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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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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, [...]













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 [...]

WANDERING THROUGH AN IMAGINED ARCADIA: Painting to Byzantium

”Faux-Squirrel” by Dynasty brush is a relatively new line they launched several years ago that seems to accommodate  the swing in decorative art tastes from the precise to the more pleasurable and fluid artistry that lends itself to canvas painting. Tracy Moreau has used these brushes in her pattern packets to great success in creating [...]

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