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Is That a Pencil in Your Pocket?

There’s been a lot of attention paid in the media to the pushback against digital tablets in favor of, well, tablets.  It seems that more and more folks are discovering (or rediscovering) the appeal of making marks on paper.  And while you hear a lot about all the different kinds of notebooks out there, the tools that are doing the actual writing and drawing are sometimes less recognized.  What better way to “fix” that (pun intended and explained below) than to cast a discerning and appreciative eye on our old friend, the humble pencil?

IMG_6447For many people, a pencil has a wooden, yellow barrel with a pink eraser on top.  That describes Dixon’s Ticonderoga, amongst others, and we’ve got ‘em at Wet Paint.  We’ve also got lots of pencils specifically made for drawing.  Artist-grade pencils are like the fancy cousins of the “yellow pencil”…they’re related, in that they have lead encased in a wooden barrel.  The big difference is the very high quality lead they contain and the fact that this lead comes in a bunch of different hardnesses (see the guide below), allowing the artist to make a range of marks from smudgy dark to scratchy light.  Caran d’Ache produces a remarkable artists’ graphite pencil called Grafwood – 15 hardnesses of the nicest graphite you’ve ever used.  Czech company Koh-I-Noor is credited with the creation of the graphite pencil we know today…Wet Paint stocks their Toison D’or line of artists’ pencils.  We also carry high quality pencils from German Faber Castell, Austrian Cretacolor and English Derwent.

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Sometimes a pencil is that thing that clicks when you push down on the eraser and lead comes out.  Those are known as mechanical pencils and we’ve got tons of those, too.  Modern mechanical pencils are available in four standard lead sizes – .3mm, .5mm, .7mm and .9mm – and a variety of lead hardnesses (though not as many as artists’ pencils).  Pentel’s new Orenz actually comes in a teeny tiny .2mm, but it’s the exception!  One of our favorite new mechanical pencils is the OHTO SHARP .5mm wooden mechanical pencil.  It looks like a small, regular pencil, but it clicks!  Available in three appealing colors…I think everybody on staff owns at least one of them!

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The architects and engineers reading this may have their hands in the air at this point, because there are also mechanical style pencils that hold larger lead sizes than the four I mentioned above.  Lead holders, as these are called, accept lead sizes from 2mm to 5.6mm.  This heartier lead is perfect for the demands placed on it by makers…of buildings and art.  One of our most popular lead holders is the Fixpencil (remember my pun?) from Caran d’Ache.  Available in several lead sizes, color accents, and surfaces, the Fixpencil combines workman-like durability with sleek Swiss design…they are very handsome tools.

Back to the basic yellow pencil.  Some of our favorite writing tools are essentially “regular” pencils, just more stylish.  The Blackwing pencil, for instance, only comes in a few different hardnesses, but in a multitude of limited edition finishes and colored barrels.  The unique square ferrules and replaceable erasers make them stand out from the crowd.  Speaking of standing out, my favorite #2 pencils of all time have to be the Viarco Vintage series pencils.  Both pencils and packaging are faithful reproductions of Viarco products from the 1940s to the 1970s. These boxes are so authentic, a slip of paper had to be added to accommodate a bar code! These six unique 12-pencil boxes are designed in Portugal using long-established production methods, and the quality you’ve come to expect from Viarco.  They are almost too fantastic to use.

Oh, and we’ve got notebooks, too….


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Water Soluble Drawing Materials…Like Watercolor Without the Commitment!

Drawing is fun.  If you’re reading this, you’ve probably done it all your life!  I liked to draw as a kid, like many kids do.  On a trip to the Ben Franklin, I begged my mom for a set of crayons that the package told me could be activated with a wet brush…just like paint.  What could be better than watercolor you can draw with, I thought.  The world is a wonderful place!  Imagine my crushing disappointment when I got home and my new crayons did not perform as advertised…they weren’t even a little water soluble!  It obviously still haunts me.  I’m happy to report that Wet Paint has a bunch of top notch drawing materials that play nicely with water…we’re not gonna wreck a little kid’s day (or a big kid’s, either!).

