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Industry News – Prix Canson

Wednesday, June 15th, 2016

Prix Canson exhibition in NYC! 
The Prix Canson, a prestigious annual drawing prize is partnering with The Drawing Center in NYC to exhibit the works of their 2016 finalists from June 22 through July 1, 2016. Canson held a private prize ceremony on June 21 to honor the winner. Past Prix Canson exhibitions have been held in major museums and galleries in Paris and Barcelona. This is the first Prix Canson held in the U.S. The winners represent the best artists today worldwide who work with drawing. 
The Prix Canson panel of judges consists of top museum directors, curators, and collectors in the art world.


  • Ruby Onyinyechi Amanze Nigeria
  • Bethany Collins USA
  • Njideka Akunyili Crosby Nigeria
  • David Shrigley UK
  • Lucy Skaer UK


The Drawing Center, 35 Wooster Street (between Broome and Grand Streets in SoHo) New York, NY.

Wednesday, June 22 – Friday, July 1. Every day including Monday & Tuesday from 12-6pm. Thursday 12-8pm.

Special Congrats to Canson’s NYC trip giveaway winner – Lori Inman from Cheap Joe’s will attend “An American in Paris” Broadway show and the special Prix Canson ceremony event.


Njideka Akunyili Crosby

Njideka Akunyili Crosby

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Ruby Onyinyechi Amanze

Industry News

Friday, May 13th, 2016

We recently got a sneak peek at Forstall Art Center’s new space in downtown Birmingham, AL. They will be moving into the building, constructed in 1903, later this summer. The three story building’s first floor will be the retail space, which is slightly larger than their current location. The second floor will be artist studios and classrooms. Annette and Phillip Forstall will create the perfect living space on the top floor. “We’re all in” says Annette!


We recently got word from Union Rubber (Best Test) that due to some raw material and other supply problems their Board of Director’s has decided to reorganize the company. This means they have temporarily stopped all manufacturing and shipping. They anticipate re-starting operations in May. Until then we have added more sizes in Elmer’s Rubber Cement line.

Here is a very cool video showcasing a Virtual Reality (VR) tool Google has developed for creating 3D artwork


Howard Kaufman is in the news celebrating his 24th year as America’s premier brush maker. The fascinating story that tells how Princeton Artist Brush Company became one of the largest brush suppliers in the U.S. was published in the that features local news from Princeton, New Jersey, Read the whole store here.

How Princeton Artist Brush Company became one of the largest brush suppliers in the U.S.

After 65 years, Lee’s Art Shop at 220 West 57th Street in Manhattan will be closing. The store sits across from the Art Students League of New York, where aspiring painters learn their craft. It has played a key role in many artist’s lives. David Steinberg the CEO of Lee’s, explains that “we’re closing because the building is being sold.” Read the full store Here.

In an article from a recent issue of the Chicago Tribune the art and craft industry has been singled out for its exciting and vibrant growth. Sales of coloring and art supplies grew about 7% in 2015 and now make up a $1.14 billion market, according to market research firm The NPD Group, which attributed the growth to art and craft paper, paint and painting supplies. Featured in the article is Artist & Craftsman’s Chicago location. Read the store here.


Artist & Craftsman Chicago Loop


Looking for a whole different way of looking at the USA’s Adult Coloring Book market? Check out this interactive heat map courtesy of Google Shopping Insights

adult coloring

Massimo Candela

Massimo Candela

The Italian F.I.L.A. group (Dixon/Ticonderoga, Daler-Rowney, Lyra) announced yesterday that it is in exclusive negotiations to buy 100% of Canson, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Hamelin Group. In a statement, F.I.L.A. said they hoped to reach an agreement by October to buy Canson and all of it’s subsidiaries. The exclusivity period for negotiations runs until the end of the year. Massimo Candela, CEO of F.I.L.A. said: “We are very happy to be in talks for the acquisition of Canson, such an important and prestigious brand can make a significant contribution to our group’s growth in the years to come, and fits perfectly with our existing family of brands.”

Canson’s New Lightning Deals Hit the Market

Monday, February 23rd, 2015
Gerard O’Mahony

Gerard O’Mahony

The new Canson, USA CEO, Gerard O’Mahony is shaking things up with a new marketing concept designed to inspire creative retail merchandising with a narrow focus on key items offered in bulk at extreme pricing.  On a monthly basis promotion minded retailers will be able to buy a very select list of high demand Canson or Talens items for a limited time at an extra 25% off either from your MacPherson’s distribution centers or on a drop shipment (Minimum $1,500 net).


This month’s selection includes two hot XL Mixed Media Pads (CN100510926-7×10, 60 sh, CN100510927-9×12, 60 sh,) at 70% out of our DC’s (96 min per item) or 75% off on Drop ship ($1,500 total net min and 96 min per item).

