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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, [...]

small is beautiful

March 21, 2011 - Art Supplies

there has always been an interest in small brushes for decorative painting. It may have started from the hobbyists who needed mini brushes and elbow shaped liners for painting model trains, planes and automobiles. At one time, Heather Redick was able to import her liner brushes and they were a cute short burgundy handle with [...]

Book value

March 14, 2011 - Art Supplies

Its amazing how the Decorative painting book business seemed to torpedo itself into a black hole. Going back seven or eight years ago we were selling over 50,000 decorative painting books a year, which is not a lot, but significant considering it was all being sold to French speaking customers. Companies like Eas’l and Viking [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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