Friday, May 12, 2017

Greetings from MKE with Madyson Brady





For those of you who have been waiting in anticipation, the day is finally here. Greetings from MKE is excited to announce our first featured artist and designer, Madyson Brady! 


 Madyson's greeting card will be sold in store for a limited time. Get yours before they're gone!

Tell us a little bit about yourself!
I grew up in Naperville, Illinois as one of a set of triplets (no, we aren’t identical, and yes I’m the only artsy one!)  I realized from a young age that I am always the happiest when I’m creating and sketching. Since then, I haven't stopped exploring the wonderful world of art. I am finishing up my degree at the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design to study Communication Design, Illustration, and Art History.

When I’m not working on projects, you can find me sailing, reading, walking around an art museum, window shopping, spending time with my two dogs that are named after Star Wars characters, and exploring Milwaukee.


What or who is the inspiration behind your work?
When I was younger I was obsessed with old photographs; I used to spend hours at a time photoshopping and restoring or making collages all of these old family pictures. I was and am still interested in all of the ways of life, fashion styles , and even signage that I would see in these old pictures. As a result, my style is very much vintage inspired as I continue to let the past inspire my future projects.

I’ve always been amazed by hand-lettering artists and how through typography there can be so much variation in style.  Artists like Lauren Hom, Mary Kate McDevitt, Jessica Hische, and Whitney Anderson (a local Milwaukee designer) have all been great inspirations to me.


What are your favorite places and restaurants around Milwaukee?
I’ve only been here for two years and have loved getting to know Milwaukee, but I know there is so much to explore in this city. I am always wandering around the Third Ward, whether I’m in the Public Market, grabbing a cup of coffee, or just people watching, it’s one of my favorite areas. I also really like the Lower East Side, The Waxwing, an artist consignment shop is one of my favorite places to go. It’s so eclectic, and I love that they are trying to introduce local artists to the public too.

There is so much good food in Milwaukee! Some of my favorite restaurants are: 


What advice would you give to others just starting out in the art/design field?
Now that I’m finishing college I have two pieces of advice:

Never limit yourself. You may find your niche, style, or area within the field that you want to go into, but don’t be afraid to push yourself outside of those limits. Try a little bit of everything, a new method, medium, anything! By pushing yourself to try new things and new processes you are not only able to appreciate the way others work but perhaps incorporate a new method of creating into your process.

Never be afraid to ask questions and don’t assume that you know everything. If you don’t know how to do something, find someone who does! If you don’t know who to ask, make other connections, and maybe they know someone who can help you out. In Milwaukee, there are such strong networks of creative individuals who are all willing to pass on a little wisdom to the next person.


What, to you, makes Milwaukee/Wisconsin feel like home?
I think what makes this city feel like home is how much Milwaukeeans embrace their community. Whether it’s visiting gallery nights, supporting small businesses, or visiting all of the festivals that happen throughout the year, people just love this city. There is a lot of pride here, and it’s been an incredible experience seeing how Milwaukeeans embraces the arts and their unique cultures. It’s something that I haven’t experienced before.


What is your favorite part about Broadway Paper?
It’s impossible to choose! I really enjoy the variety of styles and products in the store. It’s endless inspiration. If I had to pick one thing, I love all the different printed papers. It makes great wrapping paper or posters to decorate my apartment. 


Thanks, Madyson!
For more of Madyson's awesome work, check out her webpage at: www.madysonbrady.com
 

Thursday, December 15, 2016

holiday gift guides!

Need some help finding the perfect gift for your animal loving friend? Niece or nephew? Bestie? Boyfriend? Well don't fret! We've got your back!