Orders must be in-house by March 2, 2015


New Rembrandt/Talens MAP Policy

Monday, December 29th, 2014

A letter from Kyle Richardson, North American Business Manager –
Royal Talens/Bruynzeel Canson Inc.:

Dear Art Material Retailers

I am happy to announce that we have been successful in creating a Minimum Advertised Pricing (MAP) policy on Rembrandt Oils, Pastels and Watercolors, that will be implemented effective Jan 1, 2015. This will help keep the advertised pricing of this premier range in line with the brand positioning as it is intended, and it will allow you as retailers to sell the product at a healthier margin, both every day and on seasonal promotions.

Below are the seasonal periods and the corresponding MAP guidelines for appropriate discounts. We will be supporting these with discounts on these products through our trade level seasonal promotional activities.


Products MAP MAP
  Everyday Price Promotional Price
Rembrandt Oil Color List less 25% List less 40%
Rembrandt Soft Pastel List less 25% List less 40%
Rembrandt Watercolors List less 25% List less 40%

Promotional Periods

Promotional Periods — the times when Promotional Prices may be charged — are listed below. Canson reserves the right to change Promotional Periods as it deems appropriate, in its sole discretion.

Winter BTS: January-Feb Open stock/sets 40% off
Spring: March– May Open stock/sets 40% off
Fall BTS August–Sept Open stock/sets 40% off
Holiday: Nov– Dec Sets only 40% off

This new policy, coupled with the Spring 2015 Early Bird pre-book program for Rembrandt products this year, and our regular seasonal promotional schedule, will allow you to get strong value and provide support to these products. This will be the first time Rembrandt pastels, the market leader, have been promoted in open stock! Along with the new product innovation for Rembrandt – the 15 new dark shades in pastels, new colors in Rembrandt oils, all new packaging which shows more color, simplifies and brightens the displays, it’s an exciting time for the range. We’ve shaken the dust off this wonderful brand and moved it into the 21st century. We thank all of you who support these proudly crafted Dutch products.

For detailed information regarding this policy, please follow this link. MAP Policies

Thank you again for your support!

Kyle Richardson

North American Business Manager – Royal Talens/Bruynzeel

Canson Inc.

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Arches Watercolor Paper Availability Update

Thursday, September 25th, 2014

Gerard O’Mahony, Canson’s USA CEO recently sent a letter acknowledging and explaining shortages of Arches Watercolor Paper. The culprits have been insufficient capacity at the Annonay France paper mill, inefficiencies and prioritization. All have been addressed by Hamelin’s new VP of Fine Art Papers, but improvements in supply will be challenged until sometime in November.

Hamelin Arches

Talen’s Van Gogh Brand “That’s Me” BTS Store Merchandising Contest

Sunday, August 4th, 2013

thumb_107__featured_page_image_homeVan GoghThat’s Me Endcap Challenge!

Time period – Fall Back-to-School 2013
Let the right materials and presentation give your customers the inspiration to dive into further mixed media projects with all the surfaces and media you’ll need to inspire creative ways to use a wide assortment of tools.
Show Talen’s your store’s most creative way of presenting this mix of products on an end-cap during BTS and your store could win a $2000 cash prize and dedicated online promotional support from Talen’s social media outlets (Facebook, Instagram and Twitter).

Details:  Showcase products from 2 of the 3 categories in Media and Surfaces below      

           Media                                                                 Surfaces

  • Van Gogh oil & Amsterdam Acrylics     Canson Palette and Canvas paper
  • Van Gogh Watercolor & Bruynzeel        Moulin Du Roy & XL Mixed Media
  • Van Gogh & Rembrandt Pastels              Mi-Tientes pastel pads
  • Ideas for mixed media items:
  • Van Gogh Watercolor (“That’s Me” – Hannie set) – NEW!
  • Van Gogh Watercolor Pocket box – NEW!
  • Van Gogh Oil Color (“That’s Me” – Lance set) – NEW!
  • Van Gogh Oil color 500ml tins – NEW!
  • Amsterdam Acrylic 20ml sets – NEW!
  • Bruynzeel Aquarele pencils – NEW!
  • Moulin Du Roy pads – NEW!
  • Van Gogh oil/Carre Pastels
  • Rembrandt soft pastels
  • Canson Mixed media Artbook and pads
  • Mi-Tientes Pastel pads
  • Canson Palette paper and Canva Paper

Click here for a downloadable guide   VG That’s Me Promo

Here’s what you do:

Send an image by Sept 1 of these products creatively displayed from August 1st, 2013- Sept 30th, 2013 to or post them to the Van Gogh Facebook page at Facebook. After Sept 30th, one the top 10 images with the most “likes” will be selected from Talen’s expert panel to receive the prize.  Inspire your customers, inspire and reward your store associates and drive more productivity from your end-caps this BTS season with the Van Gogh “That’s Me!” End-Cap promotion!
Good luck!

