Gamblin Gamvar WBTS Buy-Get Promotion – Great For Social Media

November 27th, 2017

FREE 2oz Gamvar | WBTS Buy-Get Promo

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What’s the promotion?

To help drive your foot-traffic and sales, we have put together a special buy-get promotion for you. Artists that shop with participating retailers will receive a FREE 2oz Gamvar Gloss with their purchase of $25 or more in Gamblin materials. This promotion is meant to be run during January and February, while supplies last.

How do I participate?

Just send an email to retailersupport@gamblincolors.com including your store shipping address, phone number, contact name, and email. At no charge, we’ll send you 25 bottles of 2oz Gamvar Gloss along with a rack sign explaining the buy-get to customers, and a varnishing tip sheet. Kits will ship-out to participating retailers in mid-December.
FREE 2oz Gamvar | WBTS Buy-Get Promo

Varnishing is trending

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Why? Because varnishing with Gamvar is the easiest way to make your painting look better. Take a look on Instagram and you’ll find videos about varnishing with Gamvar that have hundreds of thousands of views.

Reminder! Winter BTS Promotions – Valid thru February 28, 2018

• Gamvar Gloss, Satin, and Matte – all sizes, additional 10% off net
• Gamsol – all sizes, additional 10% off net
• Ground – all sizes, additional 10% off net
• 1980 Oil Colors – all sizes, additional 10% off net
• Dry Pigments – additional 10% off net
On behalf of all 25 of us, thank you for supporting Gamblin, an independent and American colorhouse

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Industry News

October 27th, 2017

IMG_6167Alain Assoun, founder of Assoun Distribution near Paris in 1969 (and which was acquired by Mitsubishi Pencil Co. in 2016), announced he has left the company. The company is the exclusive distributor of uni-ball and Posca for most European countries. Maxime Brasseur has replaced Alain as General Manager of Mitsubishi Pencil France.

North American Copic agent Imagination International is in the local news for donating more than $130,000 in tools to Springfield High School in Eugene, OR Read the story here.

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ryanIn Colart people news, Ryan Testa has joined this summer as Field Sales Representative with responsibilities for retail stores in the Northeast. He comes to Colart with sales experience in the education field.  You can reach Ryan at: rtesta@colartusa.com.

margheritaMargherita Imburgia has joined Colart as Fine Art Multiples (Chains) Sales Director on August 21 and her responsibilities will include stores in the Northeast. You can reach Margherita at: mimburgia@colartusa.com. 

CarolCarole Lallay Guzman joined Colart as Field Sales Representative on September 25, 2017, covering the Southeast in an area extending north to North Carolina and West to Louisiana. She will be based in the Atlanta area. She started her career at Binders in Atlanta, and handled Sales and Project Management for a theming company in Atlanta.  Reach Carole at: cguzman@colartusa.com.

DanaLastly,  Dana Koeppel joined Colart on July 15, 2014, as Customer Service Representative, moved to a Junior Sales Representative in August 2017. Reach Dana at dkoeppel@colartusa.com.

Reeves’ “Show Your Colours” a Launch and Campaign

October 27th, 2017

Inspiring the Inner Artist in Everyone!

Iconic Art Brand Debuts New Look in the U.S. 

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Reeves, the iconic British art brand with more than 250 years of heritage, has launched an extensive rebrand to empower everyone to unleash their creativity! Following the global relaunch, Reeves’ debuted the “Show Your Colours” campaign in the U.S. at the September 28 re-launch event in NYC.  Attendees were encouraged to explore their inner artist, no matter where they were on their artistic journey. The event was a true hands-on experience and featured painting rocks at the ReevesRocks station and a customdesigned DIY gallery. At the event guests truly got the chance to show their colors.

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Reeves has partnered with its new U.S. collaborator, Llew Mejia. Mejia, a New York-based illustrator, has designed for numerous national lifestyle brands and will lend years of experience with textile design, pattern-making and packaging to craft custom-designed art for Reeves.

“I’m stoked to work with Reeves and help bring this new, energetic campaign to life in the U.S.,” said Llew. “I believe that art is for everyone no matter your age or experience. A quick sketch, a streak of color — we’re all capable of unleashing creativity and expressing ourselves every day.”

