Friday, July 10, 2015

Watercolor Coloring Books

Watercolor can be a daunting medium. It tends to have a mind of its own and when staring into a blank page it's easy to be intimidated. Starting experimentation with watercolor coloring books makes learn much easier! 

Choose from a 10"x 13" size: 

Or post card size:

We have lots more styles to choose from at both stores! You can use any type of watercolors: student or artist grade; cake, tube, or even pencil. Happy painting!

xoxo collage

Monday, June 29, 2015

Crafts at the Summer Concert Series!

 It's the time of year again, when Portland Parks become a summer fun free-for-all! Several parks in Portland will have free concerts, activities, and movies all summer long. collage will be crafting it up with a FREE craft at the concerts at Sellwood Riverfront Park and Fernhill Park 
Click HERE for more info. 

We will also be making 4 appearances at the Washington Park Summer Festival.

Craft with us on the following days:

Sellwood Riverfront Park (concerts start at 6:30PM)
July 6
July 13
July 20
July 27
August 3

Fernhill Park (concerts start at 6:30PM)
July 10
July 17
July 24
July 31
August 4

Washington Park (performances start at 6PM)
August 11
August 12
August 13
August 14

See you there!

xoxo collage

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Alberta Main Street Retail Happy Hour

Alberta Street Retail Happy Hour  #retailhappyhour #onlyonalbertastreet

collage on Alberta Street is participating in Retail Happy Hour on Alberta Street! It kicks off Wednesday June 24th 3-6PM at nearly 40 Alberta Street retail businesses. Retail Happy Hour invites shoppers to visit Alberta Street every Wednesday afternoon for great deals and exclusive discounts while supporting local independent retailers.

Our special deal will be double punch card stamps! That means for every $20 spent, you will get TWO stamps instead of one. Happy shopping!

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Product Spotlight: Clear Stamps

Clear stamps have been in the craft world for a bit now, but many people are still just learning about them! They've quickly become one of our favorite ways to stamp. Clear stamps mount on an acrylic block and can be used again and again.

Being placed on a clear block allows you to stamp just where you want. It eliminates the guesswork that comes along with using rubber stamps.

After each use, gently clean your clear stamps with dish soap or stamp cleaner. This will keep them relatively stain free and clingy!

We have a large variety of clear stamps at both our stores! Clear stamps come in alphabet sets as well as pictures, which means you can make custom word stamps whenever you'd like!

See you soon.

xoxo collage

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Living in Rainbows

This week at collage we're feeling rainbows! It's no secret that we love color so here are some of our favorite products that come in the full rainbow.
100% Real Wool Felt
Since this super soft felt is real wool it can be used for flat needle felting. It is also great for hair bows, hand sewn creatures, and little coin purses.    

Glass Glitter
This glitter looks more like tiny gem stones than glitter. Glass glitter has dimension and sparkle that plastic glitter just can't compete with. Use it with resin to fill a bezel and you'll end up with a mesmerizing piece of jewelry!
Glob All Natural Paints
These paints are made from fruits, veggies, and herbs! Just add water and you're ready to have some truly non-toxic fun. The kit comes with all the colors plus plastic cups and two brushes.
 Glitter Letters
What can we say? We love glitter. Put these 1/2" tall letters on everything from binders to bobby pins.

 Angora Watercolors
Not only do these sets come with gorgeous colors, but they also perform well! These watercolors have a large range of opacities and rich depth of color.  The top of the palette gives you plenty of room for mixing colors. 

Mini Paper Doilies
These litter 3" doilies come in packs of 75. They are food safe (meaning you can serve cute mini cookies on them). They are an eye catching addition to cards and collages!
This concludes our rainbow round up. Until next time.

xoxo collage

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Product Spotlight: Peerless Watercolors

Peerless Transparent Watercolors have been around since 1902.While they have quite a following, some people are just getting to know them! The sets come in a staple bound booklet and is very transportable. The watercolor pigment is actually on the page! In order to use it, "cut small pieces from the colored films. Place each of these in small saucers and add water sufficient to dissolve the color from the film. Remove the film clippings and dilute with more water if necessary."

Our sets come with 15 colors. Each color comes with a delightful description, including advice on proper subject matter.

Here's an example: 

Geranium Pink
A very useful color for flower work, and one of the most brilliant of all reds. In figure pieces where a bright effect is wanted it is particularly valuable. In its diluted gradations it is a beautiful pink, producing carnation pink, rose pink, and apple blossom pink.

The narration in the booklet is written in a style that channels a quaint blend of Bob Ross and the early 1900's. It's very sweet and inspiring! The set even includes some light instruction on traditional watercoloring.

This watercolor paint set is perfect to capture your summer adventures. Come today and check them out!

Happy painting.

xoxo collage

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Tropical Love Affair

While Portland is deciding if it's winter, spring, or summer we're feeling summery at collage! If you want to up your summer craft vibes, emboss with our sea themed stamps, make bunting with our decorative paper, or use our flamingo post-its! We have just what you need to forget about the rain and summon the sun. See you soon!

xoxo collage