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.

Monday, August 18, 2014

New Classes Online!

First, we'd like to thank everyone who shopped with us at Art Unraveled this year!  We are always happy to meet new artists and see old friends.  And thank you also to our regular customers who waited patiently while we were away.

Be sure to check the Upcoming Classes page for new classes and pictures if I have them.  I have updated the calendar with currently scheduled classes through December so you can get them in your schedule.  I know how busy the fall is right up to the New Year.

And if you didn't know, or see our post on Facebook, Dina has new stamps and stencils coming.  They are on order and will arrive any day now.  If you want to be the first to get them, call and let us know!

Monday, March 31, 2014

Here comes April!

I say it every time: WOW! Time flies, doesn't it?  Here we are approaching April.  I can't even begin to tell you when the last 3 months have gone.  We really did not have to experience too much winter, like our friends north of us.  Many of you "snowbirds" will be leaving us soon and it's still cold where you're going!  You should stay a little longer...

Here at the store, we've waved good-bye to our Hannah who has gone off to Prague for at least the better part of a year to teach English in the Czech Republic.  She's been gone 2 1/2 weeks and already she is sorely missed!  You can follow her on Facebook if you want to keep up with her.  CHA goodies have been arriving, and going out, at an alarming rate!  We've gotten literally tons of new stuff from Tim Holtz, Ranger, Advantus, Prima, Dylusions, Dina Wakley Media, Clearsnap, Crafter's Workshop, Magenta, Great Impressions, Deadbeat Designs, Stampers Anonymous, and it goes on.  There is still more to come in April, May and even June! We are adding to our Copic marker collection as well.  Be sure to check out the new colors here soon!

Our April and May calendars are full already.  Some regular teachers, like Delia (Copic and Technique) and Kathie (books), Judy Ross (card techniques) and Ken Pesho (Stampscapes). Then throw in Jane Eileen (Zentangles), Dina Wakely (Art Journaling), Linda Wilson (Pergamano), and Ken Oliver (Mixed Media).  We are so lucky to have such a talented crew! We are also having a Sketching group twice a month (on a Friday and a Sunday afternoon) for folks who enjoy putting pencil or pen to paper to capture the world around them.  This little group get-together is free.  On Saturday, April 5, Kathie is having a fun "Play with Paint" Day from 10am-2pm.  Come on over and help use up some of our paste paint and use our stencils and tools. $1/sheet or bring your own paper, and bring a Gelli Plate if you have one.

I always say that I will try to blog more often, and I will, but this is it for now.  Hope we see you soon for a visit or a class!


Monday, January 6, 2014

It's a New Year!

Hi everyone!

Well, it's a New Year.  I can hardly believe that it is already 2014.  Just 14 years ago, we had all just taken down not only Christmas decorations, but also duct tape and plastic from our windows as we had prepared for the new millennium (well, to be honest, we didn't do that at our house.  Thank heavens we did not need to).  In fact, our family had just returned from a fabulous Hawaiian cruise that my mother had treated us to. And I was still 4 years away from the Creative Quest, now the Occasional Artist.  Time flies!

As we now enter the new year, I am looking forward to new classes, new groups, new products, new customers and continuing ones (notice that I did not say "old" ones!).  CHA, the Craft and Hobby Association trade show is this coming weekend and Hannah is going with me this year to do lots of Make and Takes for the store and blog/Facebook/Instagram all of our adventures there.  I would love to know what new things you've seen that you just have to have, or what you have been looking for that you haven't found.  I already know that there are new Dylusions sprays, stamps and stencils; new dies, stamps and Ideaology stuff from Tim Holt; 6 new Archival ink colors, 4 new Stickles colors, and lots of new papers (of course).  We leave Saturday morning so let me know....

We are getting in lots of Valentine's stamps.  The new Great Impressions board is super cute and the Deadbeat designs stamps are "calling" to me.



Here at the store before we leave, I am starting a group that I have wanted to for a while now.  I started sketching a few years back with a friend of mine, Kay.  She and I have gone on a few sketching adventures, some here in the Valley of the Sun and a few farther away.  So, here goes:  this Friday, January 10, I am inviting you to come to the store at 2pm, bring your sketchbook, pencils, pens, watercolors, sketching kit/satchel, your ideas and your sense of humor.  You do not have to be a practiced sketcher or even own a sketchbook (yet).  If this interests you, please come.  I am looking for people who are serious about getting together on a monthly basis to sketch, share ideas and books, and just have fun.  If you can't make a Friday afternoon, I am planning a second get-together on Sunday, January 19, also at 2pm.  We will plan on going for a couple of hours, till 4pm or so.  Hope I see you there!

We have a couple of new teachers trying out some classes this year.  The first is Sheila McGowan.  She teaches fused glass and her first class is on Friday, January 17 at 11am.  The class is $100 and a $25 kit fee.  All supplies are provided. You will make at least one pendant in class to take home and Sheila will take home the rest to fuse in her large kiln and bring them back to the store.  Yes, it's a little pricey, but the products are beautiful-you really can't mess it up, and the pendants make wonderful gifts, too!


The other new teacher is none other than Mac Collett, Angie's new husband!!  He loves origami and wants to teach us!  I am really excited about this class!  You will learn some origami basics and then make some pieces to mount on cards.  Only $30 on Saturday, February 1. No pictures yet, but I will post them as soon as they come in.

Whew!  What a long post.  Of course, my New Year's Resolution will be to post regularly.  We'll see how that goes.  It will help if you let me know that you've read (and hopefully enjoyed) the posts.  See you in the shop soon!

Kathie, the Occasional Artist

Tuesday, December 24, 2013