Monday, December 31, 2012

How To: Pebeo Gedeo Resins

We recently started carrying Pebeo Gedeo Resins- a very versatile product that is sure to provide inspiration. Because Pebeo is a French company the videos are in French, but they conveniently added subtitles.

To find out more about Pebeo Gedeo Resins click here.

Buy Pebeo Gedeo Resin here.

How to Make Objects with Gedeo Color Resin

How To Create A Glazed Postcard with Gedeo Glazing Resin

Saturday, December 29, 2012

RENDR™ No Show Thru Paper!

Get the most out of your sketchbook!

With Crescent's No Show Thru Paper there is no limit to the media you can use! Watch the video below to see it for yourself.

At Art & Frame of Sarasota (and our website we carry the sketchbooks in sizes 5.5x8.5 and 8.5x11 as well as the 40in x 5yd roll.

The video below shows how artist Billy Tokyo uses his RENDR™ sketchbook with everything from spray paint to Krink markers to Dr. Ph Martin's inks to create vibrant drawings on both sides of each sheet.

Let us know what you think by commenting on this post!

Friday, December 21, 2012

Holbein Vernet Oil Colors 30% off Everyday!

Have you tried the NEW Holbein Vernet Oil Colors? If not, now is the time!

At Art & Frame of Sarasota and our website they are 30% off Everyday!

If you have tried the New Holbein Vernet Oils let us know what you think by commenting on this post!

Read more about Holbein Vernet Oils here!

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Beautiful Contour Drawings with Montana Acrylic Paint Markers

We have done a couple posts on Montana Acrylic Paint Markers, but this video will give you a bit more insight into just what they can do. In the video Artist Steffen Seeger uses the 50mm Montana Acrylic Paint Marker in Black to create beautiful, expressive contour drawings while demonstrating an interesting technique for creating circles. One thing is for sure--it couldn't hurt to bring a Montana Acrylic Paint Marker to your next live drawing session.

Monday, December 17, 2012

Holiday Sale Extendend to December 29th!

Don't miss out on the great prices you will find at our Holiday Sale! See all of the brands on sale here.

Saturday, December 15, 2012

The Perfect Gift for the Artist in Your Life!

Trying to find the perfect gift for the artist in your life? There are tons of products out there and every artist has their own personal favorites, so don't stress--just get them a gift card! Art & Frame of Sarasota Gift Cards can be used at the store or online! And you can buy them in store or online!

Buy a Gift Card today!

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Prismacolor Colored Pencils on Plexiglass

Take a look at this interesting technique - Prismacolor expert Diana Garrett demonstrates how to use Prismacolor Colored Pencils on Plexiglass. She paints the back of the plexi with gold paint to create an interesting encaustic look, but it might be nice in a light box or with a piece of handmade paper mounted to the back.

Friday, November 30, 2012

How Pencils Are Made

We just found this great video from Faber-Castell. It highlights the manufacturing process of graphite pencils- from the mining of the graphite to packaging! 

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Monday, November 26, 2012

Weekly Specials: Nov 26th- Dec 1st!

On Sale This Week!

Escoda Brushes- 50% off list!

Da Vinci Artist Paints- 50% off list!

Black Ink Handmade Papers- 40% off list!

Friday, November 23, 2012

New Product Alert: Holbein Vernet Superior Oils

Holbein Vernet Superior Oil Color combines modern technology with the finest pigments. The line, made up of 40 traditional colors, utilizes pure single pigments and the finest quality refined linseed oil. Because pure single pigments are used they produce clean, non-muddy results when mixed. Vernet Oil Colors also offer superior adhesion, tinting strength, durability, smooth texture and excellent lightfast ratings with high chroma, transparency and pigment density. With strong, beautiful and stable colors; Vernet offers the modern oil painter the most advanced and highest quality oil color range ever produced.

Each Vernet Oil Color is packed with pigments making them concentrated enough that a 20ml tube goes a long way!

Find Vernet Superior Oil Colors here!

See the Vernet Color Chart here!

New Product Alert: Krink K-60 Paint Markers

Krink's K-60 Paint Markers feature a valve action nib and squeezable body to provide incredible flow control of premium Krink ink. Krink ink is opaque, pigmented, permanent and quick drying. With a broad, round tip the marker provides smooth, consistent coverage to large areas. The squeezable paint marker can be used on most surfaces.

K-60 Markers come in the following colors: Black, White, Red, Blue, Orange, Green, Yellow, Purple, Pink, Light Pink, Light Green, Light Blue, Silver, Copper, Gold, Metallic Pink, Metallic Purple, Metallic Green, and Metallic Blue.

  • Handmade in the USA.
  • Xylene free.
  • Conforms to ASTM D-4236

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Ampersand Scratchbord on Ink Master

Recently Ampersand got the opportunity to create custom Scratchbords for Spike TV's show Ink Master. For the show Ampersand created 10, 7ftx7ft Scratchbord panels supported with 2in deep cradle frames. They are the largest custom-built scratchboards ever created in the history of Ampersand --and they glow under blacklight!

Ampersand says,
For the flash challenge, competitors teamed up in pairs to create huge wall-size 7ftx7ft scratchboard drawings. The drawings were then critiqued and judged under black light, quickly exposing each and every tiny flaw. The main criteria, gradation technique or the artist's skill at shading, was used to determine a winner for the challenge.

