Archive for June, 2014

NEW Princeton Kolinsky Sable Brushes Bring Smiles!

Wednesday, June 25th, 2014

Princeton Brush is excited to announce the introduction (and availability too!!) of Princeton Series 7050 Kolinsky Sable Brushes. Series 7050 are genuine Kolinsky Sable brushes made with only the finest quality of hair. The line consists of Watercolor rounds from size 3/0 through size 12.

With extraordinary effort and care, each brush is handcrafted by an experienced German brush maker. The hairs are bound together with a seamless nickel ferrel that connects to a black lacquer handle, giving the brush a sleek and professional look. The brushes provide amazing control and color holding capacity with every stroke.

Keep an eye out for Princeton Kolinsky Sable from MacPherson’s – for the time being, the demand may exceed supplies. Check with your MacPherson’s Account Manager for all the details.


Golden, Williamsburg & QoR News June 2014

Wednesday, June 25th, 2014

MacPherson’s Dealer Workshop A Great Success!

Thank you to MacPherson’s personnel for hosting an incredible workshop! Your planning and preparation led to a very organized, valuable event. The hands-on demonstrations and round-robin presentations were interesting and informative for all. We were pleased to see so many retailers in attendance. Your continued support and enthusiasm for all GOLDEN products is appreciated tremendously!

MacPherson’s Buyer’s Guide

Be sure to take a look at the new MacPherson Back-to-School Buyer’s Guide, which is currently effective and available. It features larger sizes in Fluids and a number of other exciting offerings from GOLDEN, reinforcing all three brands – GOLDEN Acrylics, Williamsburg Oils and QoR® Watercolor!

GOLDEN Fluid Buy Big_2

Latest News About QoR® Watercolor!

QoR Video & Article in The Artist’s Magazine

QoR began shipping mid-May and has been getting very positive reviews since its launch. If you haven’t been to the QoR website yet, be sure to take a look at it and check out a new video on the homepage:

QoR Watercolor was also recently featured in the July/August 2014 issue of The Artist’s Magazine. Artist John Salminen writes about his experience with QoR in his ‘Road Test’ article on page 36. Enjoy the article here:

Golden Watercolors Road Test


Industry News

Tuesday, June 24th, 2014

RyanMacPherson’s is proud to announce the promotion of Ryan Ong to Vice President of Operations. During his 12 year tenure at MacPherson’s Ryan has taken on increasing roles of responsibility including the successful consolidation of our Elgin distribution facility and relocation of operations in Suwanee into our new, larger home.

GeraldIt is believed that Canson USA has picked Gerard O’Mahony to be their new CEO. Previously he was Commercial Director – Hamelin Brands Limited based in Cambridge, England.

Central Florida Office Plus (CFOP) in Gainesville, Florida announced plans to file for Chapter 7 Bankruptcy and will be closing for good on June 28th.

Word Famous Surfboard Artist Drew Brophy has just test driven Montana Cans. Drew has been a professional surf lifestyle artist for over 25 years, and is an avid big wave surfer and world traveler. Drew recently got his hands on some Montana Cans and ACRYLIC markers to create this amazing piece titled “Nelscott Reef” – a spot in Lincoln City, Oregon where Drew actually surfed 30 foot waves. Drew was in Hamburg, Germany on June 19th at the Globetrotter Store, doing a live “Green Graffiti” mural. For more on Drew, check him out at Drew!

 Drew Brophy painting Nelscott painting with  Montana Cans paint pensNelscott-Reef-painting-by-Drew-Brophy June 2014

Flax Art Supply Stores has their very own Wikipedia page that tells a compeling story of the making of an iconic and enduring family business. Read the whole store here:  Flax Art Supply Stores


arch3-400x602San Francisco art supply store ARCH is in the local news. KQED radio reported recently that their landlord has served them with an eviction notice after 13 years in their Potrero Hill neighborhood effective this summer. Arch’s owner, Susie Colliver, says that plans are underway to find a new location and make a smooth transition for their staff and customers.

Alvin Shoham, 88 years of age, of Bloomfield, CN, died Monday, June 9, 2014 at home with his family at his bedside. He was the founder of Alvin & Co. in Windsor, importer of drafting, engineering and graphic art supplies.

For 100 years of service to the Village community, New York Central Art Supply will be recognized with a 2014 Village Award by the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation. This year’s Village Awards were presented as part of GVSHP’s Annual Meeting on Monday, June 16th.


Google’s Cultural Institute has launched Street Art, an online depository of over 5000 graffiti images from around the world as part of its Google Art Project. Check it out here:  Google Street Art Project

Steve Kenney of Artist & Craftsman provided this very cool video link to the painting of a mural on their new Los Angeles store by the noted Urban Artists, SABER & ZES

michaels-new-logoMarket Watch reports that Michaels Companies Inc. said it expects to raise up to $527.8 million in its initial public offering, as it disclosed additional details of the planned listing. In a regulatory filing, the arts and crafts retailer said it plans to offer 27.8 million shares priced between $17 and $19 each. Shares are expected to list on the Nasdaq Global Select Market under the symbol MIK.

Strathmore Art Submission Contest

Tuesday, June 24th, 2014

Card Art Submission Image

Increase activity at your retail store by sharing social media content and information about the 2014 Strathmore Card Art Submission Contest! Strathmore is calling all card artists to submit their fresh fall and winter themed greeting card art. Artists who submit their work will have a chance to win cash and Strathmore card products!

Artwork may be featured on Strathmore promotional materials, or on social media sites. We will be selecting three featured artists from our fall/winter card artwork submissions to receive cash and prizes. Artists selected will be credited by name wherever artwork is featured (social media sites or Strathmore promotional materials).

