In case, you didn't know it, June is Gay Pride Month. We support and love your LGBQT+ art customers and their art.
And in case you didn't know it, there are quite a few BIOPOC visual artists (black, indigenous people of color) who are LGBTQ+ and who are breaking boundaries with their art. They are opening our eyes in new ways and leading the contemporary art scene. Below are links to take you on an adventure to see new art by these artists who we happily celebrate all year long, but especially during gay pride month.
In case, any of their art inspires you to make some gay pride art like a rainbow flag to show your solidarity, please place a no-contact, curbside order with us at this link.
1. On NBC News: 12 Queer Artists Who We Making Us Pay Attention
2. On Artsy: 15 Young LGBTQ Artists Driving Contemporary Art Forward
3. On Them: 7 Queer Artists Who Are Changing the Game
4. On The Guardian: Celebrating Queer Artists of Color
5. On Vice: Devan Shimoyama's Fearless Paintings of the Queer Black Experience
We have been seeing all kinds of messages of solidarity for black lives in our neighborhood. Posters are posted in windows, on fences and doors. Drawings in chalk on cement sidings and the sidewalk have declared that black lives matter.
If you too would like to show you're in this with us and support this civil rights movement, you could download one of these beautiful protest posters by black artists. Click on the image below to be brought to the page and read about the black artists who made them.
If seeing them makes you feel inspired to make your own protest posters, we recommend placing a no-contact, curbside order. Click on this link to be brought to our order form. We have large paper, paint markers and anything else you can think of to support this important movement happening now.
Now, that it's warm and sunny, whenever we walk around our neighborhood, we see all kinds of great sidewalk chalk art. It always makes us happy to see everyone outside and doing such creative things.
Here is a list of some over-the-top amazing sidewalk chalk projects to make your neighborhood the best dang neighborhood out there because these projects are taking your sidewalk chalk art up about 30 levels from fun to amazing!
All ages can do these projects; adults and kids. You can make them as simple or as challenging as you want. Whatever you decide to do, spread love and joy because we could use it during this difficult time. We can get through it with our creativity and support of each other.
If you need any discount sidewalk chalk, you know we've got you covered. Click on this link to purchase online.
1. Stunning Stained Glass-like Patterns and Shapes on the Sidewalk
2. How to Create a Sidewalk Illusion--The Chasm
3. Quick Yet Challenging Sidewalk Chalk Portraits---Tracing Shadows on the Sidewalk
4. Make Your Sidewalk into a 3-D Illusion Photo Booth
5. Make an Outrageous Obstacle Course on the Sidewalk for Your Whole Neighborhood
It's summertime! This is the perfect time to wander your neighborhood, or lean out the windows of your house and do some urban sketching---even if you live in the suburbs. Black artist, Alphonso Dunn takes you through the essentials of urban sketching so you too can become a pro at quickly sketching buildings and people on location in the right perspective.
Click on the photo below to be brought to the first of a 4 part series to bring you up to speed. Make sure to click on the description and info below the video to learn the materials you'll need to do the project he is presenting. He says that you'll learn the following things from this first video:
• Review common materials and supplies
• Explore fundamental drawing mechanics and techniques
• Explore useful drawing techniques that help to remove the intimidation associated with direct ink drawing and enable us to handle the medium with confidence
• Learn simple tips on color mixing and basic color theory, and creating your own basic watercolor palette
Of course, if you need any art supplies, we suggest checking out our many art sets that could get you started. The travel sketching set is perfect for urban sketching, click here to be brought to the product page.
We have been seeing more and more folks out walking and biking now that it's finally summertime! We thought before you go out on a biking adventure around your neighborhood, you could first have fun decorating your bike helmet. If it's plain old black, this would be a perfect way to give it a bit more color and character. The video below tells you how to use the paint pens to make your bike helmet extra fun.
It also gives you an idea of what to draw on your helmet, but don't let that limit you if you have a bunch of other ideas of how to make it uniquely your own. Maybe, just draw beautiful flowers or a bunch of crazy pattern. Maybe, write things that make you feel good like, "Black Lives Matter". Maybe, draw a bunch of your black friends faces to show that black is beautiful. Whatever you do, have fun.
If you need paint pens, we have you covered. Place an order for discount art supplies here.
If you're wanting something fun, new and surprising, look no further! We have just the thing! A Mystery Bag! For only a few dollars, you can get a bag of art supplies to make....what? To make whatever your little, creative mind can think of! We thought this would be a cheap and absurdly fun way to spark your imagination.
Bonus points if what you make supports the Black Lives Matter Movement! Share your mystery bag creation with us on Instagram @ivebnframed and use the hashtag #ibfmysterybag to get featured on our account. Have fun! Click the link above or the photo below to be brought to the product page. We can't wait to see what you create!
We've been seeing so many great murals and public art projects to show support of black lives and to end racism. It has really inspired us and given us hope. If you too have an amazing public art project idea and need money to produce it, we suggest applying for the Art Advocacy Grant.
The grant is open for applications now. The deadline is July 31, 2020. Please visit the link above to read details on requirements to apply for this grant. We wish you the best.
Of course, if you need any discount art supplies, we are doing curbside orders now. Use this link to place your order.
There is nothing so heartwarming as a homemade card, and you can bet that that doubles, or even quadruples, during this time of social distancing. If you want to get extra creative with your cards, we recommend watching this fun video, full of beautiful ideas to spark your imagination. It's made with markers, pens and watercolor.
Should you need any discount art supplies when creating your cards, you know where to go to place your order. Use this link.
