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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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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 [...]

The mediums are the message

March 15, 2011 - Art Supplies

There are certain brands of product we sell in which the sales of  acrylic mediums is equal or exceeds the sales of paint. Jo Sonja from Chroma comes to mind as does Liquitex from Winsor-Newton. I remember being at a bachelor friends condo and he asked me to take what i wanted from the fridge [...]


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 [...]

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 [...]

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