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Ben Franklin Bonney Lake & Montana Cans

Tuesday, September 18th, 2018
Catherine Monahon, Copywriter, MacPherson’s

Ben Franklin Crafts & Frame Shop Bonney Lake, Washington, collaborated with Montana Artist Devin Finley to transform the formerly drab graffiti walls of the local Skate Park in town into an outdoor gallery of street art!

In collaboration with the community of Tehaleh and Montana Artist Devin Finley, Ben Franklin Bonney Lake’s goal was to get more people aware of the Montana spray paint in the community while improving a community space with art. Staff member Colleen coordinated the event with the community director of a local skate park.

Over 50 people attended the event, which featured live painting by Devin, music, snacks and of course the built-in entertainment of the skate park itself. Before painting, Devin explained his plan to onlookers and sat with young artists to each them techniques and strategies for creating their own artwork. The event was a success, engaging community, sparking curiosity about Montana Cans and drawing people into the store.

Get a Jump Start: Coming in October from Montana-Cans

Monday, August 28th, 2017



This semi-gloss translucent paint is the vehicle base carrying the high quality fine holographic glitter particles for a sensational metallic effect that can add a totally new dimension to all kinds of surfaces. From paper to cardboard, primed canvas, wood, glass, metal, ceramics, porcelain, stone, acrylic and just about any other paintable surface. Once applied, the semi-gloss lacquer layer will have embed a fine distribution of holographic particles over the substrate. The more coats applied, the greater the intensity of the effect. Applying a layer(s) of Montana Gloss Varnish will not only protect the surface of your work, it will also allow more light to enhance the effect further.  This product is great for Craft Projects and Mixed Media Art.

Product Details
Item #MXE-463051

Available in North America early to Mid-October


Oh and Don’t Forget…Montana’s on Sale!

Current Promo: Montana Gold Summer MAP promo 60% off; MAP lowered to $6.99 Promo Code MXG60

Buy in promo: Aug 1st- Sept 30th
In-store activation: Aug 1st- Sept 30th

It’s been LeFun…

Monday, August 28th, 2017

9cb6a29e-96f1-4aea-9123-c212d90bdd29Simply put, LeFranc & Bourgeois will no longer be available in North America. This is due to their new global marketing focus and the cost to re-certify most of the product range to be compliant with USA health and safety laws (ACMI testing).

The good news? MacPherson’s will continue to carry the unique and ever popular LeFranc & Bourgeois Flashe, an extra fine, vinyl-based professional grade of matte permanent colors.


Montana Cans New Ltd. Edition Can – Tristan Eaton

Monday, November 28th, 2016

To celebrate the 10th edition of our on going Montana BLACK limited edition artists series, we have this time joined forces with US born artist, Tristan Eaton. Eaton is no stranger to the world of graffiti and mural making. The color of choice was the Montana BLACK, BLK 5070, Horizon. Bringing the can to life, Eaton has managed to tie in some of his trademark visual elements like faces, typography, line work, op art and image layering. Keeping the bar high, we are proud to announce that this beautiful addition to the Montana BLACK Artists Series is now available while stocks last.

All stock in the USA has been placed into the front of the pick face and sold first come first serve. The item Number is MXB-5070 and is now shipping from both Reno and Atlanta warehouses.




























The Heineken® Mobile Art Experience

Wednesday, January 27th, 2016

Check out this documentary showcasing Heineken®, Montana Cans, ABV Agency / Gallery and 3DR joining forces to create the first-ever traveling art adventure:  The Heineken® Mobile Art Experience.

The heart of the collaboration was a live art truck complete with rotating canvases on the outside and a gallery on the inside. The truck traveled from Wynwood to South Beach visiting walls and pop-up events. Spectators watched artists immersed in live sessions, creating works of art in real-time on the sides of the truck. The truck brought Montana Cans and other supplies straight to the scene, so on-the-go creatives didn’t have to chase down paint and materials from far-flung locales. A limited edition commemorative Montana can was designed to honor the relationship between the premium brands.

