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Llamas in Pajamas

Happy Summertime + July 1st!  Excited to announce we’re partnering with Deep Space Sparkle as an art presenter in their Draw, Paint, Make online workshop this Saturday, July 7th!  Learn more about this incredible art workshop, the art teachers involved (pictured below), and all the amazing techniques, processes, and projects featured!  In this artfully amazing workshop, we’ll be demonstrating all the steps + secrets + special techniques used to create our recent ~ Lil’ Llamas in Pajamas Party Project!  Designed, dreamed up, and created with mini-makers in our very own downtown studio!  Within the workshop, we’ll also be giving a tour of our NEW art studio (click for a sneak peek) and its organization for creating with children!  Join HANDMAKERY + six other art teachers to jazz up art projects with inspiring, yet easy, processes, plans & techniques this Saturday!

Our Lil’ Lamas in Pajamas Project focuses on painted pillows, poufs, ottomans, and wallpaper as interior design elements.  It also highlights lovely lil’ llamas, a pajama party a-poppin’, the artist as a photographer peeking into the party, a masterpiece mix of techniques using sketching, drawing, painting, collaging, photography, interior design, expressive color, a unique + exquisite color scheme, patterns, layering, humor, a fun storyline based on the letter P, and more!  Did we mention, in our six-week workshop creating with children, we topped it off with our very own pajama party plus mini-exhibit for our mini makers!?!  Would love for you to join us this Saturday for Draw, Paint, Make!  We’ll definitely be there chatting and chiming in!  See below, photos highlighting one of our favorite projects we’ve designed for kids!  Be sure you’re following us @handmakery on Instagram for the latest and greatest creative happenings!

FIRST FRIDAY’S + SUMMER WORKSHOPS  We’re hosting Craft Night: Under the Stars + in the Studio from 6 – 8 PM for ages 6 & up so parents can drop off + date night + dine downtown on First Friday’s throughout the summer!  Get your child’s ticket online as space is limited for this fun in the sun night of crafting in the studio in downtown Carbondale | CO!!!  Also, be sure to check out our summer workshops!  Join us this FIRST FRIDAY for a sculptural + sea + oh so fun ~ Craft Night: Under the Stars + in the Studio!

SUPPLIES:

  • Pencil + eraser
  • Scissors
  • White glue
  • Hot glue sticks + low temp glue gun (adult use)
  • Newsprint paper 18 x 24″
  • Watercolor paper (heavyweight)
  • Watercolors
  • Sparkle Watercolor Gel Crayons
  • Watercolor pencils
  • Colored Sharpies + black Sharpies
  • Aquacolors
  • Metallic watercolors
  • Black posterboard 18 x 24″
  • Camera + iPhone
  • Photos printed in color at 2 x 2″
  • Chalk markers
  • Patterned paper
  • Sparkle + regular plain foam sheets
  • Collage papers varied
  • Small feathers
  • Small pompoms
  • Glitter
  • Confetti- paper/metallic
  • Pom pom ribbon
  • Rhinestones + gems
  • Board or canvas panel to mount posterboard for added strength
  • Visual resources of pillows, poufs, ottomans, and llamas for reference

A SNEAK PEEK AT OUR PROCESS (details + steps in the online workshop Draw, Paint, Make with Deep Space Sparkle):

A sweet samplings of pillows, poufs, and ottomans in the design, draw, paint, and embellish stages for the party floor a-poppin’ for the llama party!  Another super sweet peek at a mini maker in progress!

A snapshot of our mini-makers in the process with much progress!  Thank you Lulubelle of Carbondale for our darling llama cookie jar and sweetly stuffed llama for our wall!!!  We LOVE having our very own llamas in the studio!

Onward to llamas!  Sketching + drawing + painting + embellishing with mini makers!  Amazed at the detail and color scheme of this kinder artist!

Oh, my!  The imagination and detail captured in the color + creativity of childhood!  Look at that birthday cake stacked on the back.

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Deep concentration on the detail!  Did you happen to see our recent printmaking workshop at Anderson Ranch Art Center!?!  Definitely check out our week up in Snowmass | CO!  Think you’ll love the video clips one + two + three!

A festive favorite standing on two legs with the best dance moves!

Can you even believe how dreamy + delightful + delicate these llamas are above!?!  This artist really has developed a recognizable style through her use of watercolor!

Each masterpiece includes the artist, as a photographer, peeking in through a window at all the artful action!  Each artist loved becoming part of their masterpiece.  This was something artists also mastered in our recent ~ Forever Fish Bowls.

It doesn’t get much better than this!  Yes, you’re not seeing double, we have two pink unicorn besties + twinsies putting on the finishing touches!  Magical + pretty in pink + in pajamas!