Important Announcement From Canson

Thursday, June 21st, 2012

Team Canson & Hamelin

“Dear Valued Customer,

On July 2, 2012, Canson North America will be changing our computer system from J.D. Edwards to SAP.  The move to SAP is a Groupe Hamelin initiative designed to provide Canson and its customers with the most comprehensive business technology solution.  This technology base will establish a state of the art solution to carry the growth and advancement of the entire group into the future.  Our team in South Hadley has been working towards the implementation for nearly one year in order to make the transition as seamless as possible.

As we head into the implementation I want to clearly outline the process and provide you with an overview of the process and some key dates.  The following is the cut-over calendar for the Go Live:

  • June 18 – All new customer Drop Shipment orders received, with an expected ship date after July 1 will be entered directly  into the SAP system
  • June 22 – Final shipping will take place in our current system.  The volume that we expect to ship this week will be limited as no orders can remain in process for the cut-over.
  • June 25 – June 29, all shipping activities will be down and no Drop Shipment orders can be processed.   Drop Shipment orders that will remain in our existing system will be electronically transferred into SAP.
  • July 2 – Go Live Day
  • July 3 – Initiate shipping in SAP.  During this week we expect our shipping capacity to be at a rate of 25% of normal shipping levels.  During our conversion we will be adding additional staff and we will extend our work hours to improve on our expected efficiency.
  • July 9 – During this week we expect our shipping capacity to be at a rate of 40% of normal shipping levels.
  • July 16 – During this week we expect our shipping capacity to be at a rate of 75% of normal shipping levels.
  • July 23 – During this week we expect our shipping capacity to be at a rate of 85% of normal shipping levels.
  •  August 1 – We expect to be at near normal shipping levels of performance.

Despite all of our preparations we expect that there will be some disruptions in our service levels.  We will do everything possible to minimize these issues and return to the normal high shipping rates that you expect from Canson.One area that you can expect to see changes will be in the documentation provided to you by Canson.

This conversion is a major undertaking by Canson and Groupe Hamelin and will help insure the commitment to providing the highest quality products and services.  Through this transition into SAP and into the future we stand ready to answer your questions.

Best regards,
, President & CEO
Canson North America
– 21 Industrial Drive – 01075 South Hadley – MA – United States

*** Note: MacPherson’s has ordered in an additional 30 days of inventory to cover any unanticipated product shipping interruptions ***

New Pad Selection Completes the Range of Canson Mix Media Pads

Wednesday, January 25th, 2012

Mix Media art continues to grow as artists continue to explore new mediums and surfaces that work for a variety of techniques.

Canson has recently expanded its line of Mix Media pads due to the growing artist demand and due to the success of their XL Mix Media range.

The NEW Artist Series Mix Media pad is a heavyweight 138 LB (224 GSM) French paper perfect for final drawings. Dual sided (fine & medium textures in 1 sheet); excellent erasability. Ideal for dry media, wet mix media techniques, markers, pens & collage. The NEW Foundation Series Mix Media pad and the popular XL Mix Media pad is 98 LB (160 GSM) paper that is perfect for students looking to experiment with a variety of mix media techniques. These pads come in a variety of sizes, price points, and sheet counts in order to meet the needs of artists.  For more info ask your MacPherson’s sales contact or please visit: Mixed Media Series


Introducing Mi-Teintes Touch: Sanded Pastel Surfaces from Canson

Wednesday, January 25th, 2012

Canson’s unique know-how, which hails from over 450 years of artist paper manufacturing experience, continues to lead to innovation in offering the highest quality artist papers that are available in a wide variety of surface textures.

• Purchase a complete Mi-Teintes Touch assortment get the Display FREE! Merchandise the Mi-Teintes touch right next to your Mi-Teintes Paper Display.

• Get new product introduction discounts through mid February!

• Mi-Teintes Touch a product line extension to the Number 1# selling brand of pastel paper- Mi-Teintes

• Mi-Touch is available in matching 14 top selling Mi-Teintes colors – a great palette of cool blues, warm earth, and grey tones.

•  Artists will love the unique surface texture of Mi-Teintes Touch as it allows for many creative possibilities and layering of pigments. It’s not just for pastels!

• Pastels, charcoal, crayons, & light use of acrylic perform beautifully.

• Mi-Teintes Touch sheets and boards retain all dry pigments because they have micro abrasive surfaces created by a sanded primer. The ideal support for dry pastels such as Rembrandt.

•  Available in 22″x30″ sheets and 20″x30″ boards

For more info ask your MacPherson’s sales contact or click:  Mi-Teintes Touch

Mi-Teintes Touch sheets      MSRP $11.99 per/sheet

Mi-Teintes Touch boards      MSRP $21.99 per/board


NAMTA Phoenix Show: What’s Exciting!

Tuesday, April 26th, 2011

You may not have been able to visit the show this year or maybe you just like to get others’ take on what they saw that was noteworthy. Our sales and merchandising teams turned in their picks for the best of the show and here they are!

