If you’ve been checking out the upcoming events here at Palette & Paper, you may have noticed Artist Trading Cards or ATCs listed a couple of times.
What is an ATC you may be asking . . . it is a miniature piece of “art” that is traded around the world. Anything goes when it comes to ATCs, with the only official rule being that it needs to measure 2.5” x 3.5”.
The ATC movement started in 1997, by Swiss artist, M. Vanci Stirnemann. Stirnemann created 1200 cards by hand as part of an exhibit. On the last day, he invited others to create their own cards and trade with him during the closing reception. With that, the ATC movement took off and has spread around the world. Swaps continue to take place today in person and online. Stirnemann has been quoted as saying, “To me, the trade is the thing”.
The awesome thing about ATCs is that all skill-levels and mediums are welcome. Your ATC isn’t going to look like an ATC made by someone else because it is an original piece of art created by YOU!
ATC Events Coming to P&P:
Wednesday, August 24 - ATC Demo with Cindy (during Open Studio)
Cindy will have four ATC designs, each featuring a different technique, for you to make. No need to bring anything, but please register so we can be prepared with materials. Click here to let us know you are coming.
Saturday, August 27 – Introduction to ATCs with Cindy
During this time you will have the opportunity to make five ATCs featuring different techniques (and different from Wednesday evening's demo), make a small a box to decorate and carry your ATCs in, and receive a handout with instructions.
Starting September 7th and on the first Wednesday of each month
Palette & Paper will host a monthly ATC swap. It will be held 6-7 pm during Open Studio. Make your creations and bring them to trade with others. You will have an amazing ATC collection in no time!
Saturday, October 15 – Fabric Artist Trading Card with Sara
That’s right, not all ATCs have to be paper! Join Sara as she shows you simple, beginning stitches to make a beautiful Halloween themed fabric ATC.
To read more about these events and register, please visit our event pages.
Are you getting excited about ATCs? Come in the Shoppe and check out these awesome Prickley Pear stamps we have in stock. They are the exact size of an ATC and a great way to inspire a background or theme. They are priced at $8, but don't forget the secret code word to receive a discount through August 27, 2016 on your purchase (hint: read your newsletter!)
Also, be sure to check out our ATC Pinterest Board with lots of inspiration to help kick-start those creative wheels and a handy diagram showing how to get 16 ATC bases from ONE piece of 12x12” cardstock!
See you soon at one of our ATC events or in the Shoppe stocking up on ATC supplies!
When it comes to crafting, the right adhesive can make or break the project at hand. At Palette & Paper we offer a variety of adhesives so you are sure to have the right product for your projects. Below is a walk-through of the products we carry and the types of materials they work best with.
You can find the majority of the glues and adhesive we carry located in this display.
In the top drawer, we carry Uhu Glue Sticks in three sizes. Glue Sticks work best on paper projects and are nice because they are easily portable, dry quickly and clear, are washable, acid-free and archival safe (making it good for using with photos).
In the second drawer, we offer a variety of foam squares and 3D dots in black and white. These “pop dots” come in a variety of sizes and have adhesive on each side. They add the perfect “pop” and dimension when layering diecuts, ephemera, stamped images, and more. You can use multiple dots to create height variations. Also, you can use cover them with glitter, craft foils, pigment powder and more.
We also have Sakura Quickie Glue Pens. This pinpoint roller glue pen is awesome for paper crafts that include small pieces. You can create a permanent or repositionable bond with this pen. Also, there is no need to shake or squeeze – you get a perfect line of adhesive every time.
Glue Dots work on a variety of materials including paper, plastic, foil, glass, aluminum, Styrofoam, wood, and PTFE. Glue Dots are faster and safer than hot glue guns, cleaner than liquid adhesives and leave no sticky residue like some double sided tapes.
Zig 2 Way Glue Pen (available in two sizes) offers both a repositionable and permanent bond. It goes on blue but dries clear for an invisible bond. The adhesive is safe to use in a variety of paper crafts and can even be used to “restick” the cutting mat for your electronic die cutting machines (ex. Silhouette, Cricut).
Ranger Glue N’ Seal (available in two sizes) is a multi-purpose glue and sealer that works wonderfully while making photo collages, paper projects, scrapbooks, greeting cards, chipboard photo frames, decoupage crafts, glass and more. It is non-toxic and acid-free.
Adhesive Pick-Up Square is a handy little thing to have in your crafty arsenal. Remove stray sticky on your projects. Rub the square in one direction to pick up excess. When the edge of the square becomes dirty, wash off or cut off the residue and continue to use. This works wonderfully when trying to remove the excess “stick” you may have when using a Xyron machine.
Wonder Tape by Ranger (available in a variety of sizes) is a double-sided, super-sticky, clear mylar tape. It is heat-resistant and holds paper to small embellishments permanently. It adheres to a multitude of surfaces and embellishments: photos, papers, chipboard, matboard, foamcore, micro beads, embossing powder, flocking, foil, glitter, small beads, and more. It is acid free and archival safe.
E-Z Runner is a must-have for every paper crafter. This handheld tape runner is filled with tiny stripes of adhesive that allow easy application in curves, circles and lines. There is no dry time and makes “gluing on the go” easy and quick.
Eclipse Art Masking Tape (available in two sizes) is a “delicately sticky adhesive” making this paper tape perfect for stamping and creating art masks. You can create repositionable stickers with it (did you hear that Planner Girls? Grab some stamps and a roll of this and make stickers to use in your planner!).
Crafty Power Tape is a super-high tack, translucent crafting tape. Crafty Power Tape makes it easy to apply any scrapbooking or papercrafting item from paper and photos to chipboard and heavy elements. Crafty Power Tape is the perfect size for ribbon too!
