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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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modeling paste to taste

March 31, 2011 - Art Supplies

What is astounding is how much demand there is for modeling pastes of different varieties that is asked for. At one time we used to sell the big five gallon tubs of paste for faux-finishing professionals from a company called Textureline out of Toronto. Then, later, Linda Lock began experimenting with paste on canvas in [...]













on the road: meeting and greeting

March 22, 2011 - Art Supplies

The Coast to Coast Creative Art Convention will be held in Toronto this year from April 29-May 1 and Madame Pickwick will be there. I’m not that crazy about being on the road, but as they say, ”it goes with the territory”. Years ago, there were a number of decorative arts distributors in Ontario and [...]

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 [...]

Traditions, Traditions…..

February 24, 2011 - Art Supplies

We had low expectations when Deco-Art launched their premium decorative paint about five years ago. It looked like something that might fly, but there was always something that made us wary. David Jansen, an accomplished painter and son of the iconic Jo Sonja Jansen had quit the family nest and was going to have his [...]

What goes around……

February 15, 2011 - Art Supplies

Its an around the world in eighty days pickwick balloon story. We have a new pickwick hot air balloon 2011 and we want to show our new colors in the most elegant and least flashy way possible. We have a great promotion we are running now, for a limited time….. hot air balloons cannot really [...]

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