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Reeves’ re-energized look and feel is designed to spark imagination in anyone, from established artists to the occasional doodler. Regardless of skill or knowledge, all creativity can start with a pen, pencil or brush, and Reeves is on a mission to make art accessible to all. As part of the rebrand, Reeves has launched a bold, new logo featuring a symbolic ‘r’, which is certain to become its signature. A redesigned website and social channels feature how-to videos, product information, inspiration and more.

The rebrand also includes a refresh of Reeves’ entire product portfolio, including new packaging for Paint By Numbers and Scraperfoils, providing the tools you need for your creative journey.

“It’s our goal as creative innovators to help people realize their full artistic potential by finding inspiration in their daily lives,” said Mahogany Ligon, Brand Director for Reeves. “Art is as much about coloring outside the lines as in, and we want to break down the barriers between fine art and the everyday. Through our ‘Show Your Colours’ campaign, Reeves will continue to encourage each of us to unleash creativity.”

To experience the new Reeves firsthand or to find a retailer near you, visit www.myreeves.com or @WeAreReeves on Instagram or Facebook. Share your Reeves masterpiece with the world using the hashtag #wearereeves.

About Reeves: Reeves, part of the Colart group, is one of the world’s leading creativity and lifestyle brands. Boasting a 250-year-old history of educating and inspiring artists across the world, Reeves’ ambition is to cater for a broader audience, providing the tools and inspiration to unleash creativity across the world.

MacPherson’s Holiday eMail Marketing – Sneak Peek

October 27th, 2017

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Golden News October 2017

October 27th, 2017

GOLDEN Supports O+ Art Festivals

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Founded in 2010 in Kingston, NY, by a small group of artist-activists, doctors and a dentist, O+ is a national nonprofit working in cities around the country to support the exchange of “the art of medicine for the medicine of art.” O+ brings together artist communities, health and wellness providers, and corporate sponsors to make possible the exchange of mural painting, music, poetry and other artistic performances for free medical services made available to underinsured artists. The organization’s year-round efforts culminate in one-day and weekend-long festivals in select cities. 

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GOLDEN has been supporting mural artists participating in O+ for the last 4 years, but decided to heighten its participation this year in several ways:

    • GOLDEN donated paints to 5 mural artists for the Kingston festival, as well as paints to mural artists at the Poughkeepsie, NY, and Haverhill, MA, events earlier this summer.
    • Mark Golden spoke on a panel at the Kingston event in collaboration with the Good Work Institute, engaging the audience in the importance of building communities and how to sustain those communities in the future.
    • GOLDEN was a lead monetary sponsor for the Kingston festival this year.
    • GOLDEN sponsored 15 optometry appointments in Kingston.
    • GOLDEN supplied a bus for close to 30 staff members to attend the Kingston event and experience all that the O+ Festival has to offer.

To learn more about the O+ Festival, visit http://opositivefestival.org/. For more information about the Good Work Institute, go to https://goodworkinstitute.org/.

 

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GOLDEN Sites Now “Responsive”

All three GOLDEN websites for its brands are now “responsive,” making it easier for site visitors to navigate the sites on smart phones & tablets. The most recent changes were made to the GoldenPaints.com website. One of the areas on the site most affected by this upgrade was the Store Locator section, so now consumers will experience improved functionality and search results. If you haven’t had a chance to check it out yet, please do so and especially on your smartphone or tablet!

If you have any questions about any of the above information, contact your MacPherson’s Account Manager.

NEW Strathmore Metallic Sketch Journals

October 27th, 2017

Strathmore is excited to introduce new Metallic Sketch Journals, featuring 200 Series Sketch paper inside. With flexible but sturdy 18pt. covers, these journals come in both brushed silver and hammered copper finishes. They are great for on-location sketching and practicing techniques with pencil, charcoal, sketching stick, pastel, and other dry media. They are also great for consumers who want a unique upscale-looking sketch pad to capture their daily notes and ideas.

