• Vendor Voices

    Papercut Lampshade with Maria Marinoni

    Excel Blades is excited to share a new video made by artist and influencer Maria Marinoni!  There is nothing better than recreating a cozy “home-sweet-home” mood in the coldest and darkest of seasons. This papercut lampshade by Maria Marinoni is the perfect DIY deco idea to make a warm and relaxing atmosphere in your living room or bedroom. Whether you make it a gift for someone or just want to brighten up the space, this DIY project gets your imagination going!   Materials Excel Blades K1 Aluminum Knife Clear Cutting Mat White Card Paper Double-sided adhesive tape Pencil LED Tealight…

  • Art Pulse,  Featured Artists

    Artist Spotlight: Arjoon KC

    Arjoon KC is an artist based out of Dallas, Texas. Specializing in colorful, expressive paintings of cities all over the world, Arjoon is fascinated by all that a city can hold. A narrative of past, present and future, stories of all the people living their lives within the city limits; color and light, nostalgia and dreams. Arjoon also happens to be one of our featured artists at NAMTA; he will be painting live at our booth the weekend of February 24th! Essential to his practice are Art Alternatives canvas, RGM knives, homemade tools and the kinetic energy of a city.…

  • Industry News

    Looking Forward to NAMTA 2019

    Art Materials World 2019 is just around the corner and MacPherson’s looks forward to seeing you in San Antonio! We’re proud to continue our support of NAMTA’s mission and we’re always excited to be a part of this terrific event. MacPherson’s will be represented by members from our leadership, sales, marketing and product development teams, ready to learn more about how we can help our customers and partners succeed in 2019. Make sure you swing by Booth #405, the one with the large MacPherson’s sign hanging over it! A few things we’re excited about this year: We are once again…

  • Community,  Who's Who

    Who’s Who: Catherine Thoele, Account Manager Extraordinaire

    Header Image: Account Manager (and artist!) Catherine Thoele sketching in Ghost Ranch, Abiquiu, New Mexico on a hike to Chimney rock, where Georgia O’Keeffe lived and painted. On the right, one of her plein air artworks. Account Managers are on the ground, “in the field” and in the know. They work with our customers to the benefit of all parties—they are experts in the industry and team players. It takes determination, wisdom and experience with art materials to really make a great Account Manager. Oh, and you have to like people! Catherine Thoele, a seasoned art supply aficionado, fits the bill…

  • Art Pulse,  Featured Artists

    Artist Spotlight: Lisa Elley, “Knife Queen”

    Lisa Elley’s studio smells like heaven. Art people get it, and painters in particular; the earthy, welcoming smell of oil paint, invoking the stillness of a softly lit museum hall, the tranquility of a studio or, for those of us in retail, the promise and potential of a fully stocked paint department. Painting almost exclusively with palette knives, Lisa has been nicknamed the “Knife Queen.” Her paintings are colorful, lush and inspired by the natural world. While palette knife painting can sometimes be seen as an intimidating style of painting, Lisa describes it as freeing and energizing. In hopes of…

  • Vendor Voices

    Just Paint! All Things GOLDEN

    Read on for GOLDEN’s most recent news: international expansion, an exciting new online resource and Just Paint newsletter you know and love coming out at the end of the month. Material Application Specialists Team Grows Internationally GOLDEN is pleased to announce the growth of its company internationally with the recent hire of Mirjam Hintz as its new Material Application Specialist for the EU market, based on Frankfurt, Germany. Starting February 1, 2019, Hintz, an artist and paintings conservator with extensive training in GOLDEN products and technical recommendations, will be handling phone calls and email responses in both German and English…

  • Vendor Voices

    GOLDEN Spring Promo & Upcoming Events

    Reminder: QoR® Watercolor Spring Promotional Period The QoR Watercolor spring advertising promotional period begins February 9, 2019 and concludes on May 3, 2019. Advertisements should be planned accordingly. GOLDEN to Attend CAA Mid-February in New York City For a number of years, GOLDEN has been exhibiting at the College Arts Association (CAA) Annual Conference. As the world’s best-attended international art conference, CAA’s meeting will facilitate networking opportunities and enable participants to exchange ideas and information with colleagues from across the globe. It’s a great opportunity for us to engage with college and university professionals in the art community. This year,…

  • #SocialEngagement

    Check Your Calendar: National Craft Month

    Time to strategize for the next featured theme, National Craft Month. This month is a great time to inspire customers to craft, whether they are trying something for the first time or revisiting a well-loved hobby. Crafting is a broad term that encompasses kids, fashion, upcycling, home decor, gifts, framing, knitting, party decorations, decoupage, gilding, glitter, jewelry, quilling, scrapbooking—and this list is hardly extensive. Choose a craft that’s popular in your community or pick four, one for each week, to feature in tandem with various sales. You can also promote a class (either one that you offer or a locally…