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Intro to Leather Painting with Acrylic
with Carli Christina

Illustrator Carli Christina guides beginners through the process of painting on leather - including understanding the preparing of the surface as well as the correct paints and materials to use.

September 28th 10:00am - 3:00pm

$145 + $20 material fee for special paint and leather

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Getting Started in Leather Painting

In this class, you will learn how to begin painting with acrylic paint with leather material as your canvas!


Through this class, we will discuss: how to prep your leather material, how to properly build layers of paint to remain flexible, mixing colors for full vibrancy, and varnishing. 


The design Carli will be painting will be roughly 5”x5” and encourages you to follow along with the provided design if you are new to painting in general. 


Carli will provide the following materials:

  • Angelus Acrylic Leather Paint - Primary Color Set

  • Angelus Acrylic Leather Paint - Neon Color Set

  • Acrylic Leather Paint Varnish

  • Leather square surface ~5-6”


Please bring the following:

  • Paint brushes

  • Rags and/or paper towels

  • Water Cup (some at studio)


About Carli


I began drawing as early as I can remember. Both of my parents were and are very talented in many ways. They definitely encouraged my creativity. 


I remember my mom would draw our pet guinea pigs and I loved the level of detail she was able to achieve with a pencil, I thought it was unreal. My dad also had a skill set with drawing and would draw cartoons to make me laugh. My grandpa on my dad’s side did a lot of watercolors with inkwork, and that really captured my interest.


I have been drawing essentially my whole life. Since I was a child it helped me observe the world around me. At 11 years old, it became a way for me to understand my feelings better. It was always a way for my voice to be expressed and for me to communicate with myself and others. As I grew up, I would draw every single day in class. Eventually teachers gave up on telling me not to draw on my homework.


In 2015, I began college at the Northwest College of Art & Design and got my Bachelors of Fine Arts in Visual Communications (majoring in Entertainment Art and Illustration) in 2018.


In 2022 I returned to NCAD and have been teaching classes like Advanced Painting, Imagery & Design,  Advanced Illustration, Visual Development, & Color Theory.


My work can often be described as dark surrealism. It’s ominous, but often with a whimsical and unearthly spin. 


I am a mixed media artist, but the mediums I typically use are gouache paints and inks. Sometimes I use watercolor pencils and pastels for minor details.

To learn more about the artist - visit her website at 

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