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It’s almost Studio Sale time!!!

We’d love for you to join us at our annual sale 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 images below. I’ll be posting more info on this later and also sending out some specials via our newsletter (upper right corner of this…

Painting in Color Workshop— MEXICO!!!

I am so excited about this opportunity to share my love of creating, explore Oaxaca, Mexico and spend time with like-minded people! Not to mention teach alongside the prolifically talented and fabulous Sunny Carvahlo (check out her work and her workshop post here)! We would LOVE to have you join us on this adventure! Kathie Vezzani, also an artist, has been organizing…

300 Days of Creating Progress Report

Well, I have to say, this has been a REALLY GOOD challenge for me. I’m already more intentional to be creative knowing that I can’t get behind. And, along with it, I’m FEELING more creative! Below are a sampling of a few of the days so far… 7/300  Thinking a lot about the lack of snow up in our poor…

Studio Sale, China Travel and Open Studios

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…

allen designs studio space

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…

hearts for charity!

a few months back, i was invited by a friend to participate in a charity event, “HeArts of Clark County“, which is raising money for an improved life saving heart room of sorts at PeaceHealth Medical Center. we were asked to paint on fiberglass hearts to be auctioned off at a gala in the fall. above are the humble beginning…

make your desktop pretty! may desktop wallpaper

today IS going to be SUBLIME! i hope you enjoy this month’s free desktop wallpaper. our Allen Designs wiggles clock can be found here. i like the idea of making that statement as i wake to encounter each day. my days ARE better when i begin with that kind of attitude. sometimes it’s fiercely hard. there are people & things that are…

hello China!

yes, i’m here in China again. at least twice a year. i can’t believe this is my 10th year of coming here. am i really getting that old?! i’m working on lots of new designs. pretty darned excited about them! after 10 yrs., i still get completely blissed out in the development process. seeing two dimensional art become three dimensional…

hand lettering & artist’s open studio tour

this year clark county, washington will be having it’s first annual artist’s open studios tour! not sure of the dates, but it will be happening some time this fall. here’s a little logo hand lettering artwork thingy that i’ve been working on. not positive if it will be used or not but it’s been fun nonetheless.     and how…

March Desktop Wallpaper

we wanted to share a little gift with you this month- just click on the image below to open the file, then right click to save. happy March!!! spring is in the air and we’re so excited. don’t forget this weekend to set your clocks forward. yay for longer days! ˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚ i like this.

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