July newsletter -7/2/15

Hello – hello- sorry to have been remiss but had a lot going on. Randy and I went to California to the Macpherson’s dealer workshop. A lovely intense three day adventure by the Berkeley Marina where they wow us with cool art supplies and try to get us to spend our money – it worked ha ha. We also got to spend some time with our son and his wife who live not far from there. Team Brushstrokes handled everything and did a fabulous job.

So because of that we are moving and a shaking at the shop. The Studio B area is going to go thru some changes. We have a cool display of artsy yet contemporary/urban coming in so Bottom Shelf – vintage treasures and useful things is leaving as is that whole art bar. This will open up the teaching area of Studio B and make it FEEL better- we really are liking how it is looking. The new stuff arrives with us having no clue so we shall just be installing as it shows up. We have Daniel Smith watercolors – 154 colors – on their way – the most requested watercolor so here it comes!! We have put the Sennelier watercolor at 50% off – plenty of good colors left but it is going relatively fast for summer. The vintage stuff is red tagged at 50% off too. The rest of the Grumbacher Academy watercolors are 50% off to make for a small rack of the Koi watercolor.

Let us just say there is cool stuff coming in.

Classes on the dock at the moment

Doodle and Fold: The Box as Art. …..Saturday, July 11, 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.

Create boxes to hold secrets, to enclose gifts, or to display as objets d’arte. After doodling on cardstock, with a few folds and snips, we will form two boxes: a square and a rectangle as pretty or whimsical on the inside as on the outside. Once you learn the technique, you will be able to make these boxes in a variety of sizes. Paper and pens are included. Tools will be available, but if you wish to bring your own, you will need a pencil, ruler or straightedge, scissors, X-Acto knife or other tool for scoring paper.

Age 16 and up – minimum 4 – maximum 10- cost $20. Instructor Pat Bontinen. We have seen these and the possibilities are well pretty cool!!

Watersoluble Pencil workshop – ie watercolor in pencil form!!  Saturday – July 18 from 1:00 to 4:00. Instructor Barbara Baker- newest member of Team Brushstrokes !

This will include three wet-on-dry techniques, two wet-on-wet techniques, how to combine with traditional CP, types of papers to use, and some tricks with natural sponges. The cost of the workshop will include some supplies but those who attend will need to bring a few supplies.

Here is the list of supplies that will be supplied and they will go home with you :) 1 box Royal Langnickel Watercolor Pencil Art Set- 1 small natural sponge- small sheets of various papers about 5″ x 7″  – 1 sheet hot press watercolor paper, 1 sheet cold press watercolor paper, 1 sheet Stonehenge. You will need to bring a small set of traditional colored pencils like Prismacolor, Lyra Rembrandt, Faber-Castell. It doesn’t have to be a lot a of pencils 3 – 4 is enough – a pencil sharpener – a white eraser and scotch tape.

Age 16 and up – minimum 4 maximum 10 – cost $45.00.

A Make and Take- new to us. Saturday, July 25, from 10:00 to 12:00.

Come join Laurie Knight as she shows you the wonders of alcohol ink. She will show you how it mixes and you will paint on a tile. Maybe even two – or some Yupo. We are just going to see where this takes us. Everything is supplied and this is just plain ole creative fun. Cost $15.

Age 16 and up – no minimum – max 12.

***Note* ***Our class policy – Must pay upon registration – credit card okay –    No refunds. If the student cancels then one-half will go to instructor-the other half you may redeem for supplies. It just makes life simpler for us and will keep us having classes ****

We have Lynne Yancha returning on August 1 but alas that is full – if anyone is waiting for a Lynne class let me know and we will schedule one for those that we keep missing. We have several in the queue and I am going to spend the next week corralling artists and instructors to get it all lined up.

Things that have made their way to the sale table also include – Prismacolor fine point Illustration markers- clear carve blocks, lumiere dimensional paint, little box set of the Buddha board set – fabric markers, and lots of stuff. We are gathering and cleaning and will be having two sidewalk sales. One teeny one July 17 and 18 – weather permitting – Wilson Ross and Betty’s are joining in- then the big town wide one – in cahoots with the Lewisburg BrewBQ is Saturday, August 8. We will have frames, mats, old stuff, all types of art supplies, some furniture – regular old lots of stuff sale :) Okay it is Monday and I must start making room for things coming.

Last bit is the Sidewalk Chalk Festival on Friday, July 10. Here is a link to info. http://www.lewisburgartscouncil.com/events/sidewalk-chalk-festival/

Hope you are having a wonderful summer. thanks, Kathy and Team Brushstrokes- Deb, Laurie, Jane, Sylvia, Barbara and of course Randy :)

**** Newsflash – as I was getting ready to send this the first bit of stuff arrived from the show- everything by Kuretake -Zig-calligraphy markers, lots of metallic markers – Bimoji Fuge Pen dispaly – Fude means brush – a sweet little black ink brush pen – Japanese style – very reasonable – and the coolest marker with the neatest name- Wink of Stella- we have one to play with. Everyone who tries it just goes “oooohhhh”. Puts a wink of glitter magic on your work. I think one box is still on the UPS truck but I have the packing slip so it is close :)

P.S. People are loving the Wink of Stella !!!!

