Studio at 2711 Main St. in Midtown Houston
Small class 5 student maximum.
$85 fee includes my instruction and help, all supplies
& use of my tools in my wonderful light-filled studio
Ann Bell's Luscious Layered Backgrounds
workshop will open an exciting new window
into your creativity. (This workshop was previously called Succulent Surface
Design & Painted Paper Class.)
Experiment with new painting techniques, loosen up and create
exciting backgrounds for your paintings.
All of these techniques work on both canvas and paper. You can use
them to create exciting backgrounds for your paintings or you can use them to turn tissue
paper, drawing paper or other stray papers into beautiful, richly colored & textured
art papers for dozens of creative applications. Learn to make rich
surface designs & use them any way you can imagine.
I will provide all materials for you to use in class. We will be
working on paper.
I've just purchased a collection of vintage dictionaries &
encyclopedias to use in my collage classes.
If you want to paint on these & have the wonderful thin paper,
with vintage text & illustrations peeking through the paint, for your own
collage projects , I'll share!
If you prefer to paint on canvas, you may bring one or purchase one in Art
on your way in to my studio.
Some of the advantages of learning these techniques for painting
paper (and fabric) are
Choose your own color scheme
Choose the motifs you want
Choose the weight paper
Know that the colors won't fade
Beginners will learn a lot of painting techniques.
Advanced painters will expand their knowledge substantially.
You can use these same techniques in your paintings, for
backgrounds...or to add interest in abstract painting.
Your painted paper will be as unique as you are.
This class will turbo-charge your imagination. These papers use simple
painting, transfers & spritz.
If you are an experienced painter, you will recognize that each has several layers of
If you are a beginner, rejoice in knowing that in this class you will learn to layer
paint for exciting, beautiful results.
Learn how to create
wondrous backgrounds for your paintings. Learn how to paint your own papers for any art
project. Use these techniques on paper or canvas.
Making your own papers offers countless
advantages over purchased papers:
can choose your own color schemes.
incorporate your own motifs & subjects.
paper is unique to you no one else will have the same paper.
will know that it is lightfast, archival & permanent, because you have used your art
enjoy a feeling of satisfaction from producing beautiful paper.
you are a new, inexperienced artist, this class provides an easy backdoor entry to
will learn to use a variety of unusual artmaking tools.
save money...the most expensive part of your painted paper is the paper (rice, drawing or
We will use over a dozen
tools & techniques including
stamps, stencils, found objects, rollers, all types of brushes, glazes, sgraffito,
lifts, ghost images and more.
You can try everything, tools and colors, to see
which you prefer.
If you decide you want to buy something, you'll know how to use it and that you will
(I do not sell supplies, but they are available in Art Supply.)
demonstration & explanation will get you started.
All confusion will disappear.
This class is helpful to all
painters--from beginner to expert. BECAUSE:
I design my classes to be fun,
suitable & useful for both beginners & advanced artists by
beginning with clear, simple demonstration, stimulating the imagination with
inspiring everyone to work in new ways.
I provide individual help as
each person wants it. Small class size allows this personal attention.
I provide all materials used in
my classes, so everyone has access to the paints, mediums & all other supplies without
needing to buy everything. This encourages experimentation with new supplies & new
ways of working.
Playing with new materials, new
ideas & new ways of working is a powerful stimulant for creativity.
You will enjoy your day working in my glorious light-filled
studio as you increase your knowledge & stretch the boundaries of your
creativity...whether you are an experienced painter or an absolute beginner!
will remove all mystery about painting your own paper, through the use of
Answers to all your questions
Hands-on practice with the painting processes
Opportunity to handle and paint on papers of different
You'll see, learn (and
How to use a variety of
tools (brushes, stamps, stencils, knives, & more) for variety and effect
How the choose the best
paper for your project
How to choose color
schemes based on the mood you want to convey
More than you can
And you'll paint.
I'll share my knowledge,
my supplies, my wondrous, light-filled studio, and the music that inspires me.
You'll enjoy a day of
creative play and inspiration.
After a recent class, I
received this email from one of the artists in class:
"Ann, I enjoyed taking this class. When I got home I was a little
disappointed in what I had produced. I started playing with the papers I made in
class. I tore them up and pasted on other sheets. Did some thin over
painting. Painted on a few subtle branches and vines and ended up with two of the
most beautiful paintings I have ever done. So pretty that after I turned the lights
out to go to bed, I turned them back on just to look again. One is soft and mostly
pink with lavenders and greys, the other is strikingly different. It is bright red,
with green and gold. Has an Asian feel. Anyway, I just wanted to let you know
what your class helped me to do.
Sincerely, Judy Dekan"
Another artist came for
three days of classes. After she returned home, she wrote:
"As a secondary art teacher and an artist, I have never felt more artistically free.
The last three days pulled the creativity that has been waiting inside of me yearning to
be released. Ann, thank you so much for exciting my innermost artist and giving me the
courage to fully delve into the artist I can and should be. I can't wait to play with you
Candis Oberdorf, Rogers High School Art Teacher & Cheer Sponsor
Choose whether to paint
samples, so you can experiment with all of the techniques, or use the techniques you like
best to create a single work of art...or two.
Treat yourself to a
generous serving of CREATIVITY!
This is more than a class...it's a creative experience
and a real treat for your inner child...(you know, the one who lives hidden in your
Only $85. for the class,
including the use of my paint, paper, brushes and other tools.
You do not need to bring anything, except your lunch. I'll supply everything else.
reserve your space, call Ann Bell at281-330-3827
The fee for this class is only $85, including supplies.
You can use Paypal to register and pay online by clicking this
Register button and checking out through Paypal.
Painted Paper Sample
Card made from Painted Paper
Journal Cover with Painted Paper & Collage
you have your own personal painted papers, you will use them in dozens of ways, limited
only by your own imagination. Collages and cards are just the beginning. You can make or
decorate scrapbook pages, cover boxes, lampshades, portfolios, mats and more. You can also
use these techniques in your paintings, on paper or on canvas.
How will you use your painted papers? The ways are unlimited.
The more you work with your papers, the more ways your imagination will suggest to use
If you come with an idea or theme in mind, I'll have tools
and ideas to help you develop and refine it...or you'll draw inspiration from my studio
and collection of papers, tools and images.