Thursday, March 26, 2015

Our Love Affair with Watercolor

By now, you might've noticed how we've been shouting from the rooftops about our new Watercolor Markers and how much we love them. Truth is, we're all pretty smitten with anything and everything to do with watercolor!

 This weekend we're hosting a watercolor demo at both of our locations: Saturday 3/28, 12-2 pm at Alberta and Sunday 3/29, 12-2pm at Sellwood. We'll be playing around with a new line of embossed watercolor papers. Images are already embedded and imprinted, and once you swipe a bright, brushful of watercolor across it, what lies hidden is revealed! Its a really great technique called resist and we're excited to share with you how to make the most of it.

One of our favorite sets, these Angora pan watercolors have the BEST range of pre-mixed colors.  Colors are super versatile, bright and sets come in 24 or 36 colors.

Along with the materials you need to get going, we also have some pretty great inspirational materials. Books, stationery, even paper and washi tape splashed with watercolor designs.

Another favorite set, these Cotman portable sets are really great for throwing in a bag and sketching outside or during your travels. Each set includes a brush and palette, plus the pigments of these colors are super saturated making for maximum opacity, if desired.  

Along with our favorites, we also carry a huge variety of other sets and styles. Chinese watercolors which are also super vibrant, and another portable set that includes a water brush!

We also have watercolor pencils and crayons: just draw normally and then go back in with a wet brush.

These are some of our favorite sketchbooks for using watercolors. 

We also recently got in watercolor canvases! These are mostly just blocks wrapped with watercolor paper, ready to hang. Since the paper isn't of a heavy weight, its best to not do a heavy wash. Less water is best for these.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

New Arrivals!

Colorful, cutie alphabet blocks restocked at both stores.

We now have some Oregon themed stationery! Exclusive to our Alberta store, stop by to pick up recipe cards, coasters, or a note pad.

Super excited about our new watercolor markers! Exclusive to our Alberta location, these are different than other water-soluble marker in that they actually hold watercolor pigments and binders, and remain lightfast.

Wool felt kits available at both locations. Each kit character is about 5" tall and super soft. 

Blank canvas merchandise is now available at both locations including backpacks, aprons, grocery totes, and lunch bags. 

Spray-on dye also available at both locations is perfect for dying all that new blank canvas merch you just bought. ;-)

Pastel pom-pom heaven!

Exclusive to our Alberta locations: Frida Kahlo candles, glow-in-the-dark saints, and matchbox marriage.

Squishes! Available at both locations: all your favorite cute Japanese pastries & sweets

New and restocked activity kits at both stores

Sassy and sarcastic assorted tins restocked at our Alberta location.

Ready to craft string art wood panels.

Pocket-sized decorative notebooks.

Sunday, March 15, 2015

The deMengs are Coming to Portland!

Join Michael deMeng and Andrea Matus DeMeng in Portland Oregon at inspiring Arcangelo Productions, the studio of artist, Stacey Mattraw.

Stacey has hosted art retreats for Michael DeMeng and other nationally and internationally renowned artists over the years both in Cortona, Italy and the island of Bali. She has recently acquired this inspiring studio space in North Portland to make art, hold workshops and host visiting artists. Click HERE for all the details.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Roxanne Evans-Stout is coming to town!

Oregon artist and instructor, Roxanne Evans Stout is coming to Portland to teach a 2-day mixed-media workshop at Archangelo Studio.  Roxanne's workshop "A Book of Windows: Collaging Your World" is scheduled for the weekend of March 7th and 8th.  
We are very excited to be collaborating with Archangelo Studio and Roxanne, they have also scheduled a special party for Roxanne's students on the evening of  Friday March 6th. Students will enjoy a cocktail reception at the studio followed by a "field trip" to collage.
Click HERE for more info.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

New Goodies!

New west coast themed embroidery kits by StudioMME are in at both stores! Represent Portland with these hometown icons.

This is a staff favorite! Angora watercolor sets are a perfect array of colors that leave mixing a thing of the past. Available in a 24 and 36 pan set.

We've always been big fans of Jenny Hart and her perfect little company, Sublime Stitching. However, we REALLY love the growing illustrator series, including locals Carson Ellis and Ryan Berkley and introducing a new set by Tuesday Bassen

New GOLD dot wrap sheets available at our Alberta location.

More gold accents with these card sets that include three washi tapes!

We've started to introduce a little bit of party supplies to both of our stores including sparkling bunting, letter banners, and assorted fans. 

The sun may still be hibernating, but these little solar buddies dance around even on overcast days.

We've just restocked our origami sections at both stores! Bright new colors, kits, and blocks of paper ready for all your folding projects.

Our pals at Yellow Owl Workshop have done it again! They've just released a new Indigo Textile Kit. No mixing! And it includes fabric for playing with. 

Also a new, no-mess, dye are these new Tumble Dyes. Just spray and dry and you're good to go! No mixing! Available at our Alberta location. 

Friday, January 16, 2015

Decemberists Day!

 We're pleased as punch to announce that we were chosen to collaborate on a special project to promote the latest release by The Decemberists.  50 local artists and businesses (and we were one of them!)  were asked to create a quilt square on canvas, that embodied the title of the album:  "What a Beautiful World, What a Terrible World."  The album cover is pictured above.  The 50 squares have been sewn together into a quilt and will be revealed by Mayor Charlie Hales at City Hall at 2pm,  Tuesday, January 20th which has been officially dubbed "Decemberists Day".  This event is free and open to the public and will include an appearance by the band.  Click HERE for more on the free event and HERE, on the musings of how some fans will celebrate Decemberists Day.

The square we contributed to the project was created by Darcy DuBose and Cait Spera, two of our fantastic employees, and is pictured above.  The  design was made using a combination of mixed media techniques:

1. An image was selected and applied using TAP paper by Lesley Riley
2. Details were painted using Martha Stewart all-surface paint
3. The jumble of words was applied with TAP paper
4. Little details were stitched in (including some glow-in-the-dark embroidery floss!)
5. The border was created with Ashley G stamps and Yellow Owl Workshop pads   

Everything above was pulled from the shelves of our shops and the girls had a blast putting it all together. We hope to see you on Decemberists Day!