Sunday, June 23, 2019

MISTAKES HAPPEN! So, let's have fun fixing them!

People have been making mistakes long before the eraser was invented! To erase inks from papyrus Egyptians used bits of rough stone like sandstone or pumice. In Japan during the Meiji Era, they even used soft bread! 

















Tapped Tree to Harvest Latex
It wasn't until 1770, that an industrious fellow by the name of Edward Nairne stumbled upon the material known as "Gum Elastic" by mistakenly picking the rubbery substance up instead of a handful of breadcrumbs

Edward had a big problem though. Since his rubber was natural it would rot and then smell BAD! 















 It wouldn't be until almost 50 years later that Charles Goodyear, (yes that Goodyear!) figured out a way to cure the erasers called "vulcanization", which made the erasers more durable (and less stinky). This process catapulted  this rubbery substance into a staple in all homes.


These days, erasers are not just used to help us out and rub away our mistakes. They are highly sought after collectables that come in all shapes and sizes.


Click here for the world's largest eraser collection!

Every artist & crafter should know the different types of erasers and what they are best used for. Helloetsy.com made a fun little infographic about what the different types of erasers are best used for:


Now, let us move on to something that is near and dear to our hearts over here at collage..
 JAPANESE ERASERS! 
Japan is already known for making things EXTRA cute and they sure aren't shy when is comes to their erasers! These little guys would make anyone smile, mistake after mistake! 


If you can think of something, 
then they probably made it into an eraser. 






There is even an Japanese eraser

collage is ALL in for the cuteness! 
So much so that RIGHT NOW in all three of our supply stores we have huge towers full of these little Japanese darlings just waiting for you to dig through! 

BUT WAIT! THERE'S MORE!
Here are some (certainly not all) of the other fun erasers 
we have waiting for you in our shops!  




Even as I write this blog post, I have one of my favorite erasers handy from collage. 
(You know, for those really BIG mistakes)

you find yourself near our NE Alberta location stop in and snap a pic with 
collage's very own..
Largest Pencil Eraser in The West!
SEE YOU SOON RUBBERHEADS!

Saturday, June 8, 2019

To Be Or Knot To Be!

While collage has a plethora of fantastic fibers & ideas to keep those fingers busy, there is one process in particular that has come back from the dead like a Zombie Plant in a knotted hanger!

WELCOME BACK MACRAMÈ !

Who would have thought that Macramé, once thought to have gone the way of shag carpeting and avocado green electric can openers, would be lovingly brought back by a slew of our wonderful Instagram posting creative millennials?! And can we say, we are SO glad they did! Because no matter what you think about Macramé as home décor or a fashion statement, it’s FUN! 



There is some debate about the true origins of Macramé. Some say it originated in Arabia and then adopted by sailors who liked to pass the time during those long days at sea twisting fibers into things such as hammocks, nets and just for decoration. 


As they traveled, they also sold their knotted wares in ports from sea to sea. So, the art of Macramé weaved its way into people's hearts and fingers across the globe. 



So,what is Macramé anyway?  Macramé is a textile, produced using knotting (rather than weaving or knitting) techniques. Materials used in macramé include cords made of cotton twine, linen, hemp, jute, leather or yarn



The primary knots of macramé are the square or reef knot) and forms of "hitching": various combinations of half hitches


Macrame Jewelry is often made with a combination of knots and using various beads (glass, stone or wood), pendants or shells. 



We here at collage have BIG love in our hearts for this twisted little hobby! 


We recently hosted a FREE Macrame Demo right outside of our Sellwood/Moreland location. 
It was a huge hit



Our talented staff LOVE sharing all the ways to create! 


HI DEBBIE!
You can find all the supplies necessary to make these CUTE earrings 
in all 3 of our art + craft  supply stores!
Our Sellwood Macrame Demo was so much fun we would like to keep the creativity going and are excited to announce...
  SELLWOOD SUMMER CRAFTERNOONS!

That's right folks! Our collage rock stars at our Sellwood location will be hosting FREE crafts & demos, on Wednesday afternoons, all summer long!

