• In Your Store,  Vendor Voices

    Demo Day With Excel: Floral Wall Decoration

    Excel Blades is excited to share a new video made by artist and influencer Maria Marinoni for Paper Crafting Month. Maria shows you a very simple floral project and papercutting technique with a few tools. You do have the option to add the colored background however, it is not necessary. Free your imagination and doodle as you want. When you’re done, follow the contours with your blade and poke the paper out to give it a 3D effect.  Whether you want to use the white paper or a color, the outcome will be beautiful! Materials Excel Blades K1 Aluminum Knife…

  • #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…

  • 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…

  • #SocialEngagement

    Flip to Page 54: Use Your Screens in 2019

    In an effort to make using social media a less daunting task, we’ve put together a two page spread in the Winter Back-To-School Buyer’s Guide with five social media related New Year’s resolutions. We recommend tackling each section with a cup of something soothing and steamy, an open mind and a highlighter in hand. You’ll find tips for each core social media platform: Instagram, Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and Pinterest. Pick and choose which platforms your store wants to focus on, and identify three actionable items for the new year! Click here for more social media resources, courtesy of the marketing…

  • #SocialEngagement,  Retailer Spotlight

    The Wet Paint Way: 4 Strategies for Successful Marketing

    Wet Paint is an independently owned store in St. Paul, MN that is well known for their social media and marketing verve. They organize regular in-store events, classes, weekly newsletters, an interactive website, regular social media postings via Instagram, Facebook, a bit of Twitter and Google+ content as well as a blog on WordPress and videos via YouTube. They also maintain a steady flow of print materials. In short, they do a lot. This dynamic, multi-platform strategy is made possible by the dedicated Social Media and Marketing team: Kristina Fjellmen and Chris Nolt. Kristina and Chris are both working artists…

  • In Your Store

    Ready, Set, Go: Black Friday, Small Business Saturday & Giving Tuesday

    Mark your calendars! While you’re focusing on sales and promotions for the winter holidays, keep these three retail-related holidays on your radar. We’ve put together key links, hashtags and merchandising ideas so that you can easily integrate Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Giving Tuesday into your promotions next month. Black Friday, November 23rd Black Friday is the informal name for the day following Thanksgiving, the fourth Thursday of November. Traditionally recognized as the beginning of the holiday shopping season in the United States, Black Friday is an opportunity to reach a wide audience with deep discounts. While this “holiday”…

  • Art Pulse,  Featured Artists

    Artist Spotlight: Emilee Rudd

    Nominated by retailers, account managers or vendor partners, Artist Spotlights feature working artists in our industry community. We take this opportunity to explore innovative techniques, tap into the hows and whys of favorite mediums and tools, and celebrate artists who are shaping our world. To nominate an artist please email us at artdogblog (@) macphersonart.com Emilee Rudd is a lettering artist, illustrator and graphic designer based in Sacramento, California. She is detail-oriented, strategic, whimsical, imaginative and grounded in nature; qualities that show up consistently in her artwork. We reached out to learn more about what inspires her, what it’s like…

  • In Your Store

    Retailer’s Choice: Next “Demo Days” Feature

    Last month we introduced a new feature called Demo Days, which outlines instructions and materials needed to create an in store demonstration or workshop. Regular in-store activities help to foster a sense of community and make your store a destination spot for artists and hobbyists alike. Allowing your customers to participate in a hands-on activity that educates them on products and lets them leave your store with an item they are confident they can recreate. We’ve put together a list of demo ideas for 4th Quarter. Let us know which activity inspires you and we’ll outline how to do the…