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February 2011 Edition

New Colors

The latest paints are 305 – Autumn & 306 – Wheat.

I want to thank John for working these out even while he was ill. Thanks honey!!!!

May Seminar 2011

The next Seminar will be the Spring Seminar, the first Saturday of May, May 7th, 2011. Let me know ahead of time whether you will be there. The cost is $35.00. If you pay before April 1st, 2011, the price will be discounted to $30.00. This price is to pay for part of you 'goodie bag'. The 'goodie bag' holds things that you need to do the classes that you will be doing at the seminar. It, also, usually has new things in it that are going into the Line. (I think there will be a couple of new paints come in then.)

We have one class already figured out. Halleen will be teaching it and I think you will like it. It's another way of looking at the transfers and different ways to use them.

Limited Edition Color

John mixed some colors together to see what they would look like and this is what happened. I'll put it out as a monthly color to see if you all want it to come into the Line. It's a Medium Teal. Order it under Blend 599 for $3.19 and see what you think. We didn't make a lot of it - so first come - first serve. If it comes into the Line it will be a regular color - although this batch has just a hint of sparkle in it.

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I know that it has been really rough all over the US. Customers and Instructor/Dealers have been hit by storms. A lot of those storms have been record-breakers. I feel for all of you. Our part of the storm was not as bad as had been predicted. We never lost electricity and we got our long, long driveway plowed so we can get out. Our Postal Person has delivered mail every single day - and I really appreciate it.

Jean has been here from Arkansas and she was supposed to have flown out on Thursday. Southwest let her change her flight, at no extra cost, since at the time she did it, we were still snowed in and weren't sure we could get her to the airport.

Since she was here, and is one of my computer gurus, she helped me get my 'battery back-up' system up and running. Our electricity is so strange - electricity stayed on during the storm, but today it's a nice sunny day, with no wind, and the electric has been 'glitching'. Thanks to the 'battery back-up system' my computer never went off and the screen didn't even bounce once.

I heard from Phyl Phillips' daughter. Phyl was killed in a car accident in mid-December.

I will continue with the Lighthouse Quilt blocks, mostly using her charting.

I have a couple more quilt sets that she has sent me in the past and gradually I will get them out in the Line.

The Mythological Creatures quilt is still a 'work in progress'. What creatures would you like to see in this quilt? Are you an artist? Could you draw and send your design to me? I need creatures for this quilt rather than things like fairies or wizards or centaurs. (Those are for next year.)

In the future I would like to do a 'Fairy Quilt'. I'm looking for designs for that one, too. I would like to bring it out all at once. It can be 6 designs, 9 designs or 12 designs. It will depend on how many designs I receive.

The Pegasus design was more interesting to do than I thought it would be. That is because I painted it the way that I thought I wanted it - then decided that it wasn't right. Instead of starting over again, I just left the bottom layer of paint on and added to the top of it to get the muscle-tones I was looking for. That way the bottom layer became part of the shadows to make the body look more 3-dimensional. I do like the way it turned out and I hope you had fun shading and highlighting in this way.

What do you think of the new colored pictures that are coming with your Quilt Blocks of the Month? Have they been a help in reading the transfer directions (charts)? Let me know what you think about them.

The February Mythological Creatures' quilt block is done with a little different technique. Instead of painting the unicorn - then shading it - you are going to paint the unicorn and then highlight it. This is the way to do dark things and still get the three-dimensional effect. You can put the 192 down first where the highlights are going to go - then - fill in the rest of the unicorn with 138. Now go back and feather those two colors together where you need to. Remember - you are doing the highlights in 192 - so you just ignore the shading that's there.

When you do the sky first, you can get right into the tree branches and you don't have light spots around it. Do the sky and then let it dry completely before you do the tree. Since the tree is done in darker colors - those colors will go right over whatever little bit of the sky colors that you got on the tree.

The 'Creatures' quilt will be done playing with a lot of different techniques, just like the Dragon quilt was. We will be using a lot of the same techniques that you learned on the dragons.

