Hi there! If you followed along on the journey through CHA on Periscope – thank you! As of yesterday, you tapped another MILLION hearts, so I’m guessing you loved what you saw! If you weren’t able to watch, or worried you missed something – here’s a little (or not so little) wrapup that walks through what was actually IN those Periscopes! (One of the improvements I’d like to see is the ability to edit a broadcast title to reflect what actually happened!) I shot FIFTY live scopes during the show – OMG I apologize if that made some of you crazy! I was just so excited to bring the show to you!
NOTE! Many of the products I discuss here are NOT linked at all. Because they were just revealed to my eyeballs at the show! Most all will be in stores near you soon, and as I have links to share at my favorite crafty places, you know I will. Please don’t stress out – even though we all want these “right now,” there will be plenty of them as they begin to ship out.
First – I know for lots of you, the selfie-fest on Instagram was a bit overwhelming! Let me apologize on behalf of us all, because honestly, while there are lots of photos taken, that’s truly not all that most of us do at CHA. As I’ve said many times, it’s a business tradeshow. The purpose of the show is to get manufacturer products into the stores that retailers are running – and eventually to YOU. It may look like a party, and you may hear about some folks coming home with swag – but it’s not about that. It’s a ton of work for those taking it seriously. And a labor of love!
For me, the show is a chance for facetime with partners I already know and love, and an opportunity to make new contacts–and to that end, I made bright and cheerful business cards to hand out! Mine were ordered at Vistaprint with my own design (I was glad to find that their matte Ultrathick paper option accepts watercolor), and the backs were printed with just the black text – so I could use Gamboge Hydrus to paint fun swashes of color on them. I was able to hand my card to people and say “I handpainted the back just for you!”
The craft universe is a wonderful industry full of beautiful people – but there are LOTS of business sessions that you rarely see photos of! Bookkeeping, Social Media, Marketing, blah blah blah! But one of the most interesting talks I went to was the keynote speech on trends – I snapped this one pic below because socks for a table seemed a little silly – but also because….yellow. LOL! I took some boring notes, but you’ll be glad to know that “coloring books” were a surprise to a bunch of folks on a panel of experts – they said it was the fastest growing one they’d seen, even if it had a long slow burn before it shot to the forefront!
Another trend I saw all over was Bible journalling. That couldn’t make my heart happier! Not just because I’m getting started in it, but because it is a trickling out of the love of God, seeping into crafting everywhere. Sometimes it was outright Gospel-related products, sometimes “blessings” messages that are less in-your-face. I do have a little concern that some companies are only riding a wave and not honestly feeling it, but I’ll be shopping most boldly from the companies I love who walk the walk. But needless to say, my wallet was weeping in anticipation! I took a Bible Journalling class from Shanna Noel at Illustrated Faith (See part 1 and part 2 on Periscope) – their products are being promoted now by Bella Blvd, yay! Shown here are stickers with some white pen doodling on top of Pebeo acrylics – transparent enough to see the Scriptures through! In their booth they showed me a glitter watercolor – that will also work on bible paper. Yay! More on Pebeo coming up in this post.
Distress crayons? Do we need them? They are a VERY different product from others I’ve seen, and I can’t wait to get my hands on some and play. I’ll be sure to let you know, so hang tight! I know there are sites pre-selling, and if you seriously can’t wait, go for it, but they aren’t going to stop selling them anytime soon. So if you want to wait and see what I come up with, I got your back See Tim’s demo HERE. And I think I’m gonna archive the parts where he tells me I can color. #endorsedbyTim LOL!
Lawn Fawn always has such a fun booth – and my favorite new thing (in addition to darling stamps of course) from them this time is the stamp shammy! I’ve used a similar thing in the past, but it was a garish pink color – bleh! Lookee how cute this little teal one is?! And of course watch the rest of the booth tour HERE.
I went to Ken Oliver’s booth to ask what’s new, since I know some of you guys will be interested…and I saw him doing 12×12 paintings on matboard. In the scope, he shows the new colors, more on the board, and his technique to “spray like you mean it” which I’ll see about trying. I had asked him about doing a piece like this without the color splooging under, and his did splooge – but I’ll work on my spritzing technique! I do want to remind you as I have each time I talk about watercolor powders: the price point is still the same, the Color Burst are twice as expensive as Brusho when you assess the number of grams in both bottles. But the advantages of the brighter colors may well outweigh that for many folks, so feel free to enjoy the new colors in the scope HERE. (This painting was a giveaway on my Instagram, congrats to LadyBryson!)
