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More Craft Classes!

I wanted to do a second post today highlighting an amazing place to take craft classes...Collage! Why a second post? Well, there is simply too much to cover in one and Collage has so much to offer!

Call the Alberta store (503.249.2190) if you'd like to sign up for any of these classes. Click here to see all of the classes listed: 

Here's a couple that I'm teaching over the next month: 


$10 Tuesday: Lace Pendant Necklace - Tuesday, October 16


Make a beautiful trio of pendants in one necklace. We will collage images, patterns, or letters into three circle lace pendant. Learn jewelry-making basics that you can apply to all jewelry. You will leave with a beautifully crafted necklace.


$5 Friday: Jack O'Lantern Jars - Friday, October 19
Come make a set of spooky Jack O'Lantern jars to decorate your porch or table for this spooktacular season.
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In addition to classes I'm teaching, Collage has an amazing line-up of talented teachers! Here are a few of my favorites! 
Needle Felted Pumpkins taught by Suki Allen - Wednesday, September 26 
Come learn the basics of needle felting while creating a small collection of pumpkins to decorate for fall.
Watercolor Journal with Coptic Stitch taught by Sonya Richards - Saturday, September 29
Make your own watercolor journal from scratch. You’ll learn how to bind your book using the four needle coptic stitch, an ancient binding technique which allows your journal to lay completely flat when open. Perfect for making your own notebooks, albums and journals.

Paper Marbling taught by Sonya Richards - Saturday, October 20
In this class we'll cover several traditional techniques on paper marbling. From the Japanese Suminagashi, to the Turkish Ebru style, you’ll learn all the basics and how to set up your own marbling station at home. Be ready to get a little messy, and be marveled by the magic of marbling! 
Representational Collage: Birds taught by Susan Schenk - Sunday, October 28
Learn to use paper as paint to create a compelling realistic image of a bird. Walk out with a frame ready piece of art!
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Make sure to swing by and check out not only their amazing classes, but a wide range of amazing art and craft supplies! 





Collage 101

Working at a place called Collage, you'd think I was a pro-collager. However, prior to taking Basic Collage from Suki (my manager and teacher extraordinaire!), my only experience had been with elmers, wrinkles, and the collage failing. The idea is simple enough, but knowing a bit about the types of glues and materials makes a huge difference in the result! 

Here's the biggest tips I learned for Suki's collage class: 

  • Use PVA glue, it doesn't wrinkle, it's archival (lasts 100+ years), dries quickly, and is perfect for all paper to paper crafting. 
  • You want to glue your collage to something strong and firm. Hardboard panel works really well and it's very reasonable priced. This way your collage won't bend or curl up. 
  • Gluing a background paper, allow to dry, then cut with an exacto knife to get the perfect edge! 
  • Plan out the whole collage before committing and gluing anything down. 
  • Use a paint brush to glue the paper, then apply paper to surface.
  • Allow 24 to dry before sealing it.
  • Seal the collage with a varnish, Golden works really well. 
  • If you plan on framing your collage, you don't need to seal it.  

I enjoyed making this one so much, Chris and I got crafty! I've been saving up some 50s-60s magazines. We spent a few hours pouring over this magazines and "oohing and awwing" over so much great furniture, cars, and fun advertisements. We cut lots and have only just begun some fun collages. This was really fun to enjoy doing a craft together! As you can imagine, this doesn't happen very often!

I'm loving these little pieces! We are going to make more, some to keep and some to sell at our booth. What do you think? 

Have you tried collage? If you have any questions about the process, let me know! I'd be happy to help you out! :) 

Happy Collaging! 


Needle Felting at Collage


For those of you who follow me on twitter or like me on facebook, you heard the news that I have a new job! I've given my notice to Paper Source last week. My last day is the 17th and then I'm off to Alt on the 18th *insert happy dance here*. Paper Source welcomed me with open arms when I moved to Portland in July. I've met so many great people and have developed some amazing friendships. But, when this opportunity came my way, I couldn't pass it up! Collage is a local Portland craft/fine arts store. 
Click here to check out their site and like them on facebook too! They offer loads of classes (there is almost one everyday!) and pretty much have an amazing assortment of goods for every type of crafter. One of the things I'm most excited about is that I'm going to learn a lot of new techniques and tricks too! First up, needle felting! 
The process of felting is really simple. Roll the wool roving into a ball, then poke it gently and evenly. Always poke on the styrofoam mat, and never look away! The needles are sharp, you can see that I had to bandage my finger later on (nothing too bad). 
After an hour of poking, the balls start to take shape. To connect the pieces, use a longer pin and poke wear the two pieces are to connect, this moves the fibers back and forth between the two. 
In the first picture, I'm doing the detail work of adding small pieces: the nose, black for the eyes, and white for the beard. Introducing Suki! She is an amazing teacher and an amazing new boss! ;) 
Finally, introducing Robert the Gnome! Make sure the roll the R the french way when you say it! ;) 
Class picture! Everyone made amazing gnomes!