Tonya Weakley, owner and primary artist of Peddlers Den Inc, is a well known scenic stamper and instructor. By February 2018, she was convinced that the world needed a wider variety of scenic friendly stamps. While Tonya was definitely going to draw images, she knew she would need additional artists to also contribute. She recruited her artist/stamper friend, Marge Dady, and the two of them began drawing. Equipment was purchased, and in July of 2018 the original stamps were being manufactured in-house by Peddlers Den. Tonya continued to search for a wildlife illustrator, and later that year Ashley Polito joined the team. While their focus is on scenic stamping, nearly all of their images can and are used traditionally as well.
MORE THAN JUST STAMPS
As more and more companies went out of business, the supply stream of products and supplies needed to teach classes and create artwork became unreliable. Scenic stampers need inks that are offered in color families. They need special tools, paper, etc. Peddlers Den is constantly working on product development to guarantee a steady stream of needed supplies. Today they have their own ink line and they continue to enhance it. They offer blending tints to make dragging ink easier and smoother. They are working on brand new tools to paint with ink, and anticipate having those early 2020. Stencils that are scenic friendly are being developed and more!
Tonya Weakley was formerly co-owner of an art gallery. She taught drawing at the gallery, and at the height of her career, had 66 students. Scenic stamping has been an extension of her art background.
A scenic stamping specialist, she has been teaching this genre since the mid-1990’s. Her work has been published in magazines and books. To share with a broader audience, she joined the RSM team in 2019 as a Tips and Techniques columnist. She continues to contribute to RSM on an “as needed” basis.
Peddlers Den’s business model includes a brick and mortar store. The store is closed when they are on the road, as they have all of the most popular inventory with them. When they are in town, they manufacture and refill their portable showcases, which are open for shopping in the store. Consequenlty, customers are welcome to shop in organized chaos! Peddlers Den is MORE than just Makin’ A Scene. They continue to offer a significant amount of images, tools and accessories from other companies as well. If you and your friends are planning to visit, please call ahead to be sure that you are not disappointed!
Primary Phone 815-498-3429,
or emergency 630-862-8497.