  • 1st Place – Awarded $500, plus $200 retail value of Strathmore® card products (chosen by Strathmore Artist Papers).
  • 2nd Place – Awarded $250, plus $100 retail value of Strathmore® card products (chosen by Strathmore Artist Papers).
  • 3rd Place – Awarded $100, plus $50 retail value of Strathmore® card products (chosen by Strathmore Artist Papers).

Anyone is welcome and encouraged to submit their artwork. Artwork style and mediums used on cards are up to the artist. The theme or subject matter should focus on fall and winter seasons. Cards must be created on Strathmore® card product! There is no fee to participate. Art will be selected based on aesthetic qualities and technical skill. Final submissions due:  Friday, July 11, 2014.

For more information on this contest, and full listing of terms and conditions, please visit their website at: Strathmore Card Contest Details. You can also find and share information on this contest on our social media sites:  at Facebook or at Twitter. A PDF flyer for this event is also available, and can be downloaded here:

Holiday Card Contest Flyer

New Strathmore Printmaking Paper

Tuesday, June 24th, 2014

Printmaking is a growing art form, attracting a wide variety of artists. Yet, there is no complete line of printmaking papers to meet the range of needs from beginners to professionals…until now.

500 Printmaking

Strathmore Artist Papers™ is committed to developing innovative new products that meet the needs of all artists, and they are proud to introduce Strathmore® Printmaking Paper. It is a complete range of papers that will satisfy the needs of recreational, student and professional artists.

Strathmore Printmaking Papers were born out of a unique collaboration between Strathmore Artist Papers and the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. Art and science converged as talented minds within science, engineering and the arts teamed up to create this high-quality, innovative line of Printmaking papers. The line will begin shipping June 16, 2014 from Strathmore.

Printmaking Beauty Shot

 Strathmore Printmaking Paper features include:

  • Strathmore 300 Series Light-weight, 400 Series Heavy-weight and 500 Series cotton printmaking papers are ideal for a wide variety of printmaking techniques including relief, lithography, intaglio, screen print and more.
  • 300 and 400 Series papers are economical wood pulp products.
  • Sheet stock available in 400 and 500 Series products.
  • Convenient sizes and formats, including frame-ready sized products.
  • Pads feature easy-to-use flip-over covers that allow sheets to tear out cleanly.
  • Natural white papers are strong and durable, yet soft enough to absorb many ink layers.
  • Acid-free.
  • Made in the U.S.A.

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Printmaking Endcap Image

Strathmore Printmaking Endcap

Printmaking paper is featured on an introductory promotion, which runs through the end of  Strathmore’s Back-to-School promotion, ending September 5, 2014. Learn how this new program can increase the productivity of your retail space by contacting your MacPherson’s Account Manager  today.

Watch for more information arriving on the Strathmore Printmaking line on their website: Strathmore Artist under the Retailer Tools section. They will feature information on products, a recommended endcap, merchandising materials available and a new product video.

Derwent Draws From a World of Innovation

Tuesday, June 24th, 2014

Derwent is known for its innovation and this year they have some great new ideas for your artist’s kit. There are additions to the storage range and some brilliant drawing tools.

Traveller Pencil Pouch – Great for working outdoors, this sturdy pouch securely fastens to your sketchbook with an adjustable elastic fastening. Suitable for 12 pencils, the Traveller has two compartments to hold pencils and a flap which folds over and protects the tips. Fits A5, A4, A3 sketchbooks Item number WN2302156, only $9.99 Standard ColArt discounts apply.

Traveller pencil pouch

Derwent Carry-All Tote & Extra Pencil Leaves – Due to popular demand you can now buy extra Pencil Leaves for your Derwent Carry-All Tote. The stylish Derwent Carry-All is the ultimate pencil storage solution. Now you can store up to 220 pencils in it by adding these two extra sleeves. Alternatively, the Pencil Leaves can be used as a nifty way to store pencils in a binder, or just pop them in your bag! The item number for the Carry-All is WN2300671 with a price point of $44.99 and the item number for the extra Pencil Leaves Pack, which holds 44 additional pencils per leaf, is WN2302141 and the MSRP is $10.99.  Standard ColArt discounts apply.

Derwent Carry AllCarry All Pencil LeavesStudent

Blender Pens 2-Pack – Derwent Blender pens are designed specifically for use with pencils; they allow the artist to blend away pencil lines, creating smooth and even color. They are effective with both color and graphite pencils, and pencil can be layered over the blender ink if needed. They come in a pack of two nib sizes; 2mm and 4mm bullet tip. The smaller nib is great for fine detail. Card makers find these ideal for color pencil stamp coloring work. The blender pen item number is WN2302177 with an affordable MSRP of $5.99. Standard ColArt discounts apply.

Blender pens

Viewfinder – Capture your perfect composition with this classic tool. It features an adjustable aperture so you can frame your composition in any rectangular shape with three different standard composition shapes marked out on each side. It is white on one side and black on the reverse for use in different lighting situations. The Viewfinder item is WN2302173 with an MSRP of $7.99. Standard ColArt discounts apply.


Eraser Shields 2-Pack – To erase with accuracy, simply lay the shield over your drawing and position the required hole over the area you wish to erase. Perfect for highlights and when you need to be precise. These two eraser shields provide a multitude of different shapes through which to erase, whilst protecting your drawing. The item number is WN2302155 with an MRSP of $4.99. Standard ColArt discounts apply.

Eraser sheild drawing