Encaustic Wax Painting With Kathleen Fulmer

Artists from the Tampabay Surface Design Guild had a wonderful time at Kathleen Fulmer's Encaustic Wax Painting class at the Indian Rocks Beach Art Center.

July 2015 NewsBlog

REMINDER:  Next month (AUGUST 10) our meeting will be held at Florida CraftArt

Florida CraftArt is at 501 Central Ave in downtown St. Pete.  This month (July 13) and all subsequent months, our meetings continue at the Suncoast Hospice Center. 


As discussed at the last meeting, we are going to do a series of fundraising events to try and rebuild the Guild treasury.  Please participate as you are able.  


To donate all of your unwanted ART RELATED books and magazines, please bring them to the July 13 meeting. Kim Sherrod and Dana Maley will be selling them starting at 6PM. Prices will vary from 50 cents to $5. All proceeds go back to the Guild. Any unsold books can be picked up at the end of the evening or donated to the free table. Thanks for all your donations.


As discussed at the last meeting, you can submit up to 4 prototypes for donated handmade holiday ornaments for sale during the upcoming holiday season.  They must sell for under $15 and be juried into the Dunedin Fine Art Center Christmas Tree Celebration Please bring your completed ornament to the August 10 meeting so Angelea Carpenter can have it juried for sale. If you cannot make the August meeting, the ornaments will be juried by Aug. 1, 2015.  Contact Angelea Carpenter who is the DFAC Gallery Shop Manager (727-298-3322 ext. 238 or  Acarpenter@dfac.org) to get them directly to her.   
If chosen, you will have to make one dozen of each ornament by  the September TBSDG meeting or deliver them to her at DFAC by appointment by Oct. 1. The Guild will make 60% of the sale price. If we get enough ornaments, the TBSDG will have their own tree!  Our goal is to make 250 ornaments from several of the prototypes. Cindie would like to see us exceed that. We will have an ornament assembly party in September, more information will follow.  If sufficient ornaments are available, they will be placed at Florida Craftart, through a similar jury process.

Other Reminders-
  • Please bring your felt pieces, completed or not from Leeann Kroetsch's June class for Show and Tell.
  • All items left at the free table will be donated to the Pinellas County Sheriff's Department for their children's art program. Donna Isaac will be transporting the items. 
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 Show and Tell  
Annie Wade has posted the show and tell pictures from the last meeting on our Facebook page.  An excerpt of those is pictures is shown below.  Follow this Facebook Photos  link for the full contingent of pictures along with their tags. 

If you missed the Blog post on Leeann's workshop last month, here are a few samples of what you missed.   

Explore the full Blog post Leanne Kroetch's Felting workshop.     

Upcoming TBSDG Workshops

July 19, 2015   Encaustic and Fabric Workshop  

1pm-4pm  at the Indian Rocks Beach Art Center.  Cost is $45.  You will have an opportunity to learn several ways of using encaustic paints on paper and fabric.

We will explore how to:
  • apply encaustic paints with an encaustic iron (see below)
  • use a hot fix applicator
  • do a wax transfer to fabric
  • create an encaustic monotype onto paper or fabric


Tools – Heat Sources: 

  • Encaustic requires a heat source to melt the wax so it can be applied to create your art.  In this workshop we will be using a small, non-steam iron (no holes on the sole plate), a heat applicator and a griddle to melt the wax.  Kathleen has irons and griddles, but not enough for everyone to have their own, so we will have to share.  If you want to move along and accomplish more, I recommend buying an encaustic iron. You can contact Brenda Ambrosino if you would like to purchase an iron. brenda.fordlove@tampabay.rr.com  If you just want to practice the techniques and see what's it all about,just come and share Kathleen's equipment.  
  • An encaustic iron is a small iron designed to be used with encaustic wax.  A small travel iron that does not have holes on the sole plate can also be used as can a Kandi Corp Handi-iron or any other small craft iron.  You can use not use any iron that has holes on the bottom. 
  • You can also use a pancake griddle, flat surface hot plate or an electric frying pan as a heat source.  Once you use them for encaustic work you can never use them to cook again, so only bring one if you use it for art purposes only.
  •  A hot fix applicator is a hand held tool used to apply hot-fix crystals.  The tips have universal threads and can be unscrewed to allow other tips.  Kathleen has several encaustic tips you can use so, if you have an applicator, please bring it.
  •  If you have any of the above, please bring it to the workshop. If you are bringing a heat source, please bring an extension cord for each heat source you bring. 

Paper/Fabric:  Bring an assortment of papers and fabrics to experiment with.  Rice paper, watercolor, acrylic, anything you have. Keep the size to no bigger than 12"x12"

Remember as always, wear old clothes or bring an apron.  The wax is hard to get of clothes and will leave a stain. 

