Marlene Kreutz, CDA

Marlene was born and raised in Minnesota and has been interested in drawing and painting all of her life. One of her greatest thrills comes from creating something new and seeing it come to life. In the early 80’s she took her first painting classes and later started teaching and designing her first instructional packets. She has designed well over 300 packets. In addition to her own line of pattern packets, she has published many magazine articles and has authored and co-authored numerous decorative painting books, this would not have been possible without the support of her husband Al of fifty plus years. She has raised two wonderful boys and has two grandchildren that she enjoys spending time with.

Marlene is a member of the Twin Cites Decorative Artist Guild. And as a member of the Society of Decorative Painters earned her Certified Decorative Artist award in 2004. She and her husband Al received the Priscilla Hauser Award for Business and Industry in 2019.  Being a Helping Artist for DecoArt, she does travel teaching all across the country at national and regional conventions as well as chapter seminars sharing her techniques and knowledge. 

 Her favorite painting medium is acrylic. This style is unique in that she combines layers of floated color, dry brushing and stippling to create a realistic effect. Flowers have always been a favorite subject matter, but also includes many birds, fish and whimsical designs.  As of late she has added pen, ink and pencil shading to her designs and finds it to be a very relaxing form of art. With this technique she has created pattern packets and authored three books; Marlene’s Ink Creations, Marlene’s Ink Therapy and Marlene’s Happy Tangles. 

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