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!
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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!
We are excited to welcome Ken Oliver to Palette & Paper a little later this month. He will be teaching three workshops focusing on using Color Bursts and other products in the Ken Oliver Crafts family.
Color Bursts are “an amazing powder watercolor medium that lets you create beautiful watercolor techniques like you’ve never created before”. They come in 20 colors (including the newly released “Caribbean Brights Collection”), and are great for watercolor painting, fine art and mixed media. You can make artwork suitable for framing quickly and easily with Color Bursts (take Ken’s Stencil Magic Class and walk away with a framed 12x12” piece of artwork!). It’s easy to “sprinkle and spritz” to create watercolor backgrounds like an expert also. Palette & Paper has an assortment of colors in the Shoppe that can be purchased for $6 each or in 6-packs.
Color Bursts also come in Liquid Metals (12 colors). The Liquid Metals add an eye-catching metallic luster to your artwork and can be mixed with other Color Bursts colors. Finely granulated metallic powder along with colorant is suspended in a dispensing liquid in a handy dropper bottle to make this unique product.
It is so awesome to see the colorants react to water and spread over your artwork. Once you “sprinkle and spritz” you will be hooked!
Just look at the Gallery below showcasing items made with Color Bursts and Liquid Metals by Ken and his Creative Team. As you can see, you can add Color Bursts and Liquid Metals to almost every kind of craft type and project.
Another great product that is hot on the market are Ken’s Cut n’ Color stamp and die sets. Ken says they were designed with versatility in mind. Cut n’ Color lets you “color” stamped images, then cut them out with matching die sets making it quick and easy to cut multiple images. You can use these sets for a multitude of projects including: card making, party décor, mixed media artwork and art journaling.
Attendees of Ken’s Watercolor Cards class on Friday, July 29 will have the chance to use these great new Cut n’ Color stamp and die sets (there are still a few spots left so register today!).
If you haven’t signed up for one (or all three) of Ken’s classes yet we know you will want to. His products are so fun to use and can be used in a multitude of ways with various crafts and projects. This is a great opportunity to learn from the King of Color Bursts himself!
Bible Journaling is a great way to engage with scripture and celebrate your walk in faith while utilizing your artistic abilities. Bible Journaling can take many forms – from simple notes and highlighted passages (like this page here) to creating pages of creative artwork to celebrate His word.
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What do I need to Bible Journal?
In the simplest form all you need to get started is a bible and a pen. However, you will probably want to gather some additional supplies to spark your creativity and create artwork more similar to what you are seeing on Instagram and Pinterest. Below is a list of supplies that we found to be most helpful – feel free to add and subtract supplies as your style of Bible Journaling evolves.
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How do I start?
Looking at a pristine Bible can be intimidating. But remember, there is no right or wrong way to Journal in your Bible. The activity of Bible Journaling is all about taking time to read, discover and connect with His word.
Start with your favorite verse, one that reminds you of a certain in your life, or a randomly selected one (check out this Bible Journaling Guide we found on Pinterest). What feelings does the verse evoke? Sketch out a picture that relates to the verse or use a combination of stamps and stickers to add a visual message to your page. Then pick out key words of the verse to focus on. Write the words in various fonts – block caps, cursive, a mixture of fonts or use letter stamps! Once you have a basic design mapped out, add color! There are many ways and supplies to use when adding color. Keep in mind, it is always a good idea to put an extra piece of paper or a handy Illustrated Faith Bible Mat (pictured below) underneath to eliminate bleed.
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If you want to get more artistic with your Bible Journaling pages but don’t consider yourself an artist there are some “tricks” you can use. A mixture of tracing and graphite paper will allow you to “copy” images into your bible that you can fill-in with watercolors, colored pencils and other mediums. Jann Gray will be here tomorrow and Saturday sharing a lot of those tricks with you (space still available! Click here to read a description of the workshop and here to register). Check out our Pinterest Board for more inspiration.
Please remember that Bible Journaling can take many forms. There is no right or wrong way to do it and there is no such thing as a page being "good enough". This is all our YOUR faith journey and reflection of His Word. Have fun and enjoy the process!
If you have any questions about Bible Journaling feel free to leave a comment!
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Palette & Paper is excited to celebrate National Scrapbook Day 2016 with you! The Shoppe will be open 9 am - 6 pm. Customers purchasing $25+ will receive a free goody bag!*
Product demos by instructor Margie will take place from Noon - 4 pm.
We are hosting a FREE Crop in our Studio that day. The hours are 9 am - 6 pm. Attendees will receive a free goody bag and our instructor Cindy will have a make & take opportunity for the attendees. Please register for the crop by emailing Mare@PaletteandPaper.com.
We can't wait to celebrate NSD and the crafting community with you!
As of this newsletter, only 6 spots remain!
* while supplies last
Eileen's back in town for the Indy 500 and so we snagged her for a couple of classes. We had a great time with her last fall so we hope you'll join us for some creative fun. Registration is open for both of her classes!
This is a great opportunity for your kids, grandkids, nieces or nephews to explore many different art & craft mediums. Cindy is a veteran paper crafter and Molly is studying Art Education at Herron School of Art here in Indianapolis! They are teaming up to create a wonderful experience for the children. See more details on our calendar and registration is now open!
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