I got a moment on Thursday night for a brief visit to Art Elements, the recently opened art and craft supply shop in The Gate Mall. I had heard all about it, checked out their Facebook page and had high hopes for this new shop. I was not disappointed!
There are a lot of things working in their favor. They are very well stocked with a diverse range of media for many art and craft projects. From drawing and painting on different surfaces – textile, ceramic, glass, canvas and paper – to decoupage, marbling and clay work. They have a great stock of canvas in different sizes and shapes, brushes, spray paints, gold leaf…the list goes on. What I like best is that in any product they seem to have the full range of colours available. The products are good quality and seem to be well priced.
I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves but I can say that it is well worth a visit. I look forward to seeing how this shop develops.
The Gate Mall is opposite City Centre and next to Salem Plaza. See the map below:
They are on the second level in the mall. Give them a call on 4407 7174 if you have any questions about their stock.
So, you need another reason to go and visit?! Okay – Art Elements are right beside these super cool jelly fish! One of the coolest decorations I have seen in a Doha mall yet.
A lot of hard work and planning has paid off in what has been a great first week here at Inspiration Station. It all started on Saturday 7th September with our open day craft market. It was so exciting to see such creative talent all under one roof. We had vendors selling their handmade items, from crochet toys, kids clothes, paintings, jewelry, bookmarks, photography, furniture and so much more. A huge thank you to everyone who got involved. It was lovely to meet all the vendors and see connections being made between such talented individuals. And thank you to everyone who came along and supported us. I hope you all enjoyed the market and all of your purchases!
The market was such a success that we will definitely be looking at hosting more events like this in the future. If you are someone who would like to sell at a market like this please email us your details and we will add you to our mailing list for this in the future.
Classes began on the Sunday and throughout this week some wonderful work has been produced. I hope all of our first students have had a good time!
Remember to keep an eye on our class schedule for upcoming classes. Also, if you have something you particularly want to learn or make then let us know. We are happy to look at scheduling a session with your request in mind.
So all in all we have been settling into the new space and things are looking really good.
Our paper room is still under construction. There is a huge (and very exciting) collection of stamps and punches and papers and stickers and gadgets and stencils and…and…so many lovely things to tidy into shelves ready for you to play with! So look out for the unveiling of this room soon!
I hope you have all had a lovely weekend. Bring on week 2!!
With only two weeks to go until our grand opening (EEK! So excited!!) I wanted to introduce you to a few of the fabulous crafters who will be selling their wonderful things in our craft market.
Saturday, September 7th, 8:30am to 1:30pm
As well as shopping at the following crafty/arty stalls we will have food and drinks for sale, some inspirational demonstrations and the opportunity to sign up for our classes in the coming weeks. It is going to be heaps of fun and hopefully very inspirational!
See you soon!
The painters are in and giving our walls a new lick of paint. I can’t wait to show you how things are looking here at Inspiration Station. There has been a lot of behind the scenes action and now things are really beginning to kick off. It is very exciting to see months of talking turn into action.
Today I just wanted to share something I have been working on for our cozy room. Ah! The cozy room!! This room will be for chilling out and relaxing, talking over your projects and sharing ideas. We have big comfy couches to recline on in a yummy chocolate colour and the walls are currently being painted tones of pale turquoise. It all reminds me of chocolate chip ice-cream.
For this room I wanted to create a feature wall with a beautiful paint decoration technique I have seen. Using the same or similar tone of colour you paint designs in a contrasting texture, in our case gloss against matt paint. It creates a subtle but very effective design. Examples I have seen use everything from ornate fleur de lis to funky geometric shapes. I was wanting to use something that reflected our Inspiration Station brand.
So, here is what I have come up with:
How did I create this design? Using our logo as a starting point I simply played around with reflecting and rotating the initials of ‘Inspiration Station’. I have used Adobe Illustrator but any software will do. Even the humble pencil and a piece of tracing paper will do the trick.
Next step is to create a stencil out of card so I can trace the design onto the wall. Then I will paint it all using a slightly darker toned gloss. I will share pictures as soon as it is done!
Hello all! I am happy to report that plenty of planning and progress is being made here at Inspiration Station. Lots of important decisions are being made, for example – colour schemes. Soon we will be heading to our local Jotuns to start choosing colors for our wonderful walls. The space we will soon occupy, 4 main rooms, needs a revamp. Time to paint!
Useful advice for choosing wall colors
Colouring walls is an exciting but sometimes daunting task. Where do you start?! Here are some tips and advice when considering colours for wall decoration.
- Inspiration – Start looking for ideas! Colour inspiration can come from so many sources – looking at objects that are special to you, artworks that catch your eye, outfits that you think look fab, furniture you love and more. Flick through magazines and books and try to identify what you like about certain color schemes. Is it the mood the colours invoke? Is it the space the colours create? You can even try colour scheme generators like this one.
- Lighting – Colours can change dramatically depending on the effects of light, either natural light at different times of the day or the bulb type and wattage you have in the room. Light and shadow can alter the shades and tones of a colour giving it a very different look. Before committing to a decision test your colour choice by observing it under different light conditions.
- Flooring – Do you have hard floors or carpeting? Your floor treatment can influence your wall colours too, and not just because of their hue. Where carpets absorb light and colour, creating a cozy atmosphere, hard floors tend to reflect even if the flooring is dark.
- Room structure – Look at the size of the room, the height of your ceilings, the size of your windows and the details of wood trims and architrave. All of these elements will influence your colour choices – bigger windows allow you to consider darker tones, higher ceilings suggest lighter colours etc.
