Dina Wakley kicks off 2019 with a February visit to Runaway

We here at Runaway are so excited! We will be the first store where Dina Wakley teaches in 2019 using her new products released in the middle of January.

Dina will be at Runaway on Thursday, Feb. 21, Friday, Feb. 22 and Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019.

You will find out the basic information bout her classes below, with more details on the class descriptions pages. Let us know which classes you’d like to take. If you take all of the classes, Christy will have a goodie bag for you to take home on the first day of class. 

Save your spot in class by an e-mail to Christy@RunawayArt.com, by calling us at 503-881-6270, or coming by the store.

We do require prepayments for Dina’s classes. You can come by the store or mail a check to:
Runaway Art & Craft Studio
311 Commercial St NE
Salem, OR 97301


Thursday, February 21 — 10 am to 5 pm
Fee: $145

Dina’s description: “I love abstract figures, and the best part about them is that they are easy to create and there are lots of fun ways to create them. Join me for this class, where we will explore several methods of creating our figures. Then we’ll incorporate them into finished journal pages and art pieces.”


Friday, February 22, 2019 — 10 am to 5 pm
Fee: $150

Dina’s description: “I always say one thing missing in mixed media is restraint. This class is all about doing less. We’ll focus on the power of line, brushstroke, and color to tell our stories instead of burying them under dozens of layers. Listen, I love layers, but it is good artistic practice to work with a limited palette of supplies. Artistic growth, here we come! This class includes a small 6×6″ journal, in which we’ll work during the class.”


Saturday, February 23, 2019 — 10 am to 1 pm
Fee: $75

Dina’s description: “By special request, here’s a reprise of beeswax collage. This process is experimental, fun, and creates such interesting transparent layers that pictures don’t even begin to do them justice. We’ll play with Media Board, pure beeswax, and collage papers and tissues. We’ll add acrylic paint in between layers for interesting effects, and will even scratch into the wax to make marks. You’ll be hooked!”


Saturday, February 23, 2019 — 2 pm to 5 pm

Fee: $75

Dina’s Description: “No drawing experience required for this face painting class…we are going to use stamped images and collage tissue. Easy peasy! I’ll show you my favorite ways to paint faces, using both acrylics and Scribble Sticks. We’re going for interesting art faces, not traditional and cute. Come with a sense of adventure and ready to play!”

Supply list for all classes

  • Basic tool kit: Ranger craft sheet, scissors, baby wipes, paper towels, paper plate or palette paper to use as a palette (or you can just use your craft sheet). You may also want a small notebook and a pen for taking notes.
  • Your art journal.

We are so fortunate to be the first store! Please join us for three days of amazing teaching and fun! 

Runaway’s “Don’t Make Us Count It!” Sale thru Dec. 30

It’s almost time for Edgar Allan Crow and the Runaway gang to complete the 2108 inventory. If it’s in the store on January 1, we have to count it, so help us out — and get a deal in the bargain!

50% off 12×12 printed paper

40% off all handmade and large printed paper

At least 35% off all stencils (others priced as marked)

30% all Christmas merchandise

30% off all re-inkers

25% off Golden products (including High Flows and Media)

30% off Pan Pastel and Sofft Tools

25% off Prima Art Alchemy Metallic Paints and Mica

25% off Prima Rust Pastes Additional discounts on clearance item as marked

Runaway open 7 days a week during holiday season!

We are adding Monday and Tuesday to our regular schedule from now until December 23. That means we will be open for the following hours:

Mondays thru Saturdays: 10 am thru 6 pm
Sundays: 11 am thru 5 pm

We will be closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day and then will return to our regular hours on Wednesday, December 26.

Black Friday & Small Business Saturday Sale — Now Thru Sunday, 11/25

Runaway returns from the Thanksgiving Holiday to celebrate Black Friday and Small Business Saturday with a special Holiday sale! Savings throughout the store – some as much as 70% off! These prices are good through 5 pm Sunday, November 25.

Just take a look at these prices on many of your papercrafting and mixed media art essentials!

  • 50% off Hero Arts Christmas stamps and dies
  • 40% off Hero Ink Pads (excludes Intense Black)
  • 20% off Distress Oxide Ink Pads and Re-Inkers
  • 30% off TCW (The Crafters Workshop) Stencils
  • 35% off Pan Pastels & Pan Pastel Tools
  • 25% off marked price Canvases
  • 20% off marked price Wood Panels
  • 25% off Art Advantage Acrylic Paints
  • 25% off TCW Heavy Body Acrylic Paints
  • 25% off Art Alchemy Impasto Heavy Body Acrylic Paints
  • 25% off Prima Rust Effects Paste
  • Add’l 25% off Jack Richeson Metallic Watercolors

And check out these sale prices on our Sizzix Die Cutting Machines!

