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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 [...]













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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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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