Friday, August 10, 2018

DIY - Peerless Watercolor Travel Palette

Peerless Watercolors originated in 1885 and the watercolors were first used for tinting slides and photographs.   They continue to be hand made using the same process, and are perfect for creating a travel palette for plein air painting!  Read on to see how we assembled ours.

All supplies available at collage.

Thursday, August 2, 2018

Product Spotlight - Alcohol Inks and Yupo Paper

Have you ever used Yupo Paper?  How about alcohol inks?  These art supplies are often misunderstood, and together, can create amazing effects and textures!  Click on the link below to learn more!

All supplies available at collage.

Thursday, July 26, 2018

DIY - Posca Paint Markers on Rocks!

Rock painting is one of our favorite go-to summer crafts for all ages.  We find a bounty of rocks in our summer adventures, whether we are heading into the forest, by the creek, swimming in the river or visiting the ocean.  We love to use Posca Paint Markers as a way to take this craft anywhere without the hassle of setup of paint and cleaning brushes.  To see how we created these rocks, read on!

All supplies available at collage.

Thursday, July 19, 2018

DIY Technique: Watercolor on Leather

July is World Watercolor Month, and we were so intrigued when we found out that you can use watercolor on LEATHER!  All of the crafting leather that we carry at collage will work for this process.  We recommend a leather that is light or neutral in tone and matte, eggshell, or semi-gloss to get the optimal vibrancy of the watercolor paint.  You will need to pre-treat the leather with rubbing alcohol.

All supplies are available at collage.

Supplies needed:

Watercolor Paints (we used the Daniel Smith brand, our favorites!)
Daniel Smith Transparent Watercolor Ground
Paint brushes
Watercolor Pallette
Spray Fixative

Use the sandpaper to abrade the smooth side of the leather after it's cleaned with rubbing alcohol.  This will create a textured surface for the Daniel Smith Watercolor ground.  Apply a thick coat of the watercolor ground with a brush.  Allow the ground to cure for 24 hours with each coat (we recommend two) to allow for maximum absorbency.

Now for the fun part!  Paint the fully dried surface with your watercolor paint.  Notice how the ground has created a surface very similar to watercolor paper!  When finished allow it to dry fully for 2-3 hours.

When your watercolor has fully dried, use spray fixative to seal in the painting on the leather, and allow to dry for 24 hours before handling.

Friday, July 13, 2018

Summer Crafting: Paint Your Own Stone Kits

Summertime means spending a lot of time outside in our yards and gardens, and we're always looking for easy ways to make these spaces a little more magical!  We are in love with these Paint Your Own Stone kit, which creates a faux mosaic on a stone ready to go outside in your garden!  These kits come with everything you need to make the craft, and are recommended for ages 8 and up.  Read on to see how we created ours, and find out some pro tips to use while making this craft.

All supplies are available at collage.

Each of these kits comes with 12 colors of acrylic paint, a paintbrush, and your stone object in blank form.  There's a great color mixing guide in there as well, if you want to create even more colors!  We decided to go with rainbows (our favorite), but your color scheme is totally up to you!

You'll want to make sure that you have a water cup to wash your brush in between colors, and some rags or paper towels to dry it.

When applying your colors, remember to spread the color out evenly.  The paints will need several coats of each color to make it fully opaque.  Acrylic paint dries pretty quickly!  Remember to throughly wash your brush in between colors to keep them crisp.

Once your masterpiece is finished, you're ready to put it outside!  If you're interested in waterproofing this, we recommend acrylic varnish to seal all of the paints in.  

Monday, July 9, 2018

Product Feature: Daniel Smith Black Watercolor Ground

DIY: Daniel Smith Black Watercolor Ground and Kuretake Gansai Tambi Pearl and Starry Watercolor Sets

July is World Watercolor Month, and we are having so much fun!  These coasters don't look like they were made with watercolor, and that's one of the really fun things about using Daniel Smith black watercolor ground.  Their watercolor ground comes in a variety of colors, and can make any surface ready for watercoloring!  Porous (absorbent) surfaces need no prep for application of the ground.  Non-porous surfaces (non-absorbent) surfaces should be lightly abraded with sandpaper or steel wool before applying.  To see how we made these coasters, read on!

All supplies are available at collage.

Friday, June 29, 2018

Product Feature: Cosmo Cricket Resist Pens

DIY: Cosmo Cricket Resist Pens

Did you know that July is World Watercolor Month?  Watercolor resist is something easy to do that makes you feel like you're performing magic!  Many of the old fashioned paint-on watercolor resists can be intimidating, and hard to clean out of your brushes.  This is why we love that Cosmo Cricket has a resist in pen form!  Keep reading for simple instructions on how to create a masterpiece.  