A bit of a flashback….

IMG_2292Was going thru old stuff and found this. From 2000. My how we have changed. Since then, we have gone from no employees, to one, to five – yes we now have five! We went from no cash  register – we had a cash box, to a simple register to now one that prints our name – yes sirree Bob – it does !! Okay so we are still struggling to quite get this new machine down but we are making progress. We added stuff, expanded to the other side, made a huge new kids area, expanded gifts, and greeting cards, added workshops, grew our decorative paper area plus made sure we are the best stocked fine art store for miles and I mean lots and lots of miles. We have been blessed with our beloved shop dogs – first Maple, then Boomer and dear Pepper- all who were so dear to us. Now – we have darling mellow man, George the rescue collie. He has quite the following! So from the staff at Brushstrokes – Deb, Laurie, Jane, Sylvia, Barbara and Randy and I – we say “Carry on” – let’s see where the next 15 years takes us :)

Tiny bits of fluff- 5/13/15

Hello from the land of coloring books :)

How cool for those of us who love art to see so many people jumping on the coloring book bandwagon. Already heard many say they did not realize how much fun it was and how it made them realize they could draw and play with color – they had just forgotten and time had pushed it aside. I expect the world of artists will increase with this fun phenomenon. And yes we are well stocked with a pretty decent random collection.

Too much going on today to be detailed so here is a quick hit. Still room in the color theory workshop on Saturday.

Here is the info. By the way we have had several students from her Bloomsburg’s drawing class in and they say she is a great teacher!! CAPTURING COLOR – A Color Theory Workshop with Cindy Dozpat- May 16 from 11 to 3:30 – fee $45- list of supplies to bring – the rest is provided Color – it’s so important…and so challenging!  In this fun, hands-on workshop, we’ll focus on three aspects of color:  the families, value, and intensity.  With just a few tubes of paint, together we’re going to create dozens of colors.  With the goal of improving our paintings, we’ll also explore how to control color’s intensity, why value is so important and effective, and how to use a color wheel. ****What to bring***** Water container Average-sized synthetic brushes (2); they usually only use one, but it would be good to have an extra one along. Brights are best, but rounds or flats are okay, too. A roll of paper towels Six to eight Styrofoam or grease-resistant white paper plates to serve as palettes An apron or smock A pen A bag lunch with yummies Brushstrokes will provide the paint (a quality acrylic), the gray scale, a color wheel, and a palette knife which are yours to keep. Cindy has been teaching this for quite a while in Bloomsburg and we are thrilled to have her teach in the ‘burg!!

Lynne’s watercolor workshop is for June 6 is full with a waiting list. Let me know if this is a class you want soon and I will see if we can get Lynne to do another. In the que- Barbara’s watersoluble pencil class on June 27, and Pat Bontinen’s box folding class. We are working on a drawing class, a doodle class, a takeaway tile painting class and quite a few others. Promise I will get on this soon. Lots of new orders are on their way for this week. A HUGE melissa & doug order just came in with these neat little mess free glitter kits that are all the rage. Hope to get that unpacked today. Art Plates – our decorative switch plates will be here soon. Also more recycled earrings by Imagine coming and a large Motawi Tile order should ship the end of May. More greeting cards by Artists to Watch – one of our favs – were ordered yesterday.

Must go – spring and have plants to get in the ground before the shop opens. If you have anyone who teaches classes and they are looking for a spot – just have them contact me. Thanks, Kathy and Team Brushstrokes ( Randy, Deb, Laurie, Jane, Sylvia, and Barbara)

Happy Mother’s Day

Spring is here – people seem happy and the sun is shining. We have some cool little gifts and cards for mom’s or anyone special. Sweet little bags and such from a company called Art Bird, recycled earrings, stationary, and the hottest thing around – grownup coloring books – really – they are flying out the door. Come on down :)11182223_10153232188943350_3683402689828290445_n11133960_10153232189398350_3103107409756953263_n

Coloring books are here!

We have carried coloring books for grownups for at least 5 to 7 years now. They have always done well. Lately there has been lots of press on NPR and the New York Times about how fun and enjoyable coloring can be. Come on in and we can show you lots of options. Add some soft colored pencils and you are good to go. 11088547_10153149795808350_4621443474799553221_n We have one spinning rack in the window- one regular rack there too – and a second spinning rack in Studio B. Subjects for everyone :)

March newsletter

Okay – happy Spring – no snow in the forecast – woot woot!! Here is the latest.

1.This Saturday – March 28- come on down- we will be hosting “The Randy Show” at 1pm in Studio B. Limited seating so sign up early if possible. No charge for this fast moving pretty entertaining presentation by owner Randy Snyder. He will wow you with his knowledge of minutia in the art supply world while showing you all kinds of cool things. Jane will pop in halfway thru to talk about her favorites and show you all kinds of things to inspire you. These two together will make you want to create, paint, read, or just plain old color! Special discount to all those who attend :) Sylvia is still smiling about part of Randy’s talk :)

2.Want to have some fun? Come join Jane for our first ever “Paper Podging” class. Yep – we think we made up that word. You will be collaging a small paper mache creature and you will be surprised how cool and creative this can be. Deb and Jane have both been on this kick and they are having too much fun so we decided a class it should be. Saturday – April 18 from 10-12. $30 – everything is included.