Art Alternatives Black Canvas was total hit at the show. Available in both Studio and Gallery profiles as well as canvas panels. We’ll have stock in our DCs around September.


Art Alternatives Multi-Media Sketch Books These 48-page visual journals with soft covers and heavy-weight, lightly sized drawing paper were designed especially for art class, but are also a great sketch journaling accessory. Low, low retail price points.

Art Alternatives Nesting Art Tool Boxes Nesting these simple black boxes saves shipping costs, and that translates to low nets and low retail price points. Plus, nesting lets you stack more for BTS sales!

Art Alternatives Studio Acrylics fit a niche for stores who are focused on building bridges to teachers in elementary, middle and high school art programs. The bulk acrylic colors are also well suited for social painting studios, the rage now sweeping through the southern USA.

Alumicolor New labeling specifies whether the product is for architecture or engineering, making it easier for customers to identify what they need. Also, there’s a new ruler with ledge for safe cutting so fingertips are nowhere near the blade.

Ampersand’s new kits created lots of excitement. In fact, there were a bunch of new items for Ampersand. We will feature the new gessobord counter display boxes in Fall BTS, as well as the new Artist Panel Pallet Stacks. We will also be sending out an e-blast with all the new items for BTS since some did not make it into our Buyer’s Guide. The new scratchbord designs are very cool.

can4Bernini Aerosol Spray Graphite pencil transfer spray. This is a great new product that might need a bit of explaining on your store shelf. Pre-book special (50/5/5 discount) on this is available still through 5/18 and the product will ship from the MacPherson’s warehouses at the end of May. Regular everyday 50% off discount resumes after pre-book.  No size limitations with this product! Ideal for large murals and Urban Art, it is formulated to dry quickly for instant use. Order item number MVTS00510.

Canson’s BTS pad stack-outs wowed many NAMTA goers. Why? Irresistible offers like, “buy an XL recycled sketch pad and receive a 5.5×8.5 drawing sketch pad free”, and new watercolor pad and paint end-caps/stack-outs. Canson had some other awesome new items. We think their marketing & product management team is doing a wonderful job of keeping the market stoked. The x10% on the XL and the x20% on Newsprint stack-outs are good through BTS. The Watercolor Essential POG is built around a specially themed product, which will change with each promo. Display measures 24″w x 54″h x 16″d. MSRP $1,368.00; discount is 50/25 to Power & Non-Power retailers. Available in June. Hot show items for Canson included:  18×24 Pad Merchandiser (May), Colorline 300g (May w/ X20% thru July), 8×10 Art Board (June) and Van Gogh 200ml assortments (now).

win-mediumColArt’s new packaging on Winsor & Newton Oil mediums is a winner. This will be a rolling transition beginning in May. The faster moving items will transition first with the slower ones towards the end. MacPherson’s will rotate inventory in our DCs to make sure we sell through the old style first. More details will be shared as the transition progresses.

ColArt Oil Bar Revision Great idea to have the Oil Bar colors match the paints! The new  53” tall displays may be too big for some retailers, but they do look great. The new product begins shipping in mid-May. MacPherson’s will discontinue the current items in our system now to run down the inventory. The assortment drop ship promo will run through the rest of the year at 50/20/20% free freight & rack.

Daler-Rowney’s new Simply Simmons brush sets and new watercolor brush display are impressive. The new Simply Simmons Studio brushes will be available 6/1. Also noteworthy was the relaunched System 3 screen printing kit, which is available now.

xacto-sharpestElmer’s new and impressive X-Acto blade has a coated edge making it 6x sharper than the competition. It has a unique two-tone metal look and will be available later this summer.

Enkaustikos Hot Sticks will be a winner, and they’ll be available from our warehouses in early May. Hot Sticks come in 86 colors. You can hold them sideways to cover more surface, or straight up for more detailed work. You can paint on a hot palette and transfer the image to paper, or melt down the Hot Sticks and dip into them with a brush. Encaustics are so versatile – you can do rubbings, mixed media art and much more. There’s a new wax medium and an XD wax medium available in open stock. A full assortment is available through special order. And new boar bristle brushes and anodized aluminum plates are coming soon.

Exaclair We heard from some of you that would like us to increase our selection, so we’re looking at that. There were also a couple of noteworthy holiday-ish items: Rhodia Pencil/Holder and a Mouse/Note Pad POP that we’ll definitely be bringing in.

Global Art New Watercolor Paper Display We’re looking to offer you a drop ship special on this soon.

Golden Williamsburg Mediums Golden has wonderful new mediums displays. The new rack is great looking and some of the mediums will now be bottled in glass or heavy acrylic – we love the apothecary shop look! Way cool and available now. Full line: WBM622821 (28 facings), MSRP = $2,003.00.