All supplies are available at collage.

Friday, June 8, 2018

New Products Feature: Summer Edition!

We are so excited for summer vacation!  We have loads of great new products in at our supply stores, including great gifts for Dad, crafting books, craft kits, sticker books, cute squishies, and more! Keep scrolling to check out some of the new goods (supplies may vary by location).
We carry great gifts for Dad, as well as supplies to make Dad the perfect gift.  
Father's Day is coming up on June 17!
 All the things that you need to start making your own zines!
 Sweet and fun new squishies!
 Adorable sticker books!

 Rainbow everything! 
Everything for your summer watercolor needs.
 Awesome crafting kits!
Zebra pen sets and sweet new weekly planners!  

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

New Craft Night at Nectar! Debuting Tuesday, June 5!

We love to collaborate with our business neighbors.  Did you know we are now hosting a brand new  craft night each month at Nectar Froyo, across from our Bybee Blvd supply store in Sellwood!  We will be hosting this the first Tuesday of each month.  Our first one will happen on Tuesday, June 5, from 5pm - 6:30pm.
Here's the project we will be making at our debut craft night: these cute felt Oregon shapes, which can be turned into a brooch, or made into a patch, or used as a pincushion!

Can't make it to this craft night?  Don't fret, we've included the how-to instructions for you below.

Want more info on our upcoming craft nights and other community events we are participating in?  Check our "Upcoming Events" page HERE for all the details!

Click the jump below to see our how-to on these cute felt Oregons; all supplies available at collage!

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Join Us for Our Upcoming Pentel Pop Pens demos: RAFFLE prizes included!

We are excited to announce a special demo during the month of May! Local illustrator Jenna Lechner will be joining us to showcase a new series of gel pens, called the Pop Pens Series, released by Pentel. These impressive pens include a series of 3 new pens: Sparkle Pop Pens, Milky Pop Pens, and Solar Pop pens. 

These pens have some really unique qualities, including iridescent glitter, opaque pastel color, and fluorescent color.

A sampling of drawings created with Pentel's new pop pens. All images courtesy of Jenna Lechner.

For this demo, we will be doing a very special raffle! We will be raffling off a backpack full of Pentel Arts supplies, which is loaded with over $300 worth of merchandise! Inside of the Pentel backpack is: a set of 12 color pencils and 12 watercolor pencils, a set of 12 sign pens, a set of 18 color pens, a set of 8 solar pop pens, Pentel's new Tradio calligraphy pen, 15 sign pen brush markers, a pocket brush pen, a color brush pen, a set of 4 aquash water brushes, a Graphgear 1000 mechanical pencil (.5 mm), a set of 5 Hybrid Technica pens, a stylo pen, a set of 8 wet erase chalk markers, 2 white milky pop pens, a super XL eraser, a pigment ink aquash brush, a set of white milky pop pens, a set of 6 Sparkle Pop Pens, and more!

We will also be giving out loads of FREE Pentel samples during this demo, while supplies last! You won't want to miss this one.

Time and Locations:
Sunday, May 13th. collage on Alberta. 1639 NE Alberta St, Portland. Free. Drop in any time between 12-2pm.
Sunday, May 20th. collage in Sellwood. 1634 SE Bybee Blvd, Portland. Free. Drop in any time between 12-2pm.
Sunday, May 27th. collage on Division. 3701 SE Division St, Portland. Free. Drop in any time between 12-2pm.

Click the jump to learn more about each of these 3 amazing new gel pens, and to see more sample photos.

Monday, April 23, 2018

New Product Feature: Kelly Creates Brush Pens

We are excited to be carrying a new line of brush pens by Kelly Creates! These are a line of pens by Kelly Klapstein, a Canadian artist who specializes in handlettering.

These pens are an affordable brush pen, and they are dual tip–with a small and large brush tip on each end. They come in 8 metallic colors, 9 bright colors, and black. The pens have a flexible felt tip, to allow you to get beautiful artistic strokes.
Colors available in Kelly Creates Dream Pens. Image courtesy of Kelly Creates.

These metallic brush pens write well on dark AND light paper. Image courtesy of Kelly Creates.

Sample at our collage Alberta store of the Kelly Creates metallic brush pens.

Image by @lettersthatflow

Click the jump below to see more beautiful samples created with these pens! Kelly Creates brush pens are available at all collage supply store locations.

Thursday, April 12, 2018

New Product Feature: VersaFine Clair Stamp Pads

We are so excited about VersaFine's new line of stamp pads! They are called VersaFine Clair, and they are truly impressive. They are great at capturing fine detail, while still offering really solid coverage: check out how rich the blacks look in the stamped image below!

