Friday, August 8, 2014

2014 CHA Paper Arts Show - Part III

Hello, Gorgeouses!

I'm BACK with the third installment from the Craft & Hobby Association's Paper Arts Show.  You can find Part I HERE and Part II HERE.

On the Show floor, I caught up with Prima Marketing Design Team Member, Delaina Burns.  That's her work - on the right, directly above our heads.

Of course, Prima is known for their wide collection of trendy flowers . . .

. . . and it doesn't get any more trendy then doilies, does it?  Well, yes, they've got your design needs covered.

Prima coordinates the trim and bling, thankfully.

I was really interested in the *NEW* pinwheel stencils that coordinate with their "Bethany" textures.  Unfortunately, Prima did not have the product samples available at the show, but you can see the Prima pinwheel stencil video by HERE.

More *NEW* intricate Prima stencils

A couple of Prima stencil projects to offer inspiration ~

More introductions to Prima's "Bloom" line by Jaime Dougherty . . .

. . . which already included a coordinating Watercolor Paper Pad.  Won't this look inviting on the retail sales floor?  Makes me want to run and get my brush.

Prima's oversized stamp blocks (which we need with all the glorious oversized polymer and cling stamps on the market today) come in two sizes: 4" x 8" and 6" x 8".

Their distressing tool continues to be a favorite with their customers, allowing for easy scrubbing, scratching . . .

 . . . and even using the tip for rub-ons.

The highlight of the Paper Arts Show, for *NEW* product line introductions, had to be Finnabair's (AKA Anna Dabrowska) THREE new mixed-media product lines for Prima Marketing.  

Finn's *NEW* Prima Marketing collection begins with "Art Basics," including Gesso, Gel and Pastes that are appropriate for both mixed media and fine art designs ~

and continues with "Art Extra_Vagance," texture pastes (think: rough sands and crackles) . . .

. . . and continues with (*I think this is the best part*) a full spectrum of "Art Ingredients," including art sugar, mica, micro glass beads and (yes, real) glass glitter . . .

. . . and, of COURSE, a full collection of Glitter Sets!

Finnabair was demonstrating to a packed house, reinforcing her approach that art mediums are not sophisticated, and with Prima's color-coded packaging, Finn's mixed-media product lines become approachable for everybody ~

 . . . and who wouldn't want to learn insights from an artist that is capable of creating something a imaginative as this?

Finn created plenty of samples for the show, with numerous interpretations, to inspire the Maker in all of us ~

I'm totally scrap lifting this one: instead of using my craft mat as a palette (and getting my hand stuck in it later) I'm going to be using Finn's technique of utilizing a disposable cup to mix her Prima Art Basics Thick Moulding Paste and and Art Ingredients Glitter.

Black gesso - Who knew??

It was an absolute joy to share in Finnabair's is excitement as she launched her distinctive mixed media product line.  Check out her video introduction HERE.

Next, I'm heading over to one of New England's favorite vendors, Mitra Friant of Impression Obsession.

Impression Obsession is the company that pioneered the use of megamount background stamps.  Yes, Mitra has the PERFECT mounting block to work with them, too.

Samples of her *NEW* designs.  Personal fave: "Candy Cane."  The bold, graphic design could certainly be used year 'round.

Aren't these samples AMAZING?  Each are created by layering her background stamps - and YES, she has the "recipes" for these designs posted on her website, so we can create them at home ~

Impression Obsession carries the work of a wide variety of artists.  Of course, we want to know what's *NEW*, right?  Well, in the IO booth, it was easy - when I asked Mitra as we toured the booth, she gave a wide wave of her arm and announced, "All of it!"

That's a total of 350 *NEW* stamps from Impression Obsession. WOW!  Her collection includes what has become a New England staple - Zenspirations.

It really is amazing with these designs can be turned into.  Checking her sample boards was an "A-ha!" moment ~

But Impression Obsession has more than stamps.  Her dies come in classic designs.  Check out that "Woodie" with the surfboard . . .

. . . and the birch trees with the cardinals.  Perfect for us here in New England, and BEYOND.

Here's you're sneak peek into her fall product line.  It's so new, the sample die cuts weren't even available yet.  IO is such a popular line for us in New England, I'm posting Mitra's *NEW* 2014 mid-year die introductions here:

I hope you have enjoyed the peek into the 2014 Craft & Hobby Association's Paper Arts Show with Prima Marketing and Impression Obsession - I know I did.  Be sure to check back because I'm excited to show you MORE introductions for #PaperArts ~

Craft On, Laurel

Laurel Lee Pollard, Online Publisher, Creative Community Organizer
New England Paper Crafts
"Ensuring the inspiring world of paper crafts continues to bloom."

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