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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

"Zhostovo" Workshop with Misha

Hello Dear painter friends:

I had the fortune to attend for a second time a "Zhostovo" workshop ....

These are my 2 finished projects: 
a metal plate 
and a salt blue box....

with the Master Painter Mikhail Lebedev, AKA as Misha.

Misha comes strait from Zhostovo, Russia and teaches his workshops in various cities once a year in the spring time in the USA ...I consider myself very lucky to live near San Jose, California and be able to attend his beautiful workshops!

a bit of History:
"Zhostovo" is a 19th old century folk handicraft of painting on lacquered metal trays from Russia.
Its most used motif is a bunch of mixed flowers, the trays usually have golden edges and finished with 3 layers of light lacquer.
This art form represents a whole unit in itself in the Russian folk art and it is know as "Zhostovo Factory of Decorative Painting"
It is still painted in a factory in the village of "Zhostovo" near Moscow by master painters, such as Misha.

These are some of Misha's works ...


sample boards

wooden boxes...

in browns

and a collage/details of his beautiful flowers...

2017 workshop
This time around I took the time to document the whole process and now I can share it with all of you...

This year we had the huge task to make 2 amazing projects...
a salt blue box (here it is my finished box)

and a plate...
(my metal plate)

here is Misha working in the salt blue box

his setting: a large bucket of water, a palette, some brushes, paints (DecoArt),  paper towel and that's it!!!

even if he has several brushes he only used throughout the whole project these 3 brushes!!!!

here are some shots of the participants...

I will share with you some of the very basic steps 
of the salt blue box project that we did in class

at home, in order to accommodate the 2 projects into the length of the workshop
we had to do some prep work before going into class...

Salt Blue Box
step 1;
We used throughout the whole workshop acrylic paints from DecoArt, Americana line...
basecoating the salt box

placing the pattern onto the salt box...

base coating all the flowers
this is the lid of the box...

step 2;
in this 2nd stage, now in class, we added some shadows to the flowers and leaves (lid)

step 3;
some more shadows (lid)

step 4;
now onto the highlights (lid)

step 5;
at this point we added final touches, highlights and filler stems and leaves (lid)

here it is my setting and working on my box

view of the back and front of my salt box

This is my finished blue box...

side view

view from the top


The second project done in this workshop was a wood octagon plate...


For this project I decided to provide my own surface, a metal plate, that I bought at a garage sale for $1.00 !!!
I, first spray it with a metal spray grey primer...

step 1;
after tracing the pattern, I basecoat at home as the blue box before class, all the flowers

another view of my prep work before going into class...

here it is the finished center bunch of flowers of my metal plate


finished plate

 next workshop???

We have the fortune to see what he is going to teach next year in 2018...
a beautiful trunk!
details of the different panels...

here it is the lid of the trunk for the 2018 project!
gorgeous right?

BTW; if you would like to order patterns with all the instructions/
or buy a DVD with step by step of a floral arrangement from Misha's work...
and or order some wood surfaces (such as the salt box)
contact Susie Lockwood,
who is in charge to distribute Misha's patterns here in the USA at 

Thanks for the company
 in this long post
but worth while in order to
have a glimpse of what goes behind the creation of one of 
this Zhostovo masterpieces created by Misha. 

A wonderful and old style of painting 
from the region of Zhostovo in Russia
 that can not be forgotten...

Hope you liked it!!! as much I did ...

see you for another project!!! 
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Friday, April 21, 2017

How to paint an Ikat pattern on a Canvas Bag

Hello Blogger Friends:

I paint this "Ikat" pattern canvas bag with My "DecoArt Sosoft Fabric Paints" to give away for the "hospitality bag program" for the Decorative Painting chapter: "Toling Belles of Santa Clara", that I belong to...

ikat pattern canvas bag front

Do you want to learn how to make an "Ikat" pattern?

First a little bit of explanation of what is "Ikat":
"Ikat" refers to a type of geometric shaped fabric found in Asia and in Latin America. The threads are dyed before being waved into an ethnic and tribal pattern, creating an uneven and "blurry" pattern. 

ikat pattern canvas bag front

So here it is a quick tutorial step by step on how to reproduce this fun, easy and so trendy pattern...
keep in mind that you can follow these steps choosing any type of geometric shape...
I choose a zigzag design but you can do the same steps with squares, triangles, circles and so on...

First gather your supplies:
canvas bag, "Sosoft" fabric paints from DecoArt and some brushes
draw with a pencil the initial shape; in my case it was a chevron/zigzag pattern

ikat pattern canvas bag supplies

step 1:
mix some blue "Sosoft" fabric paint with some "Sosoft" transparent medium
(this makes brushing paints more easy to slide into the fabric).
paint a broad and "loosely" chevron pattern onto the canvas

ikat pattern canvas bag step 1
(place a cardboard piece, see photo; inside to avoid paint going through the other side and for sturdiness)

step 2:
place/paint another color on top of that stripe (turquoise)

ikat pattern canvas bag step 2

step 3:
add stripes of gold;
top, bottom of the dark blue and on top of turquoise

ikat pattern canvas bag step 3

step 4;
I glued a gold ribbon on the top

ikat pattern canvas bag with gold ribbon

step 5:
I added a felt flower brooche/pin
Click here to see how to make these felt brooches

ikat pattern canvas bag with felt flower

and here it is the final result
a quick and fun canvas bag painted by you

ikat pattern canvas bag with felt flower

BTW if you want to check out what the other painters from my chapter did for their donation bags
Click: "Hospitality Bags"

Thanks for the company 

and see you soon with another DIY project
Using DecoArt Sosoft Fabric paints