Book of Silkscreens

               Today’s post on Facebook shared some of the new silkscreens we have purchased, some at OCS and some online. Silkscreens are a simple way to transfer detailed designs to plain bisque. Then you just add color and finish with your own creative touches. I often sponge in a sky and grass, add flowers, and rim the edge of the piece creating a frame for the picture. Silkscreens are easy for children and older adults who have fine motor difficulties.

 

DSS 154 Cute Dragons & DSS 157 Under the Sea
DSS 141 Birdcages & DSS 128 The Farm

Silkscreens is a page found under Classes on the menu bar (the underlined word is a link that will take you there). We will update that page shortly so that you can peruse the selections at your leisure. A Table of Contents has been added to the Book of Silkscreens for your convenience. Check out this link to see the others in the collection and also the other new ones that were ordered online.
book of silkscreens pic

Carol’s Carousel

Where having Fun is why we come!

Have You had fun yet using our silkscreens?
If you haven’t learned how, we can schedule a
workshop or show you at any Open Class.

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HOW TO ORDER

This website is not set up as a store. However, there are several ways you can order bisque or finished pieces:

Etsy Store: AfricanAmericanKids etsy-icon-3

Pictures, prices, & ordering information are on this page.  You also pay for your purchase there. This is the best way to order African-American pieces.

etsy-icon-3Etsy Store: CarolsCarouselShop

Pictures, prices, and ordering information are on this page.  You also pay for your purchase there. This is probably the best way to order Carousels (just opened and many items are not yet posted).

facebook-logo-3Facebook Page: African-American Kids

This page is a discussion about what is happening and what is new. Only pieces featured in the discussion appear on the page. However, you can send a PM from there giving your order, email address for billing (we send you a PayPal invoice), and your mailing address for shipping. Orders take at least two weeks. If you have a special event, such as a birthday, ask if we can have it ready in time and we may be able to put a rush on your order.

facebook-logo-3Facebook Page: Carols Carousel Shop

This page is a discussion about what is happening and what is new. Only pieces featured in the discussion appear on the page. However, you can send a PM from there giving your order, email address for billing (we send you a PayPal invoice), and your mailing address for shipping. Orders take at least two weeks. If you have a special event, such as a birthday, ask if we can have it ready in time and we may be able to put a rush on your order.

facebook-logo-3Facebook Page: Carols Carousel Creations

This is our business name. The page is a discussion about what goes on in the shop. However, you can send a PM from there giving your order, email address for billing (we send you a PayPal invoice), and your mailing address for shipping. Orders take at least two weeks. If you have a special event, such as a birthday, ask if we can have it ready in time and we may be able to put a rush on your order.

cc logoWebsite (CarolsCarouselCreations.com)

It is best not to try and send messages by making comments on posts as I may not see them. However, there is a link directly to our Facebook page. On the menu bar at the top are three different catalogs:

  1. African-American Kids
  2. Carousels
  3. Catalog (which is everything else)

email logoEmail

Our email address is CarolsCarouselCreations@gmail.com. We should answer your request within a day. Please include the information requested above.

phone iconPhone

My phone number is 330-219-8001 and Jim’s is 330-219-8111. This is a good way to ask questions but we may not always have a notepad handy to write down your order. It is better to submit your order in writing. You can also send a text to either of these numbers.

You should call to schedule Party Van workshops, to schedule a group workshop in the studio, to register for an advertised workshop in the studio, or to let us know you are coming to an Open Class. You can also send a PM.

Carol’s Carousel

Where having Fun is why we come!

So whether you come here to paint,
have us bring the Party Van to you,
or order something to paint at home,
here is how to reach us.
Happy Painting!

 

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January Mailing

We sent out a letter to local nursing and assisted living homes on the first of January.

We have already had three new responses for setting up workshops:

  1. arnel-0027-heart-box-with-ruffle-alexis-trinity.jpgCountry Club Rehab in Newton Falls is painting assorted heart boxes on Thursday, February 14th, a Valentine’s Day Craft Party.
  2. duncan 0018 love cupInn at Walker Mill in Boardman is painting  Valentine mugs on Tuesday, February 12th, a Valentine Craft Party
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  3. warren nursing home mugsWhispering Pines Village in Columbiana asked to schedule a Make-A-Mug workshop the end of January.

Already painting bimonthly are:

  1. ann-original-0820-snowman-stack-teapot-sugar-creamer.jpgPark Vista in Youngstown — they are painting Snowman Tea Sets on Tuesday, January 15th
  2. mini treeCommunity Health Care in Warren — waiting to schedule a date in February. (They made tealight Christmas trees in December)

 

 

 

Carol’s Carousel

Where having Fun is why we come!

Or why we come to you!
Do you know of a group that might like to have us come?

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Winter Quarter Af-Am Promotions

Startup

clipart startupA discount coupon for 10% off any order of $25.00 or more at our Etsy Store AfricanAmericanKids. Expires 1-5-2019 coupon code STARTUP2019. We already have orders from three people and it is only January 3rd!

Martin Luther King Day

kids holding handsAn AfricanAmericanKids Etsy store promotion for orders between Jan 14th and Jan 21st. “I have a dream” mug FREE with $20.00 purchase or $5.00 with a $10.00 purchase.

i have a dream plateA promotion to get more traffic on our new Facebook page African-American Kids There will be a FREE give-away. We are having a drawing on Martin Luther King day, Monday, January 21st at 6:00 p.m. To enter all you need to do is LIKE the page. There is no purchase necessary. The gift is an 11″ plate hand-painted with “I have a Dream”‘ — 12 kids joining hands circle the plate.