Watch the video below to see the flash challenge for yourself!

Flash Challenge: Gradation
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Want to try Ampersand Scratchbord for yourself? Find it here!

Learn to Create Beautiful Watercolor Batik on Rice Paper!

Don't Forget! Call to sign up now!

On November 29th and 30th from 10-4pm we are holding a Watercolor Batik on Rice Paper workshop with Carol Ann Sherman.

My Girl Mollie Ann by Carol Ann Sherman

The fee, which includes select materials is just $130 (a $50 savings) for 2 days!

A new and interesting take on batik, Carol Ann will work on paper to demonstrate this versatile and unique medium. If you've ever been interested in batik or if you're interested in trying something new, Carol Ann is the teacher for you!

See more of Carol Ann's work here.

Call to sign up today! 941-366-2301



Monday, November 19, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving

We will be closing at 3pm on Wednesday, November 21st and we will be closed on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 22nd! We hope everyone has a wonderful day!

Weekly Specials: November 19-24th!

On Sale This Week

Fredrix Canvas- 50% off list!

Itoya Portfolios- 40% off list!

Speedball Silkscreen & Block Printing Supplies- 30% off list!

Did you know you can make your own stamps with Speedball block printing supplies?  Watch the video below to see how it's done! All you need are a few tools and your design!


Tools: a block for carving, a carving toolink, and your design!

Friday, November 16, 2012

A Fun & Simple Way to Create Your Own Fabric Design!

We Carry Pebeo Gedeo Resin!

Gedeo Glazing Resin on Post Cards
Pebeo Gedeo Resin is a two-part resin used for molding and creating dimensional art pieces for decor, inclusion and effects. It dries after 24 hours to a shiny, hard and non-yellowing finish. Because it is strong and durable it is great for molding decorative pieces like frames, borders and table settings. It is also ideal for creating jewelry, pendants, hair clips, decorative embellishments and more! It comes in Crystal, Color, and Pearl varieties. 

Gedeo Color Resin in Lapis

Gedeo Pearl Resin in Gold
We also carry the Gedeo Glazing Resin which creates a transparent, hard finish on paper, cards, photos, cardboard, canvas, wood inclusions and more! Just like the other resins it dries in 24 hours to a shiny, hard, non-yellowing finish. Use it to create magnifying effects on canvas, to add dimension to flat surfaces, and to secure found objects and small items to flat surfaces. On flat surfaces, the resin levels itself out to form rounded edges that are controlled by the size and shape of the surface! 

Thursday, November 15, 2012

New Low Price on Watercolor Batik on Rice Paper Workshop!

On November 29th and 30th from 10-4pm we are holding a Watercolor Batik on Rice Paper workshop with Carol Ann Sherman.
My Girl Mollie Ann by Carol Ann Sherman

The fee, which includes select materials is just $130 (a $50 savings) for 2 days!

A new and interesting take on batik, Carol Ann will work on paper to demonstrate this versatile and unique medium. If you've ever been interested in batik or if you're interested in trying something new, Carol Ann is the teacher for you!

See more of Carol Ann's work here.

Call to sign up today! 941-366-2301



We Carry Montana Black Dye Ink Markers!

The Montana Black Dye Ink Marker is filled with 20ml of low-viscosity alcohol based, permanent and UV resistant dye ink. Delivered through the marker's felt tip by a refillable pump valve system, the ink can be applied to almost any surface! Each marker is available in the following sizes: 8mm Round, 10mm Chisel, and 15mm Standard.

At Art & Frame of Sarasota we carry the marker in Silver, Magenta, Yellow, Violet, Cyan, and Green!

Black, Blue, and Red colors are also available as well as ink refills and replacement nibs--ask at the register to order!

*Available in store only! (they are highly flammable and we do not ship them)*

Monday, November 12, 2012

Have You Tried: Gamblin Art Sketching Oils?

Gamblin Art Sketching Oils are made in the traditional manner, like in the studios of the Old Masters, where student oil colors were made by removing half the colored pigments and replacing them with marble dust (aka calcium carbonate). Because colored pigments are the only expensive ingredient of oil paints, the only way to make oil colors more affordable is to take out a portion of the colored pigments. Made to accommodate students who need inexpensive yet clean and workable oils, Gamblin Art Sketching Oils are made from the same pure colored pigments that are used to make Gamblin Artist Colors. Gamblin uses exactly half the same pure colored pigments and extends them with high quality colorless pigments like calcium carbonate. Then they add driers because extenders slow the natural drying time of linseed oil and students want their paintings to dry quickly. Though extenders are used, no chemical additives such as anti-skinning agents or rheological agents are used. When students finish their experimentation and begin preparing art work for thesis or exhibition, they can easily transition to artist grade oil colors which are made from the same pigments as their student oils. Gamblin Art Sketching Oils are compatible with all oil painting mediums and other brands of student grade oils!

If you are looking for an artist grade paint that dries faster than traditional artist oils you may want to try Gamblin Fastmatte Oils. Watch the video below to see them in action!

Have you tried Gamblin's Art Sketching Oils? Tell us what you think about them by commenting on this post! There's no need to sign up--just click the link that says comments---we want to hear from you!

Weekly Specials: November 12-17th!