  • Sizzix Tim Holtz Sidekick Machine just $30!
  • Sizzix Bigshot Plus Die-Cut Machine just $120!
  • Sizzix Tim Holtz Vagabond Machine just $140!

And you’ll find other special discounts marked throughout the store – 30%, 40%, 50%, 60% and even 70% off the price marked!

  • 30% Off Marked Price All “Blue Dot” Items
  • 40% Off Marked Price All “Green Dot” Items
  • 50% Off Marked Price All “Red Dot” Items
  • 60% Off Marked Price All “Yellow Dot” Items
  • 70% Off Marked Price All “Orange Dot” Items

 All sale prices are limited to stock on hand.
All discounts will be taken off original price unless otherwise indicated.


Give “Runaway to Play” a Try — 1st & 3rd Fridays

Having a hard time getting your creative juices flowing? Want to steal an idea or two from other crafters? Just interested in having a good time with others while they work on their projects? Or just need a bit of time away from the other distractions in your life?

Those are all good reasons to join Runaway to Play, the 1st and 3rd Friday of each month. And, of course, you and the other Runaway to Play folks will have the store to yourselves after it closes at 7 pm. We’d love to have you join us!

Here’s how it works:

  • Bring a project or two that you’d like to work on. We’ll provide the table space in the large classroom from 5 until 11 for $8 per customer.
  • While you play, you will have access to the equipment in the studio. Please bring your own supplies (paper, inks, sprays, dies, and stamps.
  • You also can take some time to shop in the store if there is something that would help you complete your project – after 6 pm, the store is open just for you!
  • Check out what others are creating at play. You may get some great ideas and inspiration – Runaway regulars and staff are always happy to share paper crafting tips and tricks.

We usually have plenty of space, but let us know if you’re planning to come so that we can make sure we are set up for the numbers we will have. Please contact Christy or any Runaway staff member if you have questions.

Two-Week Anniversary Sales Event!

Edgar Allan Crow and the rest of the Runaway Gang invite you to join them for 5 Days to Celebrate the Past 5 Years PLUS 5 More to Celebrate the Next 5 Years!

That’s two full weeks of anniversary sale pricing!

Wednesday, July 4 thru Sunday, July 15

  • 30% off all re-inkers (entire time)
  • 50% off all 12” by 12” printed paper (entire time)
  • 30% off all Honey Bee® stamps and dies (July 4-8)
  • 25% off all Lawn Fawn® stamps and dies (July 4-8)
  • 30% off all Waffle Flower® stamps and dies (July 4-8)
  • 25% off Art Foamies (July 4-11)
  • 30% off Pan Pastels,® incl. sets (July 4-11)
  • 30% off all Art Impressions® (July 6-13)
  • 25% off large paper, incl. handmade! (July 8-15)
  • 15% off marked price on all canvases (July 11-15)
  • 25% off all ink-pads (July 11-15)
  • 30% off selected stamps and dies (July 11-15)

 Special Events to Celebrate the Past 5 Years and to Celebrate the Next 5 Years:

  • Wednesday, July 4, from noon to 4:
    Make & Take this special Independence Day card with Teresa Case (just $1.50)

  • Friday, July 6, from 4:30 to 6:
    Art Impressions Watercolor Techniques Demo
    with Kendra Krebs (plus the Art Impressions
    ® products will be 30% off from July 6 thru July 13)
  • Saturday, July 4, from noon to 4:
    Clavell Stutzman demonstrates a wonderful Acrylic Ink String Pull Technique


And we’ll have other cool demos throughout our “5 plus 5” celebration!

Sale prices limited to merchandise in stock. But Runaway has plenty of that right now!


Check out all we have to offer!

If you haven’t been to Runaway lately, you really don’t know everything we have to offer. Owner Christy Wood has been busy bringing in new lines of stamps and dies, markers, pens, papers, stencils, pencils, paints, and much more! Come in and check us out — you won’t be disappointed!

And to make room we’ve got a special blow-out sale on from now thru Mothers Day (Sunday, May 13): We have 40% – 75% off stencils (excluding Ranger – Dina, Dyan and Tim), grab bag paper packs with 20 sheets for $3 and lots of other marked down items.

