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Happy Friday Art Project

New art & craft project idea posted every Friday

Happy Friday Art Project: Macramé

“The art of creative knot‐tying” has fallen in and out of fashion throughout history and has recently been revived by millennials.

How to get started:…/

Basic knots for beginners:…/crafty…/basic-macrame-knots-beginners

How to make a Lotus flower wall hanging (and other flower tutorials):…

How to make a Mandala Wreath wall hanging:…/

Have fun tying the knots!

“Honeybirds 1-4” by Cheri Knutson, in progress

One of the finished Honeybirds by Cheri Knutson

Happy Friday Art Project: Metal Art

Here’s a link to one of the many metal art DIY’s available on the Internet. It’s a fun and easy metal art project – how to make Fork Bugs:

I would like to introduce you to Cheri Knutson aka Cherry Crush and Rob Toller –, two amazing metal artists that call Kimberley home and have exhibited their work in several of our gallery exhibitions.

“Cheri uses a technique that she calls Forged Painting. The process involves using a hammer and a hand held anvil called a dolly to cold forge a relief image into sheet metal. Layers of paint are then applied, and once it’s cured the piece is hand sanded.”

“Rob is a self-taught artist who has worked in a variety of mediums including clay, wood, stone, and most recently steel. Currently, Rob is welding and forging metal sculptures in his backyard workshop from found objects. The elemental process of heating and shaping metal intrigues Rob and fuels his exploration of this medium. The balance and rhythm of natural forms inspires and informs his art. Rob attempts to allow the raw and organic qualities of the material to speak for itself. His work has sold through galleries as well as private commission. Rob works in Cranbrook as a social worker and lives in Kimberley with his wife and an ever-growing collection of rusty metal.”

Interested in trying your hand at Cheri’s unique Forged Painting technique? She has a few tips for you!

“I work with 16-24 gauge sheet metal, with 20-24 gauge being ideal. The thinner the sheet metal, the easier it is to work with. (The higher the gauge number, the thinner the sheet metal).
I put masking tape along the edges of the sheet metal during the cold forging stage, since I’m handling the material a lot and the edges can be sharp.
I found a water based primer that adheres to metal and allows me to use acrylic paints (surface prep is very important, I always sand and clean before priming). It’s called Bulls Eye 123 primer and it’s easy to find at hardware stores.”

Would you like to see Rob at work in his studio? Visit him during CBT’s Culture Tour in August, 2020:

Another great studio to visit in town is Twila and Tony Austin’s Dragon’s Rest Working Studios, Art Gallery and Dragon Iron Forge, on the banks of mystical Mark Creek at 35 Ross Street (250-427-3599).
“Both artists work in metal, ceramic and wood and provide enthusiastic support and innovation in developing and promoting both local and regional visual arts opportunities. They work with school and community organizations to develop artistic skills, promote, design and create public art.”

“Fusion III” by Rob Toller (cedar slab and mild steel)

“Quilt” by Rob Toller (mild steel and copper)

Al throwing a large salad bowl

A slab-built floating blue bowl with drizzles of colors

Happy Friday Art Project:

Did you know you don’t actually need a kiln, fancy glazes or a degree in Ceramics to make pottery? There are different kinds of clay and the Internet provides us with tons of great project ideas and instructions.

Here are some tips I found for what oven bake clay supplies to buy as a beginner:…/

Here are some awesome ideas for dry clay projects (no oven required!):…/…

I would like to introduce you to Al Price at Hecate Farm Pottery, a potter who – lucky for us – recently moved to Kimberley. You may have seen his gorgeous pottery in our gallery during last year’s Christmas Gift Show and Sale.

Al first took a night school pottery course in Kitimat in 1972. That lasted three months, one night per week, and he was hooked. But work and life got in the way. Until 18 years ago, when his wife Cathie signed him up for another pottery course, this time in North Vancouver. 8 years ago when Al and his wife bought a 10-acre farm in Spallumcheen, Al started Hecate Farm Pottery. Since then he has participated in many Christmas arts and craft fairs in the area, and found retail outlets to carry his work.

