If you follow Palette & Paper on Facebook, you may have seen the awesome new paper lines we have in stock. If you don’t follow us on Facebook, you should! Click here to make it happen (and click here to follow us on Instagram too). It's a great way to see new merchandise, be in the know on discounts, stay up-to-date on workshops and event happenings and more.
We thought we would share some project inspiration for these new lines today. It is always so awesome to see what people make and create!
Weekend Adventure by BoBunny
Once Upon a Time Prince by Photo Play
What little boy wouldn't love something like this to put his treasures in!
Live Free by Photo Play
Let’s Cruise by Echo Park
Toy Box by Echo Park
Down by the Sea by Bo Bunny
Are you feeling inspired? Head over to the Shoppe starting at 2 pm today. We are open until 9 pm and host Open Studio from 5-9 pm. We would love to have you come create with us!
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!
Are you interested in learning more about Art Journaling? One of our Creative Team Members, Kimberly, recently taught a beginner art journaling class through Trade School Indianapolis. Following the standard form of Trade School Classes it was a quick 90-minute class held at Rabble Coffee. Despite it being a short class it covered some basics of art journaling and fun techniques. We wanted to share the handout created for those students with you in case you are new to Art Journaling and looking to learn more.
Also, if this peaks your interest, join us on Saturday, August 6 from 11 am - 2 pm for Art Journaling Open Studio. Kimberly will be there to assist with any questions, and it is a great time to see what and how others are creating.
As artists and customers of Palette & Paper, a lot of us are believers in the “Color Outside the Lines” adage.
However, coloring inside the lines can be just as good for our minds and souls. The trend of “adult coloring books” has really taken off these past couple of years. Wondering what the hype is about, read on . . .
Coloring offers a variety of mental benefits. Marygrace Berberian, certified art therapist, stated to CNN “Coloring definitely has therapeutic potential to reduce anxiety, create focus or bring [about] more mindfulness.” A research study in 2005 proved that anxiety levels dropped when subjects colored mandalas (round frames with geometric patterns inside). When subjects simply doodled though, it had no effect in reducing their stress levels.
The act of coloring is a lot like meditation. It allows you to switch off your brain to other things and simply focus on the moment. This can be a major positive, since according to the American Psychological Association, Americans reported being more stressed out this past year than the year before (source). It is easy to understand increased stress levels with the fast-paced culture we live in where so many focus on work and money.
In addition to coloring being meditative in nature, it also allows you to take a break from “screen time”. In 2015, adult Americans spent an average of 11 hours per day on electronic gadgets (computers, smartphones, TV, etc.) (source). Considering that most people are only awake 16-18 hours per day that is a huge percentage of “screen time”.
Palette & Paper has a great assortment of coloring books, including:
The Coloring Studio combines a coloring book and magazine in its quarterly publication. It is filled with over 100 coloring pages in an array of styles. It also has interesting articles and tips. Below is a look inside the summer edition of The Coloring Studio.
Palette & Paper offers a variety of Zenspirations Coloring Books in different themes (Inspirations, Flowers and Abstract & Geometric Designs). Also, Dylusions has a fun coloring sheet book featuring the whimsical designs of Dyan Reaveley. This booklet contains heavyweight cardstock making them ideal to use with markers or watercolors. Plus, these sheets work fantastically as additions to your art journal or collage pieces. Palette & Paper also carries ADORNit coloring sheets. These sheets are great for when you want a small scale coloring project. You can turn them into a card to send a friend, include on a bible journaling page and more.
Some say that Johanna Basford, creator of the Secret Garden Coloring Book, launched the "adult coloring book obsession". Her designs are gorgeous so it is easy to understand why. Palette & Paper carries her Secret Garden Postcard book. How lovely it would be to color a few of these and send friends and family some happy mail!
So stop in today and get a coloring book! You are invited to sit on our back porch and color a while too (or inside in the AC during Open Studio every Wednesday evening).
Do you color? We would love to see your creations. Please share on our Facebook page or on Instagram with #paletteandpapercreation!
Every Wednesday evening from 5 pm – 9 pm Palette & Paper hosts Open Studio. It is a great time to work on your project(s) and connect with other crafty people.
During tomorrow evening’s Open Studio, one of our instructors will be offering a make & take opportunity for everyone that is interested. Certified Copic Instructor, Martha Dafnos will be in the studio from 5:30-7:30 sharing a great patriotic image to color using colored pencils, watercolors or Copic Markers (please bring yours). Martha can offer pointers on coloring, blending and building color. Once you have completed your mini masterpiece, you may purchase a kit to turn your colored image into a card (only $1).
As we approach Memorial Day, it is the perfect time to make this patriotic card. To reserve your card kit, please email Martha, and see you tomorrow evening.
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