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Metallic products continue to trend with consumers, and these new journals allow artists to add some luxury to their daily sketch pads without a large price tag. These “affordable luxury” items include thoughtful details, while keeping economics in mind. These journals are beautiful and durable, making them perfect to go anywhere!

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Metallic Sketch Journal features include:

  • Strathmore 200 Series Sketch paper: 50 lb. / 74 gsm, 80 sheets per journal
  • Two sizes of journals available in both colors: 5.5” x 8.5” or 9” x 12”
  • Fashion-forward 18 pt. covers with simulated aged copper or brushed steel finishes
  • Durable wire binding coordinates to metallic covers. Silver wire on steel covers, brown wire on copper covers
  • Back chipboard of product is printed with metallic ink, complementing the textured covers
  • Tasteful Strathmore branding located on back cover of products
  • Removable packaging fly sheet allows metallic covers to be seen at retail
  • Acid-Free
  • Made in the U.S.A.

The expansion of the art journal program is another example of Strathmore’s commitment to develop innovative new products that meet the needs of artists, help grow the market, and create in-store news and excitement for retailers.

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Metallic Sketch Journals are featured in Strathmore’s holiday promotion, which is currently running through early November. Look for Metallic Sketch items SM25-535, SM25-539, SM25-545, and SM25-549, and learn how the new these new journals can increase the productivity of your retail space by contacting your MacPherson’s Account Manager today.

Don’t forget, you can look for additional retail support materials, including new Toned Mixed Media Art Journal shelf labels, images, and other great items on Strathmore’s Retailer Tools site at: StrathmoreArtist.com

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Artist & Art Materials Survey: Help Spread the Word!

October 27th, 2017

The New Artist & Art Materials Survey went live on Monday, October 16, and stays open through mid-November.
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  • Here’s the link:

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•  The survey gathers the demographics, brand preferences and insights of a wide variety of North American consumers engaged the making of art. It produces a trove of actionable information that suppliers and retailers can take advantage of.  Non-NAMTA members are welcome to promote the survey, though only members can view the reports.
•  Help NAMTA get the word out by promoting the survey to your artist customers – see the details on the Artist Survey Promotional Page

 

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  • The focus of the 2018 study is active artists, typically those who have created ten or more artworks in the past year
  • The study will cover the USA and Canadian artist markets
  • The results will be FREE for NAMTA members in 2018
  • Help NAMTA get the Fourth Edition of the Artists & Art Materials Survey out to your customers – and give your customers a chance to win one of five $100 gift certificates to their NAMTA member store of choice.

 

Jacquard 4 oz. Piñata Assortment NOW AVAILABLE

October 27th, 2017

Now available through MacPherson’s: Jacquard’s Piñata Alcohol Inks in a 4 oz. size! The Piñata product line and NEW 4 oz. Piñata display both come with 22 colors (including three NEW metallics: Copper, Brass and Pearl), Piñata Clean Up solution and Piñata Clear Extender.

When Jacquard launched Piñata Colors in 2002, alcohol inks were virtually unheard of. Since then, this unique category has become extremely popular, especially with artists working on non-porous surfaces like tile, Yupo, metal, glass, plastic, stone, leather, polymer clay and more. That is why Jacquard is offering a new display of 4 oz. inks.

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Piñata Colors are highly saturated, fast-drying alcohol inks for any hard surface. Indelible and impervious to water once dry, Piñata Colors clean up with alcohol and re-wet themselves, allowing for unique effects and techniques not easily achieved with water-based systems. As a dye-based, highly transparent ink*, Piñata Colors are unparalleled for vibrancy, and only the most lightfast dyes have been selected for the palette. Acid-free with excellent adhesive properties, Piñata Colors have become the go-to inks for any non-porous surface.

The pigmented palette of Piñata inks has grown.  034 Copper and 035 Brass are beautiful metallic colors made from real metal pigments (like the super popular 033 Silver and 032 Rich Gold) that glisten and shine. The metallic white 036 Pearl is made with super reflective mica pigment and is terrific for mixing with the dye-based colors to create entirely new palettes of pearlescent inks. These three new colors are opaque, lightfast and shine with unparalleled luster. The Piñata metallic colors are perfect for scrapbookers and paper artists whenever a true metallic is desired, as well as for oil painters, acrylic painters, window painters, sculptors and crafters of all kinds.