All the dreamy detail of this circus-like celebration coming together!

It’s all about the dreamy details when you’re a tooth fairy in a children’s art studio, right?

Another set of sisterly twinsies captured at the lil’ llama in pajama party + mini-exhibit with their colorful creations!

Check out all the designer details in the fabric selection within this colorful creation!  Love the tassels, pom poms, and patterns on point!  Looks like the photographer is in the heart of the city!  Love the feathers fluttering out of the pillows and poufs of this Par-Tay!

These llamas took on very humanized characteristics and the unique + individualized style of this artist!

So much LOVE!!!  Did you see the doughnut, unicorn, and emoji pillows?  Love all the pattern, a mixture of both symbols and text, set as fantastic + flavorful designer wallpaper!

Tag us @handmakery with your ~ Lil’ Llamas in Pajamas Project or inspired mixed media techniques on Instagram!  Let us know if you’ll be jumping into Draw, Paint, Make!  Follow our BLOG for more inspiring process-based art projects!  As always, thank you for following along on this artful adventure in downtown + beautiful Carbondale | CO at 449 Main Street!  Send us a note anytime at hello@handmakery.com!  Remember, it’s never too early to BOOK AN UNFORGETTABLE BIRTHDAY PARTY, which you can see on our Instagram and website!  Much love and happiness creating!  xo Ami

DIY Painted Paper Lantern

May’s First Friday always brings our entire community out for the annual ~ Family Block Party!  Friday evening we hosted ~ DIY Painted Paper Lanterns in our outdoor art studio from 4 – 8 PM.  Take a peek at a quick video clip to music!  Cheers to a wide-open canvas for all ages to explore!  A huge thank you to everyone for joining this festive event in downtown Carbondale | CO!  Take a peek at all the magic in our outdoor studio!  By the end of the night, all 130 paper lanterns were out of sight, heading home for colorful + creative delight!  Connect with us @handmakery on IG for the next creative + community + colorful happening!

Excited to announce 2018 SUMMER ART WORKSHOPS are online!

SUPPLIES:

  • White paper lantern
  • Liquid watercolors
  • Paintbrushes
  • White glue
  • Sticks for glue application
  • Embellishments: rhinestones, metallic confetti, sequins, glitter, metallic stars, tiny cut paper + more!

PROCESS:

ONE  A paper lantern is a very wide-open canvas to explore.  Construct your lantern.  Begin with liquid watercolor paints and a paintbrush.  Explore any design or color pattern your heart desires!

TWO  Glue on embellishments with a stick.  Hang to air dry.  Display!

On a little side note, we’ll be hosting the Roaring Fork Drawing Club in our downtown studio this week!  Join us this Wednesday at 6:30 PM with your drawing supplies for a fun + free + fresh + Carbondale community happening!

A huge thank you to the Post Independent for featuring a cover photo of our downtown event in this Saturday’s newspaper!

Last night our family attended the Aspen Santa Fe Ballet’s Folklórico at the Aspen District Theatre!  A beyond incredible performance celebrating Mexican folklóric dance in the heart of the Roaring Fork Valley!  Folklórico teaches artistic excellence, promotes positive youth development and encourages the crossing of cultural boundaries!  A huge congratulations to all the dancers on stage and their families over a beautiful Cinco de Mayo weekend!  A beyond impressive show with the most intricate + vibrant + most gorgeous costuming and most talented young dancers!

A peek at painters giving our downtown studio at 449 Main a new look!  Drive downtown to see it in full color!  Tag us @handmakery with your ~ Painted Paper Lanterns on Instagram!  Follow our BLOG for more inspiring process-based art projects!  As always, thank you for following along on this artful adventure in downtown + beautiful Carbondale | CO!  Send us a note anytime at hello@handmakery.com!  Much love and happiness creating!  xo Ami

DIY Delightful Dragonfly

The art studio was filled with mini maker exhibits and recognition ceremonies as ALL six-week workshops wrapped up last week!  We celebrated our fifth exhibit, an end of the week highlight, hosting a FIRST FRIDAY “kid at heART exhibit” showcasing my 88-year-old grandfather, Bob Fadely aka Papa Bob, and his very first art exhibit ~ COLORING IN COLORFUL COLORADO!  Megan Tackett, an incredibly talented and enthusiastic writer, captured my grandfather in both a delightful article in The Sopris Sun and live interview on KDNK!  After it was all said and done, my most genuine Grandfather shared with me, “Last week was one of the BEST weeks of my life!”  “Art  (without a doubt) washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.”  – Pablo Picasso

As springtime unfolds the outdoors become artfully alive!  Dragonflies always mesmerize with their stealthy speed, shimmery color, intricate detail, and pattern on point.  They lead us to our favorite outdoor places and spaces, including rivers, ponds, and lakes. Spring into a simple process upcycling household goods to create a bountiful + beautiful ~ DIY Delightful Dragonfly dreamed up in the HANDMAKERY art studio!  Simply take a peek!