- Paint Quality – Remember, you get what you pay for and better quality paints will give you better quality pigment.
- Flawless – Use colour to hide flaws or awkward spaces in a room. Do this by limiting your range of colours to a minimum – work within shades of the same colour.
- Size matters – Generally the smaller the space the lighter your colour choice should be. This is especially true in bathrooms.
- Room by room – Keep living areas lighter in tones for a more relaxed and comfortable space. Let your personality show in the bedroom. Realise that wall colour choice in the kitchen is generally dominated by other colours such as the whiteware and benchtops. Use the guest room as an experimental zone to test out ideas without major consequence. Have fun with kids rooms by painting chalkboard walls, murals, using vinyl stickers and painting the ceiling! Have even more fun in the hallway, a space you spend little time!
- Moody – Dark colours create intimacy, cool colors create calm, yellows and cremes help to create warmth and comfort. Colour creates mood so get in tune with what you want a room to feel like.
- Be bold – Don’t be afraid of using bolder colours (but if you are feeling timid perhaps limit them to a feature wall).
Source inspiration: iVillage – ‘How to choose foolproof wall paint colours‘
One of the great things about going to the paint shop is getting your mitts on all the pretty paint chips. Have a look at a few of these ideas for what can be done with these little swatches of colour!
What is Inspiration Station?
The short answer to this is we are an art and craft school located just behind the Al Waab (also known as Teyseer) petrol station in Doha, Qatar. But really, we are so much more!
We are a club of crafters, a getaway from the day-to-day, a relaxing retreat, a pit stop, a creative oasis, a family of makers, a partnership, a haven of hoarders, a posse of creatives, a community – the list goes on…
Who is Inspiration Station?
Louise and Mel are two crafty individuals.
Louise is owner and operator of CESK, the longest established Pre-school in Qatar, enjoying over 20 years of continued service. She is hands on and loves hand-made. Her love affair with crafty gadgets knows no bounds and she sometimes needs to be forcibly restrained from acquiring more.
Mel loves to make stuff. Trained in Fine Arts she worked as Head of Secondary Art and Design at an international school in Doha since 2007. She always has a sewing, illustration, graphic design, sculpture, photography, painting and/or crafting project on the go. Creativity is messy and Mel is a very messy person!
We formed Inspiration Station with an awareness of Qatar’s talented and booming community of creatives. We aim to provide these people with somewhere to meet up and make amazing things. We also recognise the demand, by those not already hooked into creating, for classes that encourage getting hands and minds busy.
Creativity is contagious and we want to pass it on! Whether you are an absolute beginner or an experienced crafter, Inspiration Station aims to provide you with the fuel to create amazing things.
Types of Fuel:
Ideas – Don’t know where to get started? Feeling uninspired? Then come to us for a dose of inspiration. The seed of a new idea can come from so many sources – from learning a new technique, discovering a new material, browsing books and magazines, talking with others and sharing projects. We want to help you come up with the big ideas.
Skills and Information– If you need to learn the basics, are wanting to brush up on what you already know or are looking to extend yourself in a new direction we will teach you the skills. We also want to share important and sometimes hard to find information. Where do you buy good quality fabrics here in Qatar? Who are some of the best quality paint and canvas suppliers? What screen printing equipment can you get your hands on in Doha? We will let you know!
Tools and resources – You may just be getting started in your interest in sewing, paper crafting, painting or more and aren’t willing or able to invest in all of the equipment. You may have just arrived in Qatar and had to leave a lot of your ‘toys’ behind. Whatever your situation we want to make life (and creating) easy for you and will provide all of the tools and equipment you need.
Time and space – The thing every crafter and artist can’t get enough of! Dedicated time without interruption and the space to spread out and get creative. These can sometimes be in short supply – not at Inspiration Station. We have four spaces for your use: Our sewing room with six fully equipped work stations, paper crafting room with gadgets galore, wet room for messy work and (maybe best of all) ‘The Cozy Room’ for serious R&R with your latest project or just a magazine and a hot cup of coffee.
Socialising – Come meet and make friends with like-minded people who share your interests. Great ideas don’t happen in a vaccum so let the creative juices flow alongside good conversation, either over a sewing machine, die cutter, easel or coffee table. After all, sharing is caring.
When do we open?
We are planning to open our doors in early September. Specific dates are to be confirmed so stay tuned for more details. We will be sharing all of our progress as we get set up over the summer so you can stay up to date and join in our excitement.
UPDATE: We opened our doors on September 7th!
What are our hours?
Initially we will be open from 7.30am to 1.30pm, Sunday to Thursday. We aim to extend these hours as the school develops over the coming year.
We will also have a broad schedule of afternoon, evening and weekend classes available for sign up depending on demand.
UPDATE: See our opening hours here – https://ourinspirationstation.wordpress.com/about/opening-hours/
What are our fees and how do you register?
We have two main aims with regards to our fees. 1) To be as affordable as possible and 2) that class costs will cover everything you require for a project – tuition, equipment and resources. You can walk in empty handed and leave with something fantastic and made by you!
In general class costs will be between 100-200QR per session, sessions being 3 hours. More specific details on class costs and registration details are available with individual class listings managed on our Eventbrite page – http://ourinspirationstation.eventbrite.com
Where are we?
We are very easy to find! We are located directly behind the Al Waab petrol station – see map (ignore the ‘B’ marker).
Inspiration Station shares premises with CESK. Please note that there is plenty of car parking space available.
How can you contact us?
If you have further questions please feel free to send us an email, a tweet, a Facebook message or comment below! (Read our contact page for more details)