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Event | Art Supply Warehouse Fine Arts Weekend

Reported by Maria Del Pinto

I am always on the look out for new ways to expose my kids to the fine arts, in a fun and enjoyable manner.  I was lucky to find out that the local Art Supply Warehouse store was hosting a fine arts event on their property.  It was free to the public, which was a major boost to my pocket book.  Additionally, they encouraged children and adults of all ages to participate (which meant they would have workshops that were child-friendly).
The “Fine Arts Event” was a three-day event that offered several different workshops to choose from on  each day.  There were also hourly demonstrations put on by a variety of artists.  The event also offered an opportunity to create a piece of art through the “Remaster The Masters” event to display on the Catalyst art class space wall.
We anticipated that we would probably spend the day at the event, so my kids packed a light lunch and off we went to the “Fine Arts Weekend Event”.  The first stop was at the store, so we could stock up on the art supplies we were low on.  The Art Supply Warehouse offers a 25% sale at least two times a year and this year it was timed at the same time as the fine arts event.  We have learned to shop first because at those prices they tend to run out of the things we need very quickly.
Once the shopping was completed, we went to the first demonstration which was sponsored by Strathmore.
This was a mixed media workshop where the kind folks at Strathmore provided each participant with one of their new mixed media pads to test out with watercolors, charcoals and pastels.
There were students of all ages taking this workshop.
If you are into junk journals, art journals, mixed media pieces, etc., you may find that these pads are great.  The instructor had samples of different materials that she used on these pads.  The first one was a page from her Strathmore Mixed Media Pad showing the use of Pan Pastels and Stencils.
The second was her Strathmore Mixed Media Pad showing the use of Golden’s Acrylic and hot sticks.
The third was a sample of air brushing on the same pad.
The fourth was an actual in class project by one of the students using watercolor sticks put down in layers to get vibrant colors.  She used a lot of water and still the paper did not buckle, which I think is a plus.
The next workshop we attended was soft pastels workshop which was presented by Lon Dekkers and sponsored by Rembrandt.
You may wonder what is so special about these pastels, for us it is that they do not contain any heavy metals (such as cadmium, lead, and cobalt).  My daughter has certain allergies and these did not cause any reaction.  The colors are also very rich and easy to work with.
Lon showed how to use the side of the pastel to fill in larger areas in the drawing.
He also went over several different ways to use the pastels to create depth and light.
Lon Dekkers demonstrating the Rembrandt Soft Pastels
He was very patent with my teenager, and happily answered all her questions.  She asked him to do a whole apple without smudging the colors on the apple,
so she could better understand how the use of particular colors brought light and depth into the apple drawing.
My daughter’s apple drawing
Her apple drawing came out really well.  Unfortunately, my apple turned into pumpkin (thank goodness that I do not have to rely on my own drawing skills to create cards).
My pumpkin.
My daughters definitely loved this workshop and I am sure I will see a set of these soft pastels added to their Christmas wish lists.
The next workshop we attended was an oil painting workshop which featured paints from the Jack Richeson Oil Paint – Shiva Collection.
The teacher, Jeff Morrow, for this workshop was a very patent artist.  Teaching oil painting to a group of individuals of varied ages and experience is no easy task.
  He taught us how to combine colors, use the various tools and some different painting techniques.
He also shared tips with the students, one of which is to think about perspective when working on a painting. This was helpful, since many of the students had never used oil paints before and were feeling bit nervous about working with them.
Oil Painting without a frame.
Another fun tip was that he showed us how the right frame can change how a painting looks.  The above the painting is great.  However, when you add a frame…
Oil Painting with a white frame.
…it definitely changes the way the finished painting looks.
 Another fun workshop we were able to attend was an “Artist Trading Card” workshop.   In this workshop we had the opportunity to try out the Daler Rowney’s FW Acrylic Inks.
This workshop was taught by calligraphy artist and author, Lisa Engelbrecht,
who taught us some fun techniques for creating our own Artist Trading Cards.
I am a big fan of making Artist Trading Cards because of their size.   I find that Artist Trading Cards are a manageable craft project and allow me to try out a variety of textiles, materials, etc. on them within a short time span.
Lisa Engelbrecht Artist Trading Card Projects
Here are samples of some of the ones made by the workshop attendees.
and some by Lisa.
The “Fine Arts Event” also had a very cool “Remaster the Masters” project.  Where we got to create our t-shirts master pieces with the new Sharpie paint colors.  The store provided us with a fun t-shirt to paint.
They had all the pens out and the colors were fabulous.  Below are just a few examples of some of the shirts people created.
My daughter drew her version of “Nyan Cat” which apparently is a popular cartoon cat with a “pop toasty” body.
Nyan Cat drawn by one of the kids
The event lasted three days and offered many more workshops than we were able to attend.  My family and I appreciate stores like Art Supply Warehouse who give us a chance to try out different artistic media and provide these fun educational opportunities.  If you are interested in similar events,  I highly recommend checking out the online calendar of local art stores and museums who often sponsor similar events in your area.
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CHA Design Aids: Faber-Castell Mix & Match Line

Reported by Maria Del Pinto

The Faber-Castell booth featured a new line of mix-and-match products that will help designers and crafters create colorful art and craft projects. 