Come by soon!

May’s Cardmaking Classes at Runaway — Lots to choose from!

Your cardmaking class choices at Runaway begin the first weekend of May and run right through the last day of the month! Take any or all of these classes for just $25 each. Just sign up by calling Runaway at 503-881-6270 or by e-mail at Christy@RunawayArt.com.

First off is Authentique® Spring Cards with Yvonne on Saturday, May 5 from 2 to 5. Yvonne will teach you how to use wonderful Authentique® combinations of paper to get beautiful effects ($25).                     


On Sunday, May 13, from 1 to 4 Teresa Case has a set of House Mouse® cards for you to create — and to color, using the best Copic® blending techniques ($25).


Next up is Honeybee® Cards with Christy, on Saturday, May 19 from 5 to 8. Christy will help you learn to make several fun cards, including this one, featuring their wonderful Platypus stamp ($25).


And the month closes on Thursday, May 31 from 6 to 8:30 with Christy Wood teaching It’s Always Christmas at Runaway! — Christmas Critters. This month’s cards feature My Favorite Things® woodland creatures stamps and simple Copic® coloring techniques. Get an early start on Christmas 2018 ($25).


A word about classes — Dina Wakley, Kendra Krebs, Marianne Walker and more!

Edgar Allan Crow and the Runaway gang wanted to make sure you had some info about our upcoming classes.

First, we still have room in Dina Wakley’s first class when she comes June 8 & 9 — and the waiting lists for the other two aren’t all that long (and we’re looking at ways to expand the classroom’s capacity just a touch), so you may still be able to get into those as well. There is more detail on her classes if you click the “Classes” tab.

Second, we want to remind you that Kendra Krebs comes to Runaway pretty regularly — and she is offering her wonderful classes about watercoloring the Art Impressions way in both April and May. You can see find that information on the “Classes” tab as well.

Finally, Copic® artist and author Marianne Walker visited Runaway during our Copic® Color Celebration. And we jumped at the opportunity to have her come back and teach some techniques from her “Copic® Coloring Foundation” books. And you know where you can find that info? On the “Classes” tab, of course!

Remember to sign up for these — and any of our other classes — by contacting Runaway by e-mail at Christy@RunawayArt.com or by telephone at (503)881-6270. Of course, we’re always happy to see your smiling face in the store — and we’d be happy to sign you up then!

John Creighton Petersen comes to Runaway once again April 6-8!

John Creighton Petersen comes to Runaway once again April 6-8!

John is bringing his unique talents back to Runaway with a new set of classes. He will be here from April 6-8, and he’ll be offering three classes, each of which provides its own unique flair!

Mixed Media Resin Jewelry with John Creighton Petersen

Friday, April 6 @ 6 – 9 pm                                                                                                           Instructor: John Creighton Petersen               Cost $75

Of course, John can’t come to Runaway without at least one jewelry class! And this is a wonderful one. Explore how to make stunning mixed media jewelry pieces by building color and texture with dimensional elements using the newest releases from ICE Resin®. In class you’ll create two pieces of jewelry – a layered domino and a textured bezel. All supplies are included for this class, including necklace chains, but you are welcome to bring your favorite small charms/embellishments that you may want to use to customize your product.

“It’s All about Layers and Textures” with John Creighton Petersen

Saturday, April 7 @ 10 am – 6 pm                                                                                               Instructor: John Creighton Petersen               Cost $100

After this class, your next mixed media project will never be the same! Learn how to build amazing layers of texture and color, including faux encaustic techniques using a variety of products from Finnabair/Prima®. Turn found objects into amazing embellishments and incorporate them into your complete canvas. Student supplies: paintbrushes, palette knives, scissors, craft knife, background images (copies of photos, printed papers, etc.), favorite large format stencils (optional), found objects/embellishments.

“Between the Pages” with John Creighton Petersen

Sunday, April 8 @ 11 am – 4 pm                                                                                                 Instructor: John Creighton Petersen               Cost $75

Mix your love of bookmaking with the art of mixed media to create this one-of-a-kind journal! Create layers of texture and color with the newest releases from Finnabair/Prima® – and learn new ways to use your favorite products as well. All of the techniques used in the class can easily be adapted to almost any surface. Student supplies: paintbrushes, palette knives, scissors, craft knife, favorite large format stencils (optional), found objects/embellishments.