Category Archives: Art Stuff

Fall Semester, Part 2 has begun!


Who: Everyone!*

When: Wednesday nights from 6:30 – 8 pm from October 12 through November 16th **

Where: Houston’s First Baptist Church, room 404 (Google Map)

*Free childcare and activities for kids are available at the church during this time.

**Dinner is available for purchase in the MidLink cafe at the church from 4:45 to 6:15 pm in the Fellowship Center.

Join us in a six week study as we work through five questions faced by artists who are believers, outlined below:

  1. 10/12 What is Christian art?  (led by John Robertson, IMAGO Director)
  2. 10/19 What are my artistic boundaries as a Christian? (led by Eric Reed, IMAGO founder)
  3. 10/26 Has God called me to be an artist? (led by Natalie Aguilar, Leadership team)
  4. 11/02 Is the quality of my art important to God? (led by John Robertson)
  5. 11/09 What do I do when I’m not inspired? (led by Allison Fox, IMAGO Assistant Director)
  6. 11/16 Creative time where participants engage in art making and build off of prior classes. IMAGO will provide art supplies. (led by Allison Fox)

Happy New Year! Brian Hardin’s Daily Audio Bible/Artwork

A great way to start 2012 with a podcast listening to the whole bible everyday throughout the year. Brian Hardin is the voice speaking the Word everyday on the Daily Audio Bible, he is also an artist and photographer (see his portfolio).

About Brian: He may be best known for founding Daily Audio Bible, the revolutionary Scripture podcast, downloaded nearly 40 million times, but Brian Hardin is truly a man of many hats. With his trademark soul patch of whiskers and wisps of hair framing his face, the Nashville creative rose to recognition throughout the Christian music industry producing for the legendary likes of Larry Norman to modern radio regulars like Jill Parr and Manic Drive, earning hundreds of album credits and a healthy collection of Grammy and Dove Award nominations. Along the way, he branched out into photography, landing everything from music industry publicity shots to portraits and corporate portfolios, alongside an eye for graphic design that found his work featured in Time, CCM, Christian Retailing and Gaither Homecoming (to name a mere handful). It was from within these extraordinary accomplishments that an unexpected professional blow set Hardin on a path toward restored faith, and eventually, vocational ministry.

I hope you have a blessed 2012!

Jeff Austin

IMAGO Artist Retreat 2011 (audio sessions by Christy Tennant)

If you missed the IMAGO Retreat held at the Hunt Retreat Center on
August 20-21, 2011, you can now listen to all 3 Sessions by Christy Tennant, Director of Engagement for International Arts Movement.
Bonus: PDF Twitter Presentation (see link below)

Session 1 The Knife That Cuts

Session 2 The Knife That Sharpens

Session 3 The Creator Whose Image We Bear

Twitter Presentation

Kenneth Scott Peters: Rhythm of Prayer

Listen before you buy!

Download for just $10

Just go to or click on the CD art. Download Rhythm of Prayer and support your local artist! Enjoy!

“If you have listened to the new album I would love to hear from you. This music was quit a departure for me and any feedback would be very much appreciated. Be well.”
Kenneth Scott Peters (former IMAGO fearless leader)

Amazing 12 year-old art prodigy

She started painting at 6 years old and her inspiration to paint started at 4.

Tony Melendez plays guitar and sings (english subtitles)

What a beautiful story of how the Lord has truly blessed this man. Born in Nicaragua without arms and a club foot and living most of his life in the United States, this man inspires to never give up!

Creativity and Safety are Incompatible

And the people said AMEN.  Check out this article by Cole NeSmith from Relevant magazine. – John

Why creativity is a dangerous—and necessary—process.

We live in a culture consumed by safety. There are organizations completely dedicated to making sure we’re safe while working and traveling and eating and doing just about any other common practice. And, being good westerners, we’ve allowed our cultural obsession for safety to define our lives as Christians.