This product line provides crafters with all the materials necessary to complete a project with colors that work well together.  They feel that crafters would prefer to spend more time crafting, designing and working on their projects.  By putting everything in one easy to purchase package, you no longer have to go to two different types of art supply stores to get their products.

Faber Castell’s motto for their new product line:    “Makes Designing With Color Simple”
Choose a color that inspires you.  The new color products are offered in collections that not only ensure a solid color design, but also allow the consumer to combine colors successfully. 
Choose a medium.  They offer mixed media kits, metallics (Pitt© Artist Pens),  Metallic Gelatos, and more.

Mix and Match as you create

Their new color coordinated palettes give you the freedom to design your project knowing the colors will work beautifully together.  The new palettes are applicable to card making, journaling, kids crafts, artist trading cards, mixed media projects and scrapbooking.

What do you think? Will the Mix & Match packs get you crafting faster?

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Artist Trading Cards Book by Leonie Pujol (Twenty To Make Series – Search Press)

Reported by Fabrizio Martellucci

If you haven’t heard of ATCs (Artist Trading Cards) yet, where have you been ? They’re a fun medium and are increasingly becoming more popular among cardmakers and other paper crafters alike.

‘An ATC is a small piece of card 2 1/2 inches by 3 1/2…’

An ATC is a small piece of card 2 1/2 inches by 3 1/2 and it’s decorated on one side and the other side contains information about the author of the artwork, date it was made and some various details you wish the include.
Apparently, they were born out of necessity by a Swiss artist who thought that the usual business cards being exchanged were boring so started to create one offs or series of ATC to exchange with fellow artists. The paper crafters took it on and now they are being exchanged at craft fairs between crafters.

‘…ATCs are never sold but swapped/exchanged…’

Please, note that ATCs are never sold but swapped/exchanged for another ATC. They can soon become collectable too. The fact they are similar in size with baseball cards means there are several storage solutions to keep them safe and dust-free. Just a word of warning as they are addictive so if you have a collector streak in you, you’ll definitely enjoy making them and exchanging them online and offline.

‘Artist Trading cards by Leonie Pujol

There are several publications out there, but for the intermediate and advanced ATC creators this book from Leonie Pujol will really inspire you.

The book is entitled ‘Artist Trading Cards‘ and belongs to a series ( 20/Twenty to Make ) of small books published by Search Press (a very proactive British publishing house).

image used with kind permission of Search Press
‘Leonie crammed her book with 20 sections of different techniques’

The premise of that series is to have small reference books on specific subjects to inspire you. And the authors, in this case Leonie Pujol, are challenged to make 20 creations on particular subject.

Leonie took ATC making to heart and crammed the book with 20 sections of different techniques:
  • Easily Inspired
  • Decoupage Creations
  • Creative Background I and II
  • Stamping I and II
  • Stickers I and II
  • Stencils I and II
  • Decorative Papers I and II
  • A Touch of metal I and II
  • Embellishments I and II
  • Memorabilia I and II
  • Taking it further I and II

Image used by kind permission of Search Press
‘…you get to see 60 ATCs, and the book is fully illustrated throughout.’
Each of them with one ATC and instructions and two other variations on the same theme so in effect you get to see 60 ATCS and the book is fully illustrated throughout.
There are no step by step illustrations to accompany the instructions though. That’s why I recommend this book for veterans ATC makers at an intermediate to advanced level. Although beginners could get inspired, they might get disheartened if they try to attempt some techniques they haven’t tried before… you’ve been warned!

Leonie’s samples are stunning, and she really gives you so much scope for trying new techniques and stretching your crafter’s ‘legs’. I challenge you not to feel a ‘get up and craft’ after reading her book.

My favourites ATCs in the book are the Panda ones and the ones in the Memorabilia section. There are a few oriental-inspired ATC that I simply adore and they got me crafting that’s for sure.

Here are some ATCs I made taking inspiration from Leonie’s Artist Trading Cards book:


  • Small book can be easily referred to quickly as the section are well laid out and concise
  • Very good examples and fully illustrated throughout
  • Instructions given to all 20 main ATC linked to the section


  • I would have liked just the one step by step for at least one project which would have kept the total beginner happy
  • Only for Intermediate and Advanced paper crafters
  • The two other variations shown don’t have instructions with them

‘I wanted Leonie to sign her book I bought but forgot it at home…’

I thoroughly enjoyed the book; I bought it over a year ago and I’m glad I re-read it for this review. I also need to tell you an anecdote, I was extremely fortunate to meet the author Leonie at a workshop she did for a cancer charity fundraiser recently.

Leonie and I at a recent fundraiser workshop

I wanted Leonie to sign her book I bought but forgot it at home, lucky me, she was selling her book at the do and I bought it again from her ! So I told her ‘that’s total dedication for you’ we both laughed about it! So I have a spare one to ‘abuse’ and the other signed one to cherish. She’s an amazing lady and I’m glad she’s got a presenting job in a well known shopping channel in the UK. I feel really fortunate to have met her as she’s an outstanding crafter.

I just want to give Vanessa Ware from Search Press a heartfelt thanks for supplying the extra pictures and allowing me to scan two pages from Leonie’s book Artist Trading Cards.


Search Press –
Leonie’s personal blog –

If you have purchased this book and it has inspired you, please let us know, we’d love to hear your comments and see your creations !

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