Painting with watercolor is hard.  It’s very immediate – like drawing – but there’s no backsies.  It’s transparent and – mostly – not removable.  The beauty of working with water soluble drawing materials is that they’re easier to “fix”…you have the option to use water, but you don’t have to.  Draw dry and leave it be if you want.  But – if you want to activate part (or all) of your drawing with a painterly flourish – go for it.  You can move & blend  as much or as little as you want, in a very controlled way.  It truly is like watercolor without the commitment (thanks to my friend Megan Vossler for this line which I’ve used hundreds of times since she first coined it!).

A few years ago, one of our favorite importers started bringing in Artgraf products from Viarco, fine art drawing materials manufacturers in Portugal.  Their “Tailor Shape” carbon disc quickly became my most favorite art supply.  It had almost everything: – Dense, dark marks?  Check.  The Carbon Disc is basically a black crayon, but what a black crayon!  The line is reminiscent of a finer litho crayon or China marker, but it’s more versatile than either (see below). – Easy to use, easy to hold?  Check.  The unique “Tailor Shape” (it’s like the little tablet the tailor uses to make marks on your clothes for alterations) fits comfortably in your hand and allows you to use the edge for fine lines, the sides for broad strokes. – Blendable dry or wet?  Check. Sure, you can smudge it like any old crayon, but its water solubility is its magic.  Pass a wet brush over a line and watch it move.  Touch a wet brush to your Carbon Disc and brush it on paper…you would swear it’s India ink!  Deep, dark passages, or subtle, barely there washes…they are all available to you.

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ArtGraf Monochromatic Set

Remember I said the Carbon Disc had almost everything?  Well, it was only black.  Hardly a problem, but I had dreams of a white to go with the black.  Instead I got six fantastic Earth Color Carbon Discs, then – later – three Primary Color Carbon Discs (same shape, same properties, lotsa colors that mix beautifully), but no white.  Until this past November, when the Monochromatic Set arrivedMy favorite black Carbon Disc was joined by Graphite Grey and long-awaited White!  Now you can draw with an entire range of tones, tints and colors…take that childhood disappointment!

Speaking of childhood, the watersoluble crayons I should have gotten as a youngster – if I had Wet Paint there to help me – are Caran d’Ache’s Neocolor II.  84 colors of water-blendable goodness that are perfect for coloring and drawing.  Many people are familiar with these crayons as face paint.  Though that is not their intended use, it does give you a sense of their creaminess and water solubility.  Neocolor II’s are a staple at Wet Paint…we’ve got all 84 colors individually as well as in sets.

museumwatercolorpencilsCaran d’Ache also produces the most highly regarded water soluble colored pencil, the Museum Aquarelle.  Marks made with Museum pencils that have been blended with water are indistinguishable from traditional tube or pan watercolor.  The 76 colors are remarkably lightfast, just like an artists’ grade paint.  These are the best of the best.

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Derwent XL Charcoal Blocks

English pencil manufacturer Derwent has been producing pencils since 1832.  Their Inktense extra vibrant, “ink like” watercolor pencils are still one of the most asked for products at Wet Paint, years after their introduction captivated artists worldwide.  More recently, Derwent launched a short range of traditional graphite and charcoal blocks, but with a few twists: the blocks are BIG, the blocks have color, and the blocks are water soluble.  They are: Derwent’s XL Blocks!  The XL Graphite range contains four super subtle shades, plus traditional graphite tones in soft and extra soft.  Imagine a big, squared 4B pencil without the wood!  Similarly, Derwent’s XL Charcoal Blocks come in four rich, natural colors, plus black and white.  They handle just like the less hearty compressed charcoals you’ve used in the past…they’re just bigger and stronger!  XL Blocks are available individually, or in handsome metal tin sets of six Graphite or Charcoal Blocks.

And this just scratches the surface.  I could fill a whole other post talking about watercolor pencils from Faber Castell (Durer & Durer Magnus), Koh-I-Noor (Mondeluz), Bruynzeel and Prismacolor, as well as water soluble graphite from Faber Castell, General’s, Cretacolor, Viarco (kneadable graphite…wow!), and Lyra.  But you get the idea.  We’ve got the water soluble drawing supplies to make every artists’ dream come true!


