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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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

battle of the boards

March 16, 2011 - Art Supplies

In addition to the growing popularity among decorative painters for cotton canvases,there has arisen a new product category that combines the standard conventions of canvas sizes with wood painting. Walnut Hollow has come  out with a line called Basswood Canvas which is a pine wood frame as in canvas but with a basswood surface. Surprisingly, [...]

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