Totes & Tea Towels with Casey Sibley

Tote Bag Class with Casey Sibley

We just finished the second in our series of four Textile Painting Classes with Casey Sibley! Man, I really can't explain to you how rejuvenating they are. Between working and "adulting" we leave little time for playing. It may sound like a frivolous thing, but if you think about it, why are most kids so happy? Because they get to PLAY ALL THE TIME!

Now, I know bills have to get paid and such, but two hours once a month isn't as hard of a commitment as we make it out to be. Secretly, I asked Casey to do these classes because I was desperately in need of a creative outlet. I knew that if I needed it, then there had to be a lot of others out there who needed it too.

Casey Sibley Painting Class

These intimate classes (we cap 'em at 10!) end up being so much more than just a few strokes on some fabric. We make new friends, encourage and support each other, and there are so many lessons to learn: knowing when to stop, letting go when we decided not to stop and made a mess of our project that seemed so much better before, and many more!

I want to thank all of the amazingly creative and wonderful people who have partaken in our classes--and not just for taking our class but for bringing their uplifting energy to the group!

If you haven't been to one but would like to, there are two more on the books: Infinity Scarves (Oct 28) and Napkin Sets (Nov 30), and we would love for you to join us. It's cheaper (and more effective, I think) than therapy (and there's wine!),  and you get to walk away with a usable work of your very own art!

Even if you can't make it to one of our classes, please take care of yourself and PLAY--whether it's an art class or dancing in your living room or whatever it is that reminds you of what it was like to be a carefree child. Do it! It's for your health and sanity!

Textile Painting Classes with Casey Sibley

Casey Sibley is one of my all-time favorite local bossbabes. Her fun fabric buckets can be found in almost every room in my house, and I switch between her totes and clutches when I'm feeling like spicing up my outfit with the perfect arm candy. She just taught a super fun and cathartic silk scarf painting class at The Nest not too long ago, and we decided right then and there that we had to continue these therapeutic art classes to provide this much-needed creative outlet. So, here is a monthly series of classes that are much cheaper than therapy. You're welcome.

textile painting classes with casey sibley

including cocktails, light refreshments and excellent company

dates & times:

TEA TOWELS: Thursday, September 7, 6-8pm.

CANVAS TOTES: Thursday, September 28, 6-8pm.

INFINITY SCARVES: Saturday, October 28, 3-5pm.

NAPKIN SETS: Thursday, November 30, 6-8pm.


The Nest, 201 Keystone Ave. Reno, NV


Classes are $45 each but there are big discounts for bundling. Come to one class or all!

what to expect:

Casey D. Sibley Art and Design will be sharing tips for creating a usable work of art! You'll learn how to pick a complementary color scheme, mix custom colors, choose your composition, and turn your inspiration into a beautiful finished product. All supplies and refreshments are included in the class price. Just bring yourself and your imagination! Class is open to all skill levels, and adults and accompanied minors (because, cocktails!). ;)

Questions? Email or

Tell your friends and share the event...better yet, bring a friend! Follow @caseydsibley and @thenestreno on Instagram for more event updates and future happenings!


How To Make Chalkboard Paint

Whenever someone comes in to the shop asking to purchase a chalkboard, I'm always a little shocked that no one knows how easy it is to make one! If you have a piece of wood or other chalkboard-worthy surface and some paint, you're already halfway there.


  • Paint in any color (I have used so many different types of paint and have had zero problems with any of them--acrylic, latex, leftover 5 year old house paint, you name it!)
  • Unsanded grout (Pick up at any hardware store. For about $9 you can get a box that will last you a lifetime!)
  • Piece of wood or other surface you want to add chalkboard paint to (wall, furniture, etc.) 
  • Large measuring cup and measuring spoon
  • Spoon or stir stick
  • Paint brush
  • Chalk
  • Rag


(1) Gather your materials.

(2) Sand down your chalkboard surface if necessary.

(3) Grab your big mixing cup and for every 1/2 cup of paint, add in 1 tablespoon of unsanded grout. In my experience, this doesn't have to be exact to work. I usually just eyeball it.

(4) Mix thoroughly.

(5)Tape off your surface if necessary so you don't get chalkboard paint where you don't want it.

(6) Apply to surface. I usually do 2 medium coats of paint, letting each coat dry thoroughly before the next coat.

(7) Prime your chalkboard by running your chalk lengthwise over the surface. 

(8) Rub in the chalk with a dry cloth.

(9) You're done! Go to town on your new chalkboard!


  • Only make what you will use for each particular project as this paint will not keep. 
  • When choosing your paint color, keep in mind that most chalk colors show up best on dark surfaces. 
  • Know any other DIY savvy friends? Go in on a box of unsanded grout and split it up. Seriously, you could do every wall in an entire house and still not run out with the amount that comes in one box. Plus, it makes it more cost efficient for everyone. You a DIY lone ranger looking to do just a couple projects? Stop by the shop: I'm more than willing to share! 
  • Once you see how easy this is, you'll want to paint EVERYTHING with chalkboard paint. (Trust me!) Restrain yourself if you can. 
  • Have fun and hashtag your DIY chalkboards #thenestdiy on Instagram for a chance to be featured!

All photos by Jocelyn Noel

Brunch at The Nest: An Abstract Painting Class

Brunch at The Nest: An Abstract Painting Class

I am so excited to announce that one of my favorite local artists Casey D. Sibley will be teaching an abstract painting class at The Nest, featuring mimosas and delicious brunch snacks by Tournant Pop Up Restaurant.

Casey will be sharing all of her abstract painting secrets and favorite techniques for creating one-of-a-kind abstract artwork. You'll learn how to pick a complementary color scheme, mix custom colors, lay the foundation for your painting, and develop a beautiful composition. You'll leave this class with your very own original art piece and a set of skills that can be easily reproduced on your own at home.

Painting by Casey D. Sibley

The Deets:

When: Saturday, March 12th, 2016 11:30am-2pm

Where: The Nest. 201 Keystone Ave. 89503

$40 in advance or $45 day of.

Buy tickets here or in store.

All supplies and refreshments are included in the class price. Just bring yourself and your imagination! Class is open to all skill levels, and adults age 21 or over (because, mimosas!).

Questions? Email or

Tell your friends and share the event...better yet, bring a friend! Follow @caseydsibley and @thenestreno on Instagram and Facebook for more event updates and future happenings!

Casey Sibley Painting "Hatched"