Our Beginnings: Learn more about Paint Away owner, Hazel Roos

Kim Hildebrand - mom of 2, photographer extraordinaire, blogger, and lover of life recently started a new community/photo project highlighting Seattle Momprenueurs. Over the summer, she took the time to learn more about Paint Away's owner, Hazel Roos.  Link to her blog can be found here.  

To learn more about Kim Hildebrand and her projects, as well as her photography, please visit her website at:  http://www.kimhildebrand.com

Posted on September 26, 2017 .

Summer Camp Inspirations

It can be a challenge to come up with new projects year after year, especially when we have to develop our Summer Camp Program shortly after Christmas.  Parent Map’s Camp Fair is always held in February at St. Thomas School in Medina – and we must have our program or at least our camp schedule done by then, preferably with some inspiring samples to showcase too.  This year, just as we were winding down from our busy holiday season and turning to a quickly growing backlog of auction projects, we weren’t able to finish a single camp project by the time the camp fair came around. But luckily, our ideas and inspirations never stop percolating!  And somehow, we always manage to come up with a new slate of projects to delight kids of all ages.  

This year, we found encouragement in abstract designs.  Take a look at our painted canvas bag and one of our painted canvas frames for 6 to 8 year olds.  We also found inspiration from the movie “Up” with our darling canvas painting/mixed media project for kids 9 years old and up.  We enjoyed creating the “Square Box Totted-up” because our campers get to pick their own “tots” to create a habitat for them.  Our robot paper-mache was inspired by Star Wars droid (though ours look better, IMHO).   We hope to bedazzle our campers with the glass picture frame – something that will hopefully sit on their dresser with pictures of them with friends for many years to come (and serve as a reminder of the camp they attended here).  We created so many projects – some simple, and some more complex for the older campers.  We will teach painting techniques along the way, and teach other types of medium such as clay, paper mache, glass fusing, and tye dying. But most of all, we hope this year is as enjoyable as all the other years that have inspired some kids to enroll for art camp twice in the same summer, because they had such a blast that they can’t fathom seeing it end!  

Enjoy the photos from our different camp offerings.

Posted on June 23, 2015 and filed under Happenings.

How to Silkscreen

Curious about the mysteries of silkscreening on a ceramic surface? This demonstration unravels the mystery and shows you simply how easy it is to use Silkscreen Medium!  You can use any glaze for earthenware bisque fired at cone 06 with the silkscreen medium.  This video shows a Stroke & Coat product, but our studio uses Gare Fun Strokes.  It works exactly the same.  Enjoy!

Posted on June 9, 2015 and filed under Techniques.

Oh! What Fun it is to Have a Personalized Holiday Item

We started offering a Personalized Pumpkin many years ago. Styles have changed several times and so has our vendor.  Then we added Holiday items – Penguins, Snowman Snuggles, and Let-It Snow-Man.  The challenges with these items are, of course:  (1) they are final sale (since it’s hard to sell a Penguin that says “Henry” to anyone who isn’t Henry, no matter how great and regal the name might be), and (2) it takes time to get them in the store.

Posted on June 2, 2015 and filed under Happenings.