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 elizabeth@artsarasota.org, visit www.artsarasota.org 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!

Special on Copic Markers!

Come into the store this week (September 4th-September 8th) for special pricing on Copic Markers!