Thursday, December 27, 2018

Friday, December 21, 2018

Last - Minute Gifts and Holiday Hours!

If you waited until the last minute to go shopping this holiday season, don't fret!  We've got you covered with fabulous gifts.

Stuff their stockings with tiny journals, washi tape, pen sets, and highlighters!

Brush lettering is SO HOT and super fun to get into.  Our how-to books and pen sets give you everything you need to get going!

Shopping for kiddos?  We have been obsessed with these color - in posters!

Our favorite Posca paint markers come in sets that make the perfect gift.  Try them on the fabulous Fabriano Black Black and White White paper pads.

Do you know an avid travel sketcher?  Treat them right this holiday with fabulous travel sets of watercolor and watercolor card sets to create with!

Acryla gouache makes a great gift, and comes in fabulous sets!  We love pairing it with black paper for some ethereal goodness.

Give them the gift of a creative holiday break with blank bags and paints and pens to make them truly unique!

Our glass painting kits are super fun for every age!

All of our stores will be open limited hours for the holidays.  We will close early, at 5pm, on December 24 and December 31.  Our stores will be closed on December 25!

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Hot New LEUCHTTURM Notebooks and Upcoming Leuchtturm Demos!

collage is very excited to have the Leuchtturm 1917 journals in all of our supply stores!  Leuchtturm is a coveted journal for bullet journalers.  

The notebooks have numbered pages, a built in index, two distinct ribbons, and a back pocket. The paper is high quality and bleed-proof.  We carry both lined and dot-grid notebooks in a variety of sizes.

We are also in love with the pen holders, which come in coordinating colors and stick right into your notebook!

We will be hosting free bullet journaling demos at each of our supply stores with bullet-journaling goddess Cindy from Plan Another Day!

The Plan Another Day Leuchtturm demos are the following dates/times/locations:

Monday December 10 - Bybee Blvd Supply Store, 1634 SE Bybee Blvd, 5pm-7pm
Wednesday December 12 - Division Supply Store, 3701 SE Division, 5pm-7pm
Monday December 17 - Alberta Supply Store, 1639 NE Alberta St, 5pm-7pm

Friday, November 30, 2018

Lia Griffith: book signing and demo, paper flowers, and more!

collage is excited to host Portland's own paper flower goddess, Lia Griffith, for a demo this coming Saturday, December 1, from 12-2pm at our Alberta supply store located at 1639 NE Alberta Street.

Lia Griffith is an internationally renowned DIY designer, educator, photographer, stylist, creative director, and author. Lia is a leader in the craft industry and has her own line of crepe papers, frosted tissue papers, DIY kits, and craft tools with Fiskars. From her studio here in Portland, OR, she teaches crafters at every level how to tap into their creative spirit by sharing patterns and tutorials on 

 collage is excited to carry an array of Lia's crepe paper as well as her fabulous new crepe paper flowers book.  

We tried some of the projects from Lia's new book and had a lot of fun!  Click on the jump below to see some progress shots.

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.  

Friday, September 14, 2018


This weekend, September 15 and 16, collage will be having a SUPER SIDEWALK SALE at all of our locations, including the annex and the outlet Here's a sneak peek at some items we'll have on sale!

Chameleon markers, marker sets, and colored pencil sets will be on sale!

Select cross stitch kits will be on sale, that include everything you need to complete a project from start to finish.

Select Gamblin oil paint medium and varnishes will be discounted.

 Click on the jump below for more sneak peeks!

Sunday, September 9, 2018

Product Feature: Junebug and Darling Cross Stitch Kits

We are so excited to continue to carry cross stitch kits by Junebug and DarlinThese kits are created solely by Portland-based artist and graphic designer, Zoe Frost.  We love that her kits combine a timeless craft with a political agenda.

Each of the kits are 100% handmade and include everything that you need to create a beautiful finished cross stitch that is ready to hang in your home or gift.  Included in each kit are: an embroidery hoop, a printed cross stitch pattern, cross stitch cloth, tapestry needles, pre-cut floss, batting for framing, felt for backing, and hand drawn instructions.

A cross stitch in progress.

Finished products!  Image courtesy of

A few of the kits we carry at our supply stores.

Handmade and beautiful!  Image courtesy of