It’s really happening! Dina Wakley returns to Runaway Feb. 2-5, 2023

Sure, the holidays are cool and all. But that’s not the only thing that has us excited here at Runaway. We are very pleased to be the first store to host Artist and Designer (and one of our absolute favorite teachers!) Dina Wakley as she returns to travel and teaching. For those of you who were all set to attend her 2020 class, this feels like a sign that the pandemic is really coming to an end. And we know many others have been anxiously awaiting Dina’s next visit as well.

She will be teaching one class each day from 10 am to 5 pm, with a break for lunch, at a cost of $170 per day. And every one of them offers a wonderful opportunity get in touch with your own artistic muse. Interested in attending one or more them? Just send an e-mail to Christy@RunawayArt.com, give us a call at (503) 881-6270, or come by the store during regular business hours.  We’ll get you signed up (please don’t try to sign up in Facebook comments or using Messenger – we just aren’t set up to manage things that way). 

Reserve your spot as quickly as possible! We’ll need full payment (which includes a $25 non-refundable fee for each class) to hold your spot. If you cancel, we will refund your money (except the $25 fee) IF we can fill the seat. So the sooner you let us know the better.

Unless additional supplies are listed in the class description, everything is included except the basic kit (which you’ll need to bring with you to class): 

  • Scissors
  • Craft Sheet
  • Paper Towels or Wipes

If you have paint pens for journaling, those would be helpful as well, but they are not required.

All photos are representations of the class concepts; the actual art you create will vary.

Gloss Spray Glory

Thursday, February 2, 2023 ($170)

What can you do with Gloss Sprays? The answer is YES! Backgrounds, drawing, watercolor effects, resists, the list goes on and on. Join Dina as we explore my favorite ways to use the glosses….you will be amazed at their versatility. They are SO much more than a spray, they are a fluid paint with which you can create stunning effects.

Ethereal Figures on Printed Backgrounds

Friday, February 3, 2023 ($170)

In this class we’ll create unique printed backgrounds, using your gel plate as a painting tool. Then, we’ll create abstract figures on the backgrounds with several different methods—painting, reduction, printing, and more.

Clearly Interesting Mini-Book

Saturday, February 4, 2023 ($170)

Let’s a make a book that is chock full of interesting “clear” elements–transparencies! Dina will show you some of her favorite ways to create with transparencies, and we will turn our efforts into a delicious little handmade book.

Atlas of You

Sunday, February 5, 2023 ($170)

Dina will give you a rolled piece of canvas, and over the hours of class we are going to build up interesting layers that map out parts of YOU. Symbols, imagery, and journaling will combine to create a mixed-media masterpiece showpiece that is both personal and fun.

Extra supplies to bring: three photocopies of a photo of you (selfie, front view), printed to cover the entire 8.5″x11″ page, a small cutting mat and X-acto-type knife.

Happy 9th Birthday to Runaway!

Runaway is celebrating its 9th birthday with 9 days of sales! Our celebration will run from July 6 through July 14. Roll the dice when you check out for discounts between 10-30% off regular priced merchandise. You will find lots of additional sales in store as well.

Come on in and see what’s new and help us celebrate!

Have you been to Runaway lately?

Are you interested in some new supplies? Runaway is now carrying stamps and stencils from Lavinia; stamps, dies and stencils from Polkadoodles; heavy body acrylics from Golden (plus High Flows and Fluid acrylics that we’ve always carried); new items from Lawn Fawn, Paper Artsy, Hero Arts, Sizzix and Ranger; and many more! There are too many new things to list here! Come in and check it out! (And more is on the way, you know it is!)

Runaway Art and Craft Studio is all settled in its new South Salem location: 4675 Commercial St SE, Salem, OR 97301. There is a good-sized parking lot for your convenience. Also, we are now open on Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. We hope that you can come in to see us very soon.

What’s New?

Are you interested in some new supplies? Runaway is now carrying stamps and stencils from Lavinia; stamps, dies and stencils from Polkadoodles; heavy body acrylics from Golden (plus High Flows and Fluid acrylics that we’ve always carried); new items from Lawn Fawn, Paper Artsy, Hero Arts, Sizzix and Ranger; and many more! There are too many new things to list here! Come in and check it out! (And more is on the way, you know its!)

Runaway Art and Craft Studio is all settled in its new South Salem location: 4675 Commercial St SE, Salem, OR 97302. There is a good-sized parking lot for your convenience. Also, we are now open on Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. We hope that you can come in to see us very soon.

Exciting News!

By now you may have heard our news! We’re moving from downtown Salem to a new location in the Cherry City Center in South Salem. The address is 4675 Commercial Street SE, Salem, OR 97302, just south of WinCo on the west side of the street. We are currently closed just to get everything put together in this new space.

We really appreciate your patience during this interim period between stores. We plan to open up at the new location on Saturday, November 7th. We will retain our usual store hours, Wednesday through Saturday from 10am to 6pm; Sunday 11am – 5pm.

We have some grand opening plans that we will be sharing soon. Please follow us on Facebook and Instagram for the quickest updates.

You are going to love the new, spacious store! We have plenty of free parking. The larger classroom area will be wonderful for “safe” learning during these unusual times. There will be some new crafty companies coming in as part of our updated inventory.

Thanks so much for your ongoing support. We hope you are as pleased as we are with this new adventure!

What’s new at Runaway?

Runaway has added a new product line. Ink on 3 stamps, dies and stencils are now available! We are excited to hear what you think about them. You can see all of the items in our online catalog.

Hero Arts United As One stamp set

United As One by Hero Arts

From Hero Arts: Dana Joy, Pocono Pam and Hero Arts have partnered in a conscious effort to be intentionally diverse and inclusive. Crafters and cardmakers of color need to feel support, appreciation, and respect when expressing their values, experiences and skin tone in their work. We are celebrating this spirit through unity, and this collaboration is a pathway for everyone to see themselves in their art. We hope the United As One stamp set will encourage makers to become interested and committed to listening and learning from and about each other, and recognize we are all one, united creative community. 100% of net profits from this 6″ x 8″ stamp set will go to Racial Justice charities.

Dina Wakley Media New Release Coming Soon

Christy has ordered all of the products in Dina Wakley’s new release from Ranger Ink. If you are interested in having us hold any of these new items once they arrive, please email us at christy@runawayart.com. We will contact you as soon as they come in!

Here is a peek at some of Dina’s new products:

Dina Wakley stamps – NEW!
Dina Wakley Stencils – NEW!
Dina Wakley Collage Paper Pack – NEW!

To see more details on this release, check it out at Ranger Ink. See you soon!

Celebrating Robin

Greenhouse Witch by Robin Bielefeld

Just wanted to take a moment to celebrate one of Runaway’s favorite artists — and a very good friend. Robin Bielefeld has drawn yet another of her marvelous coloring pages called “Greenhouse Witch.” This coloring page certainly reflects her wonderful  backyard! She is very sensitive to creating a place that supports bees, hummingbirds and butterflies and she makes an effort to create a garden that includes many native northwest plants. 

Every one of her illustrations has a marvelous twist or two — or twenty! You can find cute creatures, pretty ladies and happy nature scenes. Runaway is proud to be the one of the few local stores to carry her work. We miss her leading Kaleidoscope Coloring Club and Drawing Night but look forward to the time we get to gather again. You can see all of her Flying Monkey Studio coloring pages we have at Runaway here in our Online Catalog