Wednesday, April 22, 2015

It's Going to be a Dyan Weekend!!

Hi All,

Dyan Reaveley is joining us on May 2nd and 3rd (a mere 10 days away) for 3 fabulous, amazing art journaling classes! Dyan comes to us from "across the pond" in Harrogate, England where she has her own store called "Art from the Heart". Those lucky blokes get to learn from her on a regular basis, but this is likely our only chance for a long time to come.  If you didn't know, Dyan has a line of stamps, stencils, sprays and paints with Ranger, one of our favorite suppliers of crafty goodness.

Want to know what she's teaching?  Here you go:

Saturday, May 2, 9am-5:30pm.  Art Journal Painty Extravaganza!   Dylusions now has paints, yes paints!!! Developed especially for Art Journaling.  Learn all the tips and tricks Dyan uses to incorporate them into her journals. Lean may styles of backgrounds including brayering, baby wipes, journal blocking. After spending the morning applying the techniques, your will go to town decorating them with shapes, stencils, silhouettes and stamped images.  $150.

 In addition to all this learning, you will receive absolutely FREE from Ranger:  1 small journal, 1 blank foam pad, 1 small stencil, 1 craft scrubbie (and you'll need it!), 1 mini multi-medium, 1 mini glue stick, 10 assorted tags, label letters and 1 mixed media cardstock.  Here are the samples:

Sunday, May 3, 9am-1pm.  Incorporating Rubber Stamps into your Journal.  Who needs to be able to draw when there are fabulous stamps available to give your journals that professional finish.  Whether it's for making backgrounds or creating focal points, there are sure to be the perfect ones for you.  You will be using a myriad of techniques including shadow stamping, masking, transferring the ink. Border stamps, background stamps and incorporating main images are all covered.  $75.
And Ranger is giving you:  journal pages taken from the large journal, 2 sheets of mixed media cardstock and 1 idea-ology mask sheet.  Here is a sample:
Sunday, May 3, 2-6pm.  Journaling with Inks and Stencils. A necessary class to give you everything you need to know about Dyan's inking techniques from start to finish.  All of her tips and hints for perfectly inked pages.  You will be creating beautiful inked backgrounds to start your Journaling Journey.  This will be a very informative class with great hands-on techniques for your journaling.  $75.
And Ranger is giving you:  Journal pages taken from the large journal and a variety of tags.  Here are some samples:

So don't wait much longer to sign up.  It'll be here before you know it, and when she leaves, she'll be gone for some time.  there are still openings in all classes today, but maybe not next week.  Call right away!!!

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Guest Artists coming SOON!

Hi All,

I was so excited yesterday when I got a fun little text from Dina Wakley!  It seems that she is available to do an afternoon class here at the Occasional Artist on Saturday, March 7 from 2-5pm.  $55. She will be doing a specific project: a Mish-Mash mixed media book with fabric and all kinds of substrates! I'm not sure how much room we'll have (we'll try to have our larger space), but for sure the first 8 people to call and reserve their space will be IN!  So, don't wait, we are really lucky to be seeing her before her scheduled class in May.

Also, Ken Oliver will be here on March 6 from 1-5pm for a really fun Watercolor Journal using his wonderful new watercolor products, Color Burst!  These are SO new that we will be among the first people to have them in the world!  He also has the new Click-It ink pads (already in the store! Ask for a demo.) and some great vintage-y stamps and papers.  In this class, you will make a watercolor journal of your own and learn some fun and easy techniques using Color Burst watercolors to do a few pages.  Hurry and sign up! Here are a couple of pictures.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

New Year, New Stuff, New Classes!

Well, it's a new year.  And it has been super busy so far.  With CHA (the Craft and Hobby Association trade show) behind us and tons of orders placed for all kinds of products, we're moving on to new classes to learn how to use those products.  This weekend, Marissa is teaching a Gelli printing class.  Gelli printing is really fun and the plates come in lots of sizes, all the way from 3x5 to 12x14 inches.  Marissa is even going to teach how to turn those fabulous prints into fun envelopes!  Fun!  There are still a couple of spots left in Saturday's class, so hurry and sign up!

Also coming up, Donna West is continuing with her Colored Pencil cards.  She teaches 4 cards in each class and she really goes above and beyond with her designs!  February's classes are on Friday the 13th and Saturday the 14th.  Join us and learn how to make your colored pencil work look this great!

