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New Sakura Pigma Micron Web Site & Contest

Saturday, August 23rd, 2014

Sakura wants you know about a brand new consumer website they launched last week. celebrates stories behind the users of Micron pens, has video tutorials and shares the history and science of the rich Pigma ink. It’s also the host for portfolios of well known artists including illustrator Lisa Congdon (author of the new book Art Inc: The Essential Guide for Building Your Career as an Artist), science illustrator Sean Edgerton of the Cal Academy of Sciences, and lettering artist Arley-Rose Torsone who has been featured in the Huffington Post and Martha Stewart Magazine.

Please take a look at the very fun social media feed pages that track what artists and customers out in the world are doing with Pigma ink products.

Fan Homepage

sakura fan page

Hand Lettering Homepage


Zentangle Home Page

Along with the site, there will be a giveaway to 100 participants if they create and upload a Youtube video describing their love of Pigma Micron pens. Retailers, Sakura would love your help spreading the word through your Facebook page and blog:


Sakura was recently voted by Art Materials Retailer as the #1 most “Fabulous Product” and we hope after visiting the site you can see why Pigma Micron is a favorite among artists of all disciplines.

Get Creative Inspiration with Sakura Videos

Thursday, July 22nd, 2010

Sakura is educating artists, hobbyists, and retailers about its unique and versatile product line by posting product videos at the Sakura Color Products YouTube channel. What better way to learn new tips and techniques and get new ideas than by seeing them on video? Sakura’s video offerings include 50+ videos with more added each week. Video topics range from product info to project ideas to lesson plans for teachers. Use this resource to educate your staff and customers, and find ideas for in-store demonstrations and promotions Sakura Youtube Channel and subscribe to receive announcements whenever a new video is posted.

Hot Sales News from Sakura

Friday, February 26th, 2010

Check out the red-hot “Stop the Cherry Picking Madness” promotion on the two most popular Sakura product lines  through March 24th. Never before have we seen an extra 20% on the ever popular Micron Mega Display #SK30075 and the super hot Gelly Roll Mega Display #SK57909!  The Micron Mega display features the complete line of top selling Pigma Micron Pens and is only 15” wide!  The Gelly Roll Mega, updated in 2009, features every Gelly Roll pen from the inventor of gel ink and is now only 16” wide!  You can sell Sakura’s two best selling product lines in less than 3 linear feet of shelf space.  The display racks are included free and drop shipped directly from Sakura’s warehouse.  Sakura lists Mega Dealers on their website to let consumers know where they can find the complete selection of Microns and Gelly Rolls! Ask your MacPherson’s sales professional for all the details.

Gelly Roll Mega Display

Gelly Roll Mega Display, SK57909

Micron Mega Display # SK30075

Micron Mega Display, SK30075

Cray-Pas® Contest Winners 2010

Monday, February 15th, 2010

Congratulations to the Cray-Pas® Contest Winners!
Sakura of America
would like to congratulate the winners, honorable mentions, and finalists in the 2010 Cray-Pas® Wonderful, Colorful World Contest! Thousands of K-8 students submitted artwork utilizing Cray-Pas® oil pastels, and 150 students were chosen as finalists. To view the artwork, go to Contest Winners, or visit MOCHA, the Museum of Children’s Art in Oakland, CA through March 15, 2010.

Sakura Contest Winner's Reception

Sakura Contest Winner's Reception

The Winners!

Youjin Shin (1st place, 3-5 grade)

Youjin Shin (1st place, 3-5 grade)

Yumi Arimizu (1st place, 6-8 grade)

Yumi Arimizu (1st place, 6-8 grade)

Kaleb Moniz (1st place, K-2 grade)

Kaleb Moniz (1st place, K-2 grade)

Sakura’s new Cray-Pas open stock displays!

Sunday, December 20th, 2009

Sakura is introducing its new Cray-Pas Expressionist and Specialist open stock displays that feature new graphics and can be merchandised on a shelf or hooked on pegboard or slot wall!

