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Gamblin’s Fall Back-to-School Promotion

Wednesday, August 30th, 2017

Classes are starting up again and there are only four weeks left of Gamblin’s Back-to-School Promotion! Take advantage of the deals below to stock up on inventory for a successful back-to-school promotion.


The following Gamblin products are on MacPherson’s BTS promotion through September 30.

  • Gamsol – additional 10% off net
  • 1980 Oil Colors – additional 10% off net
  • Solvent-Free Painting Materials – additional 10% off net

From all 25 of us at Gamblin, thank you for supporting an independent and American colorhouse. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate contact you MacPherson’s person or to give Gamblin a call at 503-235-1945.



Gamblin Artists Colors New Product Announcement – Phthalo Blue Relief Ink

Thursday, March 26th, 2015

Gamblin Artists Colors is proud to add Phthalo Blue to their line of relief inks. Phthalo Blue prints beautifully and balances out the color-mixing potential of Gamblin’s palette of relief inks. It is an excellent choice in primary color-mixing systems, along with Hansa Yellow Light and Quinacridone Red.


Phthalo Blue Relief Ink will replace Ultramarine Blue on the Gamblin printmaking rack. New rack strips are available to order through your MacPherson’s Account Manager or by contacting Shannon or Kaitlin at Gamblin at 503-235-1945. Ultramarine Blue Relief Ink (is available through MacPherson’s Distribution Centers (while supplies last) but is no longer shipping from Gamblin Artists Colors.

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.

Gamblin’s March 2011 News

Wednesday, March 30th, 2011

fastmatte_three_tubes_-webIf you haven’t already, it’s high time to get your FastMatte on.
Listen to what painters are saying about Gamblin’s FastMatte Alkyd Oil Colors…

Gamblin has started something in art materials with this paint and it may turn out to be revolutionary…I feel I can now recommend an alkyd oil paint and it is Gamblin’s FastMatte.”
Thomas Jefferson Kitts

“They blew my mind. I was very impressed. I was totally on a high the first day I painted with them. Painting on top of them the next day was very satisfying. I paint in layers and glazes. I was able to take the painting very far, very fast, for the first time ever.”
Joanne Licardo

“Wow. At first I wondered if the limited palette would suit my individual needs. Well yes and sure did. Beautiful choices of colors! I had no trouble hitting the color notes that suit me. How awesome for lightening the load for my plein air easel !!! I am spreading the word to my plein air buddies!”
Jodi Burton

Your plein air painters will be visiting this spring to stock-up on paint. Don’t miss the opportunity to support the FastMatte fans out there and to introduce it to your other painters.

A little more info about Gamblin FastMatte Alkyd Oil Colors…
Gamblin’s award-winning FastMatte colors slot into your existing Gamblin display. Assortments drop-ship from Gamblin with free freight. Order MacPherson’s item # GBFMATTE.

To order now, or for more information, please contact your friendly MacPherson’s rep or contact Kaitlin at or at 503.235.1945 x21.

FastMatte solves real problems for painters. This eight color range gives painters a fast-drying oil color working properties, intense pigment loads, and permanence. FastMatte colors dry in 18 hours to a matte surface. When used for underpainting, the matte surface allows for maximum adhesion with subsequent layers. FastMatte colors can be mixed with Gamblin mediums and other oil paints.

Get a Sneak Peek at Robert Gamblin’s Studio in American Artist

Friday, October 23rd, 2009

Robert Gamblin’s Studio, among those of many other prominent American Artists, is profiled in American Artist’s special Studios issue, on newsstands now. Robert’s studio is right across the street from Gamblin’s factory in Portland, Oregon. Once used as a maintenance bay for concrete mixing trucks, Robert and his partner Catherine Kumlin converted the space into a combined oil painting studio and printmaking workshop.


Great Gamblin Etching Inks News!

Tuesday, June 9th, 2009

Now available through MacPherson’s at highly competitive prices!

