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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! 



Studio Safety for Oil Painters

Check out our first YouTube video!




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!

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
Find Krink K-60 Squeezable Markers here!

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!

SPIKEFlash Challenge: Gradationwww.spike.comSpike Full EpisodesSpike Video ClipsSpike on Facebook
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.





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



IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO SEE A SNEAK PEAK  OF CAROL ANN SHERMAN'S  BATIK ON RICE PAPER WORKSHOP   JOIN US WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 28TH FROM 3-5 PM FOR A FREE DEMONSTRATION.
SIGN UP TODAY! SPACE IS LIMITED! 941-366-2301

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!



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

We Carry Pebeo Gedeo Resin!

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. 




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! 
Find Pebeo Gedeo products here.

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.

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


IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO SEE A SNEAK PEAK  OF CAROL ANN SHERMAN'S  BATIK ON RICE PAPER WORKSHOP   JOIN US WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 28TH FROM 3-5 PM FOR A FREE DEMONSTRATION.
SIGN UP TODAY! SPACE IS LIMITED! 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)*

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 f…

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!

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

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

Donation: 10$

For more information visit their website http://suncoastwatercolorsociety.com/

ArtSlam 2012 FestivalWhen: November 10th

Where: Bradenton's Riverwalk

For more information visit their website http://www.realizebradenton.com/index.php/art-slam


Noise Ordinance 3When: 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 http://noiseordinancecd.com/

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

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 ArtTeacher: 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 PlateTeacher: Cheryl Martin
Dates & Hours: Tues, November …

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 remo…

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 orders@in2art.com 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.

Portrait Drawing in Charcoal

A video by one our customers Benny Angene



Thank you Benny!