McAlester News-Capital, McAlester, OK

June 22, 2012

Get artistic

Artists learn the technique of "Faux Marbling"

By Brandy Brackett
Page Designer

McALESTER — Participants of the visual arts roll into the SOFA Art Gallery on June 15 welcomed with tunes of The Beatles, fruit, cheese, crackers and drinks.

The evening starts with snacking, casual conversation among acquaintances, inquiries of the new art gallery and introductions are made among new classmates. Around 6:30 p.m., Anita Caldwell-Jackson, the evening’s instructor, begins to direct everyone to their tables for a “Faux Marbling” class.

One table holds an assortment of provided terra-cotta wine coolers, paint brushes and other materials. Other tables are set to seat two participants, and the tables include more paint brushes, two sets of paints, cups for water and paint, two sheets of plastic, two towels and two pieces of mat board. Jackson explains the materials and how they will come together to create a faux marbled wine cooler with an optional optical illusion of a carved fleur-de-lis, a stylized zig-zag edge, or of anything imaginable.

Aprons are handed out and participants take their seats. Jackson stands at her table showing each step on a mat board, which is to experiment and practice before painting the wine coolers. She demonstrates how to paint the base coat first, water down the paint for the second step and how to use the sheet of plastic to create an effect.

Creating the faux marble technique seems tricky, but Jackson shows how to adjust any unwanted bubbles, streaks, etc.

Because acrylic paint is used, shortly after the class completes the first step the paint is dry — for some, maybe dry to soon. Hence, the reason to experiment first.

Jackson then directs the class how to use a skinny paint brush for the second step to create cracks and rivers of color that marble may have. Adding a new color of paint and/or adding more water, the class practices creating their illusions.

Jackson says to twist your wrist as you stroke your brush. It creates an organic line similar to the affect desired.

Techniques are refined with an option of another mat board. Next, participants pick out there terra-cotta wine cooler.

Another bite of chocolate covered strawberries, cheese and a second glass of Sangria was another option some chose while others debated on their approach.

Jackson started a brew of coffee and offered some Bailey’s Irish Cream for the latter half of the class.

John, Paul, George and Ringo continued in the background while artistic endeavors were at work.

“I had my first class (June 1),” Jackson said.

She is planning another class Friday called “Georgia on My Mind” around 6 p.m., which is nearly full.

Jackson welcomes others to instruct classes at the gallery as well. She says the one-to-three hour rental will cost $30 and each participant will pay $30 to attend.

“These classes provide an opportunity to share techniques,” she said.

The gallery is open Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

Jackson has another class scheduled in July and needs participants to sign up. There is a class limit of 10. To sign up, visit the SOFA Art Gallery at 30 E. Choctaw Ave.

The art gallery is planing on a grand opening for July 20 — the details are to be determined.

To call about availability for “Georgia on My Mind” or about any future class, call Jackson at 918-423-7378.

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