Jacquard Pinata Inks are a great mixed media item. The alcohol base makes them indelible and moisture resistant when dry, allowing use on almost any surface. Highly versatile, these can be used in a variety of ways including rubber stamping, fine art, fiber art and scrap booking, etc. The 1/2 oz inks retail at $3.59.

Krylon’s Glitter Blast is cool. Glitter is great quality and the spray volume is thicker. A POP display is available: KRK01020358 $314.87msrp @ 50/30 off. Drop ship, with free freight.

Letraset Promarker Metallic Sets These are sure to be a hit with crafters. We’re sorry to tell you, though, that the launch has been delayed until Fall 2011.

MidWest Balsa and Basswood Model making is hot again. Racks are free with purchase of assortments. The large rack is now modular, so it can be customized. Small dowels will be packaged in packs of 5 (less breakage and more store$-friendly). We will be adding more skus to this line.

Montana Cans Shop-within-a-Shop Concept was the buzz of the show. Urban art is the first truly new artist medium since acrylics hit the world in the 1950’s. Young artists ages 19 to 35 want to express quickly, big and bright without having to spend years learning techniques as is required with oils, watercolor and pastels. Things that fit this bill are acrylics, high performance spray paints, markers, large canvases, stencils, sketch books, etc. The shop-within-a-shop concept recognizes the needs of a diverse group and puts all the supplies they want in a prominent, well lit location in your store. Urban Art customers include fine artists; skateboarders (low pressure sprays, Montana Gold acrylic spray); and outdoor artists (Montana Black, a high pressure nitro combi spray paint, and Montana White, a gloss spray, and Montana Black markers). MacPherson’s Scott Present and Lisa Slauson got together with our Creative Services department to produce an awesome “inspiration book” that showcases ideas and concepts used by our retailers to capitalize on the shop-within-a-shop concept. Want to get inspired? Check out this web-based flip book version by Clicking Here!

And on the Urban Art subject, both Walter Foster and Northlight have instructional Graffiti Art titles that are a welcome departure from the inspirational/coffee table titles that are currently available. The Walter Foster title is How to Draw Graffiti Style and Northlight has Graff 1 (NLZ1818, in our Spring Buyer’s Guide) and Graff 2. We will be setting the new titles up and putting them into June What’s New.

Motsenbocker’s Lift Off line includes every conceivable art & craft removal product; all of which perform amazingly well and are non-toxic and eco-friendly to boot. The company motto says it all: “Produce the most effective removers and cleaners in the world THAT REALLY WORK and are three ways safe: for the environment, for any surface and for the people who use them”. Great You Tube videos for each item’s application. Check it out – Click Here!

Pan Pastels Lots of second looks at a line that now has firmly established itself amongst pastel artists.

Pentel’s new Arts Inking Center display got great reviews. This highly anticipated display will begin shipping from Pentel in early August.

Red Hot: Princeton Snap and Priceton’s new Neptune synthetic squirrel watercolor brushes are incredible. They point well and hold unbelievable amounts of liquid. In the words of one of our discerning sales people, ” the line is gorgeous!” Neptune assortment and open stock orders will ship without delay starting at the end of the month.


RGM Textured Combs were mentioned at the What’s Exciting Seminar on Thursday afternoon. They are great for encaustic waxes, acrylic mediums, clays, paste grain papers, etc. One retailer suggested these for pottery use as well. We will have these in our DCs in approximately 6-7 weeks.

stained-8cdSanford Sharpie® Stained Fabric markers- with DIY tennis shoe concept a big hit- nice packaging and easy sell. The line features new fade-resistant ink and  a unique fabric brush tip that allows users to write thick or thin for ultimate precision on most fabric surfaces without the need to heat set. Sharpie offers eight bold colors (black, blue, red, green, pink, orange, yellow and purple), which are available in 4/cd and 8/cd sets.

Stillman & Birn‘s new floor display This great looking custom-made spinner unit is the perfect showcase for this wonderful line of premium sketch books!

Studio Designs has cool new Furniture Products that look great.

Yasutomo Chinese Watercolor and Sumi brushes were big hits. So were the Origami Bracelets and Rings kits. Yasutomo’s new Chinese watercolor paints and inks are the first in the art materials industry to conform to ASTM D-4236. The paints and inks currently available through Chinese bookshops and souvenir shops are not required to conform. These products are specifically designed for Chinese painting techniques, which differ from Japanese painting. The new Sumi brush, Haboku, will be available in a few weeks. The brush is designed to retain its shape after each stroke. The brushes also feature packaging that tout the benefits of the brush.

New Items/New Vendors

Crafter’s Workshop Stencils A nice alternative to Stencil 1, these will round out MacPherson’s stencil category. Great for visual journals and mixed media art and they’ll be great for add-on sales of brushes, scrapers, paint, sprays and spray paint, pan pastels, encaustics, etc.

