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Wet Paint’s 4th Annual Summer Postcard Project

Going somewhere fun this summer? Or, having a productive stay-cation? Draw, paint, or mix up your media on a postcard-sized paper and mail it to Wet Paint! We’re putting together an exhibition of mail art from our friends and fans wherever they may be. As postcards arrive, we will photograph them to share on our social media pages and then display them in our storefront windows. At the end of the summer, we’ll host a public art opening here at Wet Paint for all of the contributing artists!

postcardimage15There’s no limit to how many postcards you can send, but in order to participate, postcards have to arrive at Wet Paint via our friendly postal carrier – – no dropping them off at the store! Don’t forget to sign your postcard(s) and let us know how to reach you. We want to make sure we’re crediting you when we post the work online and we want to be able to contact you with details about the end of summer art opening on August 18th, 2017.

General Guidelines:
-We are a family-friendly shop, so please tailor your images & words to be suitable for viewers of all ages.
-We reserve the right to not display postcards that we feel are inappropriate for this activity.
-All artwork must be original.
-In order to have your postcard displayed in our end of summer exhibition, you’ll need to have it postmarked by August 11th, 2017.
-All participating mail art must arrive at Wet Paint via US Mail.
-Keep in mind that postcards will “wear” a bit depending on how far they travel- which is part of the fun of mail art!
-Contact your local post office for shipping and postage information.
-Send one or send one every week! We’ve got big windows!

Wet Paint Address:

Wet Paint
Summer Postcard Project
1684 Grand Ave
St. Paul, MN 55105

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Verra’s Paper Pick of the Week: MN Made Marble Papers by Sally Power & Sue Bjerke

Marbling paper sounds easy: float paint on the surface of a bath, drag something thru the paint to create a pattern, lay the paper on the patterned paint, lift the paper, and – voila!  It both is and isn’t that easy…the artist has choices about what kind of paint to use and how to make it stay on top of the water’s surface; what kinds of patterns are desired and what tools are best to achieve them; what color palette is pleasing and what paper substrate enhances it; and so on.  As with so many creative endeavors, the artistry is not just in the execution, but in the years of trial and error experience that make that execution successful.

Today I want to turn the spotlight on the hand marbled papers made by two close friends (of each other and of Wet Paint): Sally Power and Sue Bjerke.  Their papers are a testament to their dedication to the craft of marbling…each sheet is a stand-alone work of art!  Although Sally and Sue both teach at the Minnesota Center for Book Arts and both use similar materials, their styles are very distinctive and unique.  Ask to see the gorgeous work of these two local artists the next time you visit the Paper Counter at Wet Paint.

Sally’s patterns can be quite lively and contemporary.  She often marbles onto different colored or toned papers, and shares the pattern name, type of paper, and grain direction on the back of each sheet.  This info is very helpful for the box maker or book artist.  I should also mention that, in addition to her full marbled sheets, she has created a pattern unique to her, that she calls “white space marbles,” where she intentionally leaves a section of the sheet almost blank.  Her reasoning is that you can add a verse, or maybe even someone’s name, on that blank space.

Sue’s papers on the other hand, are brightly colored on a bright white paper.  Her designs are marbled and over-marbled so they are super psychedelic, though her patterns tend to be more traditional than Sally’s.

These papers are hand marbled in Minnesota on machine-made paper and are roughly 17×23″ in size.

verrapaperblogMy name is Verra Blough, and I have been the Paper Department Manager at Wet Paint for 25 amazing years.  Wet Paint stocks over 20,000 individual sheets and 2,000 unique styles of paper, including papers from all over the world: China, Canada, India, Italy, Japan, Korea, Nepal, Philippines, Portugal, Thailand, and the USA.  We have some locally made ones, too!

Whether you’re looking for a surface for drawing, painting or printmaking, or a decorative sheet for bookbinding, invitations, or collage, I have the good fortune of seeing all of them and working with many of them…it would be my pleasure to help you find the perfect paper for your project.   With that in mind, I will be  blogging about paper each week, highlighting some of my favorites, as well as some helpful hints.  Let’s get started in exploring paper!


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Verra’s Paper Pick of the Week: Thai Heavy Embossed

Have you ever bought something that you then forgot about? Well, I have.  I was recently stocking a new paper purchase in my flat files and came across some papers I had brought home for a project a long time ago! These forgotten sheets were Thai Heavy Embossed with “Ficus Leaves.”  This entire Heavy Embossed group has a very soft feel and off-white color.  I bought these sheets a while back with the intention of using them as a window treatment.  I knew I didn’t want curtains, so I thought these sheets would be lovely attached to the window with a little adhesive putty.

