Thursday, February 2, 2012

CHA 2012 • Lots of Inspiration

We learned a lot last week at the Winter CHA Conference and Trade Show. Although there were a lot of opportunities to select products for Vintages, the educational part of this show is really the big draw. They have seminars and workshops where you can learn and actually make things under the tutelage of experts, "demo-nars" and "make-and-take" sessions sponsored by the manufacturers to show off their products, and chances to learn from fellow crafters and artists who are eager to share their experiences. There is always a whole lot of talent and inspiration at the CHA show.

We attended a few of the workshops, learning more about resins, paints, printing techniques and materials of all sorts. One session was hosted by Jenn Mason, mixed-media artist and editor of Cloth Paper Scissors magazine and the new Pages magazine as well. Along with a lot of information about the trends in mixed-media, she walked us through a neat little project making an embellished monoprint. FYI: Jenn's website is chock full of ideas and inspiration for the mixed-media artist.

These are the mixed-media hearts we made at Jenn's workshop. Not bad for a first effort, huh?
Susan spent a couple of hours at a Ranger/Vintaj workshop with Tim Holtz as one of the instructors. And Tim Holtz was everywhere! It seemed like either Tim or his products were in every other booth. Below is the crowd around Tim at a demonstration make-and-take session in the Ranger booth.
Tim Holtz demonstration
Other demonstrations were crowded as well, as you can see from these pictures.

There are always some fantastic artistic displays at the show, and these where a few of our favorites.

We tried to pick out some of the trends in the crafting world from the show. It seemed like everyone had scrapbook papers ... even when it was not a key part of their line. At Vintages, we do not stock crafting paper as such, but do have decorative wraps and vintage papers, which are good alternatives to standard papers or as accents to make your pages POP!

Rubber stamps were another ubiquitous item at the show. We carry a few specialized sets, but do not go overboard on rubber stamps. Something unique that we have are the old letterpress printing blocks which can be used as stamps or embedded as 3D accents on an art object.

Some of the items that will be arriving in Vintages from the show soon include wax seals and stamps (Made in America), miniature white resin frames for scrapbooking or altered art, ultra-fine glitter and a new chunky "glitter" made from organic elements. New ribbons, charms, watch parts and a whole number of doo-dads complete the list.

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