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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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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 [...]

stretching the truth: looking for ”stiffy”

March 24, 2011 - Art Supplies

A frequent complaint we have is that certain canvases do not seem to hold their tension. Generally speaking, whatever is in profile – 1-1/2 inch frames- seems to always be acceptable. I’m not saying you could do a Keith Moon  or John Bonham style extended style drum solo on them, but the tension is pretty [...]

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 [...]

Spray and go away

March 10, 2011 - Art Supplies

Americana Sealer and Finisher has always struck us as a unique product, that we have never seen elsewhere, and its been around almost forever. What is unique about it is that it can be applied as a sealer, painted over, and then used used as a varnish to seal the final work. Its also been [...]

Pour it on

March 4, 2011 - Art Supplies

One of the more interesting products we sell is ”Pour-On” made by Environmental Technology. Although the company name bears the name ”environmental” the actual green characteristics of the product are less apparent. However, it does conform to all the safety codes bioth in Canada and the U.S. and represents something unique for the consumer. Its [...]

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