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Add (some) Color to Daily Drawing Practice

Chris, on our staff, told me about his project last year to do one sketch a day. At first I thought, “Heck, how hard is that?” Then I tried it. After letting a couple of days get away the coin dropped and I recognized that it’s a very tough challenge. Like New Year’s resolutions to work out every day, to improve your bass guitar playing, to run three times a week, or to learn French with an app on your phone, this is about setting aside minutes every day for practice. Daily practice gets you ready for the race. One-a-day sketches will not be not 365 masterpieces. Like playing musical scales or making time for a walk or a run, hitting the minutes is the goal. The first week or so you may just be doing a few minutes each day before you are fatigued but you get stronger. The trick is trying for one more minute the next day and then more after that.

My goal is to get in 25-30 minutes of drawing practice each day and thanks to the realization that this is training, not the race, I’m finally doing it.

Here’s how I got a good start; toned paper. One of our regular customers came in to pick up a new pocket sketchbook and was showing me his cartoons and caricatures. He draws people he sees outside and in the skyways in his grey-tinted book and uses a white chalk or marker to punch things up. Then a couple of days later I saw a documentary on the Civil War that used illustrations with black and sepia conte on kraft-color brown paper with a yellow ochre rubbed into the backgrounds to pop them out. It was simple and looked good. So I got a kraft color Stonehenge pad-a small-ish one, since I was working with pencils.  To my regular assortment of regular pencils I added a white Pitt marker and made some fun little drawings. I’d do a sketch of random shapes or copy part of a picture from the newspaper and then fill the background with the white Pitt pen. The pop-out effect is like magic!  A couple of days later I added a 30% grey Prismacolor colored pencil, then a cream Conte crayon, then a silver Gelly Roll ball pen. After using white in the backgrounds I started adding dots of white in textures then highlights. (I really like the Signo white pen for those.) Also check out the amazing sketches of Don Colley for more inspiration.

The sketch pad is on the kitchen counter and it is filling up because I am picking it up and doing my drawings every day.

The other thing I realized is that even though I started after to first of the year I’m not behind schedule. A year from when I started will be January  16th. If you see me in the store ask me how it’s going and let me know how your year of sketches is coming along.


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Gift Ideas from Wet Paint Staff

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VIRGINIA- Artist, teacher, & Programming Manager at Wet Paint

Virginia’s Gift Picks

8 and up Manuscript Dip Pens…Harry Potter fans -check out the fancy feather dip quill! Paired with a pot of the Herbin “1670” Anniversary Ink deep brown color with light red reflections and sparkling gold effect.  Add a Nostalgie sketchbook for the perfect surface to set down your dreams, doodles, magic potions and more in ink.

Teen/young adult Speedball or AKUA Monoprinting Starter Kits paired with Strathmore blank Greeting cards and envelopes. It’s easy, and everything you need to start printmaking immediately.  Plus, there’s fast clean up and a basic YouTube tutorial.  All your Valentine’s Day, party invites, and holiday card dilemmas solved! 

Family gift 12 Months of Paper 2017 calendar paired with the Awagami Washi Packs and you have an instant monthly family or friends night activity all year (excellent instructions and video help included).  Why not add a gift card to Wet Paint? Plus, it is light to ship too.

 

 

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MEG –Painter, illustrator, metalsmith, & Wet Paint Floor Manager

Meg’s Gift Picks

For the art appreciator:

This handsome desktop calendar features reproductions of vintage prints by master printmaker Serizawa Keisuke. A perfect gift for the one who appreciates beautiful objects and loves staying organized!
For the young artist: 
The Faber-Castell My World of Art activity kit comes with over 90 pieces to create and customize your own globe! It’s a perfect blend of educational and creative, and will yield results any youngster will be proud to display.
The beginning painter:
The Liquitex Basics Acrylic Tin is the perfect setup for a beginning painter.  It’s a great selection of colors at an amazing price!  Pair it with our Intro to Acrylics class happening in January to get the aspiring painter well on their way!
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LIZ –Watercolorist, illustrator, teacher, & Wet Paint Salesperson

Liz’ Gift Picks
For any artist
These items together make the perfect gift for any artist. Just add water for hours of fun or studious value studies. ArtGraf is a medium you can draw and paint with!


