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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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Madame Pickwick

gold standard

March 29, 2011 - Art Supplies

I remember about 5-6 years ago, a potential wholesale customer came down to visit the Madame Pickwick warehouse and check out the pricing. His mother had operated the business for at least thirty years, and now at age forty, he was ready to assume a more prominent role. We made a hit with him on [...]













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 [...]

Open a Book & Open Your Mind

The decorative painting book business has nosedived in the last four years, with several companies closing down their printing presses so to speak, and the number of new publications has been reduced to a pair of nostrils above water level. The reasons are that the industry of decorative painting has had difficulty in bringing in [...]

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