Gamblin Artists Colors Co is pleased to announce a pricing restructuring on the entire line of Etching Inks!  Effective immediately, Gamblin has reduced the List Prices of Etching Inks by approximately 50%.  This change is intended to help retail partners grow revenue and profitability in the Etching Ink category.  With the new pricing, retail partners can offer a compelling value to printmakers and compete effectively with brands that emphasize direct sales to schools and printmakers.
Gamblin Etching Inks are made with the same respect for traditional materials and focus on permanence that have made Gamblin’s Artist’s Oil Colors the choice of many of America’s finest painters.  Gamblin Etching Inks have a following among discerning printmakers due to their high pigment load, working properties, and incredible sensitivity to the printmaker’s marks.  All of their Etching Inks are handcrafted in small batches at Gamblin’s Portland, OR factory.

New List Prices for 1 lb. Cans (300ml)
GBI1001  Portland Black $17.95
GBI1002  Portland Cool Black $17.95
GBI1003  Stiff Portland Black $17.95
GBI1005  Bone Black $17.95
GBI1006  Carbon Black Ink $17.95
GBI1007  Graphite $21.95
GBI1260  Dioxazine Purple $26.95
GBI1300  Hansa Yellow Light $26.95
GBI1470  Napthol Red $21.95
GBI1540  Phthalo Green $21.95
GBI1560  Prussian Blue $21.95
GBI1590  Quinacridone Red $26.95
GBI1665  Sepia $21.95
GBI1700  Ultramarine Blue $21.95
GBI1780  Yellow Ochre $17.95
GBI1810  Etching White $17.95
GBI1840  Transparent Base $17.95

burnt-plate-oil-for-webIn addition to restructuring its pricing, Gamblin is also releasing Burnt Plate Oil #000 in 8 oz. bottles to better support printmakers.  Burnt Plate Oil will be available for purchase starting in July. Item #GBR0008, List Price $8.95.

“Although burnt plate oil is similar to stand oil, the process of burning produces a material designed for printing that behaves quite differently from Stand Oil in Oil Painting. In Printmaking it is most often  used to create a variety of impasto effects.”

Gamblin offers an opening assortment for your retail store.  For more information, samples, or Color Charts, contact your MacPherson’s Sales Rep or email Cathy directly at

It’s Torrit Grey Season From Gamblin

Thursday, March 12th, 2009

gamblin torrit graygamblin-swish-colorGamblin’s ever cool, only annual TORRIT GREY promotion is  available from March 15 – May 31, 2009!
Usually complementary, always complimentary
Every spring, to celebrate Earth Day, the paintmakers at Gamblin Artists Colors clean the Torit® Air Filtration system and collect the mixture of all the pigments used to make Gamblin Artists Colors.  Then all of the pigments are mixed together to make Torrit Grey.  Because the mix of pigments changes, every batch of Torrit Grey is different. In 2008, over 20 different shades of Torrit Grey were created. Gamblin Artists Colors Co is pleased to announce the 16th annual Torrit Grey Promotion and Contest!  Shelf signs are now available for your Gamblin Artists Colors merchandising display to inform your customers that Torrit Grey is coming again soon.  This is recommended as a gift-with-purchase promotion for this popular limited edition color.  Advertising the promotion is a great way to drive extra foot traffic to your store.  Images and copy for your flyers, newsletters, and websites are now available on Gamblin’s new retailer portal at  Many artists collect this complementary color each year and seek out the unique qualities of each edition.  To better support our retailers, we are extending the promotion through May 31 this year to maximize the opportunity the promotion creates.

Participation in the Torrit Grey Painting Competition continues to grow each year.  160 submissions were received in 2008 representing a 35% increase.  The artists came from 31 states and 5 Canadian Provinces.  Along with increased participation, the overall quality of entries continues to challengejudges during the jurying process.  Visit Gamblin’s Torrit Grey Web Gallery to see all of the submissions at

It is easy to receive Torrit Grey for your store.  On your next order for Gamblin Oil Colors, add item #GB992670 with the quantity you need for your promotion (honor code suggests that you keep your order between 12 and 24 tubes per store location.)

saperchris-woman-in-whiteLast years winners: Woman in White was the first prize

Honorable mention: Waiting for Dark, Vanitas, and Boats at Portsoy

Check out the video feature from the local Portland Oregon Newspaper:

Gamblin Artist Colors