting, stamping, and life in general! We invite everyone to experience their first class knowledge of crafting, as well as their fabulous personalities, by signing up for a class today!
Barb is a native St. Louisan and married to her high school sweetheart. She has two great kids, Jim and Ginny, and a wonderful son-in-law, Jerry. Since her husband likes to "antique," her passion for decorative painting and his hobby go hand-in-hand. Barb is a member of the National Society of Decorative Painters and the local chapter, Gateway Decorative Artists.
What inspires you?
I am inspired by nature and the colors in nature.
What are some of your "go-to" supplies for crafting?
Good paint brushes!
What is your favorite crafting technique?
Here are two favorite painting techniques:
Dry brushing: uses a specific brush that is not moist to apply color in a circular motion, which allows the painter to deepen the color in a specific area.
Floating: a technique that is used to apply color that gives an object shape.
How would you describe your crafting style?
I would call myself a traditionalist.
How long have you been crafting?
I started painting in the Fall of 1978, started teaching in the Fall of 1990, and have been teaching at Checkered Cottage for 13 years.
If you could go anywhere in the world, where would it be?
I would like to revisit Spain. My husband and I were married there.
What is your favorite snack to munch on while crafting?
Favorite song of the moment?
I like classical music playing while I paint.
When you aren't teaching classes at Checkered Cottage, how do you spend your time?
I regularly paint pieces to sell and make samples for classes.
What do you love most about Checkered Cottage?
I love the people I work with and the new classroom area.
Thanks Barb, we are happy to have you as part of the Checkered Cottage Team!
Barb has several inspiring classes coming up this Holiday Season including a Copic Flying Santa class, Santa and Friends Ornaments, Copic Christmas Penguin, and Rejoice! Rejoice! To see a picture and description of these fun projects, click on the class schedule HERE.
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