Image courtesy of Imagine Crafts blog

VersaFine Clair stamp pads come in a variety of bright colors, as well as some more vintage-looking colors, with a total of 24 rich colors to choose from.

As a quick-drying pigment ink, once the ink is dry, it's waterproof and won't smear, so you are free to use watercolors or water-based markers with your stamping to do some beautiful mixed media work. We stamped the inks on some drawing paper, and within a couple minutes, the ink was dry and ready for watercolor. The ink is also lightfast and fade resistant. Versafine has also come out with a new lid for these stamp pads, which is firm and air-tight, so you don't have to worry about your inks drying out.

Image courtesy of @szczepanskaewa_

VersaFine Clair stamp pads are now available at all 3 of our collage supply store locations!  To see more photos of these stamp pads in action, and to learn more about the world of stamp pads, click the jump below!

Monday, April 2, 2018

New Product Feature: annex edition!

Have you stopped by our gift shop the collage annex recently? We are excited to share some of the beautiful new merchandise that we have in stock, including new soy wax candles (hand-poured in Portland!), some adorable forever-plants, great new books, and much more!

The annex is currently stocked with gifts in a variety of themes, including: cats, dogs, succulents, cute office supplies, celestial, witchy, garden, Pacific Northwest, men, women, & non-binary. These include loads of goodies that are great for all occasions–weddings, baby showers, birthdays, anniversaries, and Mother's Day!

Delicious-smelling candles at the annex.

Lovely office supplies and organizational tools to help get your life in line.
Adorable succulents that look oh-so real!

Cute tote bags and great cookbooks available at the annex.

Click the jump below to see more new merchandise!

Saturday, March 24, 2018

New Product Feature: Supply Stores Edition

We have loads of great new products in at our supply stores, including new decorative papers, journals, brush pens, books, and more! Keep scrolling to check out some of the new goods (supplies may vary by location).
New decorative paper with bright, fun papers! These are great for collaging, wrapping gifts, using as photo backdrops, and lots more.
Gel pens, extra large paper clips, sweet washi tape, and a guidebook for organizing.

We love POSCA paint pens! They work great on many surfaces, including on the cover of these sketchbooks. 

New tape dispensers for all of the washi!
Fun kawaii journals and pouches.

Beautiful new metallic brush pens by Kelly Creates. 

Loads of Pacific Northwest themed goods, like this cute coloring book, die-cut postcards, and pencil pouches.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Protest Poster Palooza

Protest Poster Palooza, March 23rd

Put your best foot forward to March for Our Lives.

Join us on Friday, March 23rd when our NE Alberta St store and our SE Division St store will be hosting FREE protest poster-making events!

We've ordered over a thousand sheets of NEON posterboard and HUGE markers for you to make AWESOME signs for the upcoming March for Our Lives protest, scheduled for Saturday March 24th

The FREE protest sign-making events will be happening outside of our Alberta Street location and  outside of our SE division St location, and all poster-making supplies will be FREE.

The Portland March for Our Lives is scheduled for the following day, March 24th, beginning at 10am at the North Park Blocks in Portland.  Click HERE for the Portland info.

Click here to read more about the International March for our Lives Movement.


Friday, March 23rd 4-7pm
in front of collage's Alberta St & Division St supply stores
1639 NE Alberta St 
3701 SE Division St

Drop in any time between 4-7pm 
This is a FREE event!


Friday, February 16, 2018

DIY: Jewelry Feature

Whether you're looking to make a belated Valentine's gift, or you have a birthday or wedding coming up and want to give a handmade gift to some friends, collage has some awesome, simple options for making jewelry.

We wanted to write a post that is all things jewelry!

A collection of rings from our jewelry section.

collage carries essential jewelry items, like jump rings, clasps, chains, charms, pendants, ribbon, resin, and more. You can easily make a cute piece of jewelry for under $10!

We also have a lot of inexpensive, prefabricated jewelry (see a small selection of our rings, above).

Click the jump below to learn some basics about jewelry making, specifically about necklaces; all supplies are available at collage. 

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

DIY Roundup: Valentines for the Classroom

Valentine's Day is right around the corner (Wednesday the 14th)! Whether you need to make valentines for an entire school class, or just for your favorite person, collage has so many goodies for you to make that special gift.

For links to all of these crafts, hit the jump button below!

We've rounded up some easy valentine DIYs from around the web this week, click the jump below to learn more!

All supplies are available at collage!

Thursday, January 25, 2018

NEW LOVE-ly Goods Have Arrived!

Our Supply stores are teeming with LOADS of FRESH new goods to help with your Valentine/Galentine making.  

We also have some amazing creative ideas for making a classroom's worth of Valentines quickly, easily and on a budget.  Our next blog post will feature some of our favorites.
We hope to see you soon.