*030 Blanco Blanco, 032 Rich Gold, 033 Silver, 034 Copper, 035 Brass & 036 Pearl are pigment-based, super-opaque and entirely lightfast.

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Please check out Jacquard’s Instagram for some Piñata inspiration:

Industry News

September 27th, 2017
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Dick Wiest, west coast art material pioneer and long time MacPherson’s account manager, passed away on Sept 1st. He was 87 and had long battled heart disease. He is survived by his wife Edna and sons Karl and Kris. A proud and loyal Marine, the family feels Dick would have been grateful for any support of the Wounded Warrior Project.

 

 

At MacPherson’s our hearts goes out to our customers in Puerto Rico as they deal with the aftereffects of Hurricane Maria. Massive power outages have lead to terrible food and water shortages. Clean up will take years. We have heard from a few of our customers and, while they are ok physically, long-term survival is the immediate challenge.

The recent hurricanes have devastated many parts of the U.S., and victims’ needs are huge. A group of us at MacPherson’s spontaneously came together with a plan for how to help. Our team members chipped in $3,635 of their own money, with a matching pledge from MacPherson’s. These funds will go to various organizations in  Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico.

Our clothing drive collected garments which will be sent to the affected areas. We also heard that shelters in Houston, TX asked for supplies to keep children and adults occupied in the shelters while getting back on their feet. We identified two shelter organizations in Houston and, working with our Inventory leader Tammy Kyle, are sending thousands of dollars of coloring books, canvas, coloring pencils and paints in response to their request.

  • One shelter is run by the City of Houston for displaced citizens.

  • The second shelter is run by the 7th Day Adventist Church.

With great sadness we report the passing of George Ebert, co-founder of what became one of the leading Northwest retailers in Medford Oregon, Central Art. He was 87 years old. In 1967 George and his wife at the time opened a store called la Petite Gallery. With the help of his wife Winnie and, later, his son Dan and daughter-in-law Ann, George evolved and transformed the store into one of the leading art materials seller in the Northwest. Read the obituary for George Ebert here.

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The world-class United Kingdom-based art retailer Cass Art is on a mission to “fill the towns with artists”. Mark Cass, Cass Art’s owner, caught the attention of the Daily Telegraph newspaper. The recently-opened Glasgow, Scotland location brings the group’s store count to 12. Read the whole inspiring story.

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Chartpak has entered into an agreement to buy the specialty paper converter called W.G. Fry, a private label manufacturer of specialty notebooks, sketchbooks and boutique papers located in West Springfield, MA.

Golden & QoR September News

September 27th, 2017

Holiday Set Promotions from GOLDEN

If you haven’t done so already, be sure to check out the holiday set promotions from GOLDEN. Paint is the perfect holiday gift for artists. With this in mind, GOLDEN is offering a 10% discount on select sets for the 2017 holiday season.  Get up to 60% off on GOLDEN sets featured in the Holiday Buyer’s Guide 2017 through December 31, 2017!

Terms:

  • Standard freight. No minimum order.
  • Extra 10% discount.
  • Orders accepted: July 3, 2017 – December 1, 2017.
  • Shipping period: September 18, 2017 – December 8, 2017.
  • Limited MAP Policy Adjustment (US Only): Limit of 40% off from September 18, 2017 – December 31, 2017 on these items only.

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GOLDEN Holds Artist Educator Program Training, Continuing to Expand Reach

From October 1-6, Golden Artist Colors will be holding an intensive training for 20 artists who will be joining the GOLDEN Artist Educator Program, an affiliated collection of GOLDEN trained independent workshop teachers. Meeting in New Orleans, these teachers will explore new and innovative ways to teach color mixing and applications. They will also gain an in-depth understanding of GOLDEN Gels & Grounds and numerous acrylic techniques to offer their workshop students, both in traditional and contemporary styles. The training will give participants new tools to increase their workshop offerings, assist them with teaching a wide range of subject matter and help them increase their student population. GOLDEN Artist Educators currently offer workshops in Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Israel, Canada, Brazil, Chile, Barbados, USA, Northern and Southern Europe.

