Get Creative This Spring
Forget spring cleaning—at least for a little while. Instead, spend a few hours celebrating the creative energy of springtime, by getting your hands on some fun art supplies. Come by the shop for a few simple ingredients to get creative, at any age.
Stockmar Beeswax Crayons
There’s just nothing like a fresh box of crayons. Even decades post-kindergarten, most of us are still drawn, fingertips-first, to a bright yellow crate of crayons with fresh points. But what if your crayons kept that brand-new feeling for years, and smelled like honey as you drew? Chunky and nearly unbreakable, these just might be the last investment you’ll make in crayons. You’ll love that they’re non-toxic, and your little ones will love the easy-to-grasp shape and thick, opaque color on the page. No crumbling, sticking, or smudging.
Did you know that Truckee gets about 245 sunny days per year? We’re right up there with San Diego, Boulder, Colorado, and Kahului, Hawaii. Imagine! That means you have a lot more chances than, say, a Londoner (17%) to make really cool prints from ordinary or unusual objects.
Sunprint is a kit from the Lawrence Hall of Science at UC Berkeley, which harnesses the transformative power of the sun to create shadow-like images on special paper. With a few hours, a dark room or closet for setting up the slides, and a little imagination, you can make ethereal blue and gray prints for use in other craft projects or greeting cards. Gather interesting objects and materials—think feathers, flowers, seedpods, even bones and fossils—and a kit from Bespoke, and you’re on your way.
Check out the Sun Print gallery for ideas and inspiration. And don’t worry—even if it’s kind of cloudy out, you can still make a print. You just have to wait a few extra minutes.
Colorful, versatile, repositionable washi tape has kind of exploded in the past few years. But washi—from wa meaning Japanese and shi meaning paper—has been around for centuries. Most washi is made of tree bark, bamboo, rice, or wheat. When combined with glue to make tape, washi becomes a more accessible material for a generation with less time on its hands.
You can set up your little one with a window and let him go to town making animals, stick men, and landscapes on the glass. Meanwhile, try your hand at any number of DIY applications. Cover a small notebook. Wrap up a birthday gift with plain tissue paper. Dress up small glass containers or plain vases for artful floral arrangements. Bespoke has you covered with an assortment of washi rolls in many colors.
Lyra Colored Pencils
Feeling indecisive? Sometimes you just can’t settle on your favorite color. How about four colors in one chubby pencil? Lyra lets you draw in red, blue, green, and yellow, all at the same time. Like Stockmar, these colors are smudgeproof and waterproof, and last three times longer than regular colored pencils. The high-quality pigments are lightfast, so your refrigerator drawings will stay fresh and bright until you’re ready to make a new work of art.
Post written by Melissa R Poulin.