I cut the sheets down to the appropriate sizes and discovered that, when cut, the paper has a very soft edge- which I love. I might experiment with adding a little color to them… but they also look just fine as they are (why mess with a good thing?).  I can’t wait to see what they look like once they’re up.  I’ve left them out – so I don’t forget them again! –  and plan to put them up at home soon.  I’ll try to get a good picture of the finished product if I can (feel free to ask me about my new window shades the next time you’re in the store!).

The “Thai Heavy Embossed” group of papers are 22×30″ and handmade in Thailand.

Also, this is a fantastic show and will be up for another 2 weeks- until May 13 at the Textile Center. Mary Hark’s indigo dyed handmade paper and fabric is gorgeous! Check it out!

verrapaperblogMy name is Verra Blough, and I have been the Paper Department Manager at Wet Paint for 25 amazing years.  Wet Paint stocks over 20,000 individual sheets and 2,000 unique styles of paper, including papers from all over the world: China, Canada, India, Italy, Japan, Korea, Nepal, Philippines, Portugal, Thailand, and the USA.  We have some locally made ones, too!

Whether you’re looking for a surface for drawing, painting or printmaking, or a decorative sheet for bookbinding, invitations, or collage, I have the good fortune of seeing all of them and working with many of them…it would be my pleasure to help you find the perfect paper for your project.   With that in mind, I will be  blogging about paper each week, highlighting some of my favorites, as well as some helpful hints.  Let’s get started in exploring paper!


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Verra’s Paper Picks of the Week: Thai Banana & Thai Mango (yum!)

I really enjoy working with papers, especially ones with natural inclusions- like flower petals, grasses, bark, and leaves.  They’ve got to be some of my all-time faves!  If you like gardening like I do, you have to explore the “Thai Banana” and “Thai Mango” sheets- they are so cool to work with!

The sheets are mulberry and kozo fibers with added inclusions.  The “Banana” group is filled with banana leaves and pieces, while the mango group is filled with – what else – lots of mango leaves.

I have used these sheets for many projects, but one of my favorite was to create table decorations for a garden party- it was a blast! I covered little glass votive containers with a little help from some double-sided tape, added a flickering LED light, and voila! Cute lights!  I also covered glass vases with the paper (again using double-sided tape) and then filled the vases with fresh flowers. Easy peasy, floral centerpieces! I felt it created a magical look without a lot of supplies…I have always been of the mind that “less is more.” With spring upon us, I can’t wait to find more ways to incorporate Thai natural papers to other garden projects.

Sheets are 25×37″ and machine made in Thailand.  Thai Banana is available in 20 color options and Thai Mango has 17 color choices.

verrapaperblogMy name is Verra Blough, and I have been the Paper Department Manager at Wet Paint for 25 amazing years.  Wet Paint stocks over 20,000 individual sheets and 2,000 unique styles of paper, including papers from all over the world: China, Canada, India, Italy, Japan, Korea, Nepal, Philippines, Portugal, Thailand, and the USA.  We have some locally made ones, too!

Whether you’re looking for a surface for drawing, painting or printmaking, or a decorative sheet for bookbinding, invitations, or collage, I have the good fortune of seeing all of them and working with many of them…it would be my pleasure to help you find the perfect paper for your project.   With that in mind, I will be  blogging about paper each week, highlighting some of my favorites, as well as some helpful hints.  Let’s get started in exploring paper!


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Verra’ Paper Picks of the Week: Rives de Lin & Cavallini

Rives de Lin

Ever get bored using the same paper over and over? Well, now during the “Make Your Mark Sale,” we have a super paper deal on Rives de Lin: only $4.99 a sheet ($11.99 MSRP)! This beautiful off- white paper is not your run-of-the-mill Rives…you would swear it’s a handmade sheet.  Rives de Lin is 23.5×31.5,” 300gr. and features a lovely, distinctive texture that results from its production, as well as its  85% cotton and 15% linen content. Rives de Lin is great for all kinds of drawing and dry media, and – like its cousin Rives BFK –  good for printmaking, too.

The Make Your Mark Sale is from March 1st thru April 30th, 2017

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Cavallini

I have always thought any of our papers could be used as artwork for your walls, but did you ever think that someone would create a line of paper for just that purpose? Italian Cavallini paper is just that, and the entire collection (of over 50 patterns!) is really fun! The images look like old timey illustrations from back in the day…reproductions of anatomy lessons, alphabets, bird illustrations, and maps- just to name a few. The sheets are 20×28″ in size and have a lovely laid finish. I recently had a customer cut one of the alphabet sheets for a quick and fun batch of flash cards to teach her grandson the ABC’s.

verrapaperblogMy name is Verra Blough, and I have been the Paper Department Manager at Wet Paint for 25 amazing years.  Wet Paint stocks over 20,000 individual sheets and 2,000 unique styles of paper, including papers from all over the world: China, Canada, India, Italy, Japan, Korea, Nepal, Philippines, Portugal, Thailand, and the USA.  We have some locally made ones, too!

