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October 1, 2012 / artonalark

Challenge Projects started in September

I have revived the very popular ART CHALLENGE series starting in September. Each CHALLENGE is designed to rev up your creativity and provide the bare bones of a Project that can be completed on your own terms. The meeting times provide an introduction to the project and accompanying kit, instruction and ideas for adding your own flair.

We will meet monthly the 4th Sunday of the month from 1:00 – 4:00 at Paper Parachute. Each month we will start a new Challenge that will be completed and shared at the meeting 2 months from then.

Our first Challenge Project is A BOOK OF CHARMS, inspired by the Halloween season, but yours doesn’t have to be magical or dark in nature. Your kit will contain a small 1940’s Year book, charms, old jewelry, mica, glassine and a whole bunch of stuff. We will be making blocks of pages and cutting niches in our books and creating a story that describes how a special or everyday object can be a magical charm to create a small magic.

Don’t despair if you missed our first meeting. Kits are available, you can attend our Studio night at Paper Parachute, the second Friday of the month (October 12th) and I will be posting pictures and directions here.

We will start a second Challenge Project at our November meeting, November 25th. and you can email to get a kit, I know that’s a busy weekend.

If you can’t attend meetings but want to participate, please email Helen at to buy you kit.

Due at meeting on January 22, 2013 . (we are skipping the December meeting)

We will have a Studio time 5:00 – 9:00pm on Friday, October 12th and Friday, November 9th.

Meetings at Paper Parachute:
2056 NW Aloclek Drive Suite 316
Hillsboro, Oregon 97124
503- 533-4513

August 24, 2012 / artonalark

more Dollar Days at Paper Parachute!

Saturday, August 25th is Dollar day at Paper Parachute in Hillsboro! Tons of stuff just put out. Charms, buttons, beads, bags, paper, paper, stamps, ink pads – all for a dollar each!

August 15, 2012 / artonalark

Dollar Days at Paper Parachute!

If you can get to Hillsboro on Wednesday afternoon, Paper Parahute is having a sale you won’t believe. Everything on the tables is only a Dollar! Tons of stamps, ink pads, markers, embellishments, paint, and Paper! 3pm until 7!

August 10, 2012 / artonalark

August5 11th at Blockheads Paper Arts!

Guess what? BLOCKHEADS PAPER ARTS has opened a store! and I am doing a Make & Take there, Saturday, August 11th from 1:30 until 5:30. The price is  $3.00, but that is refundable with purchase of $10.00 or more.


Join us for a quick project using the newest stencils from Dylusions and Crafter’s Workshop, Distress Inks and Blenders. We will create 2 ATC cards. (Artist Trading Cards, 21/2 x 31/2 for trading with other artistic people)

Visit Blockheads Paper Arts

7201 NE Glisan Street, Suite C
Portland OR 97213
(503) 255-0304
Open Tuesday-Saturday, 10am – 6pm.

Check out all the cool stamps and paper crafting tools Blockheads carry on their website too.

July 18, 2012 / artonalark


This weekend is a busy one. Friday evening July 20th, from 4-8 is Main Street Stamp & stationery’s GIRLS NIGHT OUT! come for free Make & Take’s Discounts and prizes.
Saturday , July 21st, is Creative Endeavors Club at Paper
Parachute 1=3, this month’s project is MAIL ART. Mixed Media classes both before and after, check out their website!
I am trying to post more often and not be such a “hermit”.

May 23, 2012 / artonalark

Main Street Classes May 25th & 26th

So, it might rain a little this weekend, that means it’s a perfect time to take a few classes at Main Street Stamp & Stationery!

I am teaching these classes on Friday and Saturday, check out their website at for a full schedule.

Paper Flowers

Friday,  May 25th  1:00pm – 2:00pm

Paper Flowers MAKE & TAKE  $8.00

           Learn to make 3 styles of dimensional flowers from different papers in this Make & Take. Quick and easy, continue on at home to make a whole bouquet.


Friday, May 25th 3:00pm – 5:00pm

Rubber, Paper & Inks Back to Basics $25.00

           This class really focuses on the difference between inks,papers and how to generally improve your stamping technique. Throw in heat embossing and it’s lots of fun!


Watercolor Cards

Friday, May25th 6:00pm – 8:00pm

Water color Flower Cards $20.00

           This class is all about Coloring OUTSIDE the lines! We will create an allover floral watercolor to front at least 2 cards. We will use  stamps and stencils to create patterns and using simple watercolor methods and large brushes to blend colors for a shaded look. A little color theory thrown in for good measure.    

Composition 6 “Breakable” Rules


Saturday, May 26th  10:00am – 12:00n

Composition – 6 Breakable Rules $18.00

           Do you ever look at your card,  scrapbook page or a collage you’ve done and thought that something wasn’t quite right, but couldn’t figure it out?  Learn these few “rules” of composition and a few ways to help you look at your work with new eyes. Bring a few finished pieces you are working on, and we’ll create a few in class.


Bird Journal

Saturday, May 26th 2:00pm – 5:00pm

Bird Journal $28.00

           Visual journaling is a satisfying and therapeutic expression of your creativity. So why aren’t you journaling? Because you don’t have the time, you don’t know what materials to use and/or you don’t know what to journal about. This class helps with ALL those issues (well, maybe not the time)

We will use Dry collage techniques, magazine, collage images and stamps. Also pens and pencils, stickers and rub-ons, decorative papers and found embellishments to get started. Bring images of bird, feathers, leaves, anything but real birds to incorporate in our books. Bring a journal to work in, preferably one with cardstock weight pages. Also bring a good pair of scissors and your favorite adhesive.

May 18, 2012 / artonalark

for Saturday, May 19th

Nothing like last minute…
I’m at Paper Parachute this weekend with two classes and The Creative Endeavors CLUB>

At 10:00 to 12:00 is Throw a Little Paint on it. A class about getting comfortable working in Mized Maedia on a canvas. and having FUN> At 4:00pm we will have the Origami Stacking Bowls class.
Please call (503)533-4513 to reserve your place.