Corel Painter: The Dress

Heather Chinn, M.Photog.M.Artist.Cr. M.Photog.M.Artist.Cr.

With traditionally bright values, and delightful moments for heavy brushwork, you don’t want the painted fabric to outshine the bride, but you don’t want to bypass this treasure trove of opportunity to show how painterly your expression can be. Learn how to balance this act while maintaining the attention on the bride’s face. You’ll also discover how a few simple tweaks to your brushes (for both cloning and free hand brushwork) will give you more or less detail saving you time in making painterly strokes in beadwork. It’s all about the brushes (settings) and stroke direction! PLUS learn the time saving, secret weapon to adding sparkle or beads to your fabric with quick “swoops!”


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Heather Chinn, M.Photog.M.Artist.Cr. Bio

Heather Michelle Chinn was born with a paintbrush. From early on she would paint anything with any medium within reach from food to nail polish. Her earlier masterpieces were found on ceilings and cafes in professional murals in Fredericksburg, Virginia. For several years, Heather painted whimsical watercolors for the international stationary company Mon Petite Chou.

Heather “the painter” is an experienced presenter in live and recorded demonstrations. She has been teaching Corel Painter and mixed media at multi-day workshops, live seminars and webinars, and PPA affiliate schools all across the country for the last nine years. Known for what is consistently called her “calming” manner of speaking, being graceful under pressure, concise and thorough, with easy-to-follow Corel Painter tutorials Heather is a natural  educator across multiple platforms. Her education style is methodical, and concise. Taking the Gestalt approach, she teaches what not to do to equally balance how to also correctly tackle a workflow, which has successfully and consistently turned out highly productive artists.

Her time is devoted and divided between being a Mom to her daughter, mentoring artists, and producing educational materials. It is said that Heather’s “soul” is often very clearly seen in her work. Her elegant brushwork and transcendent color harmonies capture the ethereal essence of the subject and evokes an emotional dialogue between viewer and painting. Her belief that anyone can easily use Corel Painter to create their own keepsakes led her to a speaking platform at the beautiful Phoenix Symphony Hall for the Professional Photographers of America’s International Convention in Phoenix, Arizona in January 2014. Heather made her television debut on Lifetime Television’s “The Balancing Act” in April of 2014.