Thursday, November 15, 2018

DIY - Paperclay leaves

This easy DIY utilizes the falling leaves around us, and is a great creative project to make with kids! 
All supplies available at collage, except leaves!

Supplies needed:

Creative Paperclay
Acrylic Paint (we used Martha Stewart craft paints!)
Paint brushes
X-acto knife
leaves for pressing
wire for hanging
acrylic medium (optional)

Open clay and flatten out to about 1/4" thick.  press leaves into clay to create an impression.  Use x-acto knife to cut around the leaves.  Remove leaves and cut out a circle where you'd like to make a hanger.  Allow to dry 24-48 hours.

Paint leaves with diluted acrylic paint (dilute with water, as shown above, or with acrylic medium).  Paint as many washes as you need to create the desired effect.  Let dry completely.

When the paint is dry, use wire to hang your masterpiece!

Friday, November 9, 2018

Crafty Creations for Your Thanksgiving Table

Thanksgiving is in less than two weeks!  Decorating our table can be such a fun project, especially for the kiddos.  You can find all sorts of things to make an extra cosy and special table this year at collage!

Blank place cards are a great jumping off point for making a special place at the table for everyone.  We have tons of holiday stamps, paper, and colorful pens (we love the LePen) for decorating!

For those who love to practice hand-lettering, a few fancy pens are all you need.  Delve into colors, brush pens, and fancy metallic pens in our fabulous pen section!

We also carry letter stamps and clearstamp sets to make uniform personalized placecards.

Don't forget washi tape!  We have some adorable autumnal tapes in our supply stores that make decorating a breeze.

We have some adorable autumn stickers for decoration as well!  Stop on into one of our supply stores to check them out.

Friday, November 2, 2018

Product Feature: NEW how-to and project books!

Our supply stores are chock full of brand new how-to books on cute crafts, drawing how-tos, and activities!

Check out these inspirational books on illustration, intuitive painting, and projects for your home.

Inktober is over, and we want to keep drawing!  We love these drawing how-to books.

One of our favorite artists, Gemma Correll, has some fun new books out on how to draw our favorite fur friends!

kSome of our favorite activity books for relaxation on long road trips or whenever are these beautiful scratch off activity books!

Thursday, October 25, 2018

DIY- Painted Pumpkins

It's almost Halloween!  Every year we love decorating pumpkins.  Here's an easy how-to to make your best pumpkin yet!

All decorating supplies available at collage.

Supplies needed:

White Acrylic Gesso (we used Liquitex Basics Acrylic Gesso)
Acrylic paint markers (we used Posca Acrylic Paint Markers)
Acrylic Paints (we used Martha Stewart craft paints)
Paint Brushes
Krylon Crystal Clear Acrylic Spray Varnish

We primed the pumpkin with acrylic gesso first.  Apply gesso evenly to the pumpkin, let dry fully in between layers, and allow gesso to dry fully before moving forward.  We recommend 2-3 layers of gesso.

Draw out your design using a light shade of acrylic paint marker (this way, if you make a mistake, it's easily covered up).  

Paint in large areas of color with your acrylic craft paint.  Allow to dry fully.

Finish up by going in with more paint markers!  Apply 2-3 coats of spray varnish to help weatherproof the pumpkin.

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Product Feature: Hero Arts Metallic Inks

We are so excited about inktober!  One of our favorite new inks that we have in stock are the Hero Arts metallic inks!  These inks are easily diluted with water, and are pigment based.  After these inks are applied and dry, they are permanent, they are acid-free and fade-resistant.  They come in packs of two coordinating colors, and come in 1/2 oz. bottles with eye droppers.

We were impressed by the opacity and flow of the inks, as well as the shimmery finish.  Stop into any of our supply stores to check them out! 

Friday, September 28, 2018

DIY - Cute Trick or Treat Bags!

The time is almost here to send our little ghosts, goblins and ghouls out on the street to collect treats!  These black canvas bags are super easy to decorate and can be used over and over for years to come.  

All supplies available at collage.

Supplies needed:

Black canvas tote bag
Deco Just Glitter Premium Fabric Paint Marker
Martha Stewart Craft Paint

Begin by charging the glitter paint pens by pressing down on the tip to feed the glitter paint into the tip.  You are then ready to start drawing out your image with the glitter paint pens!  

Paint the general outline in with the Martha Stewart acrylic paint.  Use 2-3 coats to make the color very opaque!  After drying for 24 hours, this will be able to wash/dry on the delicate cycle.

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

DIY - Felt Avocados

These felt avocados are so easy to make and can be stuffed to make into a plushie.

Click on the jump below to learn how to make these sweet avocados.