Barn Quilts with Jennifer Nowak

Barn Quilts with Jennifer Nowak

A barn quilt is a large, hand-painted wooden block typically displayed on the front or side of a barn.  They usually measure 8’x8”.   The American barn quilt movement started in Adams Country, Ohio, when Donna Sue Groves painted a quilt block on her tobacco barn to honor her mother, a master quilter. Barn quilts have been called the largest grassroots public art movement in this country. Now you can find barn quilts in at least 48 states and also in Canada. Please join local artist Jennifer Nowak for a “Zoom” mini-workshop where you’ll be making a 16” x 16” version of a Barn Quilt.  You’ll only have an hour so be sure to have your supplies ready.  

Materials: 1 – 16’ x 16” piece of pre-primed plywood (you may substitute with cardboard) priming your surface will give you a nice work area.
1 – yardstick of long ruler
1 – pencil
3 – different size paint brushes for coverage and detailing
1 – roll painters tape
2 – 3 tubes of paint of your favorite colors
Keep “Quilt” in mind when choosing paint, repeating colors are great especially if they are in the same family.  If you are painting on wood and you wish to hang your quilt outside use outdoor paint or be sure to apply varnish when dry.

About Jennifer Nowak 
My name is Jennifer Nowak. I’m a native Michigander currently living in Petoskey as a Custom Picture Framer and restoration artist. I also enjoy teaching Art and Yoga classes in my free time.  I attended Macomb Community College, where I excelled in metalsmithing and jewelry making.  Fortunately, I was raised by creative people. My family dabbled in everything from sewing to welding.  Art is all around us and it’s important to me to keep the creativity alive. Whether I’m building a trellis or restoring an antique, I do it wholeheartedly.  My personal goal is to combine my Yoga and Art teaching to create an unforgettable meditative, healing art experience.
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