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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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stencil it in

March 30, 2011 - Art Supplies

Stenciling has always been around. Its had its up and downs and taken its lumps, but its still hangin’ in. When we began distributing craft supplies we hooked with an American company called Freshn’ Funky at the time and they had a good choice of checkerboard style stencils that were popular in decorative painting. Anyway, [...]

soy…what did you say?

March 18, 2011 - Art Supplies

Soy product has been used in paints and stains for a long time, but not in the craft market. Delta has introduced a soy based paint, varnish and wood stain complement to their line on 4 oz jars. In effect, what has been developed in the industrial market eventually finds its way down as a [...]

soy it is: organic painting

March 17, 2011 - Art Supplies

Some people call it greenwashing, but to others its being socially responsible. The arts and crafts industry has been crawling into the area of ”green” products at a snails pace, partly under the impression that if their water based paints and sealers are certified ”non toxic” or child safe,by the Art and Creative Materials Institute, [...]

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 [...]


March 8, 2011 - Art Supplies

Delta craft used to be the top brand we sold. Hard to believe it outsold Americana, but it had a cachet way back then and the beginners loved it because its consistency is more liquid and allowed beginners to master floating techniques much easier, or at least they thought so. Then, there was no money [...]

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