The Decorative Painter

The Decorative Painter is the official publication of the Society of Decorative Painters. The magazine was the first and remains the most highly respected decorative painting magazine in the world. Published quarterly, the magazine features traditional and emerging painting lessons and projects from the industry’s leading artists and teachers. With a long shelf life and the most passionate readership, The Decorative Painter is a classic and is exclusively available to members of the Society of Decorative Painters.

Unsurpassed Color Reproduction

No other painting publication's color reproduction compares with the color quality of The Decorative Painter. Why is this so important to our readers? As painters, they not only want to enjoy quality photographers, they expect to use those photographs to precisely recreate the complex color mixes, shading and highlighting involved in each project. Time and again, our toughest critics, our readers, comment on the unparalleled color in The Decorative Painter.

Quality Photographic Detail

Our readers demand crisp, close-up photography that permits them to reproduce the finest details of the projects and lessons they paint. Without a doubt, The Decorative Painter's award-winning photography is the next best thing to the original.

Step-By-Step Instructions

The Decorative Painter makes painting easier by providing written and graphic step-by-step instructions, color mixes and charts for each project. We include art theory and further explanations whenever possible to answer the "why?" behind each lesson.

Projects for Every Skill Level

The Decorative Painter includes projects and lessons intended for painters of all abilities while most other publications target their content toward one or two skill levels of painters. We challenge, tease and invite painters to aspire to their greater accomplishments.

Leading Teachers and Designers

The Decorative Painter has a long history of involvement with the finest teachers and designers, some legendary in the decorative painting industry. Readers also discover up-and-coming painting stars in the magazine's quest to publish only the best by the best.

Acclaim Both Inside and Outside the Industry

The Decorative Painter's commitment to excellence hasn't gone unnoticed. The International Association of Business Communicators, Public Relations Society of America and Advertising Federation of Wichita all have recognized the magazine for its functional yet elegant design, unsurpassed photography and achievement in meeting readers' editorial needs.


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