Do you ever wonder what all those different mediums are for with acrylics? Or do you want to know what are the essentials to get you started to use acrylics? Or maybe, you just want to know how to put on a layer of varnish after your acrylic painting is done?
Well, many of your questions can be answered by one of the top acrylic paint brands in the industry, Golden. They offer free live demos 4 days per week! You can learn so much about how to use their products whether you're a beginner, intermediate or a pro. Below is their June 2020 schedule which you can view LIVE on Facebook.
If you need any acrylic paints or painting supplies, you know we provide you with discount art supplies. Use this link to place your order.
Update from the General Manager
Are we open yet?
It is still business as.... unusual here.
We’ve been working very hard to reinvent the way we serve our community. As much as I want to fling the doors open and let everyone back in- we cannot do that carelessly. C19 sure has had a way of shaking everything I thought I knew about running this business. It's been a crazy, wild ride. A tough few months with challenges I can't even describe in a newsletter. Adapt, adjust, and overcome is my daily motto. I’ve spent lots of time seeking wisdom on what that looks like for us. I’ve had to entirely reinvent how we operate here. I strongly feel that doing that right will create a solid foundation for anything that lies ahead for us in the future. We will be taking it slow and steady as we navigate when to open.
We have not laid off any of our employees. I am fighting hard to keep it that way. If you know me then you know that people over profits is something I believed in before it was coined a phrase. It is what we are about- what this place was built on- and what will always be the core of our DNA. Our customers and employees truly mean- and are- the world to us! I have more employees than are allowed in one place right now. I’m offsetting schedules and creating safe ways to add more team members back daily. It is a process that I feel is vital not only to my amazing employees but to the community that we love and serve. It is not something I feel should be rushed. To be quite honest, it comes at a high cost to do things this way but I feel it is wisdom and it’s worth the cost. The temporary challenges of this virus can be overcome together and I feel that the only way through this- is together.
We take the health and safety of everyone very seriously. We’ve made many adjustments to our daily routine and operations to keep us all safe. We wipe down any high contact surfaces all day. We wear masks when we gather your to go orders and when we call you. Talking on the phone while wearing a mask is super challenging but we are mindful of covering our face while we talk and handle your supplies. We wash our hands constantly all day long and we quarantine any supplies that have been touched by the public. We have a plexi barrier at our new design counter for custom framing. We are always looking for how we can improve safety here.
It is my feeling that this new curbside pickup system is key to our survival in being able to serve you for the foreseeable future. If there is another shelter in place this fall or winter then having this new system firmly in place will mean that we will not have as much of a disruption in service. We will have things dialed in to switch to curbside pickups and deliveries with little notice. We are getting lots of positive feedback from everyone using our curbside pickup service. That means so much to us!
Curbside pickups are going so well that we will continue to offer it when we do open again. Many people like to shop in the late night hours and pick supplies up when it’s convenient. I’ve always joked that the world needs a 24 hour art supply store and maybe this is a way that we can get close to offering that. We shop for you as we would want someone to shop for us.
Here is a recent review we received:
“My first time using the online ordering and it was so easy!!! I also loved how I got a call to confirm my order and got to catch up with one of the framers. Feels so great to know that everyone is safe and happy and I’m so amazed (but not surprised) at how Portland’s best art supply store is still giving great customer service despite a global pandemic!”
Feedback like this makes our hard work these last few months feel so worth it! If you need supplies and haven’t already taken advantage of our curbside ordering- please give us a chance and see how we can shop for you. We highly value and depend on your support as we navigate this time. Thank you to all of you that have been ordering curbside! You have been such a huge help and encouragement in our adventure creating this service.
I understand that everyone is restless and ready to go back to “normal.” But we are faced with a new world and a long journey ahead as we all learn to navigate it. While it may be frustrating to many of you that we are not open yet, we appreciate your patience with us. Please know that we are working hard to make that happen. Those of you that do not understand our slow opening, or believe various things about this pandemic, please understand that I hear you. I understand your frustration and I am listening. Regardless of anyone’s beliefs on the virus- this has changed laws and regulations for businesses to follow. There’s a lot to digest that has shifted lately during C19 for businesses. Simply put, there are more things for us to consider than it may seem. Thank you for your patience. We closed our stores a week before it was mandated because we felt it wise. We will open them again as soon as we think it is wise to do so.
Thank you for being patient with us... Hang in there with us….. we have many things up our sleeves that we haven’t rolled out. Monthly subscription boxes for trying new things, mystery grab bags of treasures found here, deliveries by bicycle or electric car, and all kinds of creative things that my staff is dreaming up. Soon we hope to have walk up “window” hours and extend our limited C19 pickup hours to stretch closer to our regular business hours. We will inch our way cautiously, ever full of hope, as we move forward. We are mindfully considering how we follow everything required of us to do in order to keep everyone safe.
We have served artists for over 65 years and we look forward to getting through this pandemic and serving artists for many more years to come. Your encouragement and support give us fuel every day to keep going and keep growing through these challenges. I strongly feel that wisdom and caution are necessary during these times. I value your feedback as we go, I am always available to address any of your concerns. Stay strong, stay healthy, and keep making lots of art! The world needs it now more than ever before in my lifetime.
Need art supplies? Fill out the Curbside Pickup Order Form HERE
Need custom framing? Book Custom Framing HERE
Heather Reed is the Assistant Manager/Buyer and office rockstar at IBF. She writes all of our emails, blog posts and and manages all of our social media sites. Heather is also an artist and has experience in lots of various mediums. You will usually find her researching new products, finding the best bargains, writing, painting, enjoying nature, all while chasing around her two vivacious little boys.