For the 'Sconnie

1. Wisconsin Bucket List - Kelly Jo Stull
2. Wood Burn Spoon & Cutting Board - Linden Studios
3. Milwaukee Heart Pin - Cry Baby Club
4. Wisconsin Letterpress Art Print - 1 Canoe 2 
5. Wisconsin Heart & Cheese Curd Love Pins - The Wisconsin Maker 
6. 414 Shot Glass - Sisters of Los Angeles
7. I Like it Here Sandblasted Ceramic Mug - Bread & Badger
8. Bloody Marys Because Hangovers - Farewell Paperie



For the Animal Lover

1. Petsies Album - Knock Knock
2. Glitter Pug Socks - Living Royal
3. Photobooth Dogs Book - Chronicle Books
4. Paw Pads (4 sticky notepads) - Fred
5. Cap & Mouse Bottle Opener - Fred
6. I Could Pee on This and Other Poems by Cats - Chronicle Books
7. Party Animals Pop - Up Notecards & Envelopes - Chronicle Books



For the Crafter

1. Gold Washi Tape Set - Waste Not Paper
2. A Colorful Life Colored Pencil Set - Chronicle Books
3. Rose Gold Snip and Style Scissors - Haute Papier
4. Pretty Paper Parties Book - Chronicle Books
5. Coloring Book for Moms - Random House
6. Fun with Washi - Chronicle Books

 

 For the Dude

1. Pendleton Authentic National Parks Edition Trail Log - Chronicle Books
2. Hammer Bottle Opener - DCI
3. The Essential Scratch & Sniff Whiskey Guide - Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 
4. Drinks A User's Guide - Penguin Random House
5. Copper Flashlight - Kikkerland 
6. Recipes Every Man Should Know - Quirk Books
7. Big Ass Brick of Soap - Duke Cannon
8. Shaving Soap & Enamel Shaving Bowl - Gentleman's Hardware



For the Girly Girl

1. Jamaican Rum Snowballs - Sugarfina
2. Pear Earbuds - Kikkerland
3. 2017 Agenda - Rifle Paper Co.
4. You Are Electric Ear Studs - Lucky Feather
5. Write Now Eco Friendly Journal - Compendium
6. Petits Secrets Trinket Dish - Ban.do
7. Bubble Bath - Illume
8. Gem Lip Balm - Npw 
9. Quick and Curious Spiral Notebook - Kate Spade
 


 For the Kiddo

1. Unicorn Pencil Pouch - Waste Not Paper
2. Deluxe Colored Pencil Set - Chronicle Books
3. Emojinal Lip Balm - Npw
4. Scented Temporary Tattoos - Tattly
5. Glow in the Dark Fingernail Friends - Npw
6. Bug Box & Magnifying Kit - Little Thoughtful Gardener by Wild & Wolf
7. Creative Writing Book - Chronicle Books
8. 642 Things to Draw Book - Chronicle Books



For the Traveler

1. Vintage Maps 2017 Desktop Calendar - Cavallini & Co. 
2. Travel Notepad Set - Cavallini & Co
3. Bon Voyage Notebook Set - Rifle Paper Co.
4. Explore Notebook - Wild Ink Press
5. Bon Voyage Coaster Set - Rifle Paper Co.
6. Vintage Maps Notebook Set - Cavallini & Co.
7. 2017 Suitcase Pocket Planner - Cavallini & Co.


Tuesday, November 15, 2016

2017 city tins!

Hooray Hooray! City Tins are HERE! If you're not in on the secret and don't know what all the fuss is about, look no further! The City Tin's website explains it best,

"CityTins’ mission is to encourage and incentivize community support of locally-owned and operated restaurants and businesses that contribute to the culture and community that make every city unique.
For each of our Restaurant and Bar & Lounge editions, we’ve selected a group of 20 iconic locally-owned and operated venues to give you a sampling of the unique Bar & Dining scene your chosen city has to offer. Each destination is featured on its own coaster. Each coaster is worth $10 off your tab of $25 or more (pre-tax/gratuity) when relinquished to your server and is valid during the year issued.
Our Performing Arts edition sets you up with 20 Buy One Ticket, Get One Free offers at some of the best arts venues in Milwaukee. See each coaster for details (www.citytins.com)."

Now that you're in on the secret, stop in the shop and grab one for yourself and a friend! City Tins make great stocking stuffers and gifts!








Tuesday, November 8, 2016

2016 holiday open house and holiday sneak peek!

The holidays are just about here and we are gearing up for our annual Holiday Open House!

This Saturday join us anytime from 10 AM - 5 PM and enjoy 20% OFF on all our holiday product! 

While you shop you can sample some of the most delicious gourmet candy from Sugarfina and stop at the Tattly temporary tattoo parlor for a quick ink! (It won't hurt even a little we promise!) 