On Sale This Week!

Ampersand Artist Panels- 50% off list!

Jacquard Paints & Pigments- 30% off list!

Princeton Catalyst Brushes, Blades & Wedges- 40% off list!

Friday, November 9, 2012

Ampersand Aquabord an Alternative to Cold Press

Have you tried Ampersand Aquabord?

Ampersand ™ Aquabord ™ is a unique alternative to traditional watercolor paper. Aquabord is made using a hardboard panel and is coated with a textured clay surface that absorbs watercolors like fine paper. In fact, the acid-free panel simulates the absorbency and texture of cold pressed watercolor paper. Unlike traditional watercolor paper it will not tear, shrink or buckle even if you use a lot of water. Because it is so durable you can glaze and lift as many times as you need without damaging the surface. You can even lift colors after they are dry. Aquabord is great for watercolors and gouache as well as casein and acrylics. To present your finished piece without glass, seal your work with a spray fixative (Ampersand recommends using Krylon UV Archival varnishes).

And it's made in the USA!

Click here to read one Aquabord artists experience!

Fun things to do this weekend!

The Florida Suncoast Watercolor Society Exhibit Reception

When: November 9th, (tonight) from 5-7pm.

Where: Venice Art Center, 390 Nokomis Ave. S., Venice

Donation: 10$

For more information visit their website

ArtSlam 2012 Festival

When: November 10th

Where: Bradenton's Riverwalk

For more information visit their website

Noise Ordinance 3

When: November 10th, from 1pm-midnight

Where: Cock & Bull Pub

What: see over 30 local bands performing all original music

Who: all ages, kids 12 and under FREE!

Price: $10

For a list of the bands and a show schedule visit their website

If we have missed anything let us know by commenting on this post!

Monday, November 5, 2012

Check This Out: Ampersand Encausticbord!

Ampersand™ Encausticbord™ is the only surface formulated for the specific demands of encaustic painting and mixed media. Encaustic gesso is applied to a hardbord surface to create a bright, smooth and velvety surface that is ready to use with encaustic paints. The gesso, or ground, is heat resistant and highly absorbent. It holds tight to layers of wax and collage without the fear of cracking or separation. Use with encaustic paint alone or in combination with collage, image transfers or oil sticks to create a variety of textures, colors, and patterns- or try it with water-based paints, inks and pencils!

Encausticbord comes in 4 different thickness'- 1/4", 7/8", 1 1/2", and 2 1/8".

Ampersand also makes Claybord, Aquabord, Gessobord, Scratchbord, Pastelbord, Hardbord, and Artist Panels. You can find them all here.

Upcoming Classes & Workshops at Art Center Sarasota

For more information contact the Art Center Sarasota at 941-365-2032!

The Now: A Class in Advanced Concepts in Visual Art

Teacher: Kevin Costello

Dates & Hours: Wed, November 14-December 19, 2012, from 1:00pm-4:00pm

Description: This class is for individuals who want to explore the "why" of art as well as the "how" of visual techniques. The relationship between cultural literacy and art is a constant: this class, of idea driven two and three dimensional projects underscores the relationship between contemporary art and the broader cultural climate in which we live. The outcome of this workshop is to enrich a participant's understanding of the philosophy of art and the new studio technology supporting it. Students will draw, paint, construct and more, in this thought-provoking class for the mind and the hand. All skill levels welcome.

For more information view the flyer here.

Printmaking from a Gelatin Plate

Teacher: Cheryl Martin

Dates & Hours: Tues, November 6, 2012

Description: Explore printmaking methods in this workshop designed for experimentation and exploration. Students will press leaves and other textured objects onto a printmaking plate made of gelatin using water based inks. The impressions left behind create an endless variety of prints. Make multiple beautiful art images regardless of your skill level. Students will be encouraged to explore and develop their artistic visions and one-of-a-kind images. In subsequent workshops, we will continue to explore a variety of resists and overprinting. All materials are provided, but feel free to bring leaves, string, ribbon, etc. $30 supply fee paid to instructor for materials.

Also check out Monoprinting without a Press- Tues, February 19-March 12, 2013 from 1:00pm-4:00pm.

For more information view the flyer here.

The Figure in Color

Teacher: Larry Forgard

Dates & Hours: Tuesdays, November 13-December 18, 2012, 9:30am-12:30pm

Description: This 6 week drawing course focuses on using dry material color to complete and enhance the beauty of the nude figure form. Exploration of the general proportion, form, value and gesture will be studied to help in the final studies. Limited color and full color will be introduced using a variety of materials. Dry materials such as pastel, charcoal and conte' will be covered on a variety of papers. This course uses live models situated in simple background environments to help students in the understanding of composition and to work on artwork that can later be framed. Short poses are introduced early in the class with longer poses added to complete colored pieces. Students with some basic figure drawing experience will benefit the most since this covers color material rather than the most basic figure drawing. Class requires a 10 person minimum to cover the cost of a live model each week.

Painting In Full Color

Teacher: Julie Hanson

Dates & Hours: Wed, November 14-December 19, 2012, 9:00am-12:30pm (there are 4 sessions available see the flyer below for future dates!)