EVERY WEDNESDAY
JULY 19TH - AUGUST 28TH
1634 SE Bybee Blvd
Portland, Oregon 97202
2:00PM-4:00PM
(weather permitting)



Thursday, May 30, 2019

Throw away your art! The Fun of Abandoned Art

I know! you are asking yourselves,"Throw away my art?! are you crazy?" Actually thousands of artists and makers do this all over the world all the time! Some say it's even addictive! So, what is Art Abandonment? Simply, it is when an artist makes art, and leaves it for strangers to find and enjoy. Cool, right? I know I would love to come across someone's creation while picking up groceries or waiting at the DMV. Plus,what a great way to give back to the community!
This little treasure was found at Dunvegan Castle on the Isle of Skye.
Here's a small, 8" X 10" acrylic painting abandoned by artist David Chorney for someone to find, at a Barnes & Noble in North Haven



While "found art" is in no way a new idea, we can thank Michael DeMeng, a long time friend of collage, and amazing artist, who really helped in the resurgence of this kind of "Guerrilla Art".


The legend goes that, Michael had a habit of making little drawings on napkins and leaving them for someone else to find. Then in 2012, he and his wife created the Facebook group "Art Abandonment". Fast forward a bunch of years and the group has approximately 46,000 members! He even wrote a book about it "The Art Abandonment Project: Create and Share Random Acts of Art" .


Here's a little message about his group from the genius himself: Art Abandonment Founder Michael DeMeng

The rules are simple!

A) Abandon tangible art for the joy of some UNSUSPECTING finder

B) Photograph the art DURING the actual placement of release

C) Share the photo on the facebook Art Abandonment group page, or use your own social media platforms or just leave it and run! 





Here's a fun project curated by artist and co-founder of Hi-Fructose Magazine Daniel "Attaboy" Seifert !

From Daniel's (@attayumfactory) post on instagram: 
"On June 15th, artists all over the world will be hiding hand made mushroom paintings, sculptures and more for you to find! look for them in Paris, Hong Kong, Berlin, Sheffield Uk, Amsterdam, Paris, Bangkok, Australia, the UK, Holland, Israel, New Zealand, Ottawa, and more.
In the US: Los Angeles (so many artists signed on from here), Boston, NYC, Long Beach, Denver, Brooklyn,Austin, BAton Rouge, Dayton, Oakland, Charlottesville, Detroit, Houston, Nashville, the East Bay, Sacramento, San Diego, Green River Wyoming, Chicago, Asheville, Humboldt, Bloomington, Concord, San Jose, Phoenix, Marietta, San Raphael, Worcester, Harlingen Texas, Cleveland, Atlanta, Minneapolis, Pittsburgh, New Glarus Wisconsin, Portland Or, Seattle and more being added every day!"


SO! ARE YOU READY TO THROW AWAY SOME ART? COLLAGE HAS EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO ABANDON SOME ART! OUR COLLAGE ROCKSTARS ARE ALSO FULL OF IDEAS! STOP IN AND LET US HELP YOU MAKE THE THE WORLD A HAPPIER PLACE!



Thursday, May 23, 2019

Let's Talk Copic Markers & The New collage Refill Station!



Maybe you are a seasoned illustrator or maybe you are just starting out. With 358 colors and four different body styles,trying to jump into Copic markers can be intimidating!  

Don't worry! The "collage copic club" has your back and is here to help you navigate the wonderful blended world of Copic!

A great place to start is learning a little bit about these alcohol inked non-toxic beauties!

Copic makes one of the highest quality alcohol markers in the world. Originally developed for the Japanese manga industry, Copic markers are ideal for all styles of art, design, illustration, crafts or just doodling while binge watching Game of Thrones! 

Not only that! They are durable, refillable, and have replaceable nibs! Basically, you only need to buy a Copic Marker once! That's right, just once! 

Hold on, wait a minute, Okay, We just can't wait until the end of the this blog post to tell you our exciting news! More about Copic Markers after this!

Introducing the collage Copic Refill Station!!

You can bring in ALL your Sketch or Ciao Copic Markers to our Alberta location and get them filled! That's right! for only $2.00-$3.00 you can fill your markers as if they were brand new! Have your nibs seen better days? 
Well, we can get those replaced for you!

The best part? 
You can hang around while we fill them 
or 
just leave them with us and pick them up later !

CAN'T MAKE IT TO OUR ALBERTA SHOP FOR A FILL-UP? 
THAT'S OKAY! JUST DROP OFF YOUR MARKERS AT OUR SELLWOOD OR DIVISION LOCATIONS AND WE WILL GET THEM FILLED FOR YOU AND CALL YOU WHEN YOU CAN COME YOU CAN PICK THEM BACK UP!

