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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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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 [...]


March 8, 2011 - Art Supplies

Delta craft used to be the top brand we sold. Hard to believe it outsold Americana, but it had a cachet way back then and the beginners loved it because its consistency is more liquid and allowed beginners to master floating techniques much easier, or at least they thought so. Then, there was no money [...]

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 [...]

Wooden ya just know it

March 2, 2011 - Art Supplies

Its always a warm feeling when you can sell top quality product and the customer is happy to buy it. Thats the case with hand crafted wood plates. They have been used in tole painting and rosemaling since the genre began here. They are hand-made on a lathe one by one. No mass production. We [...]

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