Trimaco drop clothes, rags, respirators and gloves, all made in USA. We have been asked for all of these things and this line in in our sights…

Buddha Board We saw this, too, and liked it. We’re thinking about bringing it in. It is similar to Holbein’s Vanishing Image Water Brush Paper 9×13 (HBM49) which is available in 5-sheet packs for $7.50/pk.

Canson & The CPSA Announce Contest Winner

Tuesday, February 15th, 2011

Earlier this month, Canson announced Eileen Sorg, a Seattle-based artist, as the winner of the Canson Paper Award for Excellence for her entry into the Colored Pencil Society of America’ (CPSA) annual Explore This! 7 juried online show.  Canson, a Bronze Award Donor to the Explore this! competition, has gifted Sorg $300 worth of Canson products.

Sorg, who has exhibited frequently over the past several years within the CPSA, was very pleased to hear she had won such a variety of Canson products, especially the Arches watercolor papers. Sorg’s winning submission, The Trouble with Butterflies (19”x15”), was created using colored pencil atop a painting of ink and watercolor.  Her drawing is currently being shown in CPSA’s online gallery as part of the Explore This! 7 Exhibition, which will run online through January 31, 2012.

Born and raised in Seattle, Sorg is already a frequent user of Canson’s Arches products.  “I use Arches exclusively for my work, and this paper is very dynamic,” she said. “I’ve tried so many different types of papers, and for the Arches papers to be able to take watercolor in and the layering of the colored pencil as well, this is a great testament to the paper itself.”

Sorg teaches ink, watercolor and colored pencil classes throughout the West Coast, and she recommends Arches papers to all of her students.


Canson Infinity Paper in the News

Wednesday, January 19th, 2011

On January 30, renowned celebrity photographer Timothy White’s latest exhibit, Timothy White: Portraits, opens at The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum in Ridgefield, CT. His large-scale pop icon portraits, printed exclusively on Canson Infinity Platine Digital Darkroom paper, feature unique images of various celebrated pop culture figures including Aretha Franklin, Harrison Ford, Elizabeth Taylor and many more. The 30 portraits on exhibit represent a collection of photographs taken by White during a two decade time span.

Canson Infinity Platine Fibre Rag gives photographers the benefits of traditional darkroom paper in an inkjet paper created specifically for digital printing applications. Platine Fibre Rag paper combines 100% cotton Platinum paper with the latest microporous coating to ensure vivid colors, exceptional white and gray tones and image longevity. Platine Fibre Rag paper dries instantly, is water resistant and is compatible with pigmented and dye inks, producing incredibly detailed imagery of the highest quality.

Harrison Ford by Timothy White

Canson News November 2010

Sunday, November 21st, 2010

cansonCanson’s new Eco-Friendly line of art pads featuring the illustrations from The World of Eric Carle ™ has already won many awards in 2010—and is in the running for many more in 2011! This new range of art pads for kids won the prestigious Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Gold Seal Award, the Parent Tested Parent Approved Award, the Best Back to School Products Award from Learning and Laughter with Louise, and the Kidlutions Preferred Product Award. Check out the new website for this Eco-Friendly line at and become a fan on the Facebook page,!

Also in exciting Canson news, the Fanboy Range for Comic and Manga artists has just been redesigned! Submit your comic and manga sketches to the new Fanboy website at and join the Facebook fan page at

Canson’s Eco-Friendly Back-to-School

Friday, August 6th, 2010

Go back to school with a new Eco-Friendly Line of art products featuring Eric Carle!


Canson’s new Eco-Friendly art products featuring the illustrations of renowned and beloved artist Eric Carle, are the perfect pads to pack in kids’ backpacks as they head to school next month.  The art pads all feature illustrations from Eric Carle’s “What Do You See” collection, such as Brown Bear, the Very Hungry Caterpillar and The Very Lonely Firefly among others.

Canson recognizes the importance of art in a child’s development; in fact, experts say that exploring different artistic options like drawing and painting are all first steps to the development of reading and writing, while tracing, cutting and pasting develop fine motor skills.

The new line of Eco-Friendly art products, which may be purchased directly from the Eric Carle Museum, offer a complete range of recycled, environmentally friendly products that were developed to inspire creativity and imagination in young children.

Canson’s new Eco-Friendly line can be further explored at, and it also just received its very own Facebook page, found at: Canson’s Facebook Page.  The first 200 people to post what their child saw this summer and expressed through art on the Facebook page, will win one of the new Sketch & Tell books in the Eco-Friendly Line.

Hot Off the Press! Canson’s New Pads Announced!

Thursday, April 29th, 2010

Canson introduced a complete new line of pads at NAMTA, including new Eco-Friendly Line featuring the World of Eric Carle ™ Illustrations.
“To better satisfy the needs of our loyal consumers, we enlisted professional artists and art professors to assist us in redesigning the entire range of Canson pads for optimum performance and usability. We are very pleased to introduce this new range of fine art pads,” said Bob Toth, VP of Marketing.
The new pad ranges include:
The Artist Series pads, designed for professional artists and those who have refined their skills, present the highest quality papers for artists who demand performance without compromise, and they are designed with understated black covers, subtle artwork and innovative binding features.