Description: Why limit your painting to value and color only? Learn how to paint the "temperature" of color. This approach is used in "Plein Air" painting. It's what enables the artist to capture so much of the feeling of the moment. It's also what makes the difference between a good and a GREAT painting. This class is for those wanting to use color in a powerful and expressive way. Mediums in order of preference are oil, water-soluble oil, pastel and acrylic. Although watercolor is not the best medium for learning this approach, you can very easily apply this new knowledge to your watercolor painting. We will work from a variety of subject matter that includes photographs in studio and occasionally on location. You will never see color the same way again!

Weekly Specials: November 5th-10th!

On Sale This Week!

Loew-Cornell Paint Brushes- 50% off list!*

Fluid Watercolor Blocks- 50% off list!**

ArtBin Storage Solutions- 50% off list!

*We recently added two new lines of Loew-Cornell paint brushes to the store!

Loew-Cornell Halcyon brushes feature Triple-Synthetic Sable filament for a superior point and flexibility. The synthetic sable filament holds a greater amount of paint, ink or water. They are similar to sable brushes but are more economical.

Loew-Cornell Soft Comfort Handle brushes are made with synthetic red Taklon bristles that are ideal for use with all types of paint. The brushes have a wider handle and a soft grip to make painting more comfortable. Similar to Simply Simmons brushes they are all economically priced between $2.99 and $3.99 list!

**Fluid Watercolor Blocks contain 15 sheets of acid-free, archival 140lb cold press watercolor paper and come in a variety of sizes. Each sheet is glued on two edges to keep your paper from wrinkling or buckling when wet. To remove paper from the block simply slide a palette knife along one open side and release the glue. Watercolor blocks are a great alternative to watercolor paper in sheets or pads because they eliminate the need for stretching and provide support for drawing and painting!

Call for Videos!

Do you make videos of your art making process? 

Would you like to see them on our blog? If you make videos of your art making process and would like to share them, please send them to and we will post them on our blog (as long as they are appropriate). 

When you send in your video, please include a list of the art products you use in the video.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Portrait Drawing in Charcoal

A video by one our customers Benny Angene

Thank you Benny!

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

New Weekly Classes with Elena De La Ville!

Searching a mixed media piece by Elena De La Ville
If you're interested in mixed media, Elena De La Ville is the instructor for you! Her studio work involves mixing photography, digital, silver based and alternative processes with wax, encaustic medium and pigments.

Starting November 7th, she will be at Art & Frame every Wednesday afternoon to teach you the endless possibilities that mixed media applications have to offer. In addition to the many techniques you will learn, she will also have presentations on contemporary issues and practices relevant in today's art world.

When: Wednesdays from 3:15 to 5:15pm (starting Nov. 7th) NO CLASS NOV. 21st!

Fee: $30 each or $120 for 5 (The classes will run in 5 week sessions. Sign up for 1 class or sign up for all 5!)

To sign up email Elena at

Week 1: Working with papers, glues and adhesives (Fine Art papers and found or hand made papers). Cutting, tearing and layering.

Week 2: Incorporating writing into your work. Words and images. Working with type and scale. Composition.

Week 3: Painted backgrounds, textures and washes. Priming and adding color.

Week 4: Incorporating photos into your work, hot transfers, overlays and wax transfers. Safe (non-chemical) techniques for integrating images into your canvas.

Week 5: Image layering using your own images. Recycle older pieces and ideas. Transfers.

Watercolor Batik on Rice Paper with Carol Ann Sherman

Due to the overwhelming response, we're hosting a 2-day Batik workshop with Carol Ann Sherman on November 29th & 30th!

A new and interesting take on batik, Carol Ann will work on paper to demonstrate this versatile and unique medium. If you've ever been interested in batik or if you're interested in trying something new, Carol Ann is the teacher for you!

When: Thursday, November 29th & Friday, November 30th from 10am to 4pm

Where: Art & Frame of Sarasota

Fee: $180 (includes complimentary breakfast, catered lunch & select materials)

See more of Carol Ann's work here.

For reservations call 941-366-2301!

Holiday Workshops!

Announcing our Holiday Workshops!

Handmade Cards with Betty Brett

Are you looking to send a holiday card this season that is handmade, unique and an original work of art made just by you? If so, let paper crafting expert Betty Brett, show you how to make handmade holiday cards. She'll teach you how to work with a variety of handmade papers and Copic markers to create the perfect sentiment for your loved ones.

Date: Saturday, November 24th from 10-4pm

Where: Art & Frame of Sarasota

Fee: $65

Hand Painted Glassware- Wine Glasses & More! with Paddy Dugan

Join Paddy Dugan, award-winning artist, as she teaches you to create a beautiful set of hand painted wine glasses. Use them as a gift or take them home to enjoy! When you're finished the glassware will be microwave and dishware safe. You'll learn start to finish techniques including sketching design layouts, pattern transfer techniques, adding decorative borders and special detail effects. Additional tableware pieces available for purchase. 

Date: Saturday, December 15th from 10-4pm

Where: Art & Frame of Sarasota

Fee: $65 (includes set of wine glasses)

Sign up today to reserve your spot 941-366-2301!