 

QoR® Watercolor Sets Getting Updated

The wraps on QoR 6 color and 12 color sets have been updated to make it easier for artists to distinguish between the sets. Changes include:

  • Greater difference in color washes between sets
  • Contents portrayed graphically on the face, including swatches for all colors and tube size
  • Larger type for set name and number of colors

The method of contents listing have also changed on the back of the packaging, making it easier for artists to confidently decide which set offers the best selection of colors for their work. Sets with the updated packaging will start shipping this month.

 

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Derwent Procolour Gets Rave Reviews

September 27th, 2017

This month’s issue of the respected Colored Pencil Magazine features a glowing review of the world’s newest artist quality line.

“…the Derwent Procolour is an excellent pencil that beautifully bridges the gap between Derwent Artist and Derwent Coloursoft… If you like them as much as I do, that purchase will pay off in a lifetime of inspiration.”

Read the whole article at the link below, beginning on Page 10: ColoredPencilMag_ProcolourReview

Gamblin: Finding Your Happy Medium

September 27th, 2017

 

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The “best” painting medium is the one that best supports your process and your artistic intentions. So how do you figure out which one that is?
Over the years, we’ve created a number of tools to help you find the medium that’s best for you. Now we’ve brought it all together in one place on our website.
Not getting everything you want from the medium you’re currently using? Looking for some new possibilities? Check out what we’ve put together for you  and feel free to give us a call if you have more questions.

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From all 25 of us at Gamblin, thank you for supporting an independent and American colorhouse.

Kind regards,

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Scott Gellatly

Product Manager

Gamblin Artists Colors

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Jacquard Body Art Family

September 27th, 2017

With the new addition of Jacquard’s ‘Jagua Temporary Tattoo Kit’, there are now three body art kits available in the Jacquard Body Art Family; Mehndi Henna Kit, Glitter Body Art Kit and Jagua Temporary Tattoo Kit. Jacquard is now your one stop for premium and specialty body art materials.

Jagua and Henna are all-natural and can be mixed together to create a color pallet that ranges from the deep blueish black of Jagua to the warm burnt reddish brown of Henna.

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Henna is natural colorant made from the dried leaves of the Lawsonia inermis shrub that produces a beautiful orange-brown color.   Henna has been used for thousands of years to stain skin (mehndi), fingernails, hair, leather, silk and wool.

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Juice from the unripe Jagua fruit (Genipa americana) has been used for body adornment for millennia. The Amazonian fruit produces a permanent, bluish-black stain that, like henna, lasts approximately 1-2 weeks.

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Jagua is great for accenting henna designs, mixing with henna for various shades of “hengua,” or used on its own for beautiful, dark colored designs. Because it looks so much like a permanent tattoo, it is increasingly used to test drive tattoo ideas and embellish existing tattoos. Jagua is widely available in liquid or gel forms that have very short shelf lives unless refrigerated. Jacquard’s dehydrated jagua powder performs just as well as gels, is free completely of impurities, and has an extremely long shelf life. Certified safe, easy to use and with better economy than liquids and gels, powdered jagua is truly a game changer for serious body artists!

These are a perfect gift for the Holidays and are on sale with MacPherson’s through December 31st. The glitter kit is a big hit for kids; party activities, Halloween, festivals, parades or to add accents to our other body art kits.

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Gamblin’s Fall Back-to-School Promotion

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.

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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.

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Stillman & Birn Launches Nova Edition Toned Paper Sketchbooks

August 30th, 2017

Stillman & Birn is pleased to announce the launch of Nova Series toned paper sketchbooks featuring acid-free fine art papers that are heavyweight (150 gsm/105 lb), robust, and great for mixed media artwork because they are made with both internal and surface sizing.  The series is available in three paper shades (beige, grey and black) and two binding styles (softcover and wirebound).

