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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 [...]

Pompeii: painting on a volcano

February 23, 2011 - Art Supplies

Private label is always a tricky venture. For many; its a way to increase profit, maybe dilute the quality a bit in so doing, and shield yourself from competition from competing brands. Last year we started looking around for a solution to the canvas issues we were having. Winsor Newton was not a bad move, [...]

seminars for the birds

Willow Wolfe will be gracing our classrooms with her presence from March 24-27th. Its a great time of year- still too cold to be outdoors in the garden and warm enough to know that almost all the shoveling and scraping is behind us. Perhaps Voltaire was right when he asserted that Canada was only ”a [...]

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