We hope this little guide will help you out in whatever “sticky situation” you may find yourself in.
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The first two weeks of August have been a time to catch our breath at P&P and a perfect opportunity to say "thank-you" to all of you for your support this year. We truly feel honored and grateful anytime you walk through the door of the shoppe or the studio!
In 2016, we've held numerous classes from Bible Journaling to Chalk Art to Copic Coloring as well as Weekend Crops, Planner Meet-ups and Open Studios on Wednesday evening. Out-of-town guest instructors have loaded up their suitcases and SUV's and have driven or flown thousands of miles to share their talents in person. How incredible is it that Jen Starr, Tai Bender, Jann Gray, Sandy Allnock, Eileen Hull and most recently, the fab Ken Oliver have all made their way to Indy? Thank you to all who have taken their classes and encouraged them in their careers and at the same time have supported the mission of P&P! Just check out the rest of this newsletter to see what's yet to come for 2016.
To truly show our appreciation for your friendly patronage, we invite you to choose a shopping day* between Wednesday, August 17 and Saturday, August 27 when you'll save 20% off your entire purchase of regularly priced merchandise.** Just mention the codeword MERMAID20.
*Be sure to check the calendar for shoppe hours.
**A few exclusions apply!
(line artwork above is by Lindsay Ostrom; coloring by Mare.)
For more information on any of the following please check our website.
And now that we've had a breather, here is a little bit of what the rest of 2016 looks like!
Dina Wakley September 24-25.
Registration is now open for 4 different classes!
Mark your calendar for Saturday, October 1, World Card Making Day. We are teaming up with
CardMaker Magazine for a special day!
Jann Gray will be back with her Illuminated Journaling Workshops including the Beginner Workshop on Friday, November 5, an All Day Intermediate Class for those with some experience on Saturday, November 6 and then conclude on Monday, November 7 with her Metallic Trend Master Class.
Watch for registration information.
Nancy Curry-Mixed Media Artist
November 11 &`12
Take a look at Nancy's website and you'll see she loves to play with texture and color while using a variety of techniques like resist and media such as alcohol inks and Citra-Solv.
Registration will open soon!
Palette & Paper recently added three varieties of Tombow Fudenosuke Brush Pens to our inventory. These Brush Pens are a favorite amongst those that do lettering, calligraphy, cartoonists, sketch artists and more.
Tombow is a Japanese company that has been making some of the best pens on the market for over 100 years. Their packaging is labeled in Japanese, so it can be difficult to know what you are buying. We wanted to provide this little guide to the three pens we have in stock.
Tombow Fudenosuke Brush Pen – Soft Tip, $3.50 (green packaging)
This Brush Pen is a similar barrel size to most regular pens making it easy to hold. The tip is very flexible and allows you to control the width of the pen stroke based on your pressure. It comes in black ink and reviews say that the tip stays sharp, even after months of use.
Tombow Fudenosuke Brush Pen – Hard Tip, $3.50 (blue packaging)
This Brush Pen is exactly like the Soft Tip version, with the exception of the tip. It has a regular size barrel and comes in black ink. Reviewers say the tip stays sharp after a lot of use. The hard tip is still flexible, but much firmer than the soft tip and you will notice the difference.
Tombow Fudenosuke Brush Pen – Double Sided, Gray/Black Ink, $5.50 (purple packaging)
This pen is slightly longer in length, but has the same regular sized barrel making it easy to hold. Both ends are soft tips – one in a light gray ink and one in black. The soft tip is very flexible and allows you to control the width of the pen stroke based on your pressure. The tip stays sharp and allows for precision.
Each of three pens comes with a small plastic template. The template is designed to help with spacing and writing kanji characters. However, it is handy to help with spacing and maintaining a straight line when writing English and other languages also.
Looking for a quick and easy craft? Try out this fun mini book you can make from ONE sheet of 12 x 12" paper. It is a simple craft that you can make with kids, as a little "brag book" for grandparents, fill it with quotes or your favorite bible verses to keep in your purse for when you need a little pick-me-up, include one in a letter to a penpal and so many more options!
1. Select a piece of paper. You can use either one-sided or double-sided. For these albums a double-sided piece was used - one from the Carta Bella Beach Day Collection and one from the KaiserCraft Boho Dreams Collection. It is nice to use paper and sitckers from these types of collections/packs because adding coordinating paper and stickers to the mini book is a breeze!
2. Trim off the bottom 4" of your 12x12" piece of patterned paper. Set this aside for creating your mini book cover.
3. Take the 8x12" piece of patterned paper. Fold in half lengthwise (or use a scoreboard to mark). Next, fold the paper breadthwise in half and each half in half again or score in 3 inch intervals. You will have 8 scored panels measuring 3x4" each.
4. Cut along the fold lengthwise, cutting across only 3 panels (leave the first panel still connect). See picture below.
5a. Bring the uncut panel together as shown and glue together to create a page.
5b. Glue the 2nd and 3rd panel together to form a page; glue the 6th and 7th pages together to form a page. You now have a front and back page of single page thickness and three inside pages of double page thickness.
6a. Create a cover using the remaining 4x12" patterned paper.
6b. Trim off the excess paper and glue the cover to the front and back sheets of the mini book. Keep the excess paper to use as extra embellishment inside the mini book.
7. Decorate the cover and inside pages with stickers, coordinating paper, washi tape, quotes, pictures, mini drawings, and more. The possibilities are truly endless with these cute mini books!
If you make a mini book, please be sure to share a picture on Facebook or Instagram using #paletteandpapercreation. We can't wait to see what you make!
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