The Foundation Series pads, designed for art students and beginners, offer art enthusiasts the same high-performance papers artists choose, in pads with a lower sheet count and a lower price point.

The XL Series deliver superior quality papers and excellent construction in pads, while providing exceptional value.

The Eco-Friendly line of pads featuring the World of Eric Carle ™ illustrations, designed for children ages three to nine, provide a surface for young minds to express, create, learn and grow.  The new line includes pads for sketching, painting, tracing, and a variety of other creative activities.  All of the paper is quality, recycled and acid-free; the pads feature fold-over pad covers; and the cover is non-toxic, lead-free and soy-based.

The improved Canson pads are more durable, with heavier covers and innovative hidden Euro bindings that offer a sleek look that survives repeated opening and closing and ensures clean sheet removal that leaves the pad intact.  Additionally, Canson’s pioneering micro-perforations permit usage of true-size sheets that are now found on every student grade pad.

The new pad range complies with Canson’s ECO Pledges:
•             Made from sustainably managed forestry
•             Reduced energy consumption
•             Low emissions to air and water
•             Limited use of harmful chemicals
•             Recycling of waste materials

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Canson Eric Carle Product News

Friday, April 9th, 2010

basic-st_vhcWith the warmer temperatures arriving and the flowers blooming this spring, there is lots of buzz around the launch of Canson’s new Eco-Friendly line of art products for kids featuring the illustrations of world-renowned artist Eric Carle.  Since January, we have received great interest from mainstream media, mommy bloggers and art magazines, all of whom plan to review the new Eric Carle line in upcoming issues. Here are a few of the publications and blogs that are currently reviewing the product line:
·       Martha Stewart Living: plans to include the Eric Carle line in the Back to School issue this fall
·       SimplyWED Magazine: will run an article about how the Eric Carle line will make an excellent gift for children attending weddings, in its June issue
·       The Artist’s Magazine: will be running a review in their column “Supply Cabinet” in the July-August 2010 issue
·       Woulda Coulda Shoulda: a top mommy blog affiliated with women’s blog network BlogHer, will be reviewing the samples this spring
·       Somewhat Simple: another top mommy blog will be reviewing the samples

We have received excellent, positive feedback from many of the people we have contacted to sample the Eric Carle line, including:
“I am absolutely interested in your company! First off, Eric Carle is a favorite of mine and my kids love him too! I am not only a mom to 3, but I also teach preschool, and I am very aware and conscientious of how much “stuff” kids art projects call for. “—Stephanie from Somewhat Simple blog
“I’m delighted that we can showcase your fine product.”—Maureen Bloomfield, editor at The Artist’s Magazine
“The samples look great, we’re now thinking it would be a perfect fit into our Fall Back-to-School issue.”—Blake Ramsey, editor at Martha Stewart Living
At NAMTA, the Eric Carle line will be featured in a New Products video that will run on a big-screen TV in the convention center.
Join us in the excitement for our new Eric Carle Eco-Friendly line of products for kids!

Big News from Canson: All New Art Boards!

Friday, February 5th, 2010

·         Canson’s new Art Boards feature a range of best-selling Canson and Arches® papers on rigid, archival backing.  The backing is composed of two-ply, 1.2 mm Canson archival white conservation board that is both acid and lignin-free.  The board is buffered, treated to resist mold, and compliant to ISO 9706—the standard for permanent paper.  The Art Boards provide artists with a stiff, strong working surface made to withstand the rigors of repeated use and a variety of techniques.
·        A significant benefit of using Canson Art Boards is that no mounting is required.  They are ready for framing without mounting, thus reducing added labor and cost.  Also, each board is UPC-coded for ease of sale and arranged on merchandising displays that make is simple for customers to choose the right texture and color of paper that best suits their artistic needs.  The product line includes an array of Art Boards that cater to different techniques and preferences:

