• Art Pulse

    Venerable Vintages: All About Paper

    “Everyday and everywhere, paper is used as a medium. It passes from hand to hand, eyes to eyes. We often touch it, almost always read it, but is is rarely contemplated…it is a medium with nearly inexhaustible resources…[Paper] is one of the most modest materials, but one that can be shaped in the most complex ways.” Mademoiselle Maurice, Artist, Savoy, France (1) In honor of Papercrafting Month, we’ve delved into the history of paper. While the digital age has eliminated a lot of paper trails, paper still influences our everyday life. It is arguably one of the most important inventions…

  • #SocialEngagement

    Engage Community Via Instagram Live: Flax Art’s Maybe Mondays

    Flax Art & Design is a Bay Area institution and a local art supply staple for over 80 years. Flax Art has two stores, one in Oakland, California and the other San Francisco. In addition to a broad selection of art supplies and a framing station, they also specialize in fine art papers, pens and gifts, with a comprehensive e-commerce site as well. Their San Francisco store recently relocated to a space in historic Fort Mason, right on the water between the city’s famous Fisherman’s Wharf and a neighborhood known as “The Marina.” Social media can grow business, foster relationships…

  • Vendor Voices

    Erase for More: Introducing Sakura of America’s New SumoGrip Electric Eraser

    Compact, Cordless and Capable: The SumoGrip (SKEE3000) is the electric eraser of choice for many professional illustrators, animators, and architects alike. It has been redesigned to a rounder and more ergonomic body for longer periods of use while maintaining precise pinpoint accuracy. As part of the SumoGrip family line, the pocket-sized eraser provides a firm grip and is best known for its high eraser capability and durability. Unlike bulky AC electric erasers, the AAA battery-powered motor ditches the cord and weighs only 2.9 ounces. With over 10,000 RPM, the strong torque makes it easy to remove graphite marks and create…

  • Art Pulse

    Venerable Vintages: History of Sign Painting

    The historical trade of sign-painting and a recent comeback that has talented sign-painters transforming the store fronts of cities and towns all over the country calls for a three part feature! Read on for Venerable Vintages, our monthly feature that examines the art supply industry through an historical lens; then check out our Artist Feature exploring the sign-painting work of Christian Shaknaitis of Brush and Pounce. Top off your sign-painting education with in store practices that incorporate sign-painting and boost your business. Sign-painting is an ancient trade that dates back as early as 300 B.C. Merchants, pub owners, innkeepers and…

  • Featured Artists

    Christian Shaknaitis of Brush & Pounce

    Christian Shaknaitis is a sign-painter based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. His business, Brush and Pounce, specializes in hand-painted signage and quality craftsmanship: “My style reflects vintage signage, with a strong appreciation for the skilled craftsmanship of handmade signs of the past. The signs incorporate hand-painted, stylized and ornate type, hand-cut letters and elegantly finished wood panels.” In addition to handfuls of businesses on Butler Street in the Lawrenceville neighborhood, his work is all over the city: including at The Abbey on Butler, Roberto Clemente Museum, Fox Chapel Ski and Board, Café D’Amore, Patagonia, Pittsburgh Burrito Bus and Pittsburgh Sandwich Society. I…

  • In Your Store

    Four Ways Sign-Painting Can Expand Your Reach

    If you are visiting Art Dog, odds are you are involved in the art supply industry in one way or another. Sign-painting has made a comeback and, as art supply folks, we need to tune in! How can you tap into the sign-painting comeback in a way that a) moves product that you have b) strengthens your relationships with your community and c) grows new business opportunities? After a recent interview with sign-painter Christian Shaknaitis, who has been in the industry for ten years, we brainstormed ways retailers can connect with sign-painters to the benefit of all parties. Merchandise A…

  • Industry News

    Remembering & Honoring Bob Toth, 1949-2018

    Robert James Toth, 68, died November 6, 2018 at Berkshire Medical Center following a brief illness. He was born on 12/29/1949 in Bridgeport, CT and raised in Fairfield, CT. After graduation from Roger Ludlow High School, Bob served in the US Navy aboard the USS Mullinix during the Vietnam War between 1968-1972. He graduated from Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, CT and later earned an MBA from The Isenberg School of Management, UMass Amherst. Bob began his career in the art paper industry at Rising Paper. Since 1987, Bob had been employed by Canson, Inc. of South Hadley, MA, most…