The unicorn design is done using a dry brush. (This just means that you don't put any water on the brush or in the paint that you're using.) This technique works best if you use a really light hand to put the color down. Have your hand moving BEFORE you touch the brush down so you don't have globs and too heavy amounts of that color. If you do mess up - all you need to do is streak on a little more of the paint that 'globbed' and pull it out so it doesn't look like a mistake. It will just look like that area is a little darker or lighter.

When you do the sky - you streak in a little bit of 137 - then using 162 on your brush - you meld both colors together. You can continue adding color until you get the design looking the way that you want it to. After that, you just put a little 161 on your mini-palette and using just a little bit on your brush, you streak a little color in the sky.

When you put the stream down in front of the little island the unicorn is standing on, be sure to streak a little 161 in the water after you get it all done with it so it appears to be reflections from the sky shining on the water.

Don't forget that the Flower Garden Quilt blocks are nice beginner shading designs. You are learning to shade two or three colors together, using your Fiber Blenders, to get that 3-dimensional effect that everyone needs to learn. The most important thing you need to remember about shading is that it won't happen if you don't put enough paint down so that it will smear together. That's what you are doing - smearing to paint colors together with your Fiber Blender. If you have enough paint down on the material - you can GENTLY use your Fiber Blender to blend them together. If there is not enough paint - it won't work.

The Hex Signs Quilt blocks are great. They are just outline and fill in. You are going to use your Fiber Blender to smooth the paint out. This is, again, done GENTLY. It just pushes your paint into all the nooks and crannies of your material so that the paint dries nice and smooth looking. This is a great 'quick' project and a good 'starting' project for those of you that are just learning to make your paint do what you want it to do.

The Birds and Lighthouses designs use combinations of painting with the tip and learning other techniques to put your paint on your designs.

The Oriental designs are all done with the tip, but include shading and highlighting within the designs.

Basically, I just want you to learn how to make your paints do what you want them to do and I want you to have fun doing it. In learning new techniques you are just giving yourself more abilities to do the job that you want to do and make everything look great. You and your family and friends will be astounded by what you can learn and enjoy yourself while doing it.


Monthly Quilt Clubs

This year we will have six (6) different sets of quilt blocks. These come out one quilt block per month and you can order the present month and any that were put out previously. At the end of the year you will have 12 blocks for each quilt. (January blocks will be #01.)

I will put out a painted picture of each new quilt block in the newsletter. Then, I'm going to try something new; I will put the cover page (the one that shows when the transfer is in the plastic bag) in color, also, that way you have not only the chart to know what color goes where - but, also, a colored picture to go by. This should make it easier for you to paint them whether you are in a class situation or sitting in your home by yourself doing them every month.


This Months Quilt Blocks


Let's talk about the Monthly Quilt Blocks.

Why do we have them? Because it is easier to set aside time to do one quilt block than it is to set aside time to do a complete quilt. At the end of the year you have multiple quilts done to give away as gifts, or to use in your own home.

If you want to get together with some friends once a month (and you need an excuse) then you can all get together and paint the monthly quilt blocks. You can exchange ideas and maybe learn new techniques from one another.

If you are a distributor/Instructor of Cameo products, this gives you multiple monthly reasons to have multiple classes either in your home or at another facility (like the club house, or the senior's meeting place, or the church, or with 4-Hers or Scouts.) If you have people sign up at the beginning of the year, so you have their promise of continuing the classes for the entire year, then you know that you will have an order to go in each month.

As people find out more about your classes and what wonderful things you do and how easy it is, your class base will rise and so will your orders (and I like that!) and the advertising from the people that are participating (called 'word-of-mouth' advertising) will grow your business and you will make more money every month.

I will include a sign-up sheet for you to use to sign folks up for your monthly classes. Make sure that you tell them that this is their promise to do the classes for the whole year. You want that right up front. (You can make as many copies as you need.)

The reason for multiple 'quilt blocks of the month' sets is so you can sign folks up for more than one class per month. The more classes you have every month, the more money you make and the more 'word-of-mouth' advertising that you get and the more your business will grow.

