Important Message About Your New Electronic Membership Card

We have received a number of inquiries from members about not receiving their new electronic membership card, which is why we sent all individual members their membership card again via email on March 2, 2017. Please allow a couple of days for email delivery. If you do not see the email in your inbox, make sure to check your junk/spam folder.

If you are part of a household membership or share an email address with another member, we will send you an email that contains all of the membership cards associated with your email address over the next week.

It is important to save the email with your membership card for future reference. Click here for instructions on how to save your membership card to your computer or smartphone, and how to print it.

If you still do not receive your membership card over the next week, we may have the incorrect email address for you on file. Please contact our office at (316) 269-9300 ext. 105 or to check if we have your correct information.

Also, please note we have received a high volume of inquiries about membership cards. In order for us to give each member the time and service he/she deserves, it may take us a few days to reply to your inquiry. We appreciate your patience.

Meet the Teacher Blog Series: Meet Sherry Nelson MDA TDA

Registration for Oceans of Color, our 45th Annual SDP International Conference & Expo, is open! Over the next several weeks, we’ll be introducing you to some of our class teachers so you can learn about the projects they’ll be teaching and why you should register for their classes.

Today we meet Sherry Nelson MDA TDA!

Sherry is teaching three projects at Oceans of Color that embody Florida’s climate and wildlife. Read our interview with Sherry to learn more about why you should sign up for her classes!

Tell us a little bit about yourself.

I took my first painting lessons in 1971. I needed a babysitter for my kids when I went to class and my neighbor was willing. But she wanted to learn what I was learning. So, I took the class on Monday morning and taught it to her and two other friends on Wednesday evenings. One of those ladies still paints with me today and we have been best friends for 44 years! And that's what painting and teaching is all about…the friends we make, and the knowledge we share.

In a few words, tell us about the classes you’re teaching at Oceans of Color.

I wanted to design some pieces that would entice painters to explore our convention, to come experience the uniqueness of Florida and to learn something related to that. So I found myself thinking first of birds that frequent the shore, and the marshlands of Florida.

The White Ibis project (class 313) I’m teaching is one of Florida’s dramatic backyard birds.

The Beach Bum (class 102) is the exciting painting for my oil special event co-taught by Cheri Rol MDA and features the spiffy Common Tern. It tells the story of a sandy Florida beach and what you might find there to inspire your brush.

I’m also teaching Tangled Butterfly (class 201), which is a unique contemporary piece using oils, pen and ink.

I hope lots of painters join me to experience a bit of what makes Florida special.

Why should someone take your class?

My students always leave my classes with extensive knowledge about the subject, a grasp of the essentials of my favorite medium, oils, and a set of logically-created instructions written in such a way that anyone can follow and learn from them. When I teach even the most entry level painters, I am always prepared to share my enthusiasm in such a way that the students can without exception learn and grow and find success in doing so.

Every teacher you take from brings a little extra bit of knowledge to your bag of painting tricks. It's all part of the big picture and even if you never take from them again you've likely learned something that could impact your painting world in a huge way. So come on – sign up for classes at Conference and be inspired! Come to create, to do something fresh and exciting to jumpstart your approach to art.

What are you looking forward to the most at Oceans of Color?

A new city, a fresh location, and meeting painters who have never taken my classes before. Every single one of SDP’s Conferences is exciting and unique. I’ve never missed a conference in the 43 years since the first convention I attended in Tulsa, OK in 1975. Sure wouldn’t want to lose out on all the fun coming up in Daytona Beach at Oceans of Color!

What do you love most about the painting industry?

My students! Their creativity and excitement about taking new classes and learning all they can enliven the upcoming show.

Register for Sherry’s classes and our other classes and events at Oceans of Color. Stay tuned to meet another teacher soon right here on the SDP Blog!

About Your New Electronic Membership Card

This year we sent our membership cards electronically to our members who have an email address on file. Your electronic membership card serves the same purpose as the print version we’ve traditionally mailed.

