Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Airbrush Basics

Are you interested in Airbrushes?

We just had a representative from Iwata come and teach the staff about airbrushes and we would like to share some of the information we learned. This information should give beginners a basic understanding of airbrushes.

The following FAQs were provided by Iwata.

Q: What is the difference between internal-mix and external-mix?
A: In an internal-mix airbrush, the air and paint mix inside the paint tip. This produces a thorough atomization or mixing, which results in a very soft, fine spray pattern. In an external-mix airbrush, the air and paint mix outside the tip, producing a coarse spray pattern.

Q: What is meant by dual-action and single action?
A: These are two different types of airbrush triggers. Single-action airbrushes are activated by simply depressing the trigger; a preset amount of paint is automatically sprayed. To change the amount of spray, you must stop airbrushing and reset the needle adjustment screw. These are recommended for students because they are less expensive than dual-action. With the more sophisticated dual-action airbrushes, when the user depresses the trigger, only air is released; the second action of drawing back on the trigger releases the paint. This dual-action--down, then back--enables the user to adjust the volume of spray simply by manipulating the trigger and without stopping.

Q: What types of paints can be sprayed through the airbrush?
A: Any paint can be sprayed through the airbrush as long as it can be thinned to a flowable consistency (such as that of milk or ink) with the appropriate thinner.

Q: At what air pressure is the airbrush sprayed?
A: 25 pounds per square inch (psi) for artwork; 55-65 psi for T-shirts and automotive painting.

Q: Is an airbrush hard to keep clean?
A: To maintain the airbrush, simply flush it with the appropriate paint cleaning agent--Medea Airbrush Cleaner for water-based paints and paint thinner for oil-based paints. Never immerse or soak an entire airbrush. Follow up with an application of Medea Super Lube for continued smooth operation.

Q: Why are there different size tips for the airbrush?
A: Most airbrushes are adaptable to three different tips--fine, medium, and heavy--to enable different size/volume sprays and airbrush materials of varying viscosity (thick or thin). When the tip is changed in an internal-mix airbrush, the needle must also be changed to correspond (fine, medium, or heavy).

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Weekly Specials June 25th -30th

On Sale This Week!

Escoda Brushes- 50% off!  Stock up Now!

Ampersand Artist Panels- 40% off!

Da Vinci Professional Quality Artist Paints- 50% off!

Ready Made Frames- 40% off!

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

New Product Alert!

Check out NEW Arches Oil Paper!

Arches Oil Paper is a convenient, easy to use, and lightweight surface specifically formulated for use with oils. It features a powerful & efficient oil barrier that absorbs water, solvents, and binders evenly. There is no need to gesso or prime the paper, it is ready to use! The tough, durable surface of the oil paper withstands heavy brushing with stiff bristle brushes, use of palette knives, and wet paint removal (with a rag and turpentine). Each 22in. x 30in. sheet of paper is 100% cotton, 140lb., and has 4 deckled edges.

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For even more convenience and portability, try them with R&F Pigment Sticks!

Monday, June 18, 2012

Weekly Specials June 18th-23rd

On Sale This Week!

Canson Papers & Pads- 50% off list!

Arches Watercolor Sheets50% off list!

Logan Pre-Cut Mats- 50% off list!

Faber-Castell Creativity For Kids- 40% off list!

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Weekly Specials

Dear Artists,

As you know we're a discount art store and offer everyday savings. In order to show how much we appreciate your support, we'd like to provide you with even BIGGER SAVINGS ALL YEAR ROUND!! To accomplish this, we'll be running weekly sale specials on select brands throughout the store.

This week: June 11th -16th

Holbein Paints- 50% off list!

Fredrix Stretched Canvas- 50% off list!

Canson Hardbound Sketchbook 8.5x11- was $17.35, NOW $8!

Attention: Teachers & Organizations

We are now offering a Loyalty Rewards Program for Art Teachers & Organizations!

This program is our way of giving back to the community and its many extraordinary teachers who have supported Art & Frame of Sarasota throughout the years. In an effort to do this, we have developed a program where organizations and instructors will receive 2% back for any purchases their students make on art supplies and custom framing. The 2% rebate will be issued in the form of an Art & Frame gift card at the end of each calendar year.

By submitting the required information below the instructor will receive an account to track all of their student's sales. At the time of purchase the student will be asked for their instructor's name and the sale will then be recorded under the respective teachers account.

Instructors will need to send their materials requirements to Art & Frame of Sarasota three weeks prior to the start date of the course. This is to help with inventory and ensure supplies are available.

If you would like to participate in this outstanding opportunity, fax the form below to 941-366-1352 or for more information email:

Click HERE for a PDF version of the form!

New Product Alert!

Hello All,

We just started carrying R&F Pigment Sticks in the store and we are all very excited! Watch the video below to see how they work!

R&F Pigment Sticks can be painted on any support that you would choose for oil painting. For example: stretched canvas, paper, panels, plexiglass, glass, metal & much more! R&F Pigment Sticks are oil paint with just enough natural wax added to maintain a solid stick form. They are richly pigmented, with a lipstick soft consistency that gives them the same fluidity, subtlety, and durability as traditional oil colors, with the spontaneity of drawing.