New display graphics now label each individual bin with color name, stock number & UPC barcode in a more space efficient display that makes re-ordering a breeze!

Starting in January 2010, the Expressionist Display is featured at a best ever extra 20% and the Specialist is at an extra 25% discount!  The stock numbers and retail are unchanged. Cray-Pas Expressionist and Specialist set sales go way up when the open stock is offered! Cray-Pas was the first product offered by Sakura of America when they invented oil pastels in 1925.  Cray-pas is the world-wide brand leader in oil pastels! Sakura’s Wonderful, Colorful World Cray-Pas elementary school drawing contest enters our 16th year with over 120,000 entries from U.S children from K to 8th grades! Sakura of America works with many generous retailers and manufacturers to sponsor the Wonderful, Colorful World contest and support the arts in schools.

The new displays dimensions and weights are as follows:

• Expressionist Display:  Item #: SKXLP-DSPLY;  Dimensions: 22”H x 15”L x 6”D;   Weight: 18 lbs  14 oz
• Specialist Displays:  Item #: SKESP-DSPLY;  Dimensions: 22”H x 15”L x 6”D; Weight: 18 lbs  5 oz

The first ship date will be January 4 for both New Displays!


Sakura News for October 2009

Friday, October 23rd, 2009

50200_sensei_neweraser_insert300dpiPigma Sensei Open Stock Pens in Time for the Holidays!

Sakura has announced that the individual pens in its popular Pigma Sensei Manga Drawing set will be available in open stock and displays just in time for the Holiday Season. Consumers already love Pigma ink in Micron, Brush and Graphic pens, and the launch of Pigma Sensei open stock gives them four new point sizes!

The Pigma Sensei pens are available in the following point sizes in black ink only:  0.3mm Ultra-Fine tip, 0.4mm plastic tip, 0.6mm bullet tip and 1.0mm Bold tip. Pigma is unsurpassed as an archival, fade-resistant, chemical resistant, waterproof ink that won’t bleed through thin paper! Pigma Sensei open stock pens will retail for $2.25 each… great for students or professionals.


The two new Pigma Sensei open stock displays are compact and fit easily on any counter.  The smaller 4 dozen unit (SK50211) can be placed near the cash register or checkout to maximize impulse sales. The low profile 12 dozen unit (SK50210) can be merchandised on a shelf, on slatwall or pegboard. The low profile unit also integrates with all of the other Sakura low profile displays to create an organized, attractive writing instrument department. Coming your way by e-blast: A special drop ship deal with lowered minimum for the 144-pc assortment, open stock, and drawing sets! Check your email inbox on November 2nd for this limited time promotion.

Sakura Has Great Ideas for Customer Engagement

Wednesday, August 5th, 2009

xlp50_boxSakura’s Pigma® Micron® and Cray-Pas® Expressionist® oil pastels are combined to turn a favorite photo into a unique handcrafted item. A plain 100% cotton canvas is transformed into a keepsake quilt home décor wall hanging. Each simple step of the creative process is demonstrated by designer Julie Fei-Fan Balzer in a video. View the Oil Pastel Canvas Photo Quilt video.

Cray-Pas® Expressionist® with its extra fine quality pigment formulation is suitable for many surfaces: paper, cardboard, canvas and wood. 48 colors in 5 color sets; plus the new Cray-Pas® Expressionist® Multi-Cultural set.  Available now, Expressionist® Extender expands a color hue; available in a 2 stick set.

Pigma® Micron® pigment ink pen is selected for fine-point technical and artistic applications requiring archival permanence.

Recommendations: The inks on fabrics are for “decorative purposes only” – do not launder.  Use only pre-laundered textile, 100% cotton.  Most importantly, do pre-test materials on fabric scraps prior to the final application.

Here are the  links for the Sakura Products used in this demo:
Pigma® Micron®
Cray-Pas® Expressionist®

Artists Ask, and Sakura provides the new Multi-Cultural Cray-Pas® Expressionist® set!

