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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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the man with the axe

April 6, 2011 - Art Supplies

Noted American management guru Peter Drucker was well known for his axiom that “quality always costs less” and maintained that quality consciousness ensured a business`s success. Quality has far reaching consequences into the manner in which the company is promoted….. It is a common misconception, especially among small businesses that if they undercut the competition [...]













be sure before you touch: sure touch

March 25, 2011 - Art Supplies

One of the big mysteries for us here is the ”Sure Touch” line of paint brushes put out by Jo Sonja’s. That is Jo Sonja’s company and not Chroma which manufactures or imports the paint. Some family feuding out there apparently led to the quitting of the family ship by David Jansen a number of [...]

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 [...]

3D Acrylic: thick and creamy and dreamy

I remember once a painting teacher said ”I love hauser dark green, I could eat the stuff”. Its good to know that people can get excited about acrylic paint. At one time decorative art was only done done in oil paint. At its origins, back in the days of Peter Ompir and Warner Wrede there [...]

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 [...]

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