Kathleen will supply wax, heat palette and 4x6 encaustic cards.  Please call or email if you have any questions or would like to sign up contact Kathleen Fulmer 727-776-6104  or kathleenfulmer@gmail.com.  There will be a signup sheet at the July meeting. 

August 16…bohemiannie! bag, with Annie Wade

10am to 5pm at Indian Rocks Beach Art Center.  The  cost is $ 35.00.  You will be making a one-of-a-kind bag that can be used as a purse, tote, carry-on, diaper bag, overnight bag, etc, etc, out of fabrics that you surface design at home. (Or not). We will begin by machine quilting your fabric and then construct it to tailor fit your size, style and/or needs. You will then embellish your bag with jewelry, buttons, baubles, bangles or beads. This is an awesome piece of wearable art!

The supply list will be provided along with the bohemiannie! bag pattern once you sign up and pay for the workshop.  This workshop will take all day...so please come at 10am and plan to stay until 5pm. Don't forget your lunch! If you want to, we can do a pot luck and eat whatever shows up. 

Annie Wade is also teaching at DFAC this summer! She will have a 2 day workshop where you go home with a mostly completed/possibly finished collage.  Her goal for this workshop is to give you as much information as she can about the way her way of putting door knob quilts together. She requested that a discount DFAC made it happen. Hope to see you there! Follow the link for more information on Annie's Class.

Saturday & Sunday, Sept. 19 & 20 Eco Printed Books, with Kim Sherrod & Margaret Hillman 

Time for this two day workshop is TBD.  Location is IRBAC cost is $ 60.00 

Check out our Member Show at Dunedin Fine Arts Center, at DFAC Member Show Blog Post.  DFAC is still looking for volunteers to Docent the show until August 16 if you have some time to give guided tours of our work.  We will let you know in the August newsletter when and where to pick up your entries.

Our next show is at the Clearwater Downtown Library in both Galleries.  We will put up the show at the beginning of January.  Our Show committee will meet in July and arrange all of the specifics.  Please consider joining the show committee. Date of the next show committee meeting is to be announced.

Community Stepping Stones presents:

THINK eARTh is a children’s art initiative that uses climate change as the social  underpinning for the advocacy and awareness around environmental sustainability.  "The Tampa Bay I Want to Inherit" is a commitment shared by many young people and community partners that dedicated their artwork to this exhibition.  

Gallery hours: Mon and Weds-Fri 10am-4pm; Tues noon-7pm

HCC Performing Arts Building, First Floor
Carolyn Kossar, Gallery Director  813.253.7674,

Aida Sheets sent in the following that she felt everyone should see.

Janet Echelman creates giant soft outdoor sculptures. After Marlene returned from In*ter*face, the 2013 International Surface Design Conference in San Antonio, she talked at one of our meetings about how awesome Janet’s sculptures are.  So, she found that Janet has produced a very inspirational TED Talk on the idea of taking imagination seriously.  Janet explains her journey producing her sculptures, and how she never says ‘no' to her imagination even though the way may not be clear. Here is the link to her TED Talk on her web site: http://www.echelman.com/lectures/

Guild member Kathy Hays recently taught a Feltmaking and Eco printing course at John Campbell Folk School. While instructing she was interviewed for the Folk School Blog. Take a moment to learn more about Kathy, her teaching and experiences at their Blog.Kathy Hays displays her eco print creations outside the Wet Room.
Dana Maley sent us this quote of the month.  
"Veteran traveler carries a lot of suitcases but all of them are empty because she's expecting to completely fill them with life by the end of this trip & then she'll come home & sort everything out & do it all again. "  Brian Andreas

Margaret Woodruff says: 

Would you like a vacation?  Grab a friend or two and visit funky, friendly Gulfport.  Gulfport’s slogan is “Help keep Gulfport weird”.  There are a number of great lunch places such as Pia’s, Habana CafĂ© and Mangia.  A visit to Gulfport is like a trip to Key West without the drive.  Plan an afternoon and include a visit to a great fabric shop called Fabric Smart that specializes in 100% cotton Novelty fabric “New Rare and Out of Print”.   They are located two blocks from FAB Fiber.
The BIG news is that FAB Fiber recently merged with the former “Stitchworm Shop” and now carries their entire inventory.  Former Stitchworm owner, Debbie Goff, is at the shop every Saturday from 10-4.  She is an excellent teacher.  5401 Gulfport Blvd 33707   FAB Fiber now carries Frabjous Fiber which is simply FRABJOUS as well as Vickie Bennett’s wonderful merino for felting.  If you are looking for something different come learn to weave on a Cricket Loom.  We will be having a weaving show in September.  If you already weave we would love to include your work.  Our current show is the art of Hermann Trappman who specializes in Native Florida Indian scenes.  He is featured through July.  In August we will have a show featuring the whimsical work of Jennifer Kosharick. 