The Amazing Painted Oceans Mural Project

Tuesday, January 26th, 2016

Tristan Eaton and the world’s most famous street artists will transform the abandoned Red Sands Sea Forts into iconic works of art. With some help from Kickstarter donors, Converse, Library Street Collective and Montana Cans the project hopes to kick off this summer. Read all about this amazing project. If Tristan and collaborators reach the needed funding, it will be one of the most amazing urban art murals ever. Here’s the link to the Kickstarter page; give if you can! Type in Tristan Eaton in the search box

The list of artists is just as incredible as the project itself:

  • Tristan Eaton
  • Shepard Fairey
  • Futura 2000
  • How & Nosm
  • London Police


“These forts are a timeless symbol of resistance. Whether it’s fighting the tyranny of the Nazis during WWII or fighting censorship in their Pirate Radio days in the 60’s – they’ve always been on the frontline of defense against oppression. This makes them a perfect icon for the spirit of the street art & graffiti movement and I think it’s important to share their story with a new generation.” – Tristan Eaton

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Wednesday, October 28th, 2015

kinsho915_threepixKINSHO premium photo albums are not only hitting the shelves, but hitting social media channels as well!  Follow KINSHO on Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest @kinshodesigns.  And don’t forget to visit the KINSHO Website!


Statement Street Art by the “Banksy of LA”

Wednesday, October 28th, 2015

Check out this CNN interview clip with Mike Rowe as he interviews LA Street Artist, Plastic Jesus in action with stencils and Montana GOLD creating his latest work!

CNN & Plastic Jesus

Montana Cans Videos to Share Via Social Media

Friday, March 27th, 2015

Here are a few additional videos from Pow! Wow! Hawaii to share with your store’s followers in addition to a link to Ikea USA’s Street Art Campaign featuring the incomparable Montana Black:


Introducing the New Montana Cans iPhone App

Tuesday, February 24th, 2015

Share this link to new Montana-Cans App with your customers. It was just released on iOS. Your customers can use the app to view the product ranges as well as use the color selection tool as a way to color match. This particular feature is getting rave reviews! The app also features a store finder.


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MacPherson’s 2014 Sourcebook is Here!

Friday, September 26th, 2014

The new MacPherson’s 900-page Art Supply Sourcebook is hot off the press and making it’s way to our customers. This full-color resource features thousands of items in a gorgeous, completely accessible format. For those retailers looking to use the catalog for marketing to your customers, it is also available with cover art stripped of MacPherson’s name and logo that can be easily personalized. Since it weighs in at just under 4 lbs., we are not mailing the sourcebooks out. If you haven’t received a copy yet, reach out to your MacPherson’s account manager today.

Wait til you see it!!!


Estria Battle 2013 – Official Battle Video

Wednesday, March 26th, 2014

The official video of the Estria Battle in Oakland, CA last October featuring products from Montana Cans and Art Alternatives has been released! This video is a great way to get a feel for all aspects of the event and also serves some nice inspiration for event ideas – enjoy!

Prism: An Urban Art and Culture Festival Takes Oakland by Storm!

Thursday, September 26th, 2013

The Estria Foundation hosts two weeks of cultural curated art events for the community of Oakland, CA and beyond.

The Prism: Urban Art and Culture Festival encompasses a series of public events.  This festival will feature an array of activities beginning on September 28 and running through October 12th. These events entail visual art, music, dance, symposia and sustainable culture practices in an effort to emphasize arts programming for the community.

Concurrent with Prism’s event schedule, October 12th will highlight the return of The Estria Battle at Life is Living (click here for details), an all day arts event at the historic Defremery Park hosted in partnership with Youth Speaks, and sponsored in part by Montana Cans and Art Alternatives. This is a free, family-friendly event with a focus on public art, diverse music, health and environmental local sustainability. Youth are invited to join fellow Oakland residents to participate in a series of multi-faceted activities including the new Youth Mural Art Battle, Blackbook Graffiti Battle, t-shirt Stencil Workshop and Arts Arena. Attendees are also welcomed to enjoy a range of artistic performances and are encouraged to participate in generating energy by dancing on the “Pedal Powered Stage”.