Check out our Holiday Sneak Peek photo album on Facebook to see some of the fun and festive products you will find in the shop! This Saturday is your only chance to get them at 20% off so don't miss out! 

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

hello lucky pins!

The cutest little pins just arrived from Hello Lucky and every last one of them are on our NEED TO HAVE list! Stop in and grab one for yourself AND your friend because these cuties won't last long!


Tuesday, October 18, 2016

halloween party must-haves


Are you planning a SPOOKTACULAR Halloween party this year? We know that it's the details that make a great party, so we are here to help make your shindig great! 

We have so many fun party supplies to get your guests in the spooky spirit! Here you'll find a few of our favorite Halloween party must - haves! 




1. Spooky Eyeball Light Up Headband - One Hundred 80 Degrees

2. Party Garland - Meri Meri

3. Glitter Masquerade Mask - One Hundred 80 Degrees

4. Holographic Tattoos - Meri Meri

5. Spooktacular Garland - Waste Not Paper

6. Skeleton Tumbler - One Hundred 80 Degrees

7. Ghost Napkins - Meri Meri 

8. Halloween Pack Tattoos - Tattly

Check out all the Halloween fun we have in the shop before it vanishes!         
 

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

boo!


It's October and our favorite spooky day is near! The store is full of tricks, treats, and a little bit of hocus pocus. Stop into the shop to see all the goodies before they disappear!
 


Tuesday, September 27, 2016

mermaids!

Rifle Paper Co. has done it again! We had to show you all the beautiful mermaid products we just received from Rifle Paper Co. 

The underwater illustrations are some of the cutest we have laid our eyes on and the gold foil accents are gorgeous! And how perfect do the Illume and Paddywax candles match? These mermaids come on journals, wrapping paper, thank you cards and birthday cards so get your mermaid on next time you stop in the shop!


 




Tuesday, September 20, 2016

milwaukee candle co.



Milwaukee Candle Co. is now at Broadway Paper! 


These amazing candles are truly inspired by Milwaukee! They are crafted for people who love this city and want to take the experiences and memories of their favorite parts of Milwaukee home with them. With scents like Brewery Tour, Third Ward Java Dark Chocolate, and Lake Park Breeze you'll be sure to feel all the nostalgia of your Milwaukee excursions in one sniff! 


 




Tuesday, September 13, 2016

2017 calendars

It's September already and we are calendar crazy here at Broadway Paper!

So many unique and beautiful calendars have arrived and we can't decide which one we just NEED to have because honestly, they are all amazing. Stop into the shop to see them all because there are so many to choose from!

Desktop calendars, wall calendars, appointment calendars, and of course agendas are all in stock! Love flowers? Stars? Travel? Inspirational words? Animals? Girl power? Vintage bicycles? We've got a calendar for EVERYBODY! 

P.S. Calendars make great holiday gifts so grab them while they're here! :)






Tuesday, September 6, 2016

diy paper chandelier

We have been working hard the past few weeks to bring you a very exciting DIY project! 

A paper chandelier! 



There are lots of tutorials you can find on the web for paper chandeliers and pajaki's, which are the traditional polish paper chandeliers these creations are based on. We decided to pull aspects from many different chandeliers we liked and make our own version! 

We documented our process to let you in on how we decided to make ours. We want to inspire you to piece together your own original paper chandelier; pulling some of the aspects you liked from ours and combining them with some of your own! These chandeliers are so fun to make and the sky is the limit when deciding how you want your chandelier to look! 


DIY Paper Chandelier

What you will need:

Ruler
Pencil
Scissors
Tapestry needle
Tape
Double sided tape
Hot glue gun
Stapler
At least 8 binder clips 
Metal ring, ring, or S hook (what the chandelier hangs from)
1 piece of normal white poster board
Tissue paper in as many colors as you want (we used 3)
1 paper straw
Thin yarn, bakers twine or string (color doesn't matter as it will be covered)
Bakers twine
At least 10 pieces of pretty paper (we used a slightly sparkly Ecru Micah colored paper by Envelopments.)


You can buy just about any color paper you want, tissue paper, bakers twine, scissors, and ribbon at Broadway Paper!

Step 1: Creating your 2 paper frames


- First grab your poster board, pencil, ruler and stapler.

- We will be creating the frame for the top tier of the chandelier first (what the flowers attach to).