Caran D'Ache Supracolor Watersoluble Pencils

Supracolor Soft Watercolor Pencils are soft and creamy, in fact, they have the same texture as a 6B pencil. The 3.8mm cores are made using more pure color pigments, resulting in bright colors, excellent lightfastness, and superior blending. The bold, highly pigmented colors allow for excellent surface coverage, meaning that they are very economical and perfect for large surface artwork. Supracolor watersoluble colored pencils are relatively permanent when dry so you can create overlays of color without worrying that your piece will become muddy. Use a fixative on finished artwork to preserve the color and protect it from oily hands, moisture, mildew and dirt.

Tips & Ideas:

Use to create fabric designs for clothes, quilts and tapestries. Just apply to wet fabric, wait for piece to dry, then heat set with an iron.

Use to create your own take-along palette. Just draw a patch of each color on a separate piece of paper. Apply a wet brush and you can use the drawn color to paint with!

Use in conjunction with the line of Caran D'Ache Pablo Colored Pencils to create both fine detail and flowing washes of color!

Sprinkle dry shavings (created with sandpaper) onto a wet surface for a brilliant color burst effect.

Take color directly from the core of the pencil with a damp brush.

Made in Geneva.

Find Supracolor Watersoluble Pencils here.

Monday, October 29, 2012

Weekly Specials: October 29th-November 3rd!

On Sale This Week!

This week's sales will be the same as last weeks with one addition--Rembrandt Oil Paint!

Williamsburg Oil Paint- 40% off list!

Faber-Castell- 50% off list!

Black Ink Paper- 40% off list!

Rembrandt Oil Paint- 40% off list!

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Gamblin Artist Paints

Below is a beautiful video from Gamblin Artist Colors about their passion for oil paints--even if you do not use the Gamblin Artist Colors brand the video is sure to provide inspiration for your next piece!

If you work in oils or are thinking about starting to work in oils you must watch this video!!!

Tell us what you think about the video, the Gamblin Artist Colors brand, or oil paints in general by commenting below. (click the link that says "No Comments" below to add your own comment!)

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Weekly Specials: October 22nd-27th!

On Sale This Week!

Williamsburg Oil Paint- 40% off  list!

Faber-Castell- 50% off list!

Black Ink Papers- 40% off list!

Saturday, October 20, 2012

We Want to Hear From YOU!

What art supplies, mediums, styles, etc. are you interested in? We want to know!

Let us know by commenting on this post and we'll do our best to post new articles about the things you want to learn about!

Check This Out!

Jacquard Screen Ink Discharge Additive & Discharge Paste!

Find out how to print light colors on dark fabrics! Watch the video below!

Even if you're not into screen printing you should watch this video--you can apply discharge paste with a brush or a stamp too!

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Events Next Week!

Don't forget! We have some exciting events coming up next week!

On Monday, October 22nd, artist Don Colley will be joining us to talk about Faber-Castell products. If you have ever wondered why we have a whole wall dedicated to their products sign up for the demo to find out why! Don't forget to call 941-366-2301 to sign up!

Then on October 24-26th we are having a workshop with watercolor artist Carol Ann Sherman. You can come to one day, two days, or three days! Carol Ann will be demonstrating how to work with watercolors on  Yupo synthetic paper!

For more details on both of these events click here-- !

Weekly Specials: October 15-20th!

On Sale This Week!

Ready Made Frames- 40% off list!

Princeton Brushes- 50% off list! (check out the video below to see Princeton Catalyst Polytip Bristle Brushes in action!)

Holbein Watercolors, Acrylics, and Oils- 50% off list!

Thursday, October 11, 2012

You're Invited!

Announcing! The Grand Opening of the Art & Frame of Sarasota-Annex at the Englewood Art Center!

 Join us at Englewood Art Center's Open House from 11-4pm for a day of learning and fun! Don't forget to check out the Art & Frame of Sarasota-Annex located inside the Englewood Art Center!
  • Tour the Art & Frame of Sarasota Annex & the Englewood Art Center
  • Learn about new products
  • Watch Instructor Demonstrations
  • See Exhibitions
  • Do Art Activites--fun for all ages!

When: Saturday, October 13th, from 11-4pm

Where: The Art & Frame of Sarasota-Annex located at the Englewood Art Center!

350 South McCall Road
Englewood, FL 34223

Carol Ann Sherman Workshop UPDATE!

Artist, Carol Ann Sherman will be coming to Art & Frame of Sarasota October 24th, 25th, & 26th (from 10-4pm) to teach a workshop on painting with Watercolors on Yupo paper.

You can sign up for Day 1 ($95.00), Day 1 & 2 ($180.00), or all 3 Days ($265).

If you sign up for the workshop you will receive a $50 gift bag from Art & Frame of Sarasota!

Day one- Carol Ann will concentrate on introducing the class to the unique way watercolor paint and Yupo paper interact. Students will learn the skills needed to create a successful painting, including drawing techniques that will help prepare them for the next day of the workshop.

Day two- Plan out your painting--choose your subject (bring in an image or use one that Carol Ann will provide) and use a grid to transfer your image to your painting surface (Yupo paper!).

Day three- Complete your painting. A critique will be held at the end of the day for students to gain perspective on their work and to enforce lessons learned throughout the workshop.

There is limited space available so sign up today!

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Weekly Specials: October 8-13th!

On Sale This Week!

Ready Made Frames- 40% off list!

DaVinci Watercolor, Fluid Acrylics & Oil Colors- 50% off list!

