Ice Festival Cometh- “Warm your Heart” helps pet rescues!

As some of you may know this is a big event for us as we are holding our 8th year of our “Warm your Heart” collection. We gather all sorts of things – blankets, towels, cleaning supplies, dog beds, dog stuff, cat stuff, pet food and treats for all, even jars of peanut butter! We also take monetary donations and this year – for our third year – we will have our fireplace mantle lined with little original animal art works but our artists and friends. For a $25 donation to any of the rescues or the general fund you can pick out one to take home. This has been highly successful the last two years – or is it three? We empty our windows by that Wednesday – Feb. 3 and then keep our fingers crossed that things start showing up. :) When all is said and done – we set up stations and start divvying things out according to each rescue’s list. It is always loads of fun. We usually get enough to fill up the back of a pick up truck for each rescue. Plus we give them an envelope with whatever has been designated for them and divide up the general fund between them. So besides all the stuff, we have been able to pass along over $7100.00 total over the last 7 years! The rescues on our list this year are Mostly Mutts, Haven to Home, Far Point Collie Rescue, Danville SPCA, Lycoming Animal Protection Society (LAPS), and Arthur’s Pet Pantry. We thank you in advance for any help you can give or for passing this info along. Love, love this weekend!!

12508822_10153825614168350_331890752898375700_nOur shop dog George – himself a rescue would love it if you could help in anyway. “Thanks”, says George!

Holiday Season and such


This has been a wonderfully crazy holiday season. The coloring book craze has made us a trending hot spot. :)  We have ordered like never before. The customers are happy and it seems to have introduced many back to art. Pastels have had a resurgence and our kids area has been hopping. We are a bit tired but it has been so much fun!! Note our holiday hours on the photo. Thanks to all our customers and have a happy happy Holiday and New Year. Kathy and Team Brushstrokes.

Last two workshops of this season

By gosh and by golly – look at what is on tap at Brushstrokes this Saturday – November 14, 2015. Wrapping up our workshop offerings before we swing into full holiday mode……and Studio B swings into retail heaven! Creative meditative doodling a la Jane Albin – holiday style. This is rescheduled class from last week. Join Jane – our lovely local professional artist as she shows you how to have some fun with pens and markers and colored cardstock. A fun morning of creativity and relaxing artsy stuff- your pens and markers will go home with you so you can “carry on” :) From 10-12 – cost $35 – must preregister and prepay.

Okay – have your ever watched Project Runway and wished you could sketch like the designers do? Well then, come join Joann Landis for her Fashion Design and Sketch workshop. Joann is also a professional artist and has a wonderful background in fashion. Usually she teaches locally with a 6 week class but we talked her into doing a workshop where you could see how to start in this interesting field. Knowing a little about how to draw fashion could help you with people in your paintings. 1-3 – cost $25 and you will need to purchase your art markers – which we have – should cost you just under $25. Preregistration and prepayment required. When anyone takes one of our classes they get 10% off all purchases of supplies and gifts ( art and framing are the exception ).

Well – IF someone signs up for both we will give you 15% off that day. Just saying – could be a fun day in Studio B. 11062165_10153128830808350_7044030166526557591_n

Fall update too

Well we have been busy and having lots of fun. The fall classes have all been a hit.

Lynne’s watercolor workshop last Saturday was great and you should have seen the work people did. We had a waiting list for Lynne and decided on Saturday to add two more workshop’s – this Friday and next and they are filled with those on the waiting list. Be sure to let me know if you wish to be added to her list.

We did not schedule anything on the 24 as this is Bucknell Homecoming -town can be busy- and nothing on Oct. 31- Halloween.

So then our next adventure will be….. Mediative Seasonal Doodling with Jane Albin- Sat. 11/7/15- 10-12 – $35 Ring in the holidays while learning cool doodling tips from our wonderful Jane Albin. Meditative seasonal doodles a la Jane style.You will doodle ornaments and snowflakes- and create some great Holiday cards. Prepayment and registration required. All supplies are included and you will take your pens home with you !! Coolness guaranteed. Age 14 and up.

Then we are happy to present on Saturday – November 14- 1-3 – Joanne Landis will teach a workshop on Fashion Design. We are very happy to have Joanne bring this to Brushstrokes. She is well known throughout the area for her lovely paintings and her sense of style. She has a background in fashion and has offered to come for a two hour workshop.( She usually teaches classes that are 6 weeks long – and also teach with Bill – the Bucknell lifetime learning program.) You will be able to use what you learn in your paintings. The class is $25 and you will need to purchase about $22 worth of markers. Age 14 and up.

We are preparing for the 4th quarter and all the happy fun that brings. Over 100 new Pomegranate puzzles are here. A new shipment of scrabble tile necklaces are on their way and we ordered dogs scrabble tiles too. Our recycled earring rack Blue Hill by Hand is almost empty so they have are ordered and on their way.

Our greeting card line keeps growing – Saturn Press is back in stock – this is a sweet little letterpress company on an island in Maine. Art Card Nation – love that name – has cool cards from Belgium and other places near and we picked up a small gathering of Birthday calendars from them – very artsy.

Speaking of arsty – our Art Bird line of cross body slings and lunch pockets has been restocked and we added their cool little 8 inch clocks. Already sold half of them – so will have to get in more. And need I say Coloring. The hottest thing to hit our shop ever. We have more coloring books than you can imagine. I went a little crazy. We have the best pencils for this and some suggestions for markers too. Our window in Brushstrokes proper was just set up as Color My World so we are having lots of fun with this. We do have the Enchanted Forest” and “the Secret Garden” as well as those by Millie Marotti- they are beautiful. Johanna Bashford’s new one “the Lost Ocean” will come as soon as it is released.” I love to hear how families are coloring together and people are meeting to color over tea.