I try to have easy quilts and harder quilts so those who are just starting to paint will be able to do them and those that already know how to paint will be interested in them. (I did find out the hard way that one of the sets has to be 'flowers'.

Everyone should be aware that doing the 'monthly quilt' blocks will be easiest with an Ideal Kit (IK). It has one of every color in the Line and that's close to what will be needed to do the full set of six (6) complete quilt sets.

If you are a dealer/instructor, you might think of having your people put an IK on lay-a-way. It will be up to you to keep track of the money paid in by each person and up to you to have the IKs there for them when they are paid for. (Right now the IK is $315.90 and includes 110 paints. The price goes up as we add paints to the Line.) If they pay $50.00 a month, they could have it paid off in a little over six (6) months. Or maybe some folks got money for the holidays and they would want to put in more in the beginning so they will have it paid off sooner. Maybe they would want to pay it off in two (2) months or three (3) months instead of taking a longer time. You do not want to give them parts of it as it's paid off. You need to make it perfectly clear to them that they will get the whole thing at once when they get it paid off completely. Remember - if you put something on lay-a-way at a store - that's how it works.

Class News

February 17th 2011 - 11:00 AM - Here at Ginger's Cameo (4879 Sylvan Rd. – Manchester, MI)

(Bring paints, Fiber Blenders, Brushes)

February 12th 2011 - Workshop at Sharon's in Brooklyn MI. 2:00 PM


There are, also classes going in Leesburg, Fl (Sandy Wadelton), in Venice, Fl
(Rene McDonough)
, in Grand Junction, Co (Rachel Fry), and other places that I don't
have information on. (See our Current List of Teachers)

Any of you that hold one class or more each month should get your information
to me so I can remind folks of it.

Paint News

Two new paints in the Line.

The latest paints are 305 – Autumn & 306 – Wheat. I want to thank John for working these out even while he was ill. Thanks honey!!!!

110 Paints to choose from, or make it easy on yourself and get them all in the Ideal Kit.

The ballpoint tip nozzle can easily be removed for brush painting.

Formulated for fabric painting, these paints are also excellent for painting on other materials (wood, etc.). This is premium quality fabric paint with the following features:

  • Permanent, won't come off in the wash
  • Blends Well for shading or fading colors together
  • Machine Wash & Dry
  • Stays Soft and flexable, Won't Crack or Peel
  • Best of all it is Non-Toxic
  • Safe, won't harm children or animals
  • Makes a great gift for children who love to color and paint!

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Be sure to visit our accessories page and see all the tools and pens to make fabric painting easier.

With our accessories you to can make professional looking designs and pictures come to life on clothing, table cloths, linens, or most any material.

I have had people that have asked for some ‘accessory kits’. I thought it was a good idea – so here are some Accessory Kits. These will stay in the Line from now on.

C561C561 – Bottle Kit (for 10 sets of bottles) $9.00

This kit includes bottles, tips and caps and nozzles.

C660C660 – Ideal Accessory Kit$85.00

When you buy the Ideal Kit, you get one of all the paints that are in the Line at that point. This is the kit that gives you the rest of what you need. Carrier, racks, Dual Point Pen, Transfer Marker, Fiber Blenders, Tips, and Sandpaper Blotters.

C661C661 – Small Accessory Kit -$25.00

This gives you a Black and a Brown Dual Point Pen, a Black and a Brown Transfer Marker. Sandpaper Blotters, Tips and a small package of Fiber Blenders.

C662C662 – Large Accessory Kit -$35.00

This gives you the whole pack of Dual Point Pens, the whole pack of Transfer Markers and the large pack of Fiber Blenders.

I thought I would give you some ideas on using our accessories:

I have had some questions on having empty bottles for sale [C557 - (5) -$3.00].

Tips and Bottles

One use for them is to make your own colors. Using colors that are already in the Line, you can mix the colors that you want to use on a particular design. Sometimes folks want to match the color décor of a dining room or bedroom. Maybe you want to do something on a particular color of clothing and need just the right color to work with. If you use an empty bottle to mix your color you will be able to use that color another time in the future.

I suggest that as you are mixing the color, you be sure to write your formula down so you can re-mix it when you run out.