Faber-Castell Creativity for Kids- 30% off list!

All About Varnish

Q: Should you always varnish your painting?

A: It's a personal choice, however, there are some good reasons to varnish your painting--watch the video below to find out why?

Q: What is the proper way to varnish a painting?

A: There are a few different ways, depending upon the varnish you use and they way it is applied (via spray or brush). Watch the videos below to see some of the differences.

Golden Archival MSA Spray Varnish

Gamblin Gamvar Picture Varnish & Cold Wax Medium

Illest 7th Annual Illustration Show Friday Night!

When: Friday October 12, 2012, 7:30 to 11pm
Venue: Exhibition Hall
            Ringling College of Art and Design
            2700 North Tamiami Trail, Sarasota FL 34234

Free Admission 
with semi-formal dress

Check out the Facebook page:

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Brush Care & Maintenance

While Painting:

  • When using your brush try to move the hairs in their natural direction.
  • Do not let your brush sit in liquid for long periods of time, especially not while resting it on its hairs.
  • Try not to let paint get into the ferrule of the brush (often metal, this tool keeps the hairs in place on the handle). Paint is hard to remove from this area and may cause the ferrule to swell altering the shape and springiness of the hairs.
  • Do not let paint dry in your brush. Brushes left this way are often completely ruined, however, some brushes can be brought back with a good cleaner and a lot of elbow grease.
  • Try to keep the liquid in your water container below the ferrule of the brush. Excess moisture can cause the wooden handle to swell (cracking and peeling the paint) and loosen the ferrule.

When Cleaning:

  • Make sure to clean your brushes directly after painting.
  • Remove excess paint with a paper towel or paint rag. Water-based paints can be easily removed with warm water and soap. Make sure to continue cleaning until the water runs clear. For oil-based paints, rinse your brush with a solvent cleaner until most of the color is gone. Use a brush cleaner to remove any remaining paint. Some pigments will stain bristles, this is not a problem as long as all of the paint is removed. Natural hair brushes should be conditioned every few uses.
  • Once all of the paint has been removed, gently squeeze out excess moisture and reshape your brush.
  • Make sure the handle and the ferrule of your brush is dry to prevent a build up of moisture.
  • Leave your brush to dry with the bristles upright so they do not get misshapen.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Pictures from the Florida Watercolor Show!

Artist, Carol Ann Sherman with Robert
Meet Carol Ann Sherman in person and learn her techniques for painting watercolors on Yupo paper at her workshop held here at Art & Frame from October 24-26th! For more information on this workshop and for a list of other events click here! To see Carol Ann's work click here!
Artist, Nicholas Simmons with Robert
 Popular watercolor artist, Nicholas Simmons uses Escoda artist brushes exclusively and even put his name on two Escoda brush sets! Check them out here! Check out his work here!
Artist, Taylor Ikin with our Loew-Cornell, Global, & Faber-Castell Representative Mike Grecian
You may have met our Rep Mike Grecian at our March Madness event, at our Escoda Brush Making Demo, or even at a Carol Ann Sherman Workshop. Here he is photographed with local watercolor artist, Taylor Ikin. Check out her work here!

Classes at The Artista in ME!

Have you heard of The Artista in ME Visual & Performing Arts School?

Located on the corner of Beneva & Fruitville, they have a variety of classes for both children and adults focusing on theatre, dance, art and music!

It's just $50.00 a month for weekly classes!

Find a list of their classes here!

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

FYI: How to refill Montana Acrylic Paint Markers

Click the link below to find out:

How to refill Montana Acrylic Paint Markers

More on Catalyst Silicone Blades & Wedges

So versatile!

I posted this video earlier...

Now check out what you can do with ceramics....

In this video, Andrea Horyn, the owner of Bughouse Studios demonstrates how using Catalyst Blades & Wedges makes ceramics a little easier with exciting textures and easy clean up!

Now check out what you can do with encaustics...

In this video, artist Jenny Learner, demonstrates how to use Catalyst Blades to create interesting monoprints with encaustics!

We want to hear what you think about Princeton Catalyst Blades & Wedges....let us know by commenting on this post!

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Looking for a Class?

Check out this class at the Art Center Sarasota!

When: 6 Weeks--Tuesdays, October 2- November 6, 2012 
            9:30am-12:30pm Fee: $190/$220

Where: Art Center (for more information contact Elizabeth Hillmann at, visit or call Art Center Sarasota at 941-365-2032)

What: The Figure in Color--A 6 week drawing course that will focus on dry materials such as pastel, charcoal and Conte' on a variety of papers. Student will draw from "live models situated in simple background environments to help students in the understanding of composition and to work on artwork that can later be framed."

Who: The class is taught by Larry Forgard, a native of Chicago, Illinois. He studied at the Art Institute of Chicago and the American Academy of Art. He later taught at Ringling College of Art and Design, here in Sarasota, Florida.

This class requires a 10 person minimum and the deadline for enrollment is fast approaching! So sign up now!

For more details click this link---Art Center Sarasota Larry Forgard Class!

Check This Out: Neocolor II Watersoluble Pastels

Incredibly Versatile!

