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Jackie Jordan's
Colormix 2013

 IDAL's Expo on July 27.
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July 2012
Expo Events 
Best Finish competition
Best Finishes Competition
Bring your original favorite finish to the IDAL Convention and enter the competition. Samples need to be on 16" x 20" styrene with a clean (taped) 1" border. Names must be on the back of the board - not the front...

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Painted Apparel Fashion Show & Competition
Paint your stuff then strut it down the runway! If you can wear it - you can paint it. Just remember that YOU will be the model...  Prize donated by Helen Morris, founder of the
and author of a new book,

Painting to Music

Painting  to Music 
(Speed Painting)   

How fast can you paint from a reference photo or create an abstract and still have a masterpiece?  


(Our thanks to Golden Artist Colors, Inc. and Roc-lon for donating products for the Speed Painting  event). 

For prizes and details, contact Janie at

IDAL's Philanthropic project for 2012
2012 Philanthropic mural Veteran's Guest House 
will be the recipient of this colorful mural on the last day of the convention, Saturday, July 28. It will have been painted by volunteers who are also attending the event.

For more information about the services provided by this selfless institution and the mural project, Click Here.

If you would like to get more information on how you can participate in painting this canvas, email
Steve Wallis.

Thanks again to Golden Artist Colors and Roc-lon for the donation of products.
Convention Notes
string around finger reminder Just a few reminders, ahem...
  • Volunteer opportunities are still available. Great way to meet people! Contact Sheila Sobczyk.
  • Need a roommate? Click here to email Sheila about that too!
  • Do not forget to check out the "Basic" supplies you need to bring for class. Then check out anything that each instructor has specified as necessary for his/her class. Got it? Then don't forget to bring all of it! 
  • There are still a few booths spaces available. If you are interested, contact Susan Mathers ASAP. 
Sherwin-Williams offers Colormix 2013 Preview with Jackie Jordan
at IDAL Expo
Jackie Jordan
Opposites attract us like never before, exerting a magnetic pull on the spectrum. Join us for Sherwin-Williams Colormix 2013 where we put today's color mood under the microscope to reveal its dueling influences that are shaping four divergent color directions.

Jackie Jordan, Director of Color Marketing for Sherwin-Williams is responsible for the development of color systems, tools, and collateral material for both the trade and consumer markets. She also develops and presents color forecasts and educational seminars to thousands of design professionals and industry members throughout the year. Her annual Colormix Forecasts are valid for CEU's in several industry-related groups. Don't miss this early preview of her  2013 Colormix Forecast on Friday, July 27 at the IDAL Expo in Reno, NV.

Click Here to read more about Jackie's Notebook on Color... 

Cha-Ching! - July Recipe of the Month
July recipe Irrestible Allison!

I had planned to skip the recipe for July because this IDAL News is running a tad long with all of the convention biz in high gear, but I just could not resist sharing the wonderful Alison Wolley with you.

I have been getting more interest in contemporary finishes (Yay, finally!) and this recipe couldn't be better. It's elegant and edgy - my favorite combo. And it has endless variations.

I have not had the opportunity to take one of Alison Wooley's classes, but I have heard really great things about her work and her teaching - and her!

right now to check out this fabulous technique.

Don't forget that there is a new "How To" every week in
along with many other educational articles. Check in often.

The annual IDAL Convention and Expo is always an exciting time, 2012 is no exception. Incoming President, Janie Gulick is in charge of Expo this year and she has some really great events planned. This is also the time when new Board members step up and and those who have served 3+ years will be stepping down. This year there are three of each. IDAL is very excited to welcome Theresa Cheek, Kathy Wear, and Kami Tremblay to the Board of Directors. Board members who will be leaving, but staying close by, are Leslie Nesbitt, Carolyn Blahosky and, yours truly, Linda Banning.  


Linda Banning

 Getting the IDAL News out every month is a daunting task for a Board member  - I know because I did this for the last 14 issues. As a non-board member, I expect it to be pretty simple, so I have volunteered to continue as IDAL News Editor as long as there is a need. So -  

      See you next month!

          Linda Banning 
           Editor, IDAL News