·         The ultimate choice for watercolor, gouache or ink washes, Arches Watercolor Art Boards offer natural white, hand-made French watercolor paper in cold press, hot press and rough surfaces.
·         Montval Watercolor Art Boards feature cold press French watercolor paper, excellent for watercolor, acrylic, gouache or ink washes. Natural white.
·         Bristol Plate is an ideal foundation for pen and ink renderings or technical drawing, or work in hard pencil. It is a rich, natural white surface that is smooth and hard enough for detailed work.
·         Ultra-smooth Illustration/Comic Art Boards provide a brilliant foundation for ink, marker, felt-tip pen and pencil that stands up to erasing and scraping. Made without optical brighteners, these boards are extra white for superior contrast.
·         Black Drawing Art Boards deliver a dramatic surface for pencil, chalk and gouache. Very finely textured, the paper is acid free, and highly resistant to light and fading.
·         C à grain Art Boards provide a luxurious surface with pronounced texture for drawing that stands up to repeated erasing and reworking. Ideal for charcoal, Conté crayon or pastel, or very soft pencil.
·         Pure White Art Boards offer a luminous white, fine-textured surface perfect for detailed work in pen, pencil or colored pencil. Sturdy and erasable.
·         Versatile Canson ®Edition Art Boards provide a substantial textured surface that is excellent for drawing and multi-media expression. Available in vanilla and bright white.
·         The world’s most famous pastel paper, French-made Mi-Teintes® has a pronounced texture that holds substantial amounts of pigment, making this art board the ultimate foundation for pastel, charcoal or Conté crayon. In a wide array of lightfast colors.


New for Spring 2009 from Canson

Saturday, April 18th, 2009

Canson Treasure Mats


This is a beautiful collection of Canson papers bound in a 4.5″ x 6.5″ pad.   Available in a distinctive collection of archival papers including:  Expressions, Mi-Teintes Heritage, Mi-Teintes Tuxedo, and Effects. These versatile collections of paper are perfect for matting 4″ x 6″ photos, creating mini artist books, creating greeting cards and creating post cards as well as numerous other paper-craft projects. Tape Bound, 60 sheets/pad.  Acid-free.

New Rembrandt Pastels Set Display


Without doubt the world’s most popular soft pastel  sets are Rembrandt, and they are now available in a new set-focused counter assortment.  This attractive compact wooden display matches the new open stock displays and allows for easy, convenient product presentation and selection.  The display holds the best-selling selection of Rembrandt Pastel Sets and requires no assembly. Moving pastel sets to the top shelf will focus consumer attention on these higher value items and that increases your sales!  The Rembrandt Pastel Set Counter Assortment list for $1,033.25 and drop ships with free freight from MacPherson’s at a 50/15/10% discount.

Ask your MacPherson’s sales representative to show you all the great promotions from Canson this Spring!

Kevin’s Canson News: Introducing Amsterdam Expert Professional Grade Acrylic

Monday, August 4th, 2008

Amsterdam Acrylic Expert is the newest offering from renowned color manufacturer Royal Talens. Made of the best ingredients, this heavy body professional series acrylic is the result of pure craftsmanship.

Many student artists began painting with Amsterdam Standard Series (Van Gogh Acrylic); now Amsterdam Expert Series allows them to continue their growth as an artist with brand that they already know and trust. Because Amsterdam is less expensive than other professional grade acrylics, it makes it easier for students to make the leap to a better paint sooner, and we know from experience those artists who use superior quality products enjoy better results and choose to paint more.

Available in 70 vibrant colors in both 75ml and 150ml clear recyclable tubes, Amsterdam Expert boasts a high degree of pigmentation. Twenty-eight single pigment colors ensure superior color mixing, plus all 70 colors feature maximum light-fastness.

Whether it’s Amsterdam Standard Series or Amsterdam Expert, Royal Talens has an acrylic to fit the need of every artist. Through the end of August, Amsterdam Expert assortments (ZRB550-7160 & ZRB550-7162) are available from MacPherson’s at an incredible 50/25/20% off drop ship with free freight and free rack.

Canson Ideas from Kevin Morrison – Core Items Drive Consumer Trips

Thursday, July 3rd, 2008

With the cost of fuel and other essentials soaring, consumers are not only minding their budgets, they are making fewer trips and visiting fewer retailers to purchase their necessities. While consumer visits may be fewer, that same consumer is purchasing more items per retail visit to avoid the costs associated with additional trips or visits to other retail locations.

So how do you get consumers to shop your store? Make sure core items are on sale and prominently featured along with eye-catching signage in the high traffic areas of your store. Cross merchandise accompanying accessories with these items to make the shopping experience easier and increase your items and dollars per transactions.

To aid your effort, Canson is featuring more items on promotion than ever before, and more than any other paper manufacturer. Top brands like Arches Watercolor, Biggie Sketch, Classic Cream, Canson Tracing, BFK Rives, Montval Watercolor and Canson Bristol are all on sale. Canson Power Retailers may take additional discounts up to 20% on the items of their choice using the custom promotion benefit associated with this program.

Canson also helps your effort by adding value to key items like Canson Bristol. Canson Bristol contains 33% more sheets and each carton includes a shelf dangler to help bring this value to your shopper’s attention. The Canson BTS end cap features the best-selling Bristol sizes as well as all the other BTS faves, and is easy to order. You get signage and shelf talkers to help create the professional look and visual impact that attracts consumers. MacPherson’s offers the Canson BTS end-cap at 50/40% drop ship and you can add full cartons of any other Canson, Talens or Arches brand items to receive freight on the entire order.