ArticleThe Designing WinemakerWritten by Brian Hoffman • Madison, WisconsinMy hobby may be winemaking, but by day I am a commercial artist. I use house paint on a daily basis at my job, so when I have the opportunity to create artwork at home I don’t spend that obscene amount of money at art supply stores — I do all of my shopping at the local hardware store. To combine my two interests, I also design the wine labels for our home winery — the Hoffmann Family Winery. I enjoy painting on Plexiglas versus canvas so when I start a new project I pick up a few sheets of Plexiglas, grab a few of those throw-away poly-foam brushes (those fine sable hair brushes are way too expensive) and a gallon or two of house paint and I’m ready to go! Before I start painting, though, to make sure the paint adheres to the surface of the Plexiglas, I prepare the surface by painting a layer of XIM primer to the surface first. Otherwise, the paint can be easily scratched off the surface of the Plexiglas. Already a member? Log InYou'll Also Like Article MEMBERS ONLY Pruning the Avila Adobe Vine In January, Wes Hagen joined Los Angeles archivist Michael Holland to prune the historic 200-year-old Avila Adobe vine and explore the history of the city’s winemaking. The vine is located inside the courtyard of the oldest building in Los Angeles. Article FREE Meet the Blue Bulls Wine Co. Meet the Blue Bulls Wine Company, a group of New Jersey-based career first responders who also like to dabble in the art of winemaking. If you mess with these bulls, you may get a horn . . . of wine?