Hand Painted Florals for Textiles: Workshop with Helen Dealtry

This past Sunday, I attended a floral painting workshop offered by a very talented friend – Helen Dealtry. The five hour class was so much fun and covered a broad range of topics including: materials, painting from life, proper use of color for textile inks and heat transfer to fabric. The event was hosted in the beautiful workspace of floral designer Nicolette Owen and jewelry designer Fay Andrada in the Dobbin Mews studios in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.

Helen began the class by showing us some gorgeous samples of her past work for inspiration.

Next we were shown some brush techniques which Helen made look so effortless! That many years of experience can be pretty mind-blowing to watch first hand.

Color inks were introduced and quite a few hues were available to choose from…

Choosing a color palette took a long time for each of us considering that what you see on paper is a completely different end color than what transfers to fabric.

Here’s a little snapshot of my workstation before getting started…

And voilá, here’s my finished results (on paper)…

and on fabric …

It was great to watch everyone in the class go in different visual directions. Here’s a shot of Nicolette’s creation…

And Fay’s

and Heather Palmeri’s great work…

It’s insane how quickly five hours go by when your in your own little world of creativity and having such a good time. Let’s all encourage Helen to keep these inspiring workshops coming – I’m ready for the next one!


  1. Posted August 12, 2013 at 9:17 pm | Permalink

    Thank you Dana for such a lovely piece on the class. You are such an inspiration and it was wonderful having you in the class. Thanks for your support! Cant wait for the next one!

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    Posted August 13, 2013 at 1:16 pm | Permalink

    YOU are the inspiration Helen! How quickly those 5 hours went by… so much fun! Best part was watching you do your thing with a paint brush – the class was mesmerized. Your such a talent and I hope you keep offering these workshops.

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Dana McClure is a Brooklyn-based visual artist & designer working across a variety of disciplines including printmaking, collage, painting, graphic design, & time-based media. This archive is a shared collection of inspiration, work-in-process, & studio updates. { studio site }


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