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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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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 [...]

Its all crystal clear

February 17, 2011 - Art Supplies

Its a story of value added substitution. Plaid has a venerable line of craft glass paint that has been around as  far back as when cars grew fins and James Dean was a brooding rebel, and Marlon Brando was On the Waterfront. The line is called Gallery Glass and has been known for its distinctive [...]

glass painting the old fashioned way

February 3, 2011 - Art Supplies

Pebeo is at it again. According to the North American sales office, we sell more Pebeo ”Vitrail” glass paint in Quebec than they do in all of France. Sounds hard to believe. The product is a bit pricey and there is only an ounce and a half in the bottle, but it does work like [...]


In the decorative arts, it is always startling to see the degree to which product sales are generated by the decorative painting teachers or the books and pattern packets. Projects are often completed and resemble, at least in its initial stages, like a cooking recipe, and often the students will follow it to the exact [...]

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