Whether you’re looking for a surface for drawing, painting or printmaking, or a decorative sheet for bookbinding, invitations, or collage, I have the good fortune of seeing all of them and working with many of them…it would be my pleasure to help you find the perfect paper for your project.   With that in mind, I will be  blogging about paper each week, highlighting some of my favorites, as well as some helpful hints.  Let’s get started in exploring paper!


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Verra’s Paper Picks of the Week: Japanese Chiyogami and Kinwashi

Chiyogami

I recently put up a display in the paper department of Japanese chiyogami papers (also known as Yuzen in the U.S.).   Chiyogami papers feature intricate, silkscreened patterns on machine made sheets of mixed kozo and sulphite.  The pattern choices are truly amazing with a huge range of themes & designs: birds, florals, geometrics, symbols and more.  The pattern size is small, the color saturation is striking, and the registration is spot on.   I can tell you first hand that once you feel and see this paper, the ideas for possible applications will flow.  We’ve even had customers buy a sheet and take it directly to Kate to have it custom framed…they’re that beautiful!

Sheets are 26×39″ (and we do sell them in half sheets, too).

 

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Kinwashi

I can still remember the day, like it was yesterday, when I bought my first decorative sheet of paper.  It was the lovely Japanese Kinwashi in the Natural color. To be honest with you, the hardest part of the purchase was deciding between natural or white- they’re both so lovely!  At that time, I was making handmade greeting cards and needed to create a gauze effect with a natural look, and Kinwashi was perfect…even better than I expected!

Carol Spohn recently taught a class using Kinwashi as a collage paper with watercolors. The results her class got were really inspiring.  It’s really fun to work with lightweight, yet durable paper like Kinwashi!

Kinwashi is machine made with manila hemp and mixed kozo fibers. Sheets are 24×36″ and it comes in white and natural.

verrapaperblogMy name is Verra Blough, and I have been the Paper Department Manager at Wet Paint for 25 amazing years.  Wet Paint stocks over 20,000 individual sheets and 2,000 unique styles of paper, including papers from all over the world: China, Canada, India, Italy, Japan, Korea, Nepal, Philippines, Portugal, Thailand, and the USA.  We have some locally made ones, too!

Whether you’re looking for a surface for drawing, painting or printmaking, or a decorative sheet for bookbinding, invitations, or collage, I have the good fortune of seeing all of them and working with many of them…it would be my pleasure to help you find the perfect paper for your project.   With that in mind, I will be  blogging about paper each week, highlighting some of my favorites, as well as some helpful hints.  Let’s get started in exploring paper!


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Verra’s Paper Pick of the Week: Thai Marble Momi and Japanese Ogura Lace

Thai Marble Momi

I love the feel of paper.  The tactile experience is one of my favorite things about it – so many lovely textures to soothe the senses.  I’ve always enjoyed the Thai Marble Momi group for that exact reason- it’s very fabric like and colorful.  So many swirled color combinations- this line includes 19 fabulous options.  We recently added four new colors to the range we stock…I can’t wait to start working with the one called “Tropical Reef” which has a blend of lime greens, pink, turquoise, and copper.

When you hand-tear this paper, it creates soft edges making it wonderful for any paper arts projects involving glue or layering.

Sheets are 24×36″ hand marbled in Thailand. Made from kozo and wood pulp.

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Japanese Ogura Lace

This paper is a great, fiberous lace that can be used as a collage paper.  I have found it tears easily and creates wonderful feathery edges.  I even used it as a window covering for my basement windows- I just love how it filters the light!

Sheets are available in 3 colors and are 21×31″ in size.  Machine made with manila hemp in Japan.

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verrapaperblogMy name is Verra Blough, and I have been the Paper Department Manager at Wet Paint for 25 amazing years.  Wet Paint stocks over 20,000 individual sheets and 2,000 unique styles of paper, including papers from all over the world: China, Canada, India, Italy, Japan, Korea, Nepal, Philippines, Portugal, Thailand, and the USA.  We have some locally made ones, too!

Whether you’re looking for a surface for drawing, painting or printmaking, or a decorative sheet for bookbinding, invitations, or collage, I have the good fortune of seeing all of them and working with many of them…it would be my pleasure to help you find the perfect paper for your project.   With that in mind, I will be  blogging about paper each week, highlighting some of my favorites, as well as some helpful hints.  Let’s get started in exploring paper!


