Artistic Artifacts -- Creative Finds for Creative Minds

          As 2015 comes to a close, we would like to wish you all a wonderful holiday season, with our thanks for your support! The Artistic Artifacts Annex at 4750 Eisenhower Avenue will be closed for the holidays December 24–27. We will be open for special hours on Monday, December 28, so if you are visiting family or friends in the metropolitan DC area, come see us in person! We will be closed for New Year’s December 31–January 1, reopening on Saturday, January 2.
          Due to these holiday closings, orders placed through our website will be processed on the next open business day.

Vintage Christmas postcard -- click to download hi-res verion

Vintage Ephemera Downloads!

Artistic Artifacts/Batik Tambal owner Judy Gula is gifting our customers and the readers of these enewsletters and our blog with free downloads of two vintage postcard images from her collection (pictured here slightly cropped). These beautiful images are scanned at 300 dpi for your use in your own fiber (print on fabric and use in an art quilt) and/or mixed media projects. To download, click on each image to bring up its full-size version, then right-click (or click and hold on a Mac) and save the high resolution JPG to your computer.

Vintage New Year postcard -- click to download hi-res verion

A Never Too Late Gift!

Artistic Artifacts Gift Certificates are the perfect present!Available in $25, $50 and $100 amounts, the new Artistic Artifacts Gift Certificate is the perfect gift: let your favorite creative mind pick out their choice of our creative finds! Shop 24/7 with no worries about delivery: you may send the unique redemption coding directly to your recipient with a personalized message, or use your own email on the order form and create your own presentation.

New Colors of Viva Crackle

Croco Crackling Color by Viva Decor

Croco Crackling Colour is one of the amazing Viva Decor products ideal for mixed media: it adheres to many surfaces: chipboard (we have some new shapes stocked in our online shop), wood, canvas, glass, metal, ceramics, plastic and more. Create 3-D crackle effects (vary the size and dimension of the cracks by using thin or thick coats) by simply applying with a paintbrush. It’s important to give the product enough time to dry on its own and develop its crackle pattern (24 – 48 hours, see image below) — don’t use a heat gun to accelerate the process. We have just updated our website with a number of additional color choices of Viva Crackle: shop now »

Allow 24-48 hours for Viva Crackle to completely dry

Free Shipping Offer

Orders of $100 or more that are shipped to a U.S. destination and use of our discount code Dec2015 upon checkout are shipped for FREE! This offer will expire December 31, so shop our secure online store now to take advantage and save!

Art & Soul 2016

Art & Soul Enchanted Forest theme logo by Leslie Brier

Registration for the Virginia Beach location of Art & Soul began late November, and a special early bird offer is still in effect: sign up by January 1, 2016 and your full day workshops are just $135, and your registration fee is $35! The Art & Soul theme and logo for 2016 is In The Enchanted Forest, and the logo was created by the talented Leslie Brier, a frequent instructor at Artistic Artifacts. (Join us early on Sunday, January 17 for her Button Quillie Pendants class, with all supplies provided...then stay for our monthly JAMs meeting!) In addition to Virginia Beach, Art & Soul 2016 venues and dates are: Portland, OR, February 29 – March 6, and a new location, Minneapolis, MN (Mall of America), May 23 – 29.

Classes Begin Again in January

Make a New Year’s resolution to explore new techniques and mediums with one or more of our wide variety of fiber/mixed media classes. Classes scheduled for next month include:

  • Saturday, January 9: Gelli Printing with Susan GantzMany Supplies Provided! Join us in learning how to monoprint using Gelli Arts™ Gel Printing Plate, a process that offers you spontaneity and creates wonderful painterly effects you can easily achieve. Our morning session is explores printing on paper, and the afternoon is dedicated to printing on fabric. Or register for both sessions to give yourself a full day playing with this addictive process!
  • Learn to sew and quilt with Confetti Nine Patch
  • Begins Tuesday evening, January 12, a 4 sessions class: Confetti Nine Patch (Beginning Quilting) with Rosalie Lamanna — Longing to learn to sew and quilt or how to use a new (or inherited) sewing machine? Create a colorful qult top while building sewing and piecing skills that will be a strong foundation for your future fiber projects.
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