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Week 4: Collection Collage with Jane Hammond

scrapbook-arlesMany artists are known for collecting- whether it is art supplies, paper scraps or oddities, things tend to accumulate!  This week we want to see your stuff in a beautiful layout in your sketchbook like the one pictured by the fabulous Jane Hammond.  Sketch, photograph, paint, or collage your favorite things, tchotchkes, and memorabilia on the page (or pages). Feel free to tell us a short quip about your collection and your favorite mixed media when you post.  Think you don’t have a collection? What about your selection of earrings?  Or your keys? Find a stash of something that is like a collection and put it on the page!

This week at Wet Paint, all Faber-Castell Polychromos Colored Pencils and Albrecht Durer Watercolor Pencils are 15% off our everyday price (includes sets)!  These are two favorite pencil lines of the Wet Paint staff!

These Weekly Workouts will be posted as Events in our Facebook Group, click here to join!
We will also post our exercises here on our blog
Click here to see our list of suggested art supplies


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Summer Session Art Date 1: Mosey at the Museum

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A local favorite: the Minneapolis Institute of Arts

Take some time to stroll around your local museum- it doesn’t have to be an art museum, but your grandma’s basement doesn’t count!  Think something cultural or science-y, artistic or natural. What exhibit grabs your eye? Does it remind you of something?   How will this moment influence and motivate you in your art? Sketch your impressions of the exhibit or doodle your thoughts.  Be mindful of what your local museums allow in the galleries, so carry your go-to pencil to jot down your favorite works and some notes.  Post a picture of your journal entry or an influenced work done with your favorite media.

For the next two weeks, 5/21 thru 6/3, Wet Paint will have select Faber-Castell graphite pencils, mechanical pencils and sets on sale for 40% off MSRP!  These are available in a wide rage of values and grades so you will be sure to find your new go-to pencil for sketching this summer!

These Weekly Workouts will be posted as Events in our Facebook Group, click here to join!
If you are not on Facebook, share your photos in our Flickr group
We will also post our exercises here on our blog
 Click here to see our list of suggested art supplies


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WP Weekly Workouts- Upcoming Summer Session and Wet Paint Summer Postcard Project

 

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Some of Liz’ previous summer sketches

Summer Session is the perfect time for you to take your sketchbook out on Art Dates!  It’s time to finally get outside and soak up the sunshine and fresh air and we’ve got lot of suggestions for outings that are sure to spark your imagination and awaken your creativity.  Best of all, these exercises give you the chance to be completely in the moment as you enjoy the sensory stimulation of drawing outdoors.

Not ready to sketch while you’re out and about?  We know it can be intimidating to draw in public, but there’s no need to forego Summer Session – A quick snapshot on your phone and a few notes jotted in your sketchbook are a great foundation for sketching projects to tackle when you get home.

We want you to enjoy your summer adventures, so we’re giving you two weeks between each Summer Session Art Date.  With more time in between, you won’t feel rushed to get these done.

Summer Session and our first Art Date will start next week!  Stay posted for details and, in the meantime, catch up on your workouts and check out our Summer Postcard Project (see below)!

 Wet Paint Summer Postcard Project

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Fellow Wet Paint staffer, Langhan, getting excited about sending mail art!

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!

There’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.

Looking for ideas?  Check out the Postcard Travel Kit that Liz and Kristina put together for this project.  See below for more info.

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 8th, 2014.

-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!

More info about the end of summer exhibition and opening to follow.

 

The Postcard Travel Kit includes the basic tools to capture all of your summer moments on the perfect postcard-sized paper!  Items include:

-Faber Castell Albrecht Durer watercolor pencils in 5 fun summery colors

-a trusty Faber Castell Pitt Artist Pen fine liner in Superfine Black

-the easy-to-use Pentel Aquash water brush (medium point)

-a tablet of Strathmore 140lb cold press 4”x6” watercolor postcards (15 cards!)