The double sizing offers exceptional wet strength, in addition to the following benefits:

  1. Exceptional wet strength.
  2. Keeps pigment from penetrating deep into the paper, forcing it to remain high on the surface. As a result, color really pops on this paper.
  3. Retards penetration of wet media (bleed through). Therefore, both sides of sketchbook sheet can be used.
  4. Protects surface from abrasive effects of multiple erasures.
  5. Strengthens surface to allow for wide range of inking techniques without feathering.
  6. Allows for blending and layering with colored pencils and pastels.

Nova Series papers are suitable for colored pencil, ink, gel pens, paint markers, watercolor, gouache, chalk pastels, oil pastels, water-soluble graphite, charcoal, Conté crayon, colored dry pigments, watercolor pencil, soapstone pencil, and more.

Starting 9/15 the sketchbooks are on an extra 10% introductory promotion in MacPherson’s Holiday Buyers Guide. The line is available in open stock or in three easy-order assortments (softcover (SB39801A), wire-bound (SB49901B) and mixed (SB59901C)).

Softcover Sizes

3.5” x 5.5”

5.5” x 8.5”

8” x 10”

Wire-Bound Sizes

6” x 8”

7“x 10”

9” x 12”

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Zebra Liquid Fountain Pen

August 29th, 2017

With the shift to digital and screens of varying sizes dominating our daily lives, writing by hand has become an old, treasured past time. The emergence of the recent trend in hand-lettering and journaling shows peoples’ desire to express themselves outside the digital space. Putting pen to paper allows our ideas to flow freely onto the page, and no other pen is better for creative thinking and fluid expression other than the fountain pen.

If you are familiar with fountain pens, some may be intimidated by the unique nib or messy cartridge. You don’t have to worry about that with the new Zensations Fountain Pen from ZEBRA Pen. Watch your ideas come to life on paper with smooth flowing ink and no cartridge worries thanks to an innovative system. This free-flowing fountain pen provides efficient dispensing of ink, utilizing every drop. Enjoy this traditional writing tool, now easier to use, and available in 7 vibrant colors.

  • Water-based dye ink
  • Stainless steel nib with 0.6mm point
  • 7 ink colors: Black, Blue, Red, Green, Teal, Purple, Pink
  • AP certified non-toxic
  • Great holiday gift!

Zebra’s Zensations Fountain Pen is available in :

#ZE04004 – 4 Pack, MSRP $11.96; Holiday Buyers Guide NET $5.38ZE04004

#ZE04007 – 7 Pack, MSRP $20.93; Holiday Buyers Guide NET $9.42

 

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Winsor & Newton Celebrates World Watercolor Month

August 28th, 2017

WCMONTHWinsor & Newton was honored this year to be a sponsor of World Watercolor Month in July.  Charlie O’Shields whose love of the medium inspired him to create a movement dedicated to inspiring the use of watercolors and encouraging creativity originated the World Watercolor Month concept.  Winsor & Newton was one of several brands that provided products for prizes.
Winsor & Newton Watercolor Markers were shared as giveaways and watercolor sets were won as prizes.  Additionally Winsor & Newton provided over $1,500.00 in art supplies for the Dreaming Zebra Foundation, a charity dedicated to providing underprivileged children and young adults around the world the opportunity to explore creativity and the arts.
This exciting event encouraged over 9,000 artists to join the movement and hashtag their work, #worldwatercolormonth.  Over 37,000 watercolors were produced and via Charlie’s efforts, the Dreaming Zebra Foundation received over $7,500.00 worth of art materials.  Winsor & Newton is looking forward to continuing their support of such a worthwhile endeavor!

It’s never too early to plan for next years World Watercolor Month!

