The Palette & Paper Creative Challenge is back! Last year, Palette & Paper introduced a Creative Challenge during the month of April. It was so much fun and inspiring to see everyone's creations that we are bringing it back this April.
Below we have listed 30 creative prompts to inspire you for the month ahead. The creative prompts can take any and all forms – painting, bible journaling, memory keeping, a page in your art journal or planner, altered jewelry, book arts, mixed media, card making and more. There is no right or wrong for how the prompt inspires your creativity and projects. We invite you to work on these prompts at your pace and to share pictures of your various creations throughout the month (you don't have to post just on the "prompt day").
When sharing on Instagram and/or Facebook tag #paletteandpaperchallenge2017 and note which daily prompt inspired the work of art you are sharing. For each picture/tag you post you will receive one entry for a raffle drawing to win Palette & Paper prizes! The more you post the better your chances are to win!
April 15, 2017 Drawing from all of the submissions through April 14 – one winner will receive a coupon good for 25% off their entire purchase of regularly priced merchandise (one time use, expires 10/31/2017)
April 30, 2017 Drawing from all of the submissions through April 29 - one winner will receive a coupon good for 25% off their entire purchase of regularly priced merchandise (one time use, expires 10/31/2017)
Final drawing will be held on May 5, 2017 (from all of the submissions through May 4) and the winner will receive a $40 gift certificate to spend at Palette & Paper!
Rules and Disclaimer
The prompts for the Palette & Paper Creative Challenge are:
A look back to last April and some of the awesome projects that were shared:
Will you join in on the creative fun? If so, post the image below to your Instagram and/or Facebook to receive an extra entry for the prize drawings. Be sure to tag #paletteandpaperchallenge2017 for the entry to count.
An important part of being and staying creative is being organized so you can find the products and tools that you need to create. This is often easier said than done.
Today we are sharing some ways to keep your supplies and tools organized in your craft room/area.
Markers and Pens
Make your own awesome paper storage unit using Wire Storage Grid/Cubes (available at most discount stores and online). You can use this system to create a storage unit that works for you and your space. Check out this tutorial or this one for more details.
I think you will find with a little organizing you have so much more room for awesome new paper, stamps and more. Come see us at Palette & Paper and check out all the fun new products we have in the Shoppe.
I'm still "seeing green" around the Shoppe. I just had to share a few more products along with inspiration on how to use them again this week (don't miss last week's post featuring some of my other favorite green products).
Product 6: Dylusions Ink Sprays
Dylusions Ink Sprays are a high quality, acid-free, non-toxic concentrated colorant for porous surfaces. The Dylusions Ink Sprays’ bright and vibrant palette will colorize paper, Sticky Back Canvas, wood, paper, clay and more.
You can spray some on a page in your art journal to make a cool background or leave some white space and be inspired to create a design based on the formation the spray makes.
Stamp and emboss images on tags or cards and spray color over it. The embossed area will act like a resist and remain the color of the embossing powder.
Load up a waterbrush with the spray ink and have awesome “watercolor” like markers for hand lettering and adding details to your art journal pages.
Products 7 & 8: Distress Paint & Dina Wakley Acrylic Paint
Distress Paints are very fluid water-based acrylic paints for multiple surfaces. Tim Holtz and Ranger developed these special paints to be reactive with water just like Distress Inks and Distress Stains—perfect to accomplish a wide variety of artistic techniques. Distress Paints have a convenient dabber system for easy and mess-free application. Use with stamps, paper, wood, metal, glass, plastic and more for a timeless matte finish on craft projects.
You can use Distress Paints to create awesome backgrounds for your creations.
By using canning salt with distress paints you can create the cool “splotchy” look (more details here).
Create an awesome spring themed frame and paint various elements with Distress Paint. Check out the Ranger Ink Blog for all the details.
Make gorgeous backgrounds to use in your cardmaking by striping on various colors of Distress Paint. Lightly mist the cardstock (watercolor cardstock works really well), apply stripes of color, spritz with more water and then blend the colors.
And since you are going to want to be sure to get every color of Distress Paints, be sure to download a color chart to fill in and keep handy!
Dina Wakley Media Heavy Body Acrylic Paints are artist quality opaque paints available in a variety of bold colors, metallics and neutrals. Richly pigmented, these paints feature a thick buttery consistency that holds brushstrokes, peaks and tool marks and can be easily smoothed. The paints blend well with other media colors, creating an endless palette. They come in both 1 oz. and 2 oz. bottles/tubes.
You can create delicious, bold mixed media creations with these paints as you can see in the examples below.
And don’t feel limited by the 25 colors that are offered. You can mix these paints in a multitude of ways to create additional colors. Download your own color mixing chart here.
Product 9: Bella Blvd. Puffy Stickers
Much like my love for enamel dots, I love puffy stickers to add to projects. Bella Blvd. just released an assortment of stickers in star and heart shapes and letters in an array of colors.
They had fun to a scrapbook layout. Just look at the layering and dimension they add!
They work so well on cards with other decorative embellishments.
And they add such a sweet pop to a bible journaling page.
