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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 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 Finely, 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

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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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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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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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.


Retailer Spray Paint Events Keep the Outdoor Party Going!

Tuesday, October 11th, 2011

Although Summer is over and Fall has arrived, the outdoor retail spray painting events are still rolling!  Blaine’s Art of Anchorage, AK hosted a spray painting event that allowed artists to sign up for a “class” where the canvas was an actual truck.  Five women and two men spent the day working their magic with Montana Gold on Don Kolstad’s (a local art teacher) Nissan Truck.  The 50 spectators were so impressed with Don’s newly pimped out ride that many volunteered their cars, trucks, and even boats for the next event!

Jerry’s Artarama of West Hartford, CT recently hosted a massive mural painting event that featured 3 local artists and 200 cans of Montana Black and Gold painting a 48’ x 17’ mural on the side of the store.  They invited the entire community to join in the action with a spectator spray paint throw down, raffle & prizes, trivia, and live DJ.  A write-up in the local paper which ran ahead of the event helped draw in a great crowd who were thrilled at not only the free entertainment, but inspired as well as they tried their own can skills with the paint and canvases that were provided for use that day.  And the mural the artists painted on the side of the store certainly let’s the city know that this is THE place to get your art supplies – check out the amazing time-lapse video!
Jerrys Time-Lapse Video

Birth of a Spray Can

Wednesday, August 31st, 2011

Looking for material to use on your website or store blog?

Montana Cans Across America Tour Video Now Online!

Wednesday, June 1st, 2011

The Montana Cans Across America tour video is now available online! Check out US sponsored Montana artists Wane and Sever, Montana founder Ruedione, and SMASH 137 from Switzerland as they travel, paint, and eat their way through the American Midwest. Don’t forget to re-post through your social media channels!

TheKidBelo Explains the Graffiti “Process”

Tuesday, April 19th, 2011

Check it out! TheKidBelo (aka David Brunning) from Calgary, Canada takes us through the “process” in this riveting video.

The Art of Graffiti from David Brunning on Vimeo.

The Art of Graffiti from David Brunning on Vimeo.

Come Check Out the NEW Montana BLACK Markers and Inks at NAMTA!

Thursday, March 31st, 2011


Montana BLACK Markers and Inks are the HOTTEST new product line to hit the Urban Art category in 2011. A full range offering aluminum-cased, paint-based and dye-based markers with various tips are complimented by an offering of fluid inks. Suitable for use on canvas, objects, and outdoors, this new extension of the Montana BLACKline is sure to expand the possibilities for Urban Art! Be among the first in the US to preview this new product range at the Montana booth # 1141 at NAMTA!

Montana Cans in the News

Monday, December 20th, 2010

Urban Art Legend Kenny Scharf creates the Houston & Bowery Mural 2010 using Montana Gold


Tony Goldman and The Hole are excited to announce a new incarnation of the Bowery mural wall at Houston and Bowery by downtown legend Kenny Scharf. This is the fifth project Tony has presented on this historic wall: a recreation of Keith Haring’s famous 1982 Bowery mural kicked off the mural series Summer 2008, followed by the Brazilian twin-brother duo Os Gemeos, street artist Shepard Fairey, and most recently by Barry McGee’s extreme tagging wall.

Kenny Scharf is a NYC / LA based artist who is known for paintings, performance and installation that incorporate pop and comic imagery in evocative and nuanced reconfigurations. His black light disco installations (“Cosmic Caverns”) have been exhibited in the 1985 Whitney Biennial, numerous museums around the world, and most recently his Brooklyn Basement where he had fantastic all night parties from 2009-2010. He made a collaborative version of this disco with Dearraindrop at The Hole this November 2010. He also contributed a 25-foot mural at Wynwood Walls, Tony Goldman’s expansive outdoor mural museum in Wynwood Miami, where this December he debuted a customized black light Cosmic airstream sculpture.

Kenny is a master of spray can customization. From refrigerators to Air Stream trailers, Kenny customizes everyday appliances and objects with his signature comic exuberance to emphasize the possibilities all around us for energy and new life. This mural was made with over 200 colorful cans over a five-day period. Kenny has a special relationship to this wall: he was a collaborator and very close friend of the late Keith Haring, the artist who began the tradition of murals appearing on this wall when he executed his fantastic work there in 1982. Right after the Keith mural, Kenny and a team of Fun Gallery artists (including Keith, LA2, Crane, ON2 and others) made a mural of characters and graffiti that ran for a few months that year.

The property on which the mural is located has been owned by Goldman Properties since 1984. Tony Goldman’s goal is to use this wall to present the top contemporary artists from around the world with an emphasis on artists who work on the streets. This mural is co-presented by Paul Kasmin Gallery who represents the artist. The paint was generously provided by Montana and 33 Third.

Check out the whole story at Bowery Mural 2010: Kenny Scharf

NEW Montana Gold Formula – Behind the Scenes!

Thursday, July 22nd, 2010

12We’re a few months away from the arrival of the newly formulated Montana Gold!  This highly-anticipated new formula has been under development for over three years, with the scientists at the lab in Germany working every last detail to perfection.  Click here for a behind-the-scenes look at the development of the New Gold!

Montana Gold Demo in Wine Country!

Monday, November 16th, 2009

dsc_0006_revisedNapa Valley Art Supplies in Napa, CA, just held its second successful Montana Gold demo this year! Ten local artists joined the event this time, and were allowed to paint large canvases during the event and then offer them for sale at the store.  If the work sold, the artist was responsible for reimbursing the store for the materials, but got to keep the remaining balance of the sale. This event was such a hit, it made the front page of the local newspaper – great publicity for the store! For the full story, please click the link below;

Napa Valley Register