i love creating art in different places: a friend’s house, an art retreat, a blanket in the park.
the best way to be able do this i’ve found, is by having a designated art travel bag. easy to grab and go when inspiration hits.
the local craft stores never seemed to have all that i was looking for. so i had to create my own!
i ended up going to home depot/lowe’s (can’t remember which one) to find a tool bag.
something close, but may even be better, is this one I found here or here.
whichever one you decide on, make sure it’s a material that is porous and will accept the paint.
• first you’ll want to remove all labels, or pieces you don’t want showing, with small scissors or a seam ripper.
• next, i would recommend gesso‘ing it. which is basically priming it and will help the paint stick. to be honest, i didn’t and my bag is still fine many years and lots of use later. but, i may have just gotten lucky.
• then i just used all different kinds of acrylic paints and started layering colors and markings.
• when the paint was dry i used permanent ink to make smaller details. and then more paint again. the more layers the better is what i say!
• for the little flower on the pocket i used some felt and stitched it together first before using E6000 and gluing it to the bag.
once you’re all done it’s time to LOAD it up and go make art!
if you end up making yourself one i would sure love to see it.
The 3rd Annual Clark County Open Studios is almost upon us!!! Nov. 14 & 15, 10AM-5PM I hope if you’re local you’ll put this on your calendar and come out to see the incredible artists that are right here in our community! And it’s FREE! Visit the website to get directions and more information.
Preview Exhibit and Artists’ Reception Friday, Nov 6, 2015, 5 pm–9 pm North Bank Artists Gallery
Below are some of the artists that will also be opening up their studios this year.
there’s a lot going on!
first off, many people are a bit confused as to the difference between the Clark County Open Studios and our own Allen Designs Studio Sale.
i’ll start with the 14th Annual Allen Designs Studio Sale which is at our business location off Minnehaha Rd. this is where we sell close-outs, samples and slightly blemished products, along with everything else. you can seriously find some great deals here! the dates and times are in the image below. i’ll be posting more info on this later and also sending out some specials via our newsletter soon. so be sure to get on that list!
oh, and i’m in China right now, working on our newest line debuting in Jan. 2015. a little sneak peek above.
and then we have the Clark County Open Studios. this is where myself along with 49 other artists open their art studios (mine will be my HOME studio in downtown Vancouver) for two days- Nov. 8 & 9, 10AM-5PM, enabling the public to get a glimpse into what it looks like to be a working artist. (p.s. i won’t have any clocks at this event)
and then there’s Preview Night, (where one piece of work from each artist will be on display) Saturday Nov. 1, 5-8PM.
if you’re a Portland/Vancouver local, i hope you can make it out to one of these fun art events! 🙂
The 2nd Annual Clark County Open Studios Tour is almost upon us!!!
I hope if you’re local you’ll put this on your calendar and come out to see the incredible artists that are in our community. And it’s FREE! Visit the website to get directions and more information.
Preview Night is Nov. 1, 5-8PM
Open Studios Tour is Nov. 8 & 9, 10AM-5PM
Here are some pictures from what my studio looked like last year.
A year later, it looks a bit more loved and used than in these photos.
One of my favorite artists, new to the tour this year, the FABULOUS Gretchen Gammell!
Her work is absolutely incredible. Her simple line, color usage, subject matter and creativity slay me!
She’s insanely talented.
over the past several years our business has evolved & changed.
to the point that we have a fairly large space upstairs that doesn’t get much use.
and it has been killing me. the light is amazing up there!
but no longer, we’re taking action!
we’ve replaced the ugly brown carpet with salvaged shiplap. and it’s BEAUTIFUL!
flooring makes all the difference. (as it should since it is so crazy expensive! ugh.)
we had gorgeous tables custom-made from salvaged wood.
i’ve been scouring garage sales for random chairs… not sure how this part is going to turn out, right now it’s looking a bit disastrous. 🙁
now we’re down to the details. the fun stuff!
at this point i still don’t have a definitive plan for the space.
i’ve got lots of ideas swirling around in my head.
i do know, that i’m TOTALLY EXCITED about the possibilities!
so stay tuned 🙂
i don’t know if you remember, but a few years back i went down to Newton, KS to Meg Duerksen’sWhatever Craft Weekend? it was a blast! so, when Meg asked me if i wanted to come down and teach at her newest endeavor Camp Create, i was ALL OVER IT!
i mean really, who wouldn’t want to go to a place stocked so beautifully & creatively with arts & crafts supplies?
and where beds with vintage quilts like this welcomed you!
like last time, i had to get my hands on her giant chalkboard!
pretty sure this took me half the day. at some point i would love to take a hand-lettering workshop to learn tricks to make it look better and go quicker. i’m thinking i’ll give this one by mary kate mcdevitt a go. many people have said great things about it. and she is crazy good!
we had mini devotional/thought provoking times working on our “god sized dream“, led by the lovely, wise & oh-so-kind author holley gerth.
we went to a gigantic sunflower field. it was B E A U T I F U L !!! #duh (as stephanie ackerman would say)
sunflowers for days!
the sweet lady herself. her heart is so big. her intentions pure.
many special moments. friendships made. dreams shared.
and lots and LOTS of laughter!!! and i’m talking gut-hurting, face-cramping, eyes-watering laughter!
really, all this to say… i didn’t have much fun. 😉
looky at what my FABULOUS dad made me!!! (and mom, she did the painting!)
as most of you probably already know, i collect the letter A.
i’ve wanted one of these large marquee types for a long time!!! *squeal*
and isn’t my dad cute!
still haven’t quite found the perfect spot for it.
i’ll show you it all ‘lit up’ when i do.
realized i never posted this picture from the Atlanta Gift Show…
love the bag display with the porcelain hands that my friend Mark put together for me.
this was another treat from the show… i had the pleasure of meeting the lovely Lotta Jansdotter!
she’s as darling & sweet in person as she seems on her blog.
(don’t mind me… i just look cray cray in this pic!)
hope you’re all doing well… staying warm, healthy and creative?
a short while back i had the privilege of visiting artist jo james, of cart before the horse, in her studio.
i wish i would have had time to tell you about her sooner, as i’d like to better portray ALL the details & feelings i had from our wonderful visit!
for one though- let me just say i was CRAZY INSPIRED!
inspired by their sold-out-to-a-creative-life way of living.
inspired by their contemporary folk art style.
inspired by her home and collection of artwork.
i can’t say enough good things about her.
she & her husband, dylan whom i didn’t get to meet unfortunately, ooze of genius creativity.
she is as kind, beautiful, fun and original as her art is.
a yummy vegan lunch she so kindly prepared for us.
their capacity for creating unique characters is brilliant.
childlike yet refined.
and their genius continues- check out this video her husband made! it’s awesome!!!
nail care has never been my thing, don’t judge!
their pieces are mostly limited edition and each one is made to order.
treat yourself to more of their imaginary handmade works of art here.
as you can see by this one-of-a-kind gallery, there is NO END TO THEIR CREATIVITY!
check it out- they’ve also launched a kickstarter for their Mobile Art Studio!
thank you jo for the visit. i look forward to our next meet up!