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First Wednesday Mini Canvas Award Party! Awards announced at 5:30pm.|
October 5th, 4-7pm
Enjoy the mini appetizers as you peruse the amazing artwork by our local artist community. All created on tiny canvases from 1x1 up to 2x4 inches. Great time to buy some affordable art and all monies go to the artist! Vote for your favorite to win the "People's Choice Award" given at the end of October.
OCTOBER Artist of the Month Cherry Beeken|
Art Reception: October 5th, 4-7pm
You know how you can go into a bar and order a flight of beers? Well - this show is like that. This show is a flight of some of my styles of painting. Three distinct forms of expression that I am deeply involved with. Birds delight me. I paint them from photos. I imagine I will never stop painting them. The dot paintings are a meditative practice of Zen and Dreamtime. I was introduced to this style of painting in 1996 while in Australia. I sat with Aborigine women in a circle at the Uluru cultural center painting with q-tips and talking. I am in constant wonder of the Dreamtime stories. Finally the turquoise value study on three panels is a continuation of a style I have painted for over 15 years. This style has been my most popular, yet it feels as if the paint leads the way.
SALE & NEW PRODUCTS
50% Off Singles
60% Off a Case
It's time for our annual canvas sale. Take this opportunity to stock up on your favorite sizes.
New Low Price!|
Creative Center SALE $234.99
Including table, chair, lamp and tool caddy. While supplies last.
Just in! New Art Kits for Kids!|
Shop early for best selection!
GAMVAR 20% Off|
Protect and unify your paintings with the perfect picture varnish now in 3 finishes; Gloss, Satin, and Matte. Click the picture for more info on varnishing.
NEW! Johanna Basford Coloring Canvas|
Your favorite scenes from Johanna Basford's inky adventures have leapt off the page and onto ready-to-hang artist-quality canvases! Explore all of Johanna's worlds, from the Secret Garden, through the Enchanted Forest and Magical Jungle to the depths of the Lost Ocean. Each canvas features an intricate original design printed on 8 oz. primed cotton, stretched around an acid-free paper board and a 3/4" deep pine frame. Pair Johanna Basford coloring canvas with sets of #coloring markers, pens or paint for a truly creative experience!
New! ZIG Brushables Markers|
These dual ended brush markers come in 24 colors. One side is tinted 50% lighter than the other side which doubles your colors to 48! Click the picture for a video on some ideas of how to use them.
New Art Department Sketchbooks!|
These sketchbooks come with 100 sheets of acid free, 60 pound paper, at an affordable everyday price.
NEW! $9.99 Wood Panel Super Value Packs|
These value-priced, super value packs of double-sided, uncradled wood panels allow artists to bring the strength and beauty of wood into their work for a fraction of the cost of a heavier cradled wood panel. The smooth birch wood surface is great for traditional painting and drawing, as well as mounting, mixed media work, encaustic, model making and craft use, while the 5mm MDF core adds strength and resists warping. The number of panels per pack varies by size.
NEW! Medium W|
Make any oil paint water-mixable! Mix one part Medium W to two parts oil color to increase gloss and transparency of oils, balance drying and wash brushes with water instead of organic solvents, such as turpentine or paint thinner. This is a low odor, non-toxic alternative to traditional oil painting mediums and solvents, and is compatible with most oil colors. Available in the Medium W liquid medium and jellylike Medium W Gel.
Blue Q Bags|
These are the worlds greatest recycled bags. Made from 95% post consumer material. They come in coin, pen & pencil, bigger pen & pencil, messenger, and shoppers. They are designed with pockets to hold the things we carry today including keys, phones, ipads and of course art supplies! The little bags organize the big bags. Plus they have the most awesome designs and we have a ton of them.
30% OFF QOR WATERCOLORS|
You've never seen color so vibrant! Art Department just received a good sized sample swatch of each color. Take the guess work out. Come in and see for yourself how the color looks in real life before you buy. Painting by customer Paula Fontanini, "I was impressed with the richness of the color".
Magazines are Back!|
Need a little inspiration at a small price? Pick up an art magazine. We are just starting to receive our shipments of 6 different titles.
The Artist Magazine
The Pastel Journal
Artists & Makers
Wood Panel Super Value Packs Now $26.95|
These value-priced, super value packs of cradled wood panels are great for painting, especially thick, heavy applications and palette knife work, as well as encaustic, mixed media and craft use as a shadow box, frame or tray. The 4mm hand-sanded birch wood surface is smooth for detailed work and mounting, while the sturdy pine cradle adds support and allows for hanging without a frame. Available in two profile depths: Studio panels have a 3/4" deep profile and Gallery panels have a 1-1/2" deep profile. The number of panels per pack varies by size. Reg. price 54.99.
Click here for a great video! It's summer! Lets make some sunprints! Check out these dyes that react to sunlight! Works on fabric or paper. Easy clean up. Make your own unique t-shirt designs!
