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02-April-11. Mod podge in industrial quantities. What are they doing with gallons....
04-April-11. New Winsor-Newton canvas. much better make in their new Chinese factory
05-April-11. Simply Simmons brushes. they have been hard to get lately. The brush factory manager took his retirement. explains everything

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battle of the boards

March 16, 2011 - Art Supplies

In addition to the growing popularity among decorative painters for cotton canvases,there has arisen a new product category that combines the standard conventions of canvas sizes with wood painting. Walnut Hollow has come  out with a line called Basswood Canvas which is a pine wood frame as in canvas but with a basswood surface. Surprisingly, [...]













The mediums are the message

March 15, 2011 - Art Supplies

There are certain brands of product we sell in which the sales of  acrylic mediums is equal or exceeds the sales of paint. Jo Sonja from Chroma comes to mind as does Liquitex from Winsor-Newton. I remember being at a bachelor friends condo and he asked me to take what i wanted from the fridge [...]

Book value

March 14, 2011 - Art Supplies

Its amazing how the Decorative painting book business seemed to torpedo itself into a black hole. Going back seven or eight years ago we were selling over 50,000 decorative painting books a year, which is not a lot, but significant considering it was all being sold to French speaking customers. Companies like Eas’l and Viking [...]

Pencil me in

March 11, 2011 - Art Supplies

One of the better moves of the last year was taking on a distribution of Winsor-Newton products in Quebec. We were pretty aware of the value of the Liquitex and Winton oil lines, as well as Reeves in the lower quality. However, we were never really exposed to Derwent which contains all the pencils. Its [...]

Spray and go away

March 10, 2011 - Art Supplies

Americana Sealer and Finisher has always struck us as a unique product, that we have never seen elsewhere, and its been around almost forever. What is unique about it is that it can be applied as a sealer, painted over, and then used used as a varnish to seal the final work. Its also been [...]

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