Thursday, July 2nd, 2009
Sakura’s new 12-piece selection of smooth Expressionist oil pastels are blendable, producing natural skin tones for portrait renderings. The Multi-Cultural Cray-Pas Expressionist set attributes:
·      Convenient collection of 10mm diameter x 71mm length round sticks
·      Formulated with extra fine quality pigments, wax and oil
·      Gives artists the ability to build texture & blend very smooth color
·      The standard from which all other oil pastels are measured
59900-expressionist-extender-100-dpiAlso new is the Cray-Pas Expressionist Extender, a unique oil pastel medium that:
·      Reveals a color’s hue range
·      Extends a color
·      Combines with blending techniques to produce authentic complexions
Order Codes:
Multi-Cultural Cray-Pas Expressionist set, order code: SKXLP12-SA  MSRP $7.50.
Cray-Pas Expressionist Extender 2-pk, order code: SK59900 MSRP $1.59
In Stock now!

Watercolor Artist Susan Tilton Pecora … Seen Sketching Historic Boston Scenery

Wednesday, May 13th, 2009


Wherever watercolorists roam, Sakura of America’s KOI® Watercolor Field Sketch kits are handy to take along.  Light-weight and affordable, on-site watercolor painting is simple with a studio right at an artist’s fingertips.

Highlights include:
•    Specially formulated half pan watercolors blend easily to create an endless color range.
•    Water brushes have a unique water reservoir barrel to carry water in the compact kit.
•    Each kit is packaged in a peg-able outer box, and has the ACMI “AP” seal of approval
Three convenient and portable sizes are available:

•    12-color ‘pocket’ size: #XNCW-12H, MSRP $26.49,
•    ‘Postcard’ size sets with a detachable, pegged palette, pull down ring on base for holding:
•    18-color: #SKXNCW-18N, MSRP $33.49
•    24-color: #SKXNCW-24N, MSRP $35.99.

Back-to-School Promo: 25% discount for KOI Pocket Field Sketch Kits!

January News from Sakura…

Friday, January 16th, 2009

Website News…
Sakura has upgraded its Sakura of America website, adding a Retailer Toolbox and Store Locator. The site also features detailed information on all of our products. Check out the new and improved website at Sakura has also launched a Sakura News newsletter that is sent via e-mail. It covers new items, promotions, show news and advertising. To sign up to receive your copy or to add or update your dealer listing, contact Debbie Enos,

SumoGrip® II & Lanyard: Never Lose Your Pen!
Because SumoGrip II is so comfortable to write with and the ink doesn’t smear, no one wants to lose it. A “hands free pen locator”, a.k.a. lanyard or neck strap, is now paired with SumoGrip II shipping on Feb 1, 2009.
Excerpt from the  January Sakura News!

New Products & Promotions…
At CHA in Anaheim Sakura will introduce the Sumo Grip II with Lanyard, the newest addition to the Sumo Grip II line! It features the Sumo Grip II 05 Black Gel pen with a matching lanyard. The lanyard is easily removable and re-attached to the clip. It’s perfect for teachers, students, retail personnel, sales people, coaches, medical personnel and anyone who needs a pen handy! The patented Sakura gel ink is permanent, water-proof, archival and resists check washing! Available February 1st with a retail of $4.98; item # SK50272.

MacPherson’s Spring Buyer’s Guide features the Sumo Grip II Line, the Pigma Micron Mega display, the Pigma Sensei Manga set, Pigma Sepia set, Gelly Roll Stardust displays and Gelly Roll Metallic displays! The new Low Profile displays for Pigma Micron, Brush and Graphic as well as Sumo-Grip (original) Pencils, Identipen, Microperm, Pentouch and Permapaque are also being promoted. The Low Profile displays are compact at 17” tall by 6 “ wide; great for secondary locations like end-caps and checkout! All of these items are offered at terrific promo discounts. Ask your MacPherson’s contact for all the details.

Sensei set & Sepia set