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Showing posts from August, 2012

Labor Day September 3rd

Art & Frame of Sarasota and our online retail website will be closed for Labor Day! Normal hours (and shipping) will resume on Tuesday!

How To Stretch Canvas from Jack Richeson Co

If you have ever wondered how to stretch your own canvas---this video is for you! The best part is at the end where Kim demonstrates how to fold the corners for a professional look.

Koi Coloring Brush Pens

On Sale Now @ Art & Frame of Sarasota! We started carrying Sakura's Koi Coloring Brush Pens in the store this summer. This week they are on sale for 40% off the list price! Watch the video below to see them in action! Features: flexible, nylon brush tip dye-based water-based ink Ideal for: illustration, journaling, sketching, rubber stamping, architectural drawings, and manga/comic art Find Sakura's Koi Coloring Brush Pens here ! Find Koi Coloring Brush Pen Sets here !

Weekly Specials August 27th-September 1st!

On Sale This Week Fredrix Stretched Canvas - 50% off list! Sakura (Microns, Cray Pas Oil Pastels, Koi Watercolor & More) - 40% off list! Arches Watercolor Paper - 40% off list! Rembrandt Oil Paints - 30% off list!

Product Testing by Faber-Castell

These videos show just how far the people at Faber-Castell will go to test their products. Check them out--and don't forget to swing by our Faber-Castell wall next time you are in the store! Did you enjoy this post? Would you like to see other videos and information about Faber-Castell on the blog? Let us know by leaving a comment! We want to hear from you!

Helpful Tip from Golden: Varnish

Have you ever applied varnish to a finished piece only to discover that your painting looks worse than before? A bad varnish job does not have to ruin the work you spent hours, days, or weeks completing--some issues can be fixed! Check out this video from Golden Artist Colors about how to correct "varnish frosting".

Weekly Specials August 20th-25th!

On Sale This Week! Holbein Artist Paint - 50% off list! Canson Papers - 40% off list! Princeton Brushes - 40% off list!

Digital Transfers from Golden!

There are a number of ways to create transfers. In these videos from Golden you will see how to use Golden Digital Grounds to print images from your computer onto fabric, acrylic skins, foil, etc. The first video demonstrates how to create and print on Acrylic Skins with Golden Digital Ground and the second video demonstrates how to print on specialty papers with Golden Digital Ground. Check out the videos and tell us what you think by commenting on this post!

New Product Alert! Strathmore Toned Paper!

Introducing Strathmore Toned Paper Sketch Pads & Journals! Strathmore 400 Series Toned Sketch Hardbound Art Journals & Sketch Pads feature 80lb., acid-free paper that is great for experimenting, quick studies, sketching, life drawing and journaling. The toned sketch series comes in two varieties, Warm Tan or Cool Gray, tones that are great for creating white highlights and dark shadows. The paper has a medium texture, which is suitable for graphite, chalk, charcoal, sketching stick, markers, china markers, colored pencils, pens and white gel pen applications. The 100% recycled paper features kraft and bark fiber inclusions for visual interest. The pads are wire-bound and the sheets are micro-perforated for easy removal. The journals feature a lightly-textured, matte cover in dark chocolate brown with a durable Smyth-sewn binding that allows pages to lay flatter. Have you already tried Strathmore's Toned Paper Sketch Pads & Journals? Let us know what you thi

Golden's Virtual Paint Mixer-Try It Now!

Golden Artist Colors has recently launched a new tool called the GoldenMXR which allows users to match colors from uploaded images. The Virtual Paint Mixer provides the exact mixture (example: 10% Medium Violet, 60% Titanium White, 30% Neutral Gray N7) of Golden Artist Colors to create the selected color. This description does not do it justice--experience it for yourself! Click this button to open GLDMXR in a pop-up window.

New Product Alert!

Introducing Princeton Catalyst Blades & Wedges! Princeton Catalyst Blades & Wedges are unique mark making tools made out of FDA-approved , heat-resistant silicone . They are great for creating texture and line with heavy-body and fluid acrylics, oils, water-miscible oils, encaustics, plaster, clay and even cake frosting! The silicone blades & wedges are easy to wipe clean and are solvent resistant, the blades can be separated from their wood handles for cleaning and easily replaced when dry, or dried paint can be simply peeled off of the silicone surface. Check out the video below to see them in action! Find Princeton Catalyst Blades & Wedges here!

Weekly Specials August 13th-18th!

Escoda Brushes - 50% off list! Canson Hardbound 8.5x11 Sketchbook - Now $8.00! A very popular size on school lists- take advantage of the low price now! Rembrandt Artist Paints - 30% off list!


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Check This Out: Watersoluble Graphite Pencils

Have You Seen Faber-Castell Watersoluble Graphite Pencils In Action? Faber-Castell Watersoluble Graphite Pencils are great for classical watercolor painting, preliminary sketches and mixed media projects. The lead is securely bonded inside the wooden casing making it break-resistant. They are coated with eco-friendly water-based varnish and come in 5 degrees of lead hardness. The varying degrees of lead hardness allow the artist to achieve a wide range of tones and the tonal range can be extended based upon the amount of water used. Watch the video below to see them in action! If you like what you see, be sure to come in the store this week and take advantage of our sale on all Faber-Castell products!

Weekly Specials August 6th-11th!

On Sale This Week! Black Ink Handmade Papers - 40% off list! Itoya Profolios - 40% off list! Faber-Castell - 50% off list!

Check This Out: YUPO Paper!

Have You Heard About YUPO Paper?  YUPO Paper (pronounced You-Po) is a unique synthetic paper, made in the USA, with a variety of applications. The paper, made from polypropylene pellets is completely tree-free, recyclable, and waterproof! Because it is essentially a plastic paper it is super-smooth, durable (it will not tear), and wipes clean easily. The neutral pH, acid free paper is great for acrylic painting, embossing, monotype, offset lithography, pencil/graphite, pen & ink, airbrushing, silkscreen, and watercolor. In fact, it is very popular with watercolor artists who want to try something new. 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 interesti