Stroll thru the Arts is Friday, November 6 from I think 6 to 10. Here is a link about it. Our artists will be Jane Albin and Barbara Baker. Should be fun. That is all for now.

Happy Fall, Kathy and Team Brushstrokes

P.S. Our Wednesday Arting B did not fly so unless someone resurrects it then bye bye B.

Fall Update 2015


Hello – hello- we have survived the back to school college rush and are ready for the next adventure. Trying to finalize the workshop schedule. Here is what we have locked down so far. Not too many details yet but you can at least check your calendar.

Saturday – October 3- 10:00 to 12:00 – Jane Albin will teach a watermedia class. This class is till evolving – we have so many ideas we have to lock it down.

Saturday – October 10- 10:00 to 12:00 – Laurie Knight will return for another alcohol ink adventure. We are still working on this but it was so fun that every one who missed it wanted a chance and some want a repeat.

Saturday – October 10- 1:30 to 3:30 – Barbara Baker will talk about the latest craze – Coloring books and she will show you everything you might want to know about colored pencils.

Saturday – October 17- 10-4 Lynne Yancha returns for another watercolor workshop. This is filled already and has a waiting list. Feel free to let us now if you want to be on this list – we are going to see if we can have Lynne add a Friday or so to give more people a chance to take this.

Nothing on the 24 as this is Family Weekend at Bucknell and town is usually kind of busy.

Nothing on October 31 as this is Halloween. We might come up with something fun yet.

Saturday – November 7- 10 to 12 – Jane Albin will return for some kind of cool doodling and card workshop.

Saturday – November 14- 1-3 – Joanne Landis will teach a workshop on Fashion Design. We are very happy to have Joanne bring this to Brushstrokes.

Others in the que- a watersoluble oil intro, a portraiture class, basic drawing and perspective. This has been a really fun summer in Brushstrokesland. Everyone has been coloring and it has been great to see the excitement that this has generated. We are well stocked and have become pretty informed and we are happy to share what we have learned. Deb has really jumped into this and just chat with her if you need info or inspiration !!

Other than coloring – the hot items have been anything marker – don’t think we have every sold so many markers, all sorts of sketch books especially mixed or multi media, waterbrushes, watercolor travel sets, and origami. Also the oil painters have been finding us as have artists from all over the country. We had so many travelers this summer and they loved our store. Yay!!. The world travelers were here too from Denmark, China, Japan, Russia to Argentina- we kind of lost track.

Many of our items from the show have arrived. Zen brushes, Velvet multi media brushes, Americana multi-surface paint, Royal Langnichel kids supplies, Daniel Smith watercolors ( these are fabulous and the color selection is amazing- running these at 20% off ), Zig calligraphy and metallic markers – these have zoomed to No. 1 in calligraphyland, and Gelly Roll by Sakura( these are highly improved over the initial gel pen debacle from years back).

And finally – our fun Wednesday afternoon Arting B social returns. Just show up from 1 to 4- just bring whatever you are working on and come have some fun. This will run starting this Wednesday 9/16/15- which I know is short notice and will run every Wednesday up until the Wednesday before Thanksgiving. No reservations required – just show up and do art. We held several of these before the back to school season and everyone really had fun – gave them a chance to sit and create.

A more detailed description of the workshops along with costs, etc. will follow within the week.

And oh my isn’t this weather just fabulous!!  Enjoy.

Kathy and Team Brushstrokes

Make and Take and A New Idea

Hello Summer,

The plein artists have been out as have the colorists ( the coloring book lovers) and the anime and manga peeps. Our shop has been full of travelers- new visitors and returning. We have many who come back several times a year as they are driving along 80 or Route 15. The Canadians love it when they can find colors at our store that are hard to locate at home. Lots of new stuff is pouring in and our creativity has been duly challenged in making things fit.

Will be brief. Can still squeeze 4 more in for Laurie’s Make and Take class this Saturday, July 25, from 10 -12. $15- all supplies are included. She brought in another sample today and my was it cool! Will post a picture of it tomorrow on Facebook and on our website if you want to peek. Alcohol inks on tile and yupo.

Lynne’s Yancha’s watercolor class next week is full but we have a waiting list so let me know if you want to be added.

Sidewalk sales will be Saturday, Aug 8 and probably Friday, August 7 also. Stay tuned. This one will have frames, mats, and everything we can come up with. This coincides with the townwide sales and the BrewBQ.

Will take a break from workshops while we deal with the back to school packets and then start up again mid September. I have about 5 instructors lining themselves up. Only one pinned down- hint – has to do with fashion design and will be Nov. 14.

****Trying something new. Wednesdays from 1-4- July 29, and August 5 we will be hosting an Arting Bee – kind of like a quilting bee but for artists. 1-4- NO CHARGE. Just show up and work on your art in Studio B – visit, socialize, chat up, and get ideas from your fellow artists. If it goes well and is fun then we will pick it back up after the Back to School rush. ( Studio B becomes a packet factory during BTS as we do the supplies for Bucknell University and Susquehanna U)

I said I would be brief so au revoir- but oh yes Daniel Smith watercolors have arrived and the Sennelier watercolors are 50% off. A new display of childrens fun things have arrived from Royal Langnickel, and a sturdy new line of brushes called Zen have half arrived – other half coming soon. Enjoy your summer and hope to see you.

Kathy, Randy and Team Brushstrokes

Big sale


Sometimes you just have to change things up….so….this Friday morning we are having a sweet little sidewalk sale. It will continue into Saturday if the weather holds. A little Art Cafe on the sidewalk smile emoticon Will post pictures of some of the treasures tomorrow on our Facebook page-all sorts of randomness. 7/17 and 7/18. 2015

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.

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)