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October 9, 2014 Newsletter

Creative Styling:

Airbrushing on a Dark Colored Dog

with Angela Kumpe

Have you crossed over into the creative styling world yet?  Added touches of fun color to a few of your client dogs?  Sure - it's easy to add a hint of color to the light colored dogs, but what about dark coats?  Now there's a challenge!


The goddess of color, Angela Kumpe, and her trusty assistant, Lori Craig, show you how to work with a dark coat.  In this quick lesson, Angela airbrushes a butterfly on the back of this black coated Schnauzer.


Once you master the art of airbrushing, applying this type of simple design to the dogs is easy.  It's a super fun add-on to your salon services - and a revenue generator to boot!  We'd call that a win-win.


Approximate total running time:  6 minutes 


In this video you will learn:

  • how to work with a stencil.
  • how to make color pop on a dark colored dog.
  • how to lay in the color.
  • the advantages of using an airbrush over other coloring tools.
  • how to clean up any rough spots.

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New Blog From Melissa Verplank 

If you have a reasonably busy salon - and have been at this for a few years - you know the holiday season is crunch time. In a very narrow window of opportunity, you will be grooming most of the regular clients in your database.  



How to Deal with Structural Faults
on a Lhasa Mix 

Award-winning pet stylist, Suesan Watson shows you how to disguise structure faults in the legs when grooming. She also talks about how to work with the dog that just does not want its legs done. Keep in mind that some dogs may misbehave because they have structural issues that become uncomfortable as you work with them.


Approximate running time:  

6 minutes.


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From the Archives!  

Pandi After


You've seen Pandy in our video lessons and in Melissa Verplank's book, The Theory of Five.  She's the black-and-white Shih Tzu with an overabundance of long, flowing coat. In this lesson master pet stylist, Lisa Leady, creates a totally new look for Pandy. As she has aged, caring for Pandy's long coat has gotten a bit challenging for the owners - and uncomfortable for the dog. Lisa shows you how to create a unique trim that gives the illusion of a long flowing coat. But it's just that, an illusion. She shows you how to create this trim with a combination of guard combs, shears, and blending shears. This is fun trim for a senior pet. The main goal is to make her look good while minimizing the amount of time she's on the grooming table or being brushed at home.

Estimated Run Time:  

58 minutes  

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