NEW Akua Intaglio and Liquid Pigment Inks
Akua Intaglio's soy-based formulation offers unmatched working properties – it will not skin over in the jar or dry on the printmaking plate and cleans up easily with soap and water. Excellent for Intaglio/Etching, Monotype, Relief and Collagraph printmaking. Available in 27 beautiful colors. Akua Liquid Pigment Inks are exceptionally strong, yet transparent-ideal for mult-layering. Their extended open time allows for convenience in working. Use for Monotype Brushwork, Japanese Woodcut and Drawing or for tinting Akua Intaglio and other inks.
NEW! 40% off DaVinci Brushes! |
DaVinci Impasto Top Acryl Brush: Extra strong and stiff for Acrylics and Oils. This brush is perfect for using with texture gels and pastes. It is the "elastic painting knife brush"
DaVinci Cosmotopspin Brush:
These hand made brushes are our favorite watercolor brush. Although they are synthetic, they perform like natural hair. Their long-lasting, high quality fibers have an energetic spring and they hold more water than any other synthetic.
NEW Solvent-Free Painting Materials|
More possibilities. Less compromise.
Gamblin’s Solvent-Free Gel and Solvent-Free Fluid Medium painting mediums, both crafted from American-grown soybean and safflower oils, increase the flow of oil colors and moderately speed drying. Solvent-Free Gel retains marks and texture more readily than our Solvent-Free Fluid medium.
For cleaning brushes during solvent-free painting sessions, we recommend Gamblin Safflower Oil. When used as a painting medium, Gamblin Safflower oil will increase flow and slow drying.
Made in Portland, Oregon!
NEW! Watch Parts|
Look for the packages of Watch Parts. Use them in your assemblages, altered art, or any other kind of mixed media project!
NEW! Wax Seal Sets & Single Wax Sticks|
Add the elegant touch of a wax seal to those special letters, secret messages, and invitations! The sets are available with different seal designs and colored waxes. Already have a seal? Now stocking the refill single wax sticks.
NEW! General's Original Charcoal Pencils|
An excellent quality pencil made of high carbon and fine organic blacks available in 4 degrees of black and 1 degree of white. White can be worked over the black. All are pre-sharpened and have smooth cedar casings. Recommended by our drawing teacher, Ian Factor. Made in the USA.
NEW! FLUID 100 WATERCOLOR PAPER|
This 100% Cotton watercolor paper comes in blocks, packets and sheets in a bunch of sizes in 140# and 300# Cold Press and 140# Hot Press. Come in and try our new favorite watercolor paper. Works great with acrylics and dry medias as well.
NEW PASTEL PAPER|
We are so excited about the NEW Pastel Premier Paper by Global Art. This archival 100% cotton145# paper can take up to 25 layers of pastel. Available in white and Italian clay; sheets, packs, and rolls; and in 3 toothy grits. It is so durable that it can be used with oil, acrylics, colored pencil and other dry media.
Molskine Journals, Sketch, Watercolor, Grid, Reporter, Ruled, and more. |
Art Department is fully stocked on these quality little journals.
NEOCOLOR I -- New at Art Department, these highly pigmented wax crayons are NOT your childs color crayons. Use them alone, as a resist, or draw over encaustics or dry cold wax for detail. |
NEOCOLOR II -- A long time favorite, these versatile water-soluble crayons are luscious dry or wet. You can scrape into them dry or blend them together with a wet brush. Plus, they have a high lightfast rating to boot.
NEOPASTEL -- We have never seen such an array of color intensity in an oil pastel. The sticks contain permanent artist pigments and are supremely smooth and blendable.
You can't go wrong with one of these. These beautiful handmade certificates can be for any denomination and used on one or multiple visits towards merchandise or classes with no expiration date.
DEPARTMENT OF SILLY|
Bring a smile to someones face, remember us for stocking stuffers and Gag Gifts! Ton's of funny, insulting, crazy little things like the full size Inflatable Turkey, Bacon Bandages, Instant British Accent Spray, and of course the classic extending Freeloader Fork. Check it out!
40% OFF Princeton Oil & Acrylic Brushes|
Artist's quality brushes come in a variety of shapes. Their stiff yet soft tapered tips lend more control than less expensive brushes. Treat yourself, you and your paintings deserve the best!
COPIC MARKERS NEW LOW PRICE!|
All 358 colors of Copic Sketch Markers are in stock at the new everyday sale price of $5.50 each! These markers have replaceable nibs and the ink is refillable. Click the picture to find out more about these awesome pens.
40% OFF WOOD CRADLED PANELS - Now Stocking New Sizes!|
Made in Salem by American Easel, these panels are constructed of a smooth solid poplar wood 1 5/8” cradle (frame around the back) for strength and rigidity and a top quality birch wood face. The company uses locally grown and sustainable materials from Pacific Northwest mills that have a vested interest in preserving the forests for future generations. We love these!
Many of our customers are turning them over and using them as frames.