Belinda Harris, Consumer Affairs Manager at Plaid, was recently in Quebec teaching and exhibiting at Salon des Arts Décoratifs. This annual decorative painting expo is a hotbed of painting classes, exhibits, shows and contests. Belinda said the event started off with a bang, “Wow, Canadians are starving to learn to paint. There were over 800 people waiting in the hall ways, lobby and out the front door of the hotel to get into the showroom.”
In Belinda’s Tableau 3-D Dimensional Glass Painting class pictured above, 21 students paint on three stacked panes of glass with FolkArt Enamels. Belinda says that painters in the Montreal area are very enthusiastic, since most of the year there is snow!
This class was “Tranquil Lighthouse at the Shore Tapestry Bell Pull”, where Belinda taught everyone how to paint a lighthouse and beach scene with FolkArt HD Paint on Roc-lon cloth. The class sessions are taught in French, so Belinda had an interpreter.
Belinda noted that Canadian style is more of a fine art look, “They paint on wood, ceramics, tin, fabric and much more. Texture, antiquing, stenciling using texture, glimmer, crackling and decoupage with painting on top are the hottest trends…..texture, texture, texture.”