Purpose of the Guild
The purpose of the Guild is to increase community awareness of surface design and its value in our lives while offering educational and experimental venues, thus supporting individual artistic creativity while promoting an attitude of mutual respect and exchange in all areas of surface design.
Membership to the Surface Design Guild is open to anyone with an interest in surface design of any variety. All levels of interest and expertise are welcome. If you or someone you know would like to join please contact surface.design.guild@gmail.com.  Bring your registration form to the next meeting or send a check made out to the Surface Design Guild to:
Surface Design Guild
Attention: Ann Thomas
5905 Suwanee Ave
Tampa , FL 33604

Board & Committee Members 2015
President - Cindie Townley  ctownley22@gmail.com 618-407-9223
Vice President/Programs – Dana Male tedanamale@aol.com  
Secretary – Angelea Carpenter acarpenter1@knology.net
Treasurer/Membership – Ann Thomas amt1952@earthlink.net
Multi-Media Committee – Newsletter: Sharon Appler - sharon.appler@gmail.com 
                                                        Web: Bonnie Bowman - surfacedesignguild@gmail.com
Mini-workshop Committee – Angie Knowles aknowles13@gmail.com
Show Committee - Sarah Butz, Bonnie Bowman, Davida Milne, Aida Sheets, Brenda Schlechter
We meet the second Monday of every month at 6:30PM. Social time is 6PM. 
We meet at:
Suncoast Hospice
5771 Roosevelt Boulevard
Clearwater, FL 33760

We are in Building 10 which is immediately to the right of the Welcome Center as you face the building.
EXCEPTION:  August, 2015, the space is being used by the Hospice Organization.  We will meet at Florida Craftart in downtown St. Pete.  

 Cindie opened the meeting 6:31pm

Introduction of New Members and Guests
Tuky Vargas, Colleen Davis, Catherine Laping, Sue Brey, Concepcion Tharin, Arianna 

Workshops-Dana Maley 
Leeann Kroetsch At her home June 14 9am -5pm felted landscapes, wall hangings $100 
Kathleen Fulmer. Indian Rocks Beach Art Center July 19. 1-4pm $45. Encaustic with fabric, transfers and monotype bring travel iron, paper and extension cord 
Annie Wade Indian Rocks Beach Art Center August 16 10-5pm Pre surface design your fabric Bohemiannie Bags $35 Bring jewelry and bits of ephemera 

Treasury Report and Memberships-Ann Thomas Bank Balance: $3013.53. Membership: 91?

Budget-Cindie Townley think about ideas for income, shortfall. 
Table at the monthly meeting available to members for sale of art items for $5 rental 
Holiday Fundraiser: please submit up to 4 prototypes for donated handmade holiday ornaments for sale for under $15 at DFACs Holiday Show to Angelea Carpenter DFAC Gallery Shop. 727-298-3322 ext. 238. Acarpenter@dfac.org The ornaments will be juried Aug. 1, 2015. If chosen, you will need to have a dozen of each ornament ready by September TBSDG meeting or deliver them to her at DFAC by appointment by Oct. 1. The Guild will make 60% of the sale price. If we get enough TBSDG can have their own tree!

Shows-Sarah Butz
DFAC Show thru Aug. 16. 
Next show... Clearwater Main Library 
January 3rd Mini Workshop-

Annie Wade demonstrated fiber beads 
Kim Sherrod demonstrated wool carding.
Show and Tell
Workshop Goatfeathers. Dana Maley and Gail Wells showed their necklaces.
Peggy Dauber Using Goden GAC 900 makes it permanent paint white dress with blue and sneakers that match.
Tuky quilt of her 4 family women and a doll.
Annie Wade -doing ICAD index card a day challenge Blog Daisy Yellow by Tammy Garcia Barbara Kazanis Angie Knowles workshop from Tampa Casaba Paste Indigo
Mei Ling St. Leger, Kathleen Fulmer 
Concepcion Tharin blackstrap weaving 
Colleen Davis gourd art primitive craft 
Leeann Kroetsch. Lace silk felted scarf, eco dying.
Donna Isaac royal blue dragon on Etsy
Cathy Simms docent request for DFAC during show 
Mei Ling silk show Tampa Ybor City Palm & 14th free motion embroidery 
Dana Maley has 2 waterfront condos for sale Treasure Island 
Cindie Townley Book sale next week 
August meeting is at Florida Craft Art Central and 5th St. Petersburg 
Adjourned 8:30pm

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