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Verra’s Paper Picks of the Week: Decor Blossoms & Amime Lace

verrapaperblogMy name is Verra Blough, and I have been the Paper Department Manager at Wet Paint for 25 amazing years.  Wet Paint stocks over 20,000 individual sheets and 2,000 unique styles of paper, including papers from all over the world: China, Canada, India, Italy, Japan, Korea, Nepal, Philippines, Portugal, Thailand, and the USA.  We have some locally made ones, too!

Whether you’re looking for a surface for drawing, painting or printmaking, or a decorative sheet for bookbinding, invitations, or collage, I have the good fortune of seeing all of them and working with many of them…it would be my pleasure to help you find the perfect paper for your project.   With that in mind, I will be blogging about paper each week, highlighting some of my favorites, as well as some helpful hints.  Let’s get started in exploring paper!

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Decor Blossoms from Nepal

This paper is handmade in Nepal from the fibrous bark  of the daphne cannabina- a bushy herb commonly known as “Lokta.”  Sheets are 19.5×29.5″ and are available in 4 color combinations: Slate on Cream, Gold on Navy Blue, Gold on Sage, and Gold on Black.

This beautiful sheet can be used for many paper art applications- book arts, collage, and decoupage- or with the Slate on Cream style, just add color to it like an oversized coloring book page! You could even just hang it up as art to enjoy on your wall.

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Japanese Amime Lace

I’ve always loved clean lines, intersecting lines, and grids. The entire Amime Lace series (of 13 colors!) really speaks to me- the grid pattern and the range of colors make me very happy.  I would like to highlight a particular favorite with the “hot pink” color.  This color says summer time to me when everything in my weird world revolves around bright colors.  Who doesn’t need a little summer feeling right now?  Hot Pink Amime Lace would also be totally appropriate for your handmade valentine…ooh la la! Whatever the project, I enjoy paring up bright colors with a crisp white paper for a fresh look and adding the various colored grids to my collages to create depth.


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Williamsburg Handmade Oil Colors, Mediums and Grounds

darinheadThis blog post is written by Darin Rinne, longtime General Manager, and now co-owner of Wet Paint.

Wet Paint carries over a dozen different paint options for the oil painter.  Why so many?  We feel that it’s critical to have the tools needed for communicating every painter’s vision, and painters’ tastes in oil paint are as varied as their paintings!

Williamsburg oils are a Wet Paint staff and customer favorite. Williamsburg currently manufactures over one hundred seventy artist quality colors, many of which are unique to them…there’s something here for every oil painter, and likely more than a few surprises and “must haves!” Each pigment is milled in small batches to its own unique standard – ranging from very fine to coarse.  Some colors feel slightly gritty, while others are super smooth.  This approach preserves the range of textures that oil paints have historically had, and insures that the beauty and luminosity of each individual pigment is emphasized.

And they’re not just color…Williamsburg also offers an extensive line of mediums and grounds, too, encompassing everything from the traditional to the contemporary.

viridiancolorswatch viridianfreetubeThru February 10th, you can purchase Williamsburg at Wet Paint for the lowest price anywhere: 40% off!  If you’re already painting with Williamsburg, it’s a great time to stock up.  If you’re new to the line, it’s a great time to try it and see what the buzz is about!  Additionally (and this is huge): while supplies last, get a 37ml tube of Viridian at NO CHARGE when you purchase three tubes of Williamsburg at 40% off!  A fixture on most traditional palettes, Viridian is a semi-transparent, slightly milky green that tints to a soft, minty grey-green.  Mix it with Alizarin Crimson to achieve a muted chromatic black.  Williamsburg gives their Viridian a fine grind that imparts a velvety lusciousness.  With a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $37.29,  this is no incidental give away…don’t miss this opportunity!


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Big News from Wet Paint

As Wet Paint enters its 41st year on Grand Avenue in Saint Paul owner Beth Bergman is excited to announce her retirement at the end of 2016. Long-time employees Darin Rinne and Scott Fares will become the new proprietors. After 33 years provisioning artists in the Twin Cities and across the country Beth intends to move to the other side of the counter and focus on making art herself.

Wet Paint is renowned for its excellent selection of over 35,000 high quality art supplies and papers and the knowledgeable staff that supports artists of all levels of intention. Located at the corner of Grand and Cambridge, Wet Paint has grown from a small storefront serving local students into a nationally and internationally recognized center for quality and expertise. In 2015 the store expanded to increase the framing department and add space dedicated to classes for kids and adults on everything from origami and printmaking to watercolor techniques and mat cutting.  Bergman and Wet Paint are both well known for their support of the arts, artists, and independent business, a distinction that will continue under Darin and Scott’s direction.

For questions please contact Scott Fares or Darin Rinne at 651 698 6431. Email: darin@wetpaintart.com, scott@wetpaintart.com.