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Two “postcards” that Wet Paint received last summer from friendly customers

WET PAINT’S ADDRESS:

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Summer Postcard Project

1684 Grand Ave

St. Paul, MN 55105


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Wet Paint loves Don Colley

DON-COLLEY-Darin-NAMTAThree years ago I returned from a workshop all excited about a product demonstrator working with Faber-Castell.  Don Colley not only knows his product line but knows how to use these materials with great nuance, sketches with daily obsession and shares his sketchbooks for mutual inspiration.  After checking his website we found Don had captured our own manager, Darin Rinne, in a sketch at a recent trade show.  It seemed everything was pointing toward a great relationship between Don Colley and Wet Paint.  Don has visited us many times and offered many programs with great success.  This year’s visit has 3 diverse components.  Hopefully one will fit into your drawing schedule.

On_the_Go_with_PITT_Artist_PensThe Mini Master Class with Don Colley takes place at Wet Paint this Friday May 16th.  In this small group session Don will share his drawing techniques and urban sketching strategies.  You will learn how to capture the figure in everyday settings, shading with markers and the use of the sketchbook page.  Time is also set aside to share your sketchbook for individualized consultation.  This workshop requires advanced registration and a fee.  Space is available but limited.

springcon14Saturday and Sunday Don will join Wet Paint’s mini-store at SpringCon, the Midwest Comic Book Association’s spring celebration at the State Fair Grounds.  Besides being available all day for drawing and chat, Don has a “Big Drawing Session”  4-5 on Saturday.  There will be live costumed characters to draw and everyone is encouraged to join in this drawing session.  Just show a sign at the ticket booth that says “I’m here to draw with Don Colley” and you will get $1 off the admission price.  You may also donate your drawing to the charity auction where 100% of the proceeds benefit the Minnesota Lupus Foundation.

bellmuseumsmallDon has created his own night at the museum with the Bell at the U of MN on Monday May 19th.  This is the last day of the Minnesota legislative session which will determine funding for a new home for the Bell, so this event may have some editorial content.  Join Don for an all-night sketch-a-thon.  Bring your sketching materials as well as camping gear.  Contact Wet Paint or the Bell Museum for entry time and further details.

As you can tell from this lineup, Don is an artist with extreme talent, a true sense of artistic adventure, limitless energy and a big heart.  It’s just the right time for you to collaborate with Don at Wet Paint, SpringCon and/or the Bell Museum.


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WP Weekly Workout: Week 4- Brush up on your footwork with the Faber-Castell Pitt Artist Pens

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Andy Warhol shoe drawings

Put your feet up, it’s time to draw your shoes! Favorites, old, new or dream shoes. Kick them off and draw them where they land or line them up in a row. Draw one pair or draw them all! There’s even precedent in art history for this Workout: Andy Warhol drew shoes, too. Try using a fineliner to outline first, or just go for it directly with broader points like the lovely brush tips of our favorite Pitt Artist Pens!

Never tried Pitt Pens? Wet Paint has all the Faber-Castell Pitt Artist Pens on sale for 27% off MSRP for open stock and 32% off MSRP for sets! You’ll love these pigmented drawing ink markers. We like them for their ease of use, light-fastness, and wide range of colors (so many colors – 58 including metallic and a unique opaque white!). With brush tips in fine or bold widths, you get the structure of drawing and the expressiveness of painting all in one tool! Click here to view the line of Faber-Castell!

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Andy Warhol shoe- 1956

Fun Lou Reed lyric to help inspire (from song “Open House”):
I think I got a job today they want me to draw shoes
The ones I drew were old and used
They told me – draw something new

These Weekly Workouts will be posted as Events in our Facebook Group, click here to join!
If you are not on Facebook, share your photos in our Flickr group
We will also post our exercises here on our blog
 Click here to see our list of suggested art supplies


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Hall of Fame Week at Wet Paint

Wet Paint is offering you more than a week of headliners, Sunday, April 28th through Monday, May 6th. The International Art Materials Trade Show and Convention takes place in Minneapolis this year bringing all these artists into our community. An opportunity like this rarely occurs so you need to make room on your calendar to visit Wet Paint a number of times.