 

Black History Month

During the entire month of February we are offering FREE lessons in the studio for anyone painting pieces from our African-American Collection. You can view the catalog on our Etsy Store AfricanAmericanKids or on our website CarolsCarouselCreations.com (African-American tab on the menu bar, not catalog)

black history month promotion 2019March is Sports Month

clay magic 1942 af-am basketball playerWe only have three sports figure molds at this time. However, if there is interest we may purchase others. We have a basketball player, a football player, and a boy running track. If you purchase two you get the third one for FREE. You can order either bisque or finished pieces from the Etsy store AfricanAmericanKids, or you can order bisque to take home or paint here in the studio.

 

We already have some ideas for Spring Quarter but will save that for a later date.

Carol’s Carousel

Where having Fun is why we come.

Ceramics is not a hobby just for white people ~ It is for everyone.
So invite your African-American friends,
or paint a piece for yourself or for a gift.

 

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African-American Kids

We have several initiatives to get our African American Collection off the ground.

Catalog 

This is a 17-page computer catalog that lists all of our African-American molds and related items such as African masks. It includes pictures, sizes, and prices and also gives the Etsy store descriptions. This catalog is ever-changing as we add to our collection or get better pictures and descriptions. However, it is printable upon request.

Website

We have one website which covers all of our products: African-American Collection on the menu bar takes you to these items. There is also a tab for the Carousel Collection. Everything else is under the tab Catalog.

Etsy Store

The store name is AfricanAmericanKids. We have listed the items in our catalog with options to order sets or individual pieces and bisque or finished pieces. It has only been up and running for a few days and we already have some orders!

Facebook page

African-American Kids is the name of our Facebook page. Dialog, comments, and specials will be featured here so check it out.

Brochures

  • We have created a tri-fold brochure on the new product line and what all we have to offer. It will be included with orders and is available for distribution
  • We also have the Faces of the World brochure published by Duncan but discontinued. It shows what colors to use for five warm faces and five cool faces. It also gives explicit directions on how to paint and shade the faces.

Poster

We have created a poster for workshops which will be put on the Buy-Sell-Trade sites and is also available for distribution.

Samples

We are trying to get all of the pieces poured and painted so that we do not need to advertise with catalog pictures. Several students are helping with the process in exchange for studio credit.

Workshops

Not yet scheduled because we are working on the samples.

  1. will have a Faces of the World WS in the studio next month.
  2. you can bring your group to the studio
  3. we can bring the Party Van to your facility

NOTE: Organize & schedule a workshop of five more painters & your session is free.

Carol’s Carousel

Where having Fun is why we come!

Help us get the new African-American line up & running
by painting some pieces for yourself or for gifts,
by bringing African-American friends along to class,
by promoting workshops for African-American/mixed groups.

 

 

 

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The Party Van

carousel party van logoNursing Homes

We are starting off the New Year by sending letters to nursing homes and assisted living facilities telling them about our party van:

January 1, 2019

Dear Activities Coordinator,

We are now scheduling Party Van dates for our Winter Season – January, February, and March.  Tuesday and Thursday afternoons are preferable as we have classes in the studio on Mondays and Wednesdays. However, we can be flexible with both days and times.

We will bring a ceramic craft to your facility for your residents to make and teach them how to do it. Some projects need to be fired and will be returned the following week; some are stained projects that just need to be sprayed. Most projects are $10 per painter with a $100 minimum per session, usually about two hours. Two of our nursing homes chose to schedule in advance, doing a new project every other month. The residents really look forward to our coming!

Seasonal projects are available, or we can make something more generic ~ January is Snowmen, February is Valentine projects, and March is St. Patrick’s Day. Check out our Catalog on our website.  Give us a call and we can discuss the ability level of your residents and what you would like to make. You can also contact us by sending an email, a text, or a PM on the Facebook page.

Sincerely,
Jim & Carol Warneke

Other Parties

We will also take the van to your meeting place for workshops, birthday parties, bridal showers, or baby showers. We can come to your 4-H or Scout meeting, as long as it is a public facility. Because we use a party cart for the supplies and because Jim is in a power wheelchair, it is difficult to get into most private homes. If your home is handicap accessible we can also come there.

Carol’s Carousel

Where having Fun is why we come!
And why we also come to you.

Please help promote our ministry to these seniors by sharing the information and by notifying us of any place we need to contact.

 

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AfricanAmericanKids

Etsy Shop

Fishing kids with poles (2)

We just opened a new Etsy shop called AfricanAmericanKids. This features all of our African-American pieces including the few adults that we have. Basically it is for selling bisque, but finished pieces are available upon request. There is a 10% discount through January 5th on orders of $25.00 or more.

Website

On this website there is a tab on the menu bar for our African American Collection. Folks can order from here by sending an email or PM.

Facebook Page

We started a new Facebook page also called African-American Kids.

Brochure

We have created a tri-fold brochure called The African-American Collection that is available for handing out to interested individuals and groups. Please let me know if you would like any.

The African-American Collection brochure pg 1

The African-American Collection brochure pg 2

Workshop Posters

Posters can be printed for any scheduled workshops, whether they be here in the studio or via Party Van at your meeting place. Here is an sample:

The African American Collection WORKSHOP POSTER

Craft Shows

We are interested in bringing bisque and finished pieces to sell at craft shows. If you know any shows that are frequented by our African-American friends, please let me know.

Help Wanted

Marketing a new product or collection means getting the word out. Despite Facebook pages and postings, websites, brochures, and posters, the best way to do this is by word of mouth. Please help by telling your friends and by sharing information on your pages. Thank you.

Carol’s Carousel

Where having Fun is why we come!

Please help us reach the folks who may be interested in
purchasing or painting African-American figures.

 

 

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