Product 10: Nuvo Glimmer Paste
This product is perfect for the “gimme all the sparkles” motto I have for my life. Nuvo Glimmer Paste adds a fabulous layer of glitter to any craft project help add a 3D look to your cards or mixed media projects by using a stencil. Glimmer Paste works on a number of materials such as fabric, acetate, glass and wood – they are great for any crafting project, not just paper crafting.
Nuvo Glimmer Paste can be spread through a stencil using a palette knife to create gorgeous dimensional patterns on cards. It is such a simple technique, but creates a tremendous impact.
Multiple colors can be used together. When the colors “mush” together you will get amazing results.
Create your own “glitter paper” to use in die cutting and other projects.
So are you now seeing green too? What are you inspired to try out first (it’s okay to say all of them!)? See you at Palette & Paper soon!
In the spirit of St. Patrick’s Day next week, I thought I would share a round-up of some of my favorite “green” products that Palette & Paper carries (to be honest, I love these products in all of the colors they come in!).
Product 1: Ink Pads
Palette & Paper carries a variety of ink pads and first it can be a little overwhelming as to why someone would need so many different kinds. Here is a quick rundown of some of the properties of the inks and projects they are suitable for.
Momento Ink Pads are fast-drying, fade resistant dye ink and is a great ink to use in paper arts. It is a water-based acid free ink that dries on all paper surfaces, including coated papers and vellum. Once it is dry it won’t smear, even when using alcohol markers (i.e. Copics) to color in stamped images.
Archival Ink Pads provide lasting stamping results that are permanent on many surfaces. With them you can get a crisp image that doesn’t bleed over water-based inks and markers, acrylic paint and water colors. Archival Ink dries on matte surfaces and can be heat set on glossy surfaces. It is acid free and non toxic.
StazOn Ink Pads are solvent based and designed for decorating on-porous surfaces such as glass, metal, shrink plastic, cellophane, aluminum foil, leather and acrylic. It can also be used on paper.
Taylored Expression Ink Pads are dye-based, fade-resistant ink that can be used in paper crafting. It is custom formulated to match Taylored Expressions cardstock (also available at Palette & Paper). The mini pads are only $3 making it cost-effective to expand your color inventory of stamp pads and the small size is convenient for packing for crops or creative weekends (have you registered for the next creative weekend at P&P yet? It’s this weekend!).
Product 2: Baker’s Twine
I absolutely love the extra pop that baker’s twine adds to paper crafts and gift wrapping! Below are just a couple of great examples using this product.
Product 3: Ken Oliver’s Color Burst
These concentrated micro fine watercolor powders let you create beautiful watercolor techniques like never before!
You can use them “free-hand”.
Mix them with water and paint with them as you would other watercolors.
Make unique flower bouquets with Color Bursts by dyeing white/light colored flowers. Ken shared a lot about this in a recent Facebook video.
Use them to paint through a stencil.
Product 4: Taylored Expressions Felt
Again, I love projects with texture and dimension, so adding felt to a project makes me happy!
You can die cut flowers and other shapes to use as embellishment on cards.
Use the felt in collage name tags and other fabric art.
Die cut an adorable cupcake topper.
Product 5: Washi Tape
Washi tape, washi tape, my life wasn’t complete until I discovered washi tape! Seriously though, washi tape can be used for SO MANY THINGS!
You can use it in card making and decorating envelopes.
You can decorate cute goody bags for a party or gift giving.
Rip it, layer it and make an awesome tag to use on a gift or as a base which you can stamp, add hand letting to, etc.
Embellish a scrapbook layout.
Pop into Palette & Paper and pick up some green items this week! Or any color of the rainbow . . . or maybe something gold for a little luck of the Irish!
Raise your hand if you agree that baby wipes are a must have in your craft arsenal! They are great for quick clean-ups of your hands, craft mat, stamps, etc. while working on a project. But did you realize how awesome they can be in the actual creation of art?
Today we are going to share some ways to utilize these handy wipes in your creations.
You can paint with baby wipes! Using a baby wipe makes it super easy to cover a large area with minimal paint which makes for quicker dry times and easier to layer and build your mixed media page. It is also a great technique to add in spots of other colors that blend wonderfully into the background color.
Here are a couple of stills from this Dyan Reaveley YouTube Video showing the technique.
You can also use baby wipes to “reverse paint” or remove paint. This is a great technique to do through a stencil as you can see below. You can see the whole tutorial here.
Distress Ink Pads
Make a gorgeous background with a light, watercolor look using Distress Ink Pads and baby wipes. Katie shows this pretty technique over on CardMaker Magazine’s Blog (full post here).
Carolyn Dube shares a wonderful example of how to use baby wipes with pan pastels to create a gradient, layered look using a stencil.
What do you get when you added embossing ink/powder, distress crayons and baby wipes together? Pure magic, as Sandy Allnock shares in this video.
So, while Palette & Paper won’t be carrying baby wipes in the shoppe, we do carry an amazing assortment of products that work well with baby wipes! We would love to see your creations made with baby wipes, so be sure to tag us in photos on Instagram and Facebook or share your craft blog links in the comments!
Palette & Paper's blog is written by creative team member, Kimberly.
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