“When most people think about hand-made pottery, they envision a potter sitting at an electric or kick wheel, creating bowls, plates, mugs and any of the myriad shapes that all start out as a cylinder. But there are many ways to create pottery, from the exquisite pinch pots made by the Navaho, Hopi, Anasazi and other first nations, to the raku techniques perfected in Japan, while fragments of ancient pottery found in southern China date back 20,000 years, making them the world’s oldest known pots.”

“Artists of all disciplines love to experiment, and potters certainly do that. If you can imagine something, you can try to make it. And if it doesn’t turn out, it either goes into the recycle bucket to come back as something much better, or if it has been glazed and fired, some artists specialize in mosaics and love the variety of colors and shapes provided by broken pottery. Or the wonky piece can be buried in a field, to create excitement when discovered by an archaeologist in a few hundred years.”

The underside of #2, showing wood texture and color

Mixing red and white clays is called agateware, and is popular in mugs, bowls, plates and more

A large slump-mold bowl being fired raku-style in West Vancouver

“Sun Stroke” by Neal Panton

Happy Friday Art Project is back! Today’s project(s) involves photography and is inspired by our current virtual photography exhibition by Neal Panton.

Here is a link to some fun photography projects to do with the entire family:…/11-photography-projects-ki…

Neal Panton’s photography exhibition titled “Shine On” features opportunities when light frames the Kootenays in such an extraordinary way. This exhibition will be available online until 5 pm on July 4th, 2020.

“As an artist I am constantly searching out my spiritual relationship with the physical world. My creative process helps transform the photograph into an empathic visual response. No longer passive but reflective the image becomes a personal moment meant to be shared with the viewer.”
“I invite you to discover your own unique connections to my work.”

Happy Picture Taking!

“Honey, honey” by Wendy Franz

“Otter” by Wendy Franz

“War Pony” by Wendy Franz

It’s Happy Friday Art Project time, everybody! This Friday’s art project involves acrylic paints and pouring.

I invite you to check out this step by step acrylic pour tutorial with all the basics that you’ll need to start acrylic pour painting on a budget with easy to find supplies:
And here’s some inspiration:

I would like to introduce you to a Kootenay artist that uses acrylic pouring techniques in her art work. She has been exhibiting her amazing art pieces and selling her beautiful art cards and prints in our gallery. You may have seen or bought some of them.

Meet Wendy Franz at Wendy Franz Art! Wendy is a self taught artist with a background in graphic design. Wendy started playing around with acrylic pouring and fluid art in the fall of 2017 and fell in love with this medium. By combining the acrylic pour along with her painting style she’s able to create a mesh of abstract and realism. The colour combinations and movement within fluid art makes for a unique background for her acrylic paintings.

To see more of Wendy’s work visit, or

Some acrylic pouring tips from Wendy:
Acrylic pouring is a fun painting technique resulting in abstract works of art. Even those who have no painting or drawing skills/experience can create beautiful abstract paintings.
The key to a successful acrylic pour is using the correct paints, mediums & mixing techniques. After that, the fun begins!

I mix my paints for acrylic pouring 1 part liquid acrylic paint to 1 part pouring medium (Floetrol) and no more than 10% water until you get a consistency of heavy cream. For cell formation add a couple drops silicone oil.
Why use a pouring medium? Acrylic craft paints are not inherently pourable, cracking and flaking may result if the paint is diluted with only water. An acrylic ‘conditioner’ or binder is needed to prevent this from happening. Pouring Medium prevents the loss of film strength when ‘thinning’ the paint down to a pourable viscosity and it improves the flow rate.

Tips & tricks
· Try to be in a room as dust free as possible (for me it’s dog hair!).
· Allow paint to spill over the sides by propping up with containers at all four corners.
· Room temperature and humidity are big factors in the curing process, if the paint dries too
fast it may crack.
· Remove all oils for your pour before sealing or you may have dips or uncovered areas.
· Youtube can be a great resource for learning.
· Facebook has some great acrylic pouring groups, most being very helpful for beginners.

Happy Pouring!