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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!


  • 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.


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!  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

Art Studio: A Place to Make + Create

Excited to share with you our art studio, the place where we make and create!  Most often we are featuring DIY projects that we’ve created within our School Year + Summer ~hands on + mixed media~ Art Workshops with children.  A few weeks ago, my superstar-art-friend Meri Cherry (yes, that’s her really name…don’t you just love it), over at Meri Cherry Blog mentioned that she was thinking about creating an artful roundup, featuring art studios + creative spaces!  Honored that she invited us to join in!  As some of you know, HANDMAKERY was recently invited to join a group of 20 international bloggers focused on creating art with children, the Rockin’ Art Moms!  It has been amazing and truly inspiring to connect with this fabulous group of women!  We’re so excited that you’ll get a chance to not only peek into our studio, but you’ll also get to say h-e-l-l-o and peek into the studios + creative spaces of some of our favorite Rockin’ Art Moms!  Enjoy the tour!

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Contemporary Cuckoo Clocks

You may have discovered on Instagram that we recently hosted a summer workshop for 6 – 9 year olds- CRAZie FOR CONTEMPORARY CUCKOO CLOCKS!  Beyond excited to jump into this workshop as it has been a project that has been stirring in my mind for quite sometime.  Thrilled to see it come to life!  As a little girl growing up, one of my great-grandmothers had a beautiful, hand-carved, traditional, wooden cuckoo clock in her tiny home.  I remember traveling to my great-grandmother’s Colorado home in the summer for weekend visits with my family.  My sister and I were always mesmerized by her cuckoo clock.  We were sure to be in the living room at the beginning of every hour to see the chirping bird make its grand entrance and to hear cuckoo, cuckoo, cuckoo!  Definitely a favorite childhood memory that I can still visualize and hear as it was yesterday.  Although our workshop’s cuckoo clocks were not mechanical, the children loved every moment of personalizing and piecing them together!  Once we were in the midst of our mini-art exhibit at the end of the week, I was reminded of how BIG impressions are made in little + simple childhood days!  I hope each of these children walk away with a special memory to hold.  I’m thankful for each and everyone of my childhood memories, as they take me back to the heart of who I am today!  Take a peek!

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