Forever Fishbowl

Excited to share with you a project recently dreamed up, designed, created, and of course, constructed in our very own downtown art studio!  Take a BIG splash into our ~ DIY Forever Fishbowls!  This project was created, carried out, and creatively constructed in several of our mixed age, six-week, after school, hands-on + mixed media, art workshops creating with young artists!

Beyond excited to also announce hands on + mixed media + NEW ART WORKSHOPS START NEXT WEEK for a wide array of ages!  Hop on over to ENROLL AT HANDMAKERY.COM as spaces are quickly filling!  While visiting, peek at new photos on our site and IG feed!

As you can clearly see, artists used a wide array of mixed media to bring their vision to life!  Below, you’ll discover all you need to create your very own ~ DIY Forever Fishbowl.  The big + beautiful bonus, you’ll never send a fish into fishy heaven, EVER EVER EVER again.  YES, this fishy will truly live F-O-R-E-V-E-R and children LOVE this fact!  Like, XOXOXO times a million or LOVE for a lifetime!

DIY Papier-mâché Figures

Incredibly excited to share with you our original ~ DIY Papier-mache Figures created in our Mini Makers Workshop with 5 – 10-year-old artists!  Our next session of weekly art workshops begins the week of October 16th, YES, next week!  We have a workshop for just about every age under the sun!  Take a peek at our upcoming schedule filled with weekly workshops, craft nights, holiday camps + events, and celebrations!  Excited to announce we’re now hosting birthday parties in our beautiful + NEW art studio on Main Street!  Be on the lookout for our first ever ~ Ladies Craft Night coming soon!

Art Workshops + Weaving with Kids

Happy New Year!!!  Looking back, one of our most favorite workshops for children included ~ wee Wondrous Weavings on Wooden Looms!  Oh my, the possibilities of textile design!  These mini-masterpieces were created by 6 – 10-year-old artists!  Our NEW ~ 2018 Winter Art Workshop Brochure is hot-of-the-press!  Workshops start early January, yes this week and they’re filling up fast, just hop on over to our simple SIGN UP!  If you’re looking for hands-on + mixed media + creative expression + an artful highlight to each week + a chance to meet new families and friends JOIN US + ENROLL TODAY!  You can also connect with us on Instagram @handmakery to keep an eye on what we’re creating in the studio from special art events to birthday parties, and of course everything in between at our NEW art studio located at 449 Main Street in Carbondale | CO in the heart of the Carbondale Creative District!

WORKSHOPS + CLASSES + CAMPS

Opening Night Celebration!

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First Friday was our ~ Opening Night Celebration at our NEW art studio location at 449 Main Street in downtown Carbondale | CO!  With a wide array of ages and not knowing exactly how many guests we’d have joining in, we kept it celebratory + simple + full of dazzle, painting and embellishing ~ Celebration Crowns!  Main Street was blocked so everyone could enjoy an evening strolling the streets of historic downtown!  The night was festive and full of flavor, with everyone back-in-town from summer adventures.  The community was alive, vibrant, and actively adventuring around this artistic town!

Opening Night on Main Street!

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We hope you’re enjoying the last days of summer!  Have you heard the news!?!  HANDMAKERY just moved to Main Street!  We’ve been working all summer to get our new studio up, running, and ready for HANDMAKERY’S Opening Night Celebration ~ First Friday, September!  We’re so excited to be located in downtown Carbondale | CO!  We’ll now be located in the heart of historic downtown at 449 Main Street, in between flowers, yoga, coffee and across from piping hot pizza, sounds tempting, right!?!  Yes, we definately have the BEST neighbors!  We’re incredibly excited to be part of the community and the Carbondale Creative District!

Summer involved planning, designing, constructing, ordering, organizing, and decorating our new studio which we LOVED!  Highlights of our new space include: being nestled in the heart of the community, 14′ ceilings, timeless wood floors, historic charm, a crisp + clean + modern flair, natural lighting + big windows, all our favorite art supplies, and maybe our favorite element…  a teeny-tiny restroom!

PLEASE PENCIL IN + JOIN US:

September 1st | First Friday 4 – 8 PM

HANDMAKERY’S Opening Night Celebration + First Friday ~ FREE Art Making + Suprise Giveaways + Studio Tour!