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Industry News

August 28th, 2017

Hurricane Harvey Houston, TX Art Stores Quick Report 

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 Art Supply (Vikki Trammell & Ben Russell)  No flooding. The store will open on Wednesday. Vikki Trammel is asking NAMTA members for donations of art supplies for those artists who have been hit so hard.  She will be working through Printmatters (she is on the advisory board) and another non-profit to make your donations tax deductible. At this time, if you are able to contribute, please begin to set the product aside and as soon as the Houston area is able to receive deliveries again we will notify you and provide detailed shipping information.
Texas Art Supply Co. stores at Montrose and Voss are not flooded, and have only experienced minor damage. The Montrose location is planning to re-open Wednesday 8/30.  Unfortunately, due to flood conditions on local roadways, the Baybrook store is inaccessible and its status is unknown at this time. Complete updates on company personnel are not available at this time, however, there have been confirmations that several employees experienced flooding in their homes. Our credit manager suffered severe flooding at her house. She lives in a flood-prone area, and has suffered almost total loss twice before this flood, and I was told the she was informed by her insurance company that they will not rebuild/replace at her current address. She will have to move this time. As for logistics in and out of the area, it will probably take a while before things get normal here. Some of the freight terminals may be under water. If you have any shipments headed our way it would probably be a good idea to hold onto them for awhile.
Jerry’s Artarama in Houston is reporting the store is not flooded, however, due to flood conditions on local roadways the store is inaccessible and the manager (Daniel Elliott) has not been able to confirm any potential damage. Pending his ability to navigate the flooded roadways, the store will attempt to re-open on Thurs 8/31. One employee is confirmed to have experienced flooding damage at their residence.

IMG_0160Stuart Shapiro has left Binders in Atlanta to embarks on a new career path in the physical fitness industry. Stuart has been with Binders for 10.5 years and without a doubt represented the best in Binders and our industry. All of us who know him, and the entire team at Binders, salute Stuart with a hearty “Job well done Stuart and thank you!

Thursday night, August 17th, Beth Martin of Hyatt’s Graphic Supply in Buffalo, NY gave birth to their second daughter Lydia Christina Martin.  She was 5lbs and 18in long.  Mom, baby and proud papa Seth are doing well.  She is also the second grandchild of Greg and Lynn Hyatt.

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Meet the MacPherson’s Brand Marketing and Creative team!

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Color! Sweet Color!!! The quirky flipbook artist known as the Flippiest has been using STABILO pens & pencils for a long time…so cool to finally make us a flipbook that can be used by like-minded retailers to re-post on their favorite social media pages! #FreeYourTrueColors #ad 

Bob & Susan Leigh, recently bought Fine Line Art Supply & Custom Framing in Sonoma, CA and have relaunched in a bigger space in the Sonoma Marketplace. Read the whole story.

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End of an Era Department:

Frank Koerber the founder of Du-All Drafting & Art Supply would have been 115 years old on August 10, 2017. He worked at Chrysler as a Draftsman in the late 40s. He would repair his coworkers drafting tools and and made his own triangles, curves etc. The coworkers called him Mr DuAll so when he left Chrysler he started Du-All Instrument Service out of his home in Detroit. He built the business by going from shop to shop selling drafting tools and doing repairs. He had a reputation as a honest and fair merchant.  Du-All has evolved into what is known today as Du-All Drafting & Art Supply. Unfortunately, 67 years after Frank started Du-All it closed its retail store on August 19th, 2017.

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Steve Aufhauser is also in the process of closing Continental Arts after a 57 year run in Reseda California. The San Fernando Valley institution was begun by his father, Robert, who fled Germany during World War II. Steve took it over after his father retired. Steve plans to move to Oregon to be close to his twin brother. Read the full story Here

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Wondering what is going on at FILA, the Milan Italy based owner of Canson, Daler-Rowney & Dixon Ticonderoga? In a recent article entitled “Dixon-Ticonderoga’s Italian owner promises growth in digital age” in the Orlando Sentinel, CEO Massimo Candela gives a hopeful vision of the company’s future while explaining how he plans to manage the north American subsidiary from their headquarters in Italy Dixon Ticonderoga

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Help your customers re-discover the joy of putting pen to paper with Rebecca Cahill Roots’ inspiration video that you can share on social media. Become a master of modern letter forms and inject some personality into your penmanship, as the founder of Betty Etiquette makes a quirky case for getting in touch with the slower more stylish means of communicating.

Greeland KevinGOLDEN is happy to announce the hire of Kevin Greeland as its new Education Coordinator! Kevin is a tenured GOLDEN Certified Working Artist with existing relationships with many retail store owners, arts organization leaders and artists. He will be responsible for managing both the Working Artist Program (WAP) and the Golden Artist Education Program (GAEP). Kevin will maintain connectivity with artists in the programs, lead recruiting and training for new WAP and GAEP artists, and develop new educational formats and content. We anticipate great success for Kevin in this new role and wish him the best!

