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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 [...]

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, [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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