Saturday Playcraft

Playcraft at Bull City Craft

December 9: Playcraft is open 10am-11am and 1:30-3pm.

November 25: Playcraft is open 10am-5pm.

Thanksgiving Holiday Hours: Open 10am-6pm Tuesday (11/21), Wednesday (11/22).
CLOSED Monday (11/20), Thursday (11/23), and Friday (11/24).

November 18: Playcraft is open 12-5pm.

November 11: Playcraft is open 1:30-3pm.

September 23: Playcraft is CLOSED.

September 16: Playcraft is open 12-5pm.

September 9: Playcraft is open 10am-1pm and 4-5pm. 

August 12: Playcraft is CLOSED. We will also be closed on Monday, August 14.

August 5: Playcraft is open 12-5pm.

July 8: Playcraft is open 12-5pm.

July 1: Playcraft is open 3:30-5pm. We will be CLOSED on Monday, July 3 and Tuesday, July 4.

June 10: Playcraft is open 12-5pm.

May 27: Playcraft is open 10am-5pm. (Note: we will be closed on Monday for Memorial Day.)

May 20: Playcraft is open 12-5pm.

May 13: Playcraft is open 10am-5pm.

May 6: Playcraft is open 10am-5pm.

April 29: Playcraft is open 11:30am-3:30pm.

April 22: Playcraft is open 10am-5pm.

April 15: We will be CLOSED.

April 8: Playcraft is open 10am-1:30pm and 3:30-5pm.

March 25: Playcraft is open 12-5pm.

March 18: Playcraft is open 10am-11:30am and 3:30pm-5pm.

March 11: Playcraft is open 12-5pm.

February 11: Playcraft is closed. Six birthday parties this weekend!

February 4: Playcraft is open 3:30-5pm (store is open all day).

January 28: Playcraft is closed all day (store is open).

January 14: Playcraft will be open 12-3pm.

January 7: Playcraft will be open 10am-5pm, weather permitting. Check our Facebook or Instagram for snow updates!

Week of December 26-31: Playcraft is open 10am-6pm Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday.
Open 10am-3pm on Wednesday and Saturday.

December 24: CLOSED. We will be CLOSED December 24-26. Regular hours resume on Tuesday, December 27.

December 17: Playcraft is open 12-5pm. Store is open 10am-5pm.

December 10: Playcraft is open 1:30-3:30pm. Store is open 10am-5pm.

December 3: Playcraft is open 2-5pm. Store is open 10am-5pm.

November 26: Playcraft is open all day, 10am-5pm! (No parties.)

November 19: Playcraft is open 12-1:30. Store is open 10am-5pm.

November 13: Closed all day for parties. (Store open.)

November 5:  Open 12-3pm

 

Image Transfer with Mod Podge

BCC photo transfer on canvas

Transfer your own photography to canvas, fabric or wood using Mod Podge and a laser printer.

MATERIALS:
Mini canvas 3 x 3 inches
Mod Podge, Matte
Small brush
Scissors
Water dish
Paper towels
Coin – penny or nickel
Bone Folder (opt)

NOTES:
The transfer will be the mirror image of the original. To account for this, reverse the image before printing.

INSTRUCTIONS:

BCC image transfer mod podge

Mod Podge

Cut image to size. Working on scrap paper, brush an even layer of Mod Podge over the entire image. Any areas not coated will not transfer.

BCC Image transfer mod podge

 

 

 

 

 

Burnish

Using a bone folder or your finger, gently rub over the back of the image until the paper is smooth and well adhered. Be careful not to tear the paper or get Mod Podge on the blank side of the paper.

BCC  Image transfer mod podge

Clean

Small beads of Mod Podge will form at the edge. Wipe clean with a damp paper towel. If left to dry they will form hard bumps. Set aside to dry.

BCC image transfer

Wet

When Mod Podge is totally dry, dip you finger, or a clean brush, in water and wet the paper. Wet the entire surface until the image can be seen through the paper.

BCC image transfer

Scrape

Using the edge of a coin, gently scrape the paper away. Work carefully as it is easy to scrape away the image as well. If a thin layer of paper remains, with a wet finger quickly but gently rub back and forth over the image. Repeat as necessary.