So, how can you tell is your Ciao or Sketch needs refilling:
  1. inconsistent coloring
  2. “dragging” of the nib while coloring; sometimes with a squeaky sound
  3. white-ish nib
Still not not sure if your Ciao or Sketch could use a drink? No problem! Just bring them into collage on Alberta and ask any of our collage rock stars for help! They will weigh your marker and let your know if it could use a top off! 

WHY DO WE LOVE COPIC?


Vibrant, Smooth Color
it applies smoothly and is easy to blend.The alcohol based ink dries acid free and does not destroy paper fibers the way water based inks do. And for an added bonus, Copic markers are free of harmful chemicals and overwhelming odors
Refillable
Once you buy a Copic marker you have a friend for life! You can continue to refill your marker and replace the nibs (marker tips) for as log as you want. Some artists have been using the same markers for almost 25 years, really!
Dependability
Get this! Copic markers will not dry if you don't use them.They have a guaranteed 3-year shelf life! It's not a Twinkie, but still pretty impressive and kind to your wallet. 
Quality Tested
Each marker goes through it's own boot camp by being hand-tested for overall quality and color consistency three times before it even starts its journey from Japan to your friendly neighborhood collage.
Super Brush Nib
In our opinion, there are very few other brush markers on the market that have the feel of a Copic. Performing with amazing results this unique, flexible with be smooooothe sailing!

What's the difference between the two most popular Copic Markers, the Ciao and the Sketch? 


The Ciao Marker comes in 180 colors and is refillable.  The  Ciao marker is shaped differently than the Sketch but the nibs are identical.  As you can see from the photo,the shape of the Ciao marker is round. They hold less ink (which really isn’t an issue since they are refillable) and they come in fewer colors. If you are starting out on a budget, Ciao’s may be a good buy for you!








Copic Sketch is the most popular among all the Copic markers. It comes in the widest range of colors, and features Medium Broad and flexible Super Brush nib combination. Ideal for illustration, craft and caricature. Also “Sketch Original (empty marker)” allows you to mix the colors or expand your collection with by using Various Ink to fill them up. 358 Colors.

The possibilities are ENDLESS when you use Copic Markers! All three of our supply stores carry Copic Markers and our Alberta shop can give those dry thirsty Sketch or Ciao markers a much needed drink for a very affordable price! 


She's a thing of beauty! Come see her in person!






Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Fun in the Sun with Cyanotype!

FUN IN THE SUN WITH CYANOTYPE!
The process of Cyanotype was originally invented by an astronomer named Sir William Hershel in 1842 for the purpose of copying notes. It was actually a family friend of Hershel, Anna Atkins, a botanist and photographer, who used the process to make what some people say was the first published book of photography. She used Cyanotype for documenting collected specimens of algae.
   Anna Atkins,1861
 1843 book, Photographs of British Algae: Cyanotype Impression  
A Cyanotype Photogram by Atkins

The word cyan comes from the Greek, meaning “dark blue substance”.  Compared to other photographic printing processes, cyanotype is easy and inexpensive! No darkroom is needed, instead it uses the power of the sun! Ferric ammonium citrate and potassium ferricyanide are combined, and exposure to UV light creates ferric ferrocyanide, also known as Prussian Blue (named for the color of the Prussian military uniforms.) Here's a fun fact!: even though the cyanotype process is no longer used in construction, it is still referred to a "blueprint" today.
Okay! Let's fast forward to the here and now! We have right at this moment in our supply shops everything you need to harness the power of the sun! Make detailed prints from virtually any object that casts a shadow! We also know seeing is believing, so stop in and see a sample for yourself!
That's right! Anything! Tools, toys, plants, leaves, stones, sand, string, lace; the possibilities are endless! The great thing is that you can do this will ALL AGES! 



THIS STUFF IS FOR EVERYONE! Cyanotype is great for photographers, mixed media artists, printmakers, quilters, kids and more! The cyanotype process is easy, forgiving, quick, magical and fun! Capture the nuance of every shadow; this is a great group activity for any age! Come on in to any of our shops and ask our collage rock stars to help you fill your basket with everything you need for a fun and DIFFERENT summer craft!