STUDIO SNEAK PEEK EVENT:

We hosted a ~ Studio Sneak Peek + Free Kids Art Making last Thursday from 4-6 PM!  Several families + creatives came to tour the NEW studio and out-on-the-town to create ~ a wondrous wearable~ to shine + showcase + sport + spotlight around town on ~ First Friday, September 1st!  We had 100+ people attend this spectacular evening event!  A HUGE thank you to everyone that attended our first event!  The support for mini makers on Main (…and coming soon BIG maker events….including adults, ladies, couples, family + friends) was incredible!  See additional photos of the sneak peek in this week’s Sopris Sun newspaper on page 8!

Take a peek at our video-clip gone-wild over on Instagram, highlighting all the artful activity of our ~ Studio Sneak Peek!

At the ~ Studio Sneak Peek, artists created {hands on + mixed media} Owl Feathered Necklaces using cardboard, beads, jumbo pipe cleaners, markers, glue, stickers, string, sparkles and more!  Everyone had a great time in the studio!  Over the last several years over on Instagram, I’ve admired Wendee Wingfield, a local + Roaring Fork Valley photographer.  Wendee RSVPed to our event, I couldn’t even believe it!  We had never met before but when she walked in with her five children, I was beyond thrilled to finally meet Wendee and her children in person!  Wendee Wingfield generously sent me a gorgeous collection of photos she took of the ~ Owl Feathered Necklaces her children created in our NEW art studio on Main Street.  If you’re not on IG yet, it’s a fantastic place to meet new friends with similar interests!  Find us on IG @handmakery!

Take a glimpse at Wendee’s Wingfield’s photos below and discover her amazing talent + beautiful collection over on IG @wendeewingfield!  You’ll be amazed at what she sees through her lens and the life she creates!

Photo credit (below): Wendee Wingfield Photography

Myself the Elf Christmas Countdown

Excited to share with you our original, Myself the Elf Christmas Countdown!  A project dreamed up for our Modish Mini Makers art workshop ~ On Holiday: making + creating to give!  A handmade treasure that can be used year-after-year for a traditional holiday countdown and also for teeny-tiny treasures!  Love how they look so much like their mini makers! Take a peek!

This week I’m guest judging the KIDSCRAFTS101 WEEKLY CHALLENGE over on Instagram!  Simply tag all your kid crafts, #kidscrafts101.  Just follow @kidscrafts101, co-hosts @redtedart + @incredibusy, and guest judge @handmakery over on IG!  Tag all your #kidscrafts101 throughout the week and I’ll feature a collage collection and highlight the makers on Sunday!  Truly hope you’ll join us, such a fabulous way to celebrate creativity + craftiness + childhood + a colorful life + connection thru community!  It’s absolutely a fantastic + fun-filled + fabulous adventure!  If you haven’t yet joined Instagram, it’s incredibly easy!  I’ve met so many wonderful people locally and throughout the world on this platform.  Here’s a peek at a few inspiring IG feeds to follow to get you started!

SUPPLIES

  • 3D countdown calendar with 25 mini drawers
  • Patterned papers
  • Clear packaging tape
  • Light chipboard and single ply cardboard
  • Pencil + Scissors + Ruler + Utility knife for adult use
  • Handmade patterns to personalize
  • Duck tape
  • Paper + papier-mache + bowl
  • Paint- tempera
  • White glue + glue stick + hot glue gun + hot glue
  • Wooden paint stir stick
  • Embellishments- pom poms, glitter foam, colored felt sheets, buttons, and more!
  • Printable and tiny chocolates

Art Workshop for Children

 

Join us!  Today we’re celebrating my dear friend, Barbara Rucci of Art Bar Blog, and her #1 New Release, Art Workshop for Children: How to Foster Original Thinking with more than 25 Process Art Experiences!  Beyond excited to highlight two inspired projects from this book that we themed under an Art Bar Dessert Party: Cakes + Doughnuts with young artists in our own studio!  Here’s a creative clip to give you an idea, just how beautiful Bar’s new book is for creating a creative childhood.  To get the inside scoop, juicy details, chance to meet the maker and all her magic, dive in here!

Barbara invited me to join her book blog tour that will feature 26+ amazing kid + art bloggers.  Over the summer I had the honor to preview and endorse Bar’s new book, Art Workshop for Children.  I was on a three day camping trip, and basically couldn’t put this incredible book down.  After returning, completely inspired, I preordered it on Amazon and spent all fall anxiously awaiting its arrival!  When my book arrived on October 15, it felt amazing to finally have it in my hands.  It’s truly a gem that will shine in our studio for years to come.  Beyond amazed at all the 25+ creative workshops, simple in both setup and supplies!  Bar basically delivers a rich, open-ended, studio experience, keyed into unleashing a child’s creativity.  Bar unfolds an easy to follow, beautifully visual layout, that guides one towards expressive exploration and artistic discovery in a studio, classroom, or home.