The Decision to Go Digital

An electronic membership card makes our community greener. There is a cost savings, which helps our financial health and allows us to invest the membership dues you pay annually in our events and other projects and tools that will result in greater membership service and value.

An electronic membership card also allows you to have your card two ways – both in electronic and print formats – an option that has never been available before. This lends members who have smartphones and tablets more options on how to carry their membership card with them wherever they go.

Your Membership Card and Number will entitle you to the following benefits:

  • Access to the Members-Only page of our website where you will find: a list of exclusive member discounts; current and previous digital editions of The Decorative Painter magazine; bonus magazine projects; projects for beginner painters; and an Online Video Library consisting of everything from one-minute tip videos to demos and complete lessons with instructional material.
  • A discounted rate to attend our 45th Annual SDP International Conference & Expo, which is taking place this year, May 16-20, 2017 in Daytona Beach, FL.
  • The opportunity to VOTE for your Board of Directors during our Annual Meeting*.
  • You can also join a SDP Chapter or start your own!

Replacement Cards

Having our membership card in a digital format allows us to send you a replacement card in a timelier manner. If you misplace your membership card, please contact Tanya Horn, Coordinator, Member Services & Certification, at or call (316) 269-9300 x105. We’ll email you a replacement membership card within two business days.

Saving Your Membership Card on Your Smartphone or Computer

It takes just three steps to save your membership card on your smartphone or computer.

Follow these steps to save your membership card on your smartphone:

  1. Open the email we sent you that contains your membership card.
  2. Take a screenshot: a. Have an Android? Hold down the Sleep/Wake button and the volume-down button simultaneously until your screen flashes. b. Have an iPhone? Press and hold the Sleep/Wake button on the top or side of your phone. Immediately press and release the Home button.
  3. Save your screen shot. a. Have an Android? Your screenshot will automatically save to the Gallery app. Find it in the Screenshot album. b. Have an iPhone? Your screenshot will automatically save to the Photos app. Find it in the Camera Roll.

Find a step-by-step process for taking screen shots here:

Follow these steps to save your membership card on your computer:

  1. Open the email we sent you that contains your membership card.
  2. Take a screenshot. a. Have a PC? Select the “Print Screen” button on your keyboard. b. Have a Mac? Press Shift-Command-4. Your pointer will change to a crosshair, which will allow you to select and drag to take a screenshot of the portion of your screen where your membership card displays, and then release.
  3. Save your screen shot. a. Have a PC? Open a program like Microsoft Word or Paint and paste the screenshot you copied by pressing Ctrl + V or using the paste tool installed within the program you’re using. These programs have a cropping tool, which you can use to remove the parts of your screenshot that are not the membership card. Once you are happy with how your membership card looks you can save it as an image: - Paint: Click the main “File” option in the top-left corner. Select “Save as”, title the new file, choose a save location, and select your desired file format from the drop-down menu. For most purposes, JPG will do fine, but a variety of other formats are available to choose from such as PNG, BMP, GIF, and others. - Microsoft Word: Right click the image and select “Save as Picture”. b. Have a Mac? Once you release the screenshot automatically saves as a PNG file on your desktop.

Find a step-by-step process for taking screen shots here:

Printing Your Membership Card

Follow these steps to print your membership card:

  1. Open the email we sent you that contains your membership card.
  2. Go to the main File options and select Print. a. Print Options: You can print your card in color ink or black and white. Also, if you do not want to print the entire email, you can print only the first page.
  3. Cut out the membership card and store it in your wallet or place of preference.

You can visit your local print shop to inquire about membership card holders or laminating services.

*A full Individual or Business membership is required to receive the print edition of The Decorative Painter and to vote at the annual meeting. Individuals and Businesses with a full membership will receive up to four print issues of the magazine based on the time of year they join, as the Society produces each issue based on the number of current members at the time of production. All members receive access to the current and previous digital editions of the magazine via the Members-Only page of