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Scott Gellatly, an accomplished landscape painter and an active plein air painter, is also Product Manager for Gamblin Artists Colors. Scott will present a 90 minute talk, “Understanding Contemporary Oil Painting Materials.” He will cover topics such as oil and alkyd paints, painting mediums and varnishes, pigments, painting techniques and studio safety. Wet Paint has stocked Gamblin products since the beginning of their production. We like to support American made art supplies. Like us, Gamblin Artists Colors is committed to artists from product development to staffing. Over the years Robert Gamblin and I have had many conversations. One was comparing Gamblin’s oil to some other paint brands. Robert always says his paint is ready for painters to use right out of the tube unlike stiffer paints that need considerable manipulation before they can be applied to a canvas. Robert Gamblin still remains active in the company but paints as much as possible. Scott has learned the art of oil paint from Robert and has taken over his “on the road” responsibilities. We feel quite honored to have Scott visit Wet Paint. See his work at http://www.scottgellatly.com

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We have certain customers who are so excited about Patti Brady coming to Wet Paint, they can hardly wait. Artist and author of “Rethinking Acrylic,” Patti is also the Director of the Working Artist Program for Golden Artist Colors. Her knowledge of pushing acrylics over the limits, in any direction imaginable, is astounding. You want acrylics to do what? Patti has an answer and probably a sample in her bag of paint swatches. Patti will give a short presentation followed by all the interaction our audience wants. Come see the new products Golden is introducing in 2013. Golden is a company Wet Paint really believes in. Besides innovative products that meet the needs of artists, they are committed to making sure artists know how to use the products effectively and safely.  Her work can be seen on her website http://www.pattibrady.com

RTEmagicC_antistatik_jpgTuesday, April 30th from 3:30-5pm

Antistatik, AKA, Stephane Helbert, represents Molotow, and we couldn’t be more pleased to welcome him to Wet Paint from France. Stephane has been part of the Graffuturism art movement and has murals and exhibits throughout Europe. We saw the Molotow marker line last year at the art materials trade show and were so impressed with their covering power. At Wet Paint, acrylic paint markers are one of our fastest growing product categories. Like spray paint, we didn’t realize how many different types of artists would be interested in this product. The applications are numerous. The results are immediate and possibly more spontaneous. They work in a sketchbook as well as on canvas. Acrylic paint markers work in combination with spray paint, traditional acrylic tube paint and anything else you can imagine. And Stephane incorporates many media in his own paintings. Come try Molotow paint markers and see some other products coming soon from Germany.  See Antistatik’s work here.

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Marie Browning is a new friend of Wet Paint. She is a design consultant to the U.S. Company that imports Tombow products from Japan. Marie has embraced the art of Zentangle along with her Tombow markers and pencils. Her recent book is “Time to Tangle with Colors.” For those unfamiliar with this movement, Zentangle offers an opportunity for opening your creativity through a multi-patterned drawing design. I can attest to the Zen part of the process. I personally find it relaxing and rewarding at the same time. Tombow brush markers are a standard in the world of water based brush markers. They seem to find a place within various creativity practices such as calligraphy, rubber stamping, journaling and more. What you really want to experience is Tombow’s Irojiten colored pencils. Not just another colored pencil line, they are a beautiful range of colors that Tombow presents in striking color family sets. At first they may seem hard and dry but the pencils actually release their colors in a very controlled manner. They are superb for color layering. I haven’t found any color combinations that don’t blend effectively.  Check out Marie’s blog.