Neocolor II watersoluble artist pastels are designed with artists, illustrators and designers in mind. The highly pigmented crayons have excellent surface coverage, in fact, one pastel will cover 17 sheets of letter size paper. They also feature very good lightfastness and excellent opacity. The watersoluble crayons are very versatile and can even be sharpened like a pencil. They can be used for various techniques, including, but not limited to sgraffito, watercolor, textile, silk screening, encaustic, and frottage (rubbings). They can also be used for industrial applications such as pattern making and marking metal, glass, leather or plastic (Neocolor II can be wiped off some surfaces with a moist towel).

Sgraffito- Apply several layers of color and scratch through to reveal the underlying color. Be sure to layer dark colors over light colors.

Watercolor- Great for mixed media pieces, Neocolor II can be used as an under shadow for watercolor, dry pastel and color pencil to enhance detail and definition.

Textile- Apply to wet fabric and heat set with an iron (don't forget to use a barrier cloth to protect your iron) to design textile patterns, quilts, and tapestries.

Silk Screening- Draw on your screen with Neocolor II and then pull a Colorless Extender screen ink through the screen. The pastels will appear on your surface. The extender makes Neocolor II permanent on most surfaces, but be sure to do a test.

Encaustic- Because they are wax-based, Neocolor II can be used as an encaustic. Just heat and apply to your surface! (the crayon will keep its geometrical shape up to 113F).

Frottage (Rubbing)- Use like a traditional crayon to create rubbings from a textured surface (like a coin, badge, leaf, etc.).

Note- Though they are labeled with the AP seal and approved for use in schools, they are not approved for use on skin! Because they are watersoluble they are easy to clean with soap and water.

Monday, September 24, 2012

Weekly Specials: September 24-29th!

On Sale This Week

Fredrix Stretched Canvas- 50% off list!

Loew-Cornell- 50% off list!

AD Marker Travel Pack of 12 Markers with Tri-Nib Points- Now $30.00! (was $49.99)

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Escoda Artist Brushes!

We held an Escoda Brush Making demo on Thursday and we want to share what we learned!

The Escoda family has been making artist brushes--by hand--since 1933 and Ricard Escoda was gracious enough to show us how it is done! We learned a lot about different kinds of hairs that are used to make brushes and about the history of the company! Read below to learn more about the Escoda brushes we carry!

Prado Tame Gold Fiber brushes are made with synthetic fibers that are very similar to sable hair. The synthetic fibers imitate the properties (color, spring, and the ability to absorb liquids) that artists look for in a sable brush. Escoda takes this similarity even further by using a combination of three different diameters and three lengths of fibers to create a brush with the same brushstroke result as one made with natural sable hair.

Opera Takatsu Fiber brushes are made with synthetic hair that is tough, yet soft to create a good brushstroke for works in oil and acrylic.

Modernista Tadami Fiber brushes are made with a synthetic version of mongoose hair that looks and feels very natural. These brushes respond well to brushstrokes and have a good spring. They are especially good for acrylic and oil painting.

Optimo Kolinsky Sable brushes are made with a perfect combination of the best male and female sable hairs available. Kolinsky Sable hairs (named for the Kolinsky mink found in Siberia from which the hair is taken) are widely recognized as one of the best types of hair for watercolor due to its softness and natural spring. Acrylic and oil painters use them to paint portraits or to add final details to a piece. These brushes are expensive and should be treated as a treasured tool.

Reserva Kolinsky-Tajmyr Sable brushes are made with the best Kolinsky male sable hair available, which comes from the Tajmyr region in northern Siberia. Kolinsky Sable hair is widely recognized as one of the best types of hair for watercolor due to its softness and natural spring. This particular kind of Kolinsky Sable points perfectly and has an extraordinary capacity to retain liquids. These brushes are expensive and should be treated as a treasured tool. (Kolinsky-Tajmyr Sable brushes also come in travel brush form!)

Arco Badger hair brushes are expecially soft and feature long, elastic hairs that are especially suitable for fan-shaped brushes. In fact, the fan brush is the only brush shape made in Escoda's Arco Badger line.

Clasico White Bristle brushes are made with hog bristles from the Chinese city of Chungking which are widely recognized as the highest quality bristles. The natural stiffness of the bristles make this brush perfect for oil paintings and good for acrylics.

Natural Chungking Bristle brushes are made with Chungking hog bristles in their natural color. They were designed to be used in decorative painting, but have become popular for use with oils and acrylics. They come in both short handle and long handle varieties.

Friday, September 21, 2012

Sun Prints with Dye Na Flow!

Let me introduce you to Jacquard's Dye-Na-Flow, an exciting, versatile medium that you have probably passed in the store a million times!

Dye-Na-Flow is a free flowing, highly pigmented, liquid acrylic paint which produces very transparent, bold colors. It is also highly lightfast! It is made for use with any untreated fabric, both natural and synthetic, however, it can be used on any absorbent surface like gesso, wood, and concrete, as well as nonabsorbent surfaces like Yupo synthetic paper and Mylar (aka Dura-Lar). As always, please do a test on your chosen material before you begin your project. 

The fluid acrylic spreads through fabric until is it thoroughly absorbed and even and it will not alter the feel of silk or cotton fabric. Heat set with a dry iron or set with Jacquard Airfix (commonly used in productions runs). It is washable once set.

Dye-Na-Flow can be used for a variety of techniques like: spray-on tie dye, watercolor, airbrushing, the salt technique, spritzing through stencils, sponge printing and simplified batik or wax resist effects, including the serti technique. 