3.Watercolor Workshop with Lynne Yancha- Slight change of date – May 2 and or June 6 – 10-4 from Lynne and I quote … “ Come play with me- Bring your spirit, ready and willing to explore, play and learn. Bring a 5 x 7 or larger photo or use one of mine. The sky is the limit…..one long luxurious YOU day. Pack a lunch and I’ll give you all that I am possibly able.” Well how cool is that? You will need your own watercolor supplies and there will be some things to share. Lynne prefers the 300lb hot press Arches which we have here if you need it. Classes are limited to 6. $60 fee.

4. CAPTURING COLOR – A Color Theory Workshop with Cindy Dozpat- May 16 from 11 to 3:30 – fee $45- list of supplies to bring – the rest is provided :) Color – it’s so important…and so challenging!  In this fun, hands-on workshop, we’ll focus on three aspects of color:  the families, value, and intensity.  With just a few tubes of paint, together we’re going to create dozens of colors.  With the goal of improving our paintings, we’ll also explore how to control color’s intensity, why value is so important and effective, and how to use a color wheel. ****What to bring***** Water container Average-sized synthetic brushes (2); they usually only use one, but it would be good to have an extra one along. Brights are best, but rounds or flats are okay, too. A roll of paper towels Six to eight Styrofoam or grease-resistant white paper plates to serve as palettes An apron or smock A pen A bag lunch with yummies :) Brushstrokes will provide the paint (a quality acrylic), the gray scale, a color wheel, and a palette knife which are yours to keep. Cindy has been teaching this for quite a while in Bloomsburg and we are thrilled to have her teach in the ‘burg!!

TO SIGN UP for any of these… Call 570-523-7911 – payment is required at time of registration- note class policy ** No refunds. If the student cancels then one-half will go to instructor-the other half you may redeem for supplies. It just makes life simpler for us and will keep us having classes **** Remember class sizes are limited. We are working on several other ideas and will let you know as soon as we have the dates locked up. New stuff !!

Be sure to note our new windows – the Brushstrokes elves have been hard at work. We have “Spring” in one and “Cleaning” in the other. One with an emphasis on flowers and color, the other all about storage, organizing and sale stuff. What is hot – our greeting cards, handmade papers from Nepal, colored pencils and coloring books – really these bring a smile to peoples faces!- inks (lots of creative things going on here- you should see Laurie’s cool tiles she did with our new alcohol inks) and tubes of paint flying out the door. Methinks everyone is ready to get a painting!!

Also we have some sweet paint deals going on – M. Graham – buy three get one from the “free” bowl. Right now we have it in all of the big three, watercolor, acrylic, and oils- while supplies last. Gamblin oils, mediums, etc. spend $25 – pick a complementary product from our basket- torrit gray – paint made from all the bits left, solvent free gel, gamsol, carbon black – just to name a few. Also our own special – spend $25 and pick one from a basket of palettes, wood, plastic, acrylic- values up to $31. Sorry this is so lengthy – had my iced coffee a little too late in the afternoon.

Hope to see you soon, Kathy and Team Brushstrokes

P.S. Any typos are the fault of coffee too late and a long haired cat named Natasha.

Warm your heart Feb. 6, 7, and 8!!

Layout 1And it is that time of year again – our 7th annual collection event for seven of our local pet rescue organizations. This is something very dear to our hearts and we LOVE the happiness that this weekend brings. So if you have clean blankets, towels, dog beds, cat beds, pet food or treats, cleaning supplies, crates . etc. and of course we will take monetary donations. We haven’t even started yet and we already have $100 – woo woo. Anyone making a donation of $25 or more can pick from  a selection of tiny original paintings created by the artists of Brushstrokes. This offer is good while they last. They are just lovely. Check our Facebook page to see a gallery of them after Wednesday afternoon (4th). Thanks for any help you can give at all. Every penny stays locally plus we always throw in some to even things out in the end :)

 

Holidays gentle end.

It is Brushstrokes tradition to let the dogs run thru the shop early in the morning-as crazy as this holiday season has been we have managed to pretty much keep up with that. Christmas eve morning was no exception. We stopped for a brief photo op-as you can see George was less than thrilled. The shop was crazy busy and we didn’t scoot the last customer out until 4:45 even though we were closing at 4.  :) We will be closed Thursday through Sunday and reopen on Monday. Studio time and playtime!!10430919_10152898215518350_5490455850983999783_n Winslow was quite smitten with his collar !

The last week of the holiday season

10428443_10152881435703350_1853690337538325625_n Things have been hopping and cool things are flying out the door. But as we are what we are – new stuff has been arriving in boxes. You should see the paper mache Santa faces :)  We can bag wrap most things and our elves are pretty happy. I heard 4 different people say what a cool store it was. That makes us all feel pretty good. Hope to see you and have a wonderful holiday.