Sue Dion Frame Shop and Studio Tour

Sue Dion Frame Shop and Studio Tour

Sue Dion takes us on a personalized tour of her framing shop and art studio in Uxbridge, Massachusetts! Sue teaches small semi-private courses in person as well as online with the Worcester Art Museum. She provides personalized mentorships. Sue even does paint nights!

Be sure to follow Sue Dion on YouTube at:

For more information about Sue’s workshops visit:

Bev TInklenberg at the Auburn Historical Museum

Watercolor Class with Bev Tinklenberg

Experienced artist Bev Tinklenberg offers watercolor painting classes from her home studio in Whitinsville, Massachusetts. Bev teaches classes on Thursday and Friday. For more information, contact Bev at

Here are a few examples of Bev’s work.

A virtual tour of Bev’s art studio:

Doing a watercolor value study –

Sketching and Drawing basic supplies with Bev –

A few of Beverly’s paintings –

Bonnie Frederico - Grafton Barway

Oil Painting Class with Bonnie Frederico

Talented artist Bonnie Frederico is offering oil painting classes from her home studio in Grafton, Massachusetts. Bonnie has several days of the week available, so contact Bonnie to find out which days might work best for your schedule.

Here’s an example of one of Bonnie’s paintings. This painting portrays a rural barway in Grafton.

For more examples of Bonnie’s artwork, and for contact information, visit her website:

Here are a few workshops Bonnie has done for the BVAA!

Mike Zeis and Joanne Zeis at WSU

Joanne and Mike Zeis have photos included in “Interconnected: A Fiber Show” — a juried exhibition at the Mary Cosgrove Dolphin Gallery at Worcester State University. The show will open on February 2, 2023 and runs through March 18, 2023.

Artists were asked to consider “fiber” broadly, and Mike expects to see a great variety of wall-mounted and free-standing works that, as the organizers put it, “…allow the viewer to experience [fiber] in new ways.”

Mike’s photos show fabric in early and late stages—one shot is of a supply of wool ready to be fed into an industrial loom. The other shows a fragment of torn curtain in an abandoned mansion. Joanne’s photo was taken in guest room at an abandoned spa in Sharon Springs, NY. She says, “Rain and sun hitting this mattress (and traditional sheets) made their own little ecosystem.”

The opening and reception are on Thursday, Feb 2, 2023, from 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm. The Dolphin Gallery is in the first floor of WSU’s Ghosh Science and Tech Center at 486 Chandler Street in Worcester. Regular gallery hours are Thursdays and Fridays from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm, Saturdays from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm, or by appointment.

Mike Zeis Tea Bag Printing

Printing on Stained Tea Bags with Mike Zeis

When I stopped by the Open Sky Community Art Gallery last Saturday to pick up my ”Doll Heads” contribution to the 2022 Macabre Art Show Pop-up, Lisa said that quite a few people at the reception wondered how I made the photo. I gave her a brief explanation and showed her some of the steps I had taken. She asked me to share my process, so here are some photos and commentary about the basic steps.

The photo was printed on tea-bag paper, salvaged after I made sun tea last summer. Somewhere I had heard about using tea-bag paper for printing and art projects, and in the summer of 2021, I checked out a few how-to videos on YouTube. Of course there were a variety of techniques and applications, and, while all of the artists/crafters produced fine-looking results, I did not see an immediate application.

Nonetheless, I started salvaging tea bags. Tea bags are really a folded paper tube with a crimped seal along the length of the tube, and a single staple at the top holding the whole thing together.

I removed the staple, but one can cut just below the staple and save some steps. At first, I worried that flecks of tea would attach themselves to the paper, so while the tea bags were still damp, I removed the tea and rinsed the remaining leaves off of the paper. The result was a very thin but sturdy fine-grained sheet, with an evenly-distributed hint of tea stain.

Mike Zeis Tea Bag Printing

With the next batch, I left the tea bags intact until they dried completely. When I unfolded the dried tea bags and removed the tea, I saw areas of deep stain, broad areas of light stain, and a few unstained areas. I felt these would be more appropriate for what I had in mind.

Mike Zeis Tea Bag Printing

When the call went out for pieces for the BVAA Macabre 2022 pop-up display, I figured I would give tea bags a try. I knew my printer would not feed this lightweight paper, so I had to attach the unfolded and flattened-out tea bag to a carrier sheet with masking tape, as I did a few years ago when I was printing on rice paper. The assembly fed through the printer without a problem. When I removed the tape to free the paper, I saw that the paper is so thin that ink had sprayed through the fibers onto the carrier sheet. “Sharing” the ink with the carrier sheet diminished the density of the image on the tea bag sheet itself.

Mike Zeis Tea Bag Printing

So for my photo, I needed to attach the tea-bag paper to the carrier sheet permanently with spray adhesive (I used 3M 77). Also, it’s more manageable to print the entire image in a single pass instead of on separate sheets that then would need to be matched up. Teabag paper measures 3 ¼” by 6″, so I needed glue four sheets down to reproduce the photo. If you know they’re there, you can spot the seams in the finished print.

The photo was taken at a vendor’s booth at the Oddities Flea Market in Brooklyn NY in December 2019. The vendor said that they are molds for doll heads that she found on a visit to Germany. If I remember right, she wanted $60 each. I left her collection intact. An event space isn’t ideal for taking pictures, mainly because of poor lighting. So most of the Photoshop work on this photo was to straighten the lines and adjust brightness and contrast. My non-tea bag image is in color (link below), but I converted the photo to black and white for the tea-bag print so the color would not distract from the grunginess of the tea stains.

One of many YouTube videos about printing on or with tea bags:
Link to the “standard” version of the Doll Head photo:
Info about the Oddities Flea Market:

Ask with any questions!

Beautiful Castle Watercolor Painting Project for All Ages

Perfect for all ages! A delightful beginning watercolor project, “Beautiful Castle” teaches students about resist crayon, drawing lines, and handling adjacent colors.

a piece of watercolor paper
a brush
a ruler

You can paint your castle in any colors you wish. If you want to match the shown image, Libia uses these colors: yellow, blue, red, and burnt sienna.

Visit for a printable download of this Beautiful Castle, to use as a model.

Libia is available for online lessons both in group format and in one-on-one instruction. Perfect for aspiring students of all ages. A delightful way for students to expand their creativity and artistic expression even when unable to get out to an art studio!

Mon Mar 16 2020 – Share Your Art!

It’s Monday March 16, 2020! The Coronavirus is impeding the ability of some to share artwork in a communal space.

We’d love to see what you’ve been making at home!

Just leave a comment to this post and let us know what you’re working on. Share a note about your work-in-progress! To let us see photos, share a link to your Instagram page or wherever else you’re posting images!

We’d love to cheer you on!

Sun Mar 15 2020 – Share Your Art!

It’s Sunday March 15, 2020! The Ideas of March! The Coronavirus is impeding the ability of some to share artwork in a communal space. We have cancelled our traditional Saturday open paint at the gallery as a result.

We’d love to see what you’ve been making at home!

Just leave a comment to this post and let us know what you’re working on. Share a note about your work-in-progress! To let us see photos, share a link to your Instagram page or wherever else you’re posting images!

We’d love to cheer you on!