I saw a coloring book make n take at Marvy, so popped in to check it out! Marvy had new watercolor pencils, and they somewhat worked on the paper in these books; it’s 110lb (I think?) and is NOT watercolor. So the pencil went on light, waxy, and doesn’t get rich when you add water, but does move. But – crazy me pulled out her own pad of Fabriano, popped that puppy on the table to try – and the pencils worked MUCh better. So remember, a medium may just need to find the “right” paper to make it sing. The coloring book does seem to work well with Copics though, so you might enjoy Cynthia’s coloring books for yourself. To see the Periscope in which I tested the pencils and flip through the book, click HERE.
I was excited to see Daniel Smith at the show! This was their first in the craft industry, and I hope they’ll be back. They had these gorgeous rocks and paint samples to show their Primetek paints that I’ll be getting my hands on – and don’t worry, I’ll be sure you can too. Ha!!But you have GOT to see Kathy’s marathon rapid-fire Periscope – and applaud her! To get a serious watercolor education, click HERE and scroll to about 9minutes where Kathy gets started (the rest is just me and a friend vamping while we waited!).
I was lucky enough to be standing at the Copic booth when they mentioned having nobody to demo for a couple hours – so I offered to jump in. (And rest my tired feet! ha! Selfish offer!) I sat down to color, and as the Periscope broadcast went on, the wonderfully talented Marianne jumped in to give us all LOTS of info about what’s new at Copic. Including new hard-side cases, books (see the first sneak peeks ever!), the Gasenfude pen, and a look at Marianne’s Copic portfolio! Watch it all on the replay HERE.
Scrapbook Expo shoots LOTS of videos for their channel – quick-looks at all kinds of products. Sometimes when I have ZERO idea how something works, I search their channel for the company’s take on what they made it to do! (Not every product is on their channel, but hundreds are….they have so few views, not many people know about them!) I shot THIS scope showing you a video along with all the equipment, etc -so you can see how a fancy video is made!
My favorite booth by far was LittleB….even though I don’t use washi, and have no need of their sweet little wooden toys, walking in their booth felt like being in a magical wonderland! The photo below is Starry Night “painted” in washi tape – holy guacamole! Brilliant! In the scope, watch a few pieces go on, and see the wooden figurines they sell.
Another class I took was from Pebeo…I had heard of their paints for years, but since I don’t “do” acrylics (ha) and mixed medium (ha ha), I didn’t pay them any attention. When I saw a class with “fantasy” paints, I thought why not, right? Give it a try, learn something. I scoped a bit from the class, so you can see part 1 and part 2 shot during class. (The finished piece is in THIS scope in their booth, and you get to hear about lots of their products and see more samples.) Shown below is the wet piece before it dried overnight.
I got to spend a little while with Avery Elle, and demo’d with a couple different mediums – both coloring balloons and sharks! There’s a walk-through of the booth with Jamie HERE, and the demos are HERE. I didn’t capture the bubbles in inktense on camera – so stay tuned for a video on the technique coming up at some point on YouTube. PS loved their new black dye ink for Copics. In Bazzill’s booth, I was just blown away by their wall art, made by rolling papers and tucking them into chickenwire…how amazing would that be on a wall in our studios!?!?
My friend May launched her own line of buttons with Buttons Galore at CHA called 28 Lilac Lane – so very proud of her! We all have no idea what it takes to choose colors, textures, etc and then get everything ready for us crafters…I’m in awe of all she put into it! A little birdie told me they’ll be available for us all very soon…and I have a bottle of sunshine in my suitcase already! See the booth tour HERE. And a SILLY video including Cathy Zielske HERE. We might have ripped a hole in the universe!
I didn’t scope in lots of booths – there are just too many! Quick recap of others I did shoot:
Here’s one of many selfies taken during the show…most are just hiding happily in my phone, I won’t bombard you with them! This little group represents so many more hugs, and I love filling my heart up with them as I see old friends and get to know new ones. This particular meetup in a hallway meant so much to me in ways these ladies will never know….and won’t forget the love.
And finally….the stamp manufacturers and designers got together for a big happy farewell photo – not everyone could make it, I hope they were busy writing huge orders! Watch the photo magic happening on scope.
The final scope from the floor shows the aftermath of a tradeshow! No one knows just what it takes to put on a show like this. Thousands of dollars to rent a booth. To pay for union dudes to move your boxes across the floor to your space (by the pound!). Rental of tables, carpet, and trashcans. Not to mention the product preparation, signage, catalog printing, samples, make-and-take prep. If you ever tried to contact your favorite companies during December or early January and didn’t get an immediate reply – that’s why! This show is work – and a labor of love. So to all the wonderful people who make this happen, and keep us busy with lots of wonderful products all year long: Thank you!