Society of Decorative Painters to Judge Decorative Painting Nominees for The Craftys Awards

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The Society of Decorative Painters (SDP) today announced its Board President, Wendy Watson, and 2016 Annual Conference Artist, Debbie Cole, CDA, will judge the new “Best in Decorative Painting” award of this year’s The Craftys.

(September 8, 2015) The Society of Decorative Painters (SDP) today announced its Board President, Wendy Watson, and 2016 Annual Conference Artist, Debbie Cole, CDA, will judge the new “Best in Decorative Painting” award of this year’s The Craftys. Celebrating the best in DIY and craft projects across the United States, The Craftys recognizes and honors artists and crafters alike in many disciplines spanning from fine art and traditional crafts to street art.

“The Society of Decorative Painters is committed to stimulating global awareness of and interest in the decorative painting art form,” said Watson. “The Craftys’ new decorative painting category helps further SDP’s mission by encouraging decorative painting as a fun and rewarding creative outlet for people of all ages and levels of artistic ability.”

Individuals can enter their best decorative painting art online at TheCraftys.com. Fans can also nominate their favorite makers through October 25, 2015. In addition to the new decorative painting category, other categories include fashion, sewing, quilting, scrapbooking, home décor, jewelry-making and edible crafts. Each category winner of The Craftys receives $200.

The “Best in Show” award will be presented to one of the winners for the craft that has it all – creativity, great design and that elusive “It” factor; The Craftys’ “Best in Show” winner will receive $1,000.

A special award will also be given to the “Best Young Crafter” under 18, which includes a $500 prize for the winner’s school. Even craft enthusiasts have a chance to win a Crafty for the best DIY Pinterest Board or Instagram account.

The Crafty Awards will culminate in a livestream broadcast of the winners on November 6, 2015 from Chronicle Books headquarters in San Francisco, hosted by PBS’ crafting guru, Mark Montano.

For more information on The Craftys, visit http://www.thecraftys.com. To find out more about the Society of Decorative Painters (SDP) and its annual conference, visit http://www.decorativepainters.org.

ABOUT THE SOCIETY OF DECORATIVE PAINTERS (SDP)
SDP is a membership organization with members throughout the United States, Canada, Japan and 42 other countries. It has over 200 affiliated chapters that actively promote the art form through community service projects and painting-related activities. SDP publishes the industry’s leading decorative painting magazine, The Decorative Painter, and hosts one of the largest annual decorative painting conferences and expos that draws worldwide artists. For more information, visit http://www.decorativepainters.org.

ABOUT THE CRAFTYS
Launched by CraftFoxes.com, The Craftys Awards will give away thousands in cash and prizes to designers in over 10 craft categories. This is a fantastic opportunity for talented designers to gain recognition from a huge online audience that may not know their work. Voters will be asked to choose their favorite entries in each category.

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