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!