- Mark and cut 1 inch thick strips of poster board ( you will not need a full poster board worth of strips).

- Next use tape and double stick tape to overlap and tape together strips of poster board to make a strip that is at least 30 inches long. 

- Next start at one end of your strip and make a mark every 3.5 inches, for a total of 8 marks. The last mark you make should be at 28 inches on your strip.


- Connect the ends of your strip with plenty of tape at the 28 inch mark, making sure the marks you make are on the outside of the circular frame.

- Next keep taping more strips along the inside of the original frame until it feels sturdy enough to hold its shape on its own. Use many strips of tape in many different spots to make sure the strips are held together tightly and securely.



- Next you will do the same thing for the larger bottom tier frame.

- Tape enough of your poster board strips together to make a strip that is at least 43 inches long.

- Start at one end of the strip and make a mark every 5 inches. You will make 8 marks with the last mark being at 40 inches. 

- Connect the strip at the 40 inch mark with the marks facing out and keep taping more strips along the inside of the frame until it feels sturdy enough to hold its shape.



- You should have 2 circular frames that look something like this. Set them aside.



Step 2: Making your circles & straws

*The strings of the chandelier end up covered with what we will call straws and circles. The straws are made of pretty paper we will roll into straw like tubes and the circles are cut out of tissue paper.*

- First we will make the circles. Take whatever tissue paper color you want (we used peach) and fold it as many times as you can and still cut through it. Then cut out your circles that are a little less than 1.5 inches across. Cut out a few bunches of them and set aside.

-These will be grouped in 3 and used in between the straws.


- Next we will make the straws. 

*You can always buy straws and cut them to size, but we wanted ours to be a pretty champagne color so we made our own!*

- Grab your pretty paper, ruler, pencil, scissors, the one real paper straw, and plug in your hot glue gun.

- Take 1 sheet of your pretty paper and mark and cut strips 3 inches wide. 



- Next take one of those strips and your one real paper straw and begin rolling the paper around the straw as tightly as you can.


- Once you have rolled the paper all the way around the straw and overlapped it enough to keep the edge tucked under, take your hot glue gun and run a strip of glue along the paper next to the rolled part. Quickly set your glue gun down and continue rolling the straw tightly over the hot glue. 

*This will take a little time to get used to working quickly and keeping the paper rolled, so don't be discouraged! If you are having a hard time, you can always grab a friend to help lay down the glue as you hold the rolled paper*

-Next grab your scissors and cut the paper as close along the straw as you can. It doesn't need to be perfectly straight. 

- Next gently slide the paper off of the straw and you have your own pretty paper straw.



- Continue these steps on the same strip of paper until you have used it all. You can get 4-5 straws per each 3 inch wide strip of paper. 

- You will need to make 72, 3 inch long straws and around 50, 2.5 inch long straws (give or take depending on your draping at the bottom of the chandelier).

- Once you have all your straws done, set them aside.



Step 3: Starting your strings

- Find a good place that you will be able to hang your chandelier from as you work on it, free of touching anything around it. 

- Take your S hook or ring and hang it up. 

- Next take your yarn, string or bakers twine and cut 8 pieces of string, each 130 inches long.

- Next make sure the strings are all lined up and fold them all together in the middle and create a slip knot to attach them to your hook or ring. 


- You should have 16 strings hanging from your hook. Pair your strings off into 8 separate pairs and clip each pair together with a binder clip.

- Next take the binder clip off 1 pair of strings and thread them through your tapestry needle as if it was one piece of string.

- Next take 1 of your 3 inch long straws and string it on, then 3 tissue circles. Continue this until you have 5 straws separated by a group of 3 tissue circles on the string.

- Place a binder clip on the end of the strings to hold the straws and circles in place. 




- Continue to string each pair of strings with the same amount of straws and circles as the first until you have all 8 pairs done.




Step 4: Attaching your first frame

- Grab your smaller circular frame that you made out of poster board and one of the strings you just finished and wrap the string around the frame one time at one of the marks you made of the frame.  

- We took the string around the outside of the frame, then up and through the middle of the 2 strings then used the binder clip to clip the string to that mark on the frame.


- Continue doing this for each string and matching it to each mark you made on the frame. 