Textures with India Ink & Watercolor

Textures with India Ink and Watercolor

Snowy days and starry nights are close at hand. India ink and watercolor are a favorite combination among mixed-media artists, and it’s easy to see why.

India Ink gives a deep matte finish that is perfect for silhouettes. It’s easy to create quick gesture drawings with a sumi brush, or crisp delicate lines with a nib pen.

MATERIALS:

Fluid, Cold Press Watercolor Paper
Pencil and eraser (opt)
Dr. Ph. Martin’s Bombay India Ink, black
Nib pen
Sumi brush
Watercolor paint
1” wash brush
Table salt

NOTES:

Dr. Ph. Martin’s Bombay India Ink is a lightfast and waterproof pigmented India ink. It holds a fine line without spreading and once dry will not re-wet. This makes it perfect for use with watercolor paint and other wet mediums.

INSTRUCTIONS:

India Ink with brush or pen

Draw

With sumi brush (top tree) or nib pen (bottom tree) make a drawing on watercolor paper. If needed a light sketch can be made in pencil first, then inked over, and any visible pencil marks erased after ink is dry.

Textures with India Ink and Watercolor

Paint

When ink is completely dry, use a brush to wet the paper with clear water, then add watercolor paint to create a background wash. While paper is slightly damp, sprinkle salt and watch your snow (or stars) emerge.

Printable pdf: BCC Textures with India Ink and Watercolor

 

Top 3 Questions We Get Asked: #2 Where is Bull City Craft Annex?

Confused about where we are now? You are not alone! It has been a confusing few months for Bull City Craft.

Bull City Craft Annex is in Golden Belt at 807 E Main St in Downtown Durham. When you turn off Main Street, it looks like this:

Golden Belt Bull City Craft

You can continue straight ahead and park in the front Visitors Parking Lot. Walk down the sidewalk to the right, passing by Moshi Moshi and entering the door to Building 3 on your left.

Or, you can park in the Main Lot in the back. The entrance to Building 3 from the parking lot in back looks like this:

Golden Belt Bull City Craft Annex Arts

Once you enter the building, look for studio 3-118. It is in the center on the corner of Room 100 Gallery. If the gallery is open, you can walk straight through and we are on the right. If the gallery is closed, you can circle around through the studio hallway.

Golden Belt Bull City Craft Annex Lobby

When you see this, you will know you have arrived! We’re currently open on Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from 1-5pm.

Bull City Craft Annex

 

Most Popular Camp Crafts

I’ve started planning activities for camps this summer, and it got me thinking about what activities and projects have been the most popular in years past. Here are the kid favorites from each of our camps.

Crafty Critters Camp: Art with Animals

Sure, moms love the cute owls made from paper tubes and hermit crabs made from their child’s tiny hand prints, but preschool aged kids are really more interested in the process than the product. Playing with animal figures in play dough and paint is a fun favorite with our littlest campers.

Crafty Critter Camp Animals with Play Dough Bull City Craft

Color Camp: Fizzy Color Mixing

We do a lot of color experiments at Color Camp, and one of the most fun is Fizzy Color Mixing. I fill trays with baking soda, mix vinegar with liquid watercolor (or food color), and give the kids droppers. As they drip and drop the colors onto the baking soda, it fizzes and bubbles in a crazy color mix!

Color Camp at Bull City Craft

Artist Camp: Ice Cream Puppets

What could be a better combination than ice cream + puppet?! I got this idea from the book Every Day’s A Holiday by Heidi Kenney. I thought it would be a fun way to engage kids with the whimsical illustrations of Andy Warhol and the luscious dessert paintings of Wayne Thiebaud. At Artist Camp, we stash all the artwork away until the end of the week for a big art show and reception, but the kids could not wait to take these home as soon as they made them!

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Fashion Craft Camp: Sharpie Mock Tie-Dye

I think the girls could have spent the whole day, and possibly the whole week, on this activity. They loved drawing the circular designs with Sharpies. Watching the designs transform into “tie-dye” was fun too, and the final shirts were gorgeous.

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