Industry News

Monday, September 23rd, 2013

Looking for ways to make Urban Art tools relevant to mainstream creative makers and consumers? Check out this cool blog post for ideas on using Montana Markers to create hip home decor wall pieces. Brittany Makes Blog

What is there not to love about all things “Made in America”, but especially when it’s our very own General Pencil of Jersey City, NJ? General’s factory and employees were recently featured in PARADE MAGAZINE (Sunday, September 1, 2013) With a National readership of 60 million across the USA, the story and photos in PARADE MAGAZINE showcases, General Pencil Company  in a special Labor Day “MADE IN USA” Issue.  Check out this very heart warming video:

Sam Flax South principal and art supply retail royalty David Flax has talked his son Sam into moving to Orlando from Israel in order to join the family business.

Canson announced Mike Novak from Daler Rowney will be taking over as their new sales rep for the Northeast.

Change is afoot at Michaels. Alison Norton who managed their online custom printing business unit (midesign@michaels) has left the company. Sam Laboi has transferred to Vice President – Space Planning reporting to Philo Pappas. In this role he is responsible for all planogram and space management. Eric Dickenson has announced his intent to retire in January 2014. Currently he is Vice President – Business Unit General Manager for General Crafts. Eric started his career with Michaels in 1998 as a Senior Buyer when Michaels had just 496 stores. He was promoted to Vice President in 2001. Mary Kuniski will lead the 3 year project to upgrade Michaels merchandising systems as Vice President – Merchandise System Reform, reporting to Tom DeCaroJeff Martin, Vice President – Supply Chain Optimization, will add Vendor relations to his portfolio. Tom Petersen is no longer with the company. Jennifer Beesley has joined the company from Coldwater Creek as VP – Visual and Creative, reporting to Paula Puleo, and will be responsible for communicating, executing and sustaining the Michaels Brand to ensure the stores tell a cohesive story and provide their customers with “a great shopping experience”.

Living Walls – Atlanta, 2013 Living Walls, The City Speaks, is an annual conference on street art and urbanism that began in August 2010 in the city of Atlanta. Along with changing the urban landscape, the Living Walls conference set out to highlight a number of problems facing the city. Living Walls did not just showcase art, but also built a platform for much-needed dialogue in the city.  The 2013 event featured 20 top artists from around the world producing 20 murals, along with film screenings, lectures, block parties, exhibits, and bike tours – all free to the public.  Check out some videos from of the mural paintings here:

Through Facebook, Golden Eagle Art has announced they will not have to close the store because they have found a new home in East Hampton, NY. The new location will be open sometime in October!

Meininger “Art Outside” event in July featured Montana Gold and Black being used to paint a Salvador Dali car. Sprayed by Richard, one of their multi-talented urban art store staff, the “Art Outside” event included hands on with Montana Gold and Crafters Workshop stencils. There were also artists demonstrating sign painting, pin striping, spraying with Montana Gold and Montana Acrylic markers

Dali Car!

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FLOX x Cloudy Bay Wine – New Zealand artist FLOX was chosen by New Zealand wine maker Cloudy Bay, as the featured artist for live painting at the US launch of their 2014 Sauvignon Blanc. The launch consisted of 2 evenings of FLOX painting complex artworks featuring endangered bird species that had been created through a series of intricate stenciled layers, on round wooden panels. The launches took place in New York and LA and the artist materials were proudly supported by Montana Cans with a little extra help from the amazing cityscapes of NY and LA.