You will need to order C557 + C556 (Decorator Tips - (10) for $3.25) + C558 (Nozzles and Caps - (10) for $3.30). Since you get five (5) bottles to a package, you need to order two (2) sets of bottles to go with the other two (2), since they come in packages of ten(10).

Another use for these items is to divide your existing paints into more than one (1) bottle. This is especially good for those of you that teach painting classes. You can buy one (1) bottle of paint and divide it into two (2) or three (3) bottles so that more folks in your class can use the same colors.

This works well if you're having classes with kids. They always seem to want to use the same colors as their friends are using.

For those of you that are running classes with the 'Quilt of the Month' quilt blocks, where your students are all doing the same design, this is especially good.

Of course, the best way to run the monthly quilt block classes, are to have them buy their own paints so they can continue painting at home. If they buy all the colors that they need for the first quilt block - then add the colors as they need them for the blocks as they come out - that makes your sales higher and gives them the opportunity to buy other things to paint in between the class times. This way they can gradually build up their paint stock and as their paint colors increase, they will want to do more things with them.

Be sure that you sell them (or give them) T4673-Paint Dots and have them iron it off onto something that they can carry with them. That way they can tell what colors they have and how many more they have to go to have the full Line. Make sure that you tell them to only fill in the dots with the colors that they own. When they have all the colors filled in they will have the whole Line and they can use the finished design to figure out what colors are called for in a particular design and figure out whether they want to change the colors to something else. This design fits on a P322Mini Flag, or just about anything else, even one of the P1492-Large Tote Bags. (If they put it on a tote bag, they can put the things that they need for the class in the tote bag to carry with them to class and know exactly what colors they need to order for the next class.)

There are un-numbered dots to fill in with colors that you mix up on your own (like I talked about in the previous section).

Another item that a lot of folks don't understand about is C548 - Sandpaper Blotters (5) for $3.75.

These are medium grit sandpaper.


These are the best things to paint on. You put one under what you are painting (or in between the front and back of a t-shirt or sweatshirt) and the Sandpaper Blotter holds the item still so that you can paint it and it keeps the paint from going through to what ever you are painting on (or to the other side of a shirt).

For those of you that have been painting for a long time and are used to using the hoops - this works much better. You don't have to worry about smearing the paint when you move your material on the hoop and you don't have to let the paint dry before you move to the next section.

I know there are those of you that have to paint lying down and you need to have the hoop to hold the item that you are painting, but even in those cases, putting a Sandpaper Blotter on your hoop works better than using a blotter pad. Just cut the Sandpaper Blotter to the same dimensions as a C366 - 10" round Blotter. The grit holds the item very still for you to paint without having to stretch it out when you put it in the hoop.

The Blotter Pads [C451 -(2) approx. 10"x12"-$1.75 and C452 -(2) approx. 12"x20"-$3.25] are good for doing washes and using a brush [C460 - Fabric Brush Set (3) or C470 - Fabric Brush Set 2 (3)] to paint with. It holds the material for these techniques and keeps the paint from going through to what you are painting on top of or through to the other side of a shirt.

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Classes Being Held by Our Friends in Other Locations

You've seen my mention of the latchkey group here in Michigan. Their teacher, Vivien Gunderson, sent me some pictures, but asked me not to put any of the kids faces out in the world, just to keep them safer. So here you are - what some of the Michigan Latchkey Kids have painted (handkerchiefs -mostly for gifts).


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Final Words

I’ve been trying to hold down the price on shipping – but now I’m starting to lose money on it and prices are going up at the Post Office starting May 14th. (Prices at other shipping places have already gone up.) The increases they are talking about, on top of what I was already losing, means that starting May 1st, 2007 my shipping prices are going to go up.

Remember that shipping is figured on your retail total before your discount.

If you think I should give you a lower shipping amount on your order because it is a small order, you can call and we might be able to adjust it some. No promises though. I’m not in the business of making money on shipping, but sometimes the small orders are what off-set the big orders.

Well, I guess that's all for this month. Keep that those suggestions coming. I need every one of them. See you at a meeting.

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