- Next make your frame as perpendicular to the floor as possible, it may take a little tightening or loosening of strings in different places. You want to make sure all your strings holding up the frame are pulling equal weight.

- Once your frame is perpendicular to the ground tape each set of strings in place and remove the binder clips.

- After you remove the clips take your stapler and staple over the tape in place.
 
 

- Now your first tier of the chandelier is done!



Step 5: Finishing off the body

- Now we are going to string more straws and circles on the strings.

- Take your tapestry needle and thread only 1 string through the needle. String 2 straws separated by 3 tissue circles onto each single string and clip them to hold everything on if necessary.

- Once all 16 strings have their straws and circles on them can start to pair them up again. You want to make sure that the 2 strings that are coming from one spot on the small frame are split up and paired with the string on the opposite side from its original pair. 

- This will create downward pointed triangles where you can clip the strings together.



- Once this is done so that you once again have 8 pairs of strings you will be ready to attach the second circular frame.

- Grab your larger circular frame and repeat the same process as you did to attach the first frame. First lining up the marks on the smaller frame to land centered between the dots on the larger frame. This ensures that the strings are all symmetrical and look the same distance apart. 

- Now begin clipping the frame to each string pair at each evenly spaced mark you made on the frame. 

- Make sure to wrap the string around the frame before clipping it. 

- Make sure the frame is as close to perpendicular to the ground and the frame above as you can get it. Then tape and staple the strings in their place.



- Next take your 8 pairs of strings and drape them back and forth and around the bottom frame.

- There is no perfect way to do this so continue to drape your 8 pairs of strings back and forth and around until you like the way it looks. Use your binder clips to keep the strings in the places you like.



- Next take one of your pairs of strings out of the clip, but leave your binder clip in the spot you had it attached on the frame. (This is only to help you remember where you wanted that piece).

- Thread your pair of strings through the tapestry needle once again and using your 2.5 inch long straws, start threading your straw and tissue circles onto your string until it is as long as you want.

- Continue this process for the remaining 7 pairs of strings. Once they are done you can wrap the strings around the frame, and tape them and staple them securely in place and trim off the excess string.

- Now your frame is complete!



Step 6: Tassels

- You can make your tassels as small or big as you want of course. We chose to make ours 3 inches long from top to bottom.

- There are countless tutorials on the internet that can show you how to create a simple tassel if you don't already know how, so we will skip that part.

- Take your bakers twine (we used natural with gold) and make 4 tassels making sure to leave the string to hang them with long enough that they hang where you would like them to. Our strings were 16 inch strings folded in half




- Next take your tassels and tie them in a spot you like. Make sure they hang low enough to be seen once the tissue flowers are in place if hanging them from the bottom frame like we did.


 


Step 7: Flowers & finishing touches

Now the fun really begins!

- Take your tissue paper in as many colors as your would like and make your tissue flowers! 
There are so many different kinds of tissue flower tutorials online so check them out and find the one you love. We decided to make standard peony tissue flowers in 3 different colors.
 
- First, take your tissue paper and fold it as many time as you can into 5.5 inch to 6 inch squares.

- Next cut out a flower shape and separate the layers into groups of 10.



- Next using the remaining poster board you have cut small 1/2 inch to 1 inch by 2 inch strips. They don't need to be exact or even straight as they will be hidden.

- Take a group of 10 cut flower layers and place a little strip of poster board in the middle and staple them all together.



- Next flip the stapled flower over so the little white strip is on the bottom and begin scrunching up the tissue paper one layer at a time.



 - Repeat these steps in each color until you have 26 - 27 flowers total. 

- Next take the flowers and tape the little white poster board piece to the chosen area of each frame. Make sure they are securely attached with tape or you can hot glue them.


- Cover the frames with your flowers all the way around until they are completely covered 

- The final part is completely optional, but if you want to cover up the strings and tape that you see when looking on the inside of the chandelier, you can simply cut 1 inch strips of paper in whatever color you like and use double sided tape to attach them to the inside of the frames to cover them up! 




TA - DA!  Your chandelier is complete! 

To see our chandelier stop by the store and take a peek in the bridal suite!

We would love to see the creations YOU make after reading this blog! Tag us in your photos on Instagram so we can see all your handmade beauties!