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New From Art Alternatives

Monday, February 25th, 2013

Try out the new Art Alternatives clear acrylic plastic that locks shut making it easy to transport mixed colors between class, the studio, and the field. While most palettes are specific to one medium, this versatile palette works equally well with watercolor, oil, or acrylic paints, as it contains both a removable 24 well palette and 10 sheets of disposable palette paper. It additionally contains 3 small sponges that can be moistened to keep paints workable longer.  Refill sheets of palette paper are also available.  The palette is AA15363 (retail of $19.99) and the refills is AA15364 (retail of $8.99). Don’t forget to take advantage of the 70% off launch promo (use the SI code)!

Art Alternatives Black Sketch Book Custom Imprint Program

Friday, January 18th, 2013

Click here to go to to download the order form.

Big Kolo Announcement

Tuesday, September 25th, 2012

We are very excited and pleased to announce that we have finalized an agreement with Kolo for Kolo products to become a brand exclusive to MacPherson’s!

Kolo is a 14-year-old, US-based company that offers top quality albums and accessories for photos and presentation.  Kolo has built a strong brand name with consumers through its attention to every detail in the quality and function of its products.  Kolo needed a strong partner for the distribution and sales side of the business and MacPherson’s was its logical choice. Their goal and ours will be improvements in customer service levels at the retail level with a special emphasis on providing consistently high fill rates. By outsourcing its customer interface, Kolo can focus on its strengths: innovative product development, high quality manufacturing and superior brand management.

MacPherson’s will become the exclusive importer for Kolo in North America, with exclusive distribution to the arts & crafts channel as well as a few other select channels. We have already placed orders for 3 containers to ship directly from the factory in Hong Kong to our warehouses set to arrive in November. As with our other Exclusive Brands, we’ll be implementing increased sales and marketing efforts to broaden Kolo’s exposure to our entire customer base while increasing sales to our existing Kolo customers.  The official transition date is November 15th.

For additional information about our Kolo offering, get in touch with your MacPherson’s sales contact.

Hot New AA Surfaces Increase Sales & Excitement

Wednesday, August 1st, 2012

Art Alternatives PRO-GRADE CANVAS & MIXED-MEDIA SURFACES mean more choices for the professional artist and students, as well as crafters, urban artists and mixed media artists. Is it time to “spice up” your surfaces department with 4 new product selections that are sure to excite?


A. MDF Panels
AA47000 through AA47014

B. Wood Panels
Studio Profile:  AA46000 through AA46019
Gallery Profile:  AA46050 through AA46069

C. Premium Canvas
Studio Profile:  AA5309 through AA5328
Gallery Profile:  AA5354 through AA5379

D. Artist Linen Canvas
Studio Profile:  AA58300 through AA58310
Gallery Profile:  AA58350 through AA58359

For more information, contact your MacPherson’s Sales Representative.

Red Hot Newsprint Tote Board Combo Pack!

Thursday, July 5th, 2012

As Back-to-School creeps closer, we’d like to remind you about a very special deal we’re offering on 2 of our best selling BTS items (as well as clarify a few questions about it.)  Through 9/22/12, receive our deepest discount ever on the 23″ x 26” Art Alternatives Tote Board (AA17701) and Strathmore‘s tape-bound  18″ x 24″ Newsprint Pad (SM307-818) when they are purchased together as assortment # AA17711 which contains 30 of each item.  To keep the cost to a minimum so that you can discount them deeply, the pads and tote boards will not ship packed together. Instead they will ship separately in their regular cartons and can be stacked out next to one another or combined into 1 item in store. Downloadable signage is available from Mouse over the Promotional Support tab and select Merchandising > Art Alternatives, then scroll to the very bottom of the page.

Urban Art in the News: Montana Cans Black & Gold!

Tuesday, February 21st, 2012

Who says Urban Art doesn’t pay? Artist David Choe was asked by Facebook creator Mark Zuckerberg to paint a mural at their headquarters. Mr. Choe said Facebook originally offered him $60,000 to paint murals in the company’s Palo Alto offices in 2005. Instead he was given the equivalent in company stock. Today, the stock he took could be worth more than $500 million. What paint did Choe use in creating the mural? Montana Black of course. Here is Barbara Walters, painting with Montana Gold, as she interviews Choe.