We’ve spent the last several hundred years sterilizing our relationship with Christ into a religion that is neat, defined, predictable … and might I say, systematic? We’ve worked hard to eliminate as much of the unknown as possible, and we wonder why we feel distant from a God who exists in the mysterious. We try to compensate with our heads by creating large educational institutions where we can further define and attempt to know God intellectually…(read more)


Imago Image Transfer Workshop

Taught by: Alicia Ashdown and John Robertson

Dry Gel Transfer

IMAGE TYPE: magazine image or toner-based

RECEIVING SURFACE: canvas board (this technique works on most surfaces)

MATERIALS: canvas board, soft gel, paintbrush, brayer, sandpaper, spray bottle

TIME: Up to 24 hours


  1. Using the paintbrush, apply gel to the background surface.
  2. Lay the paper image-surface down.
  3. Using your hands, smooth the image down on to the background.  If desired use a brayer.
  4. Let the image thoroughly dry, which could take as long as 24 hours.  Using the sandpaper, lightly rough up the back of the image.
  5. Using the spray bottle with water, moisten the back of the image.
  6. Using your finger, gently rub off a layer of paper.  Let the image dry.
  7. Repeat steps 5 and 6 to rub off additional layers.
Clear Packing Tape 

IMAGE TYPE: toner-based (laser printer) or magazine

MATERIALS: toner image, clear packing tape, sandpaper, spray bottle of water


  1. Layer the packing tape to the size needed to cover the image.  Cut out the image.
  2. Using the sandpaper, lightly rough up the back of the image to break up the paper backing.
  3. Using the spray bottle with water, moisten the paper backing.
  4. Using your fingers, rub off the wet paper, leaving the ink on the packing tape.

Xylene Blender Marker Transfer

IMAGE TYPE: toner-based (laser printer) or magazine

(also matte painted surfaces, metal, glass, Plexiglass, Sculpey/Fimo, and rocks will supposedly work)

MATERIALS: toner image, Chartpak AD Marker – Blender, drafting tape, bone folder

TIME: Less than 5 minutes


  1. Place image toner side down onto paper and secure one side with tape.
  2. Go over back of image with blender marker.
  3. Burnish back of image with blender marker.
  4. Check transfer (if needed, repeat steps 2 and 3)

Direct Gel Transfer

IMAGE TYPE: ink jet image

RECEIVING SURFACE: canvas board (paper, wood, Plexiglas or sanded metal will also work)

MATERIALS: canvas board, soft gel (gloss), paintbrush, brayer, scissors

TIME: Less than 5 minutes


  1. Using a paintbrush, apply a medium layer of gel medium onto the background surface.
  2. Immediately lay the image ink-side down onto the gel.
  3. Using the brayer, rub down the image for approximately 30 seconds.  Start with a light touch, and check to see how it is transferring.  Apply more pressure if needed.
  4. Hold the edge of the paper and peel back a corner to reveal the image transfer.  Burnish for an additional 30 seconds if necessary.

Transfer Ink Transfer

IMAGE TYPE: ink-jet image

RECEIVING SURFACE: paper (watercolor works best)

MATERIALS: ink-jet image, Transfer ink, drafting taper, brayer (hard

TIME: Less than 5 minutes


  1. Place image ink-side down onto watercolor paper and secure one side with tape.
  2. Spray Transfer ink onto back of image (do not soak).
  3. Roll over back of image with brayer.
  4. Check transfer (if needed repeat steps 2 and 3).

  • Start at taped side and roll outward
  • Use firm slow pressure
  • Roll only in one direction, not back and forth (can cause paper to wrinkle)



Image Transfer Workshop by Darlene Olivia McElroy & Sandra Duran Wilson.   North Light Books. 2009.

Art Supply on Main
2711 Main St # 100
Houston, TX 77002-9229
(713) 652-4984
– Fine Art Supply Store

– Chartpak AD Blender Marker (Xylene blender marker)

Blockhead Paper Arts

– Transfer Ink
–  Liquitex Gloss Gel Medium
–  everything else

Art Supply on Main 52nd Anniversary Sale!!!!

Just wanted to let everyone know about Art Supply on Main’s 52nd Anniversary Sale from October 6th – 20th.  40% off EVERYTHING + Birthday Cardd good for 40% off on the day of your birthday.

Art Supply On Main

2711 Main St.

Houston, Texas 77002

M – F 9:00 am to 6:00 pm

Saturday 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

Joe Castillo Sand Art

Joe Castillo, an internationally known artist, author and storyteller creates powerful, fluid illustrations for large audiences with an overhead video camera projected on a large screen. See his website for more videos of his sand art, including Miracle of Christmas, trailers for the Creation and the Passion. (to view, hit the PLAY button in the middle of screen)