Check out the recent Google Doodle celebrating the birth of Hip Hop (and Street Art Renaissance) 

Golden News August 2017

August 28th, 2017

New Videos Reinforce Endless Possibilities with Non-Color Products from GOLDEN – Grounds, Pastes and Mediums

This year GOLDEN launched an integrated campaign to give artists a deeper knowledge of gels, pastes, grounds and other non-color products in order to help them unlock the full potential available to them through its complete product line! The initiative included new packaging design, in-store signage and new educational videos for non-color products such as Grounds, Pastes and Mediums. Four new videos have been added to the Video Library that your customers might find interesting and valuable. They can find them here:

What, Why & How: GOLDEN Fluid Mediums with Patti Brady

Golden Fluid Mediums

What, Why & How: Painting with GOLDEN Acrylic Gel

what, why and how painting with golden acrylic-gel

What, Why & How: GOLDEN Gessos and Grounds

what, why and how painting with golden gessos & grounds

What, Why & How: GOLDEN Molding Pastes

what, why and how painting with golden molding pastes

If you have any questions about any of the above information, contact your MacPherson’s Account Manager.

New Liquitex Technique Sets

August 28th, 2017

Three series sets designed to explore new techniques, from entry to professional.

Series 1 – Basics  Acrylic Starter Box

887452997351-LQX BASICS ACRYLIC STARTER BOX [ANGLED FRONT] 887452997351....

Range of colors and brushes for endless possibilities all in one reusable box

Sets designed  to explore  new  techniques, from entry to professional.
Target Audience
Acrylic beginners —  a non-professional artist who has been painting for less than 5 years
Range of colors & brushes for endless possibilities
Contents:
•  1x Basics 75ml – primary red
•  1x Basics 75ml – primary blue
•  1x Basics 75ml – primary yellow
•  1x Basics 75ml – hookers green
•  1x Basics 75ml – burnt umber
•  1x Basics 75ml – yellow oxide
•  1x Basics 75ml – mars black
•  2x Basics 75ml – titanium white
•  1x Basics 6 short handle brush pack – round 1, round 4, flat 2, fan 4, bright 3, bright 6

BONUS
1 x reusable box + 1x Basics color chart

Series 2 – Basics Technique Sets

Two technique sets to support beginners interested in moving into sought after  professional  techniques

Target Audience
Acrylic beginners interested in moving into professional techniques
Complementary product (100ml Professional Medium) + bonus booklet with  tips  and  techniques
Contents:
•  1x Basics 75ml – primary red
•  1x Basics 75ml – primary blue
•  1x Basics 75ml – primary yellow
•  1x Basics 75ml – mars black
•  2x Basics 75ml – titanium white
Wet on Wet Set

887452997368-LQX BASICS ACRYLIC TECHNIQUE - WET ON WET [ANGLED FRONT] 88...•  1x  professional slow-dri blending medium 100ml
•  1x Basics brush
Building Texture Set

887452997375-LQX BASICS ACRYLIC TECHNIQUE - BUILDING TEXTURE [FRONT] 887...
•  1x professional  modeling paste  100ml
•  1x Basics palette knife
BONUS
1x educational booklet

Series 3 – Pouring Technique Sets

887452997382-LQX ACRYLIC INK POURING TECHNIQUE - PRIMARY COLORS SET [ANG... 887452997399-LQX ACRYLIC INK POURING TECHNIQUE - DEEP COLORS SET [FRONT]...

Pouring technique sets with a complementary range of inks and a top-selling medium

Target Audience
Existing acrylic users interested in new products and techniques
Explore pouring techniques with this popular medium
Contents:
•  1x pouring medium 118ml
Primary colors set
•  1x ink 30ml – phthalocyanine blue (green shade)
•  1x ink 30ml – quinacridone magenta
•  1x ink 30ml – yellow medium azo
Deep colors set
•  1x ink 30ml – turquoise deep
•  1x ink 30ml – deep violet
•  1x ink 30ml – iridescent bright gold