Delia is continuing on with her Copic classes on a Wednesday and Thursday each month.  We think we need a Beginner's class again.  Please call the store to get on a list to start this new class.  There's quite a bit of technique to learn with Copics and Delia is a fantastic teacher!

Ken Pesho is teaching Art Impressions watercolor cards the end of February and March 1st.  Only a couple of spots left.  These beautiful cards are easier than they look!

I am still teaching my Book of the Month classes, most on the third Tuesday of each month.  The classes are taught three times on that day, at 11am, 2pm, and 5:30pm. Learn a new stitch or bookbinding technique. This was January's book.

Our Judy Ross is a little out of commission for her Different Point of View this month, but she will be back on March 3 and March 7.  In this technique-laden class you will make 5 cards using the same stamp and get the stamp as part of the class.  We've had so much interest in Judy's class that we opened a Tuesday class!

Marissa and I are also starting a couple of Visual Journaling classes.  Each month we'll emphasize a different technique or product group.  Bring a journal and let's get started filling the pages with lots of color and texture!  I will teach a Friday afternoon class and Marissa will teach a Saturday class. These classes will be only $20 and we'll provide most of the products.

I think I covered most of what's going on in the near future.  Check back with us often so you won't miss a thing!  And of course, I can't send out a post without a picture of my beautiful new granddaughter!  Here she is, Sloan Avery Van Liew!

Have a great day, and do something creative!  And come see us and all the new stuff!

Monday, December 29, 2014

The Last Unicorn

Well, here we are at the end of 2014 and the beginning of 2015.  I'm not gonna fool ya, it's been a tough year. We've lost at least 3 local paper arts stores: the Craft Retreat, Paper and Metal Scrappers (in Payson) and just last week, Frenzy Stamper.  Frenzy was the only other real rubber stamping store in the Valley besides the Occasional Artist.  I am sorry to see Debbie go.  It was great to be able to send customers if we didn't have what they needed.  Many times, folks pop in from out of town and I was always happy to send them over to Frenzy.

 It's the "Sign of the Times" I'm afraid.  So many people shopping on line.  I was just thinking this morning about how many books we used to carry in the store; now we can't compete with Amazon. I get it, I really do. Buy your books on Amazon, and save your extra dollars for art supplies at local stores. 

So here we are, the "last unicorn", the only rubber stamping store left. I am off to CHA, the Craft and Hobby Association's biggest trade show of the year, next week.  I will be looking for fun and exciting new products to bring you and I'll be learning new techniques using the latest products so I can show you how to use them.  CHA is always fun, but challenging to figure out just the right products that will spark your creative spirit.  If you've seen new products that you are excited about, please let me know.  Delia and Angie and I are here to help you out.

We are excited to tell you that Dina Wakley has put two classes on our calendar for this year, both on Wednesday evenings: May 20 and September 2.  We've partnered with the party store next door to be able to put together a class of 30, so call the store and sign up because Dina is very limited with her time for us.  Classes will cost $45 and they will be 3 hours long.  Dina often teaches her newest classes for us first, so if you want to be in these really fun and technique-laden classes, do not hesitate to call and sign up. These classes WILL fill up.

To help you keep up with your visual journaling, we are adding a couple of visual journaling classes each month in addition to Dina's classes in May and September.  These classes will be only $20 and will be taught by me on a Friday afternoon and by Marissa Vidrio on a Saturday morning, starting in February. These classes will be in our classroom, so will be limited to 8. We'll add an evening class if these fill up. The classes each month will have a similar technique or use similar products even though they will be taught by different instructors.

It's going to be an exciting new year!  Please remember, eventually all the unicorns became extinct.  We can only survive with your support.  Shop local as much as you can, and let us know what YOU want so we can bring it to you.

See you soon!

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Happy Little Halloween Cards!

 These wonderful Halloween cards are the samples for Donna's Colored Pencil classes in October.

The classes are October 10 and 11, both at 10:30am.  Only $28.  The emphasis for Donna's classes is the colored pencil work.  She pre-cuts all the papers and stamps all the images for you.  You come learn how to color!
Prismacolors used in this class:
1023 Cloud Blue
989 Chartreuse
1005 Limepeel
911 Olive
932 Violet
935 Black
1032 Orange
946 Dark Brown
941 Light Umber
947 Dark Umber
1065 70% Cool Grey
1060 20% Cool Grey
1056 70% Warm Grey
949 Silver

Additional supplies:  Odorless Mineral Spirits (Gamsol), paper stumps, pop-dots, glue.

Please let us know if we can have any or all of these supplies for you.