Creating a masterwork of art can be like wandering through a maze: after a lengthy period of self-reflection and contemplation, you’ll still have to defeat a Minotaur to complete the challenge. Appreciate the figurative risks and transcendent joys of artistic creativity with today’s Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of art supplies and art classes at collage, at your choice of its Alberta Street or Woodstock Boulevard location.
Collage is an independent art supply store, full of crafty components unlikely to be found roaming in the wild. The racks and shelves are filled with a wide range of painting supplies for portraits built from the neck up, including pre-stretched canvases ($5–$36), tubes or bottles of paint ($2–$25), and brushes ($0.75–$36). Decorative 12"x12" papers ($1) and rubber stamps ($2–$14) work together like the classic duo of enthusiastic party hats and frowny clowns. A reenactment of the Constitutional Convention is made possible with well-selected feathers ($2), Popsicle sticks ($2–$5), and googly eyes ($0.50–$4). After filling armfuls of nifty supplies, chronicle the great sense of accomplishment in a Moleskine journal ($9–$26).
When inspiration is running low, turn to the guidance of collage's staff of artists, thumb through the collection of idea books and magazines ($8.99–$30), or look through the assorted vintage ephemera ($0.50–$5) for a spark of initial electricity. Or, meet a new craft in collage's creative art classes (in the left sidebar, $5–$85) such as how to embroider greeting cards or carve your own stamps. For smaller hands with big ideas, Calling All Kids! classes introduce creative outlets such as Shrinky Dinks or fairy wings.
Not valid for birthday parties and DIY Lounge events.
- if you have crafting ADD like i do, and are into so many different crafts you can barely keep up, this is a great store to check out. – c l., Yelp
- A small, unique space jammed with goodies. You won't find everything here, but more importantly, you will find some neat and unique things here. – lavachickie, Citysearch
- I love the selection and the fantastic ideas generated out of this craft supply store – Michelle W., Insider Pages