Or, as I recently learned---you can use Dye-Na-Flow for sun printing!

See the video below to see how to create sun print with Dye-Na-Flow! (sun printing works best with cotton--please remember to wash out the sizing before you start!)

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Carol Ann Sherman Workshop: Watercolor & Yupo

On October 24th, award winning watercolorist, Carol Ann Sherman, is coming back to Art & Frame of Sarasota for a 3-day workshop!  You will receive $50 of free art supplies when you sign up and come to 1, 2 or all 3 days of Carol Ann Sherman Yupo Workshop. ( you will receive your gift at the workshop)

Carol Ann Sherman is an artist from South Florida who teaches watercolor on Yupo, traditional watercolor, batik on rice paper and drawing. Her work is characterized by strong compositions, bold line quality, and a vibrant layering of color on color and tone on tone.

Best Foot Forward by Carol Ann Sherman

For this workshop, Carol Ann will be working with Watercolor & Yupo Paper!

When: October 24-26th, from 10-4pm
Where: Art & Frame of Sarasota
Price: You can sign up for day one, day one and two, or for all three days! (corrected 10-04-12)
One Day-$95 Two Days- $180 Three Days- $265 (Includes complimentary breakfast & lunch)

Space is limited. Call now to sign up: 941-366-2301

About Yupo Synthetic Paper:

The bright white, slick surface of the paper creates an interesting effect with translucent watercolors. Because the paper is waterproof, water evaporates into the air instead of soaking into the paper. The pigments do not soak in either, but sit on top of the paper. Colors pop on the bright white surface. Watercolor paints move easily on the smooth, slick surface and interesting textures form as the water evaporates. Because the color sits on top of the surface you can easily wipe away unwanted sections of your painting and start again with a fresh surface. Unlike traditional watercolor paper, YUPO paper requires no soaking, stretching, or taping flat!

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Liner Brushes!

Learn more!

In the video below Artist, Gisele Pope, demonstrates the proper way to use a liner brush

Loew-Cornell makes a few variations on the liner brush. The traditional liner brush has long length hair and a fine point that is great for detail. With a simple change in pressure you can create both thin and thick lines. The Mid-Length liner has a longer length and will hold more paint than a traditional liner. A Script Liner or Long Liner has an even longer length and can hold even more paint. The longer length also means that it requires more control. They are great for long scrolls, straight lines, or stroke work.

Did you know that you can try out brushes at the store before you buy them?

-Just ask at the front counter to find out how!

Monday, September 10, 2012

Escoda Brush Making Demo!

See how an Escoda brush is made!

On September 20th, 2012 Ricard Escoda, a master brush maker from Barcelona, Spain will join us at Art & Frame to illustrate and explain how Escoda brushes are made.

The Escoda family has been making brushes for artists since 1933. In that time the factory has produced over 75 million brushes--each one made by hand! Because of their attention to detail the factory has been awarded the prestigious ISO 9001 certificate, an award that recognizes quality and efficiency.

You may have seen the process in a previously posted video--if so you will not want to miss watching it live!

Ricard Escoda will be joining us on September 20th, from 2pm to 4pm! *Limited Space is Available*

Call 941-366-2301 or come in to sign up for the demo!

Artist Demo: Don Colley & Faber-Castell

Monday, October 22nd, Artist and Faber-Castell Representative, Don Colley, will be joining us at Art & Frame of Sarasota for an artist demo. His stop in Sarasota will be just a part of Don Colley's Illustrated Road Trip Across America, an 11 city tour, in which Colley will hold drawing and illustration demos with a focus on his drawing style and how Faber-Castell's PITT&reg artist pens allow him to express his style. Don uses  "PITT&reg Artist Pens, Polychromos Color Pencils, Albrecht Durer Watercolor Pencils, charcoals and graphites."

Don Colley's Illustrated Road Trip Across America starts on September 11th and includes 11 cities:

Denver, CO                
Stockbridge, MA              
Sarasota, FL      
Sante Fe, NM                
Minneapolis, MN                    
Portland, OR
Providence, RI                
Milwaukee, WI                      
New York, NY
Hartford, CT                  
Worcester, MA

You may have seen his video "On the Go with PITT Artist Pens" on our blog previously.

Visit Don Colley's website here.

Don Colley will be joining us Monday, October 22nd from 5-7pm. *Limited space is available*

Call 941-366-2301 or come in to sign up for the demo!

Weekly Specials September 10th-15th!

On Sale This Week

Holbein Artist Paints- 50% off list!

Strathmore Pads & Sketchbooks- 50% off list!

Escoda Artist Brushes- 50% off list!

Loew-Cornell- 50% off list!

Sakura (Microns, Cray Pas Oil Pastels, Koi Watercolor & More!)- 30% off list!

Faber-Castell- 50% off list!

Ampersand Artist Panels- 40% off list!

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

New Everyday Savings!

We have lowered our everyday prices on many of our most popular brands! 

Mabef Easels- 40% off list!

Studio Designs Furniture & Lighting- 40% off list!

Canson- 30% off list!

Strathmore- 30% off list!

Escoda Brushes- 40% off list!

Plus, as always Students & Teachers get an extra 10% off!