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A little bit about……..

INK & OIL ROUGING

Ink & Oil Rouging is a technique pioneered by Mary Owens of New York State about 20 years ago. You can visit her website at maryowensdesigns.com. Patterns are used for the most part but this technique suits people of all artistic abilities. You can design your own patterns using photographs or what we refer to as “snippets” or even draw your own original designs.

The design is transferred onto your surface, which can be done either by tracing with graphite paper or using a projector or even drawn free hand! Surfaces can include anything from canvas to wood, metal, glass, porcelain, and paper. The design is then gone over with a Koh-I-Noor Rapidograph pen using either India ink or an acrylic artist ink.  The picture is then “rouged” using scant amounts of oil paint.

The beauty of this process is that everything is correctible at all stages until you have sprayed your work, at which point that which you have sprayed becomes permanent.  We use a no odor oil paint straight from the tube and all the brushes clean up with soap and water! There are no solvents, turpentines, etc. used in the process.

I took my instructor’s certification with Mary Owens in November of 2003 and taught for several years in Courtenay, Campbell River and Powell River before moving to Kamloops in October 2007. I have a studio in my home which can accommodate 6 students at a time. I have also put on workshops in Logan Lake, Clearwater, Parker Cove, Vernon, Prince George, and Vanderhoof.

This technique is very rewarding, lots of fun, and the possibilities are endless. There is no experience required to take a class and you do not have to have any artistic ability to turn out great pieces.

When you take a class everything you need to complete the project is supplied. I supply the surface and the pattern, and you get to use all my paints, brushes, and supplies to complete your projects. There is no supply list!! It’s so easy to come out and try this great technique! Just bring yourself and a lunch!

Hope to see you soon at a class or seminar!