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Thursday, May 2nd from 5:30-7:30pm

If all this color is too much to handle, Kathi Hanson from General Pencil has the perfect antidote – graphite and charcoal drawing techniques. She has some new mixed media applications that may surprise you. Kathi will show you all the possibilities with their new Sketch & Draw Kits that would be great for summer travels. General Pencil still produces wood encased graphite pencils in the U.S., and they love to share their pencil making process with their fans. And General Pencil is a family operated company too. I have always appreciated how they incorporate artists’ drawings into their packaging. All in all, General Pencil is the kind of company we at Wet Paint believe in and believe our customers believe in too. Visit her website http://www.kathihanson.com

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Friday, May 3rd from 5:30-7:30pm

We couldn’t be happier to have Denise Lapointe and David Carruthers from Papeterie Saint-Armand visit Wet Paint to talk about papermaking. Their operation is right at the apex between handmade processes and machine driven mills. I have visited their studio twice and I am amazed at their operation. The first visit the cab driver didn’t want to take me there – it is outside of lovely Montreal in a relatively abandoned warehouse district. Last fall, the area looked like it is ready for revitalization. Denise and David are passionate about papermaking in general and specifically about their own mill. They are proud of their equipment and their black rags for making black paper. Denise is fiery and David is circumspect. And they have stories about the history of papermaking in Canada, about making paper for the restoration of the home of Edith Wharton, about spec’ing paper jobs for rock and roll bands. They are as beautiful as their papers.  See their website http://www.st-armand.com

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Saturday, May 4th from 10-12:30pm

Robert Paschal and Iwata are both synonymous with airbrush. Robert’s books on airbrush techniques are best sellers. He is a respected airbrush artist known worldwide. Iwata is the most well-known and respected name in airbrush equipment. Take advantage of Bob being here and bombard him with your questions and Bob will help you overcome your fears of airbrushing. We see a new interest in this tool as many artists look for new venues after starting their art making with aerosol paint. An airbrush gives you control where even the widest range of spray nozzles can’t. Joined by Brooke Cedros from Iwata Airbrush, we are giving you the opportunity to test drive the best with the best. For more info on Robert, click here.

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Sunday, May 5th from 2-4pm

In 2008 Daniel Smith Watercolors became available to retailers like Wet Paint. We jumped at the opportunity to stock the watercolor most often requested by our customers. We have been completely happy with this decision and are delighted to introduce our customers to Katherine Taylor from Daniel Smith. Katherine has worked with us from day one to ensure they could work with Wet Paint and our sometimes unique demands upon our suppliers. We have been quite surprised with their constant introduction of new colors. And the colors they come up with do the most amazing things. Serpentine, Shadow Violet, Moonglow. Colors that almost do the painting for you. Join Katherine to experience the hundreds of additional colors available through mixing in the Daniel Smith Watercolor line. See all their colors at http://www.danielsmith.com

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Also Sunday, May 5th from 12-4pm

Two years ago I met Don Colley at a workshop. When he showed me his journals, old ledgers from secondhand stores, filled with his drawings created with Faber Castell pens and pencils, I knew these were special. Besides having a tactile quality of well used books, Don truly captures his subjects. I came back to Wet Paint and said we had to have Don Colley come to Wet Paint with his sketchbooks.DON-COLLEY-Darin-NAMTA We looked at his website and there was a drawing he had done of Darin Rinne, our General Manager, just months before at the art materials convention in Phoenix. Don had drawn him from the back, across the patio, and without knowing his subject, he had captured Darin to a T. If you need a personal coach to motivate you to get moving with your sketchbook, Don is your answer. Don will share his strategies of sketching a subject in public when you don’t know if you have your model for 60 seconds or 60 minutes. Take this opportunity to get out and urban sketch the Grand Avenue neighborhood with a true master.  See more of Don’s sketches here

Carl

Monday, May 6th from 5:30-7:30pm

Carl Judson is my own private cowboy. He saw the traditional European pochade box and made a bullet proof one to address the real needs of the plein air painter. Carl, an engineer turned painter turned product designer, has created and sourced an entire palette of products, the Guerrilla Painter line, to make outdoor painting a painless process with no loose ends trailing behind you from your vehicle to your painting site. Come see Carl at Wet Paint and he will help solve your personal dilemmas of onsite painting. Be amazed as Carl explains why he moved the latch on a box or how to fight glare off the brush ferrule. See Carl’s lovely paintings of the American landscape. And watch him drive off into the sunset in his pick-em-up truck.  Check out Carl’s paintings at http://www.carljudson.com