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Who’s a cute Acryla tin?

The dust has finally settled on fall back-to-school and preparations for our annual Holiday Catalog…now there’s time to show off the catalog and all of the cool stuff we packed into it!  I will try to highlight one or two of the products we’re thinking about each week thru the end of the sale, so watch this space, as well as our Instagram and Facebook posts.

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Holbein Acryla Gouache Custom Set Color Mixing Grid by Anna Miller

This week’s “star of the show” is the item we’re most excited about in the whole catalog: our exclusive Holbein Acryla Gouache Set.  Everyone loves Acryla…it’s the gouache that dries permanent like acrylic and the acrylic that is velvety matte like gouache.  It has no color shift from wet to dry, and it’s totally mixable with other gouache, other acrylic, or pretty much any other water-based media you can think of.  And the color palette is large and unique…there’s colors in Acryla that you won’t find in any other paint line.  In fact, this was the catalyst for our exclusive set: combining a range of bread & butter primaries with best-selling, esoteric colors like Ice Green and Horizon Blue.  We think the super sale price for the eighteen 20ml colors alone is enough to make this custom kit a homerun…but wait, there’s more!

 

To make our set extra special, Holbein North America imported these fantastic, cylindrical metal tins – embellished inside & out with the illustrations of Japanese artist Yuko Higuchi – to package the paint.  Durable and eye-catching, these tins have just enough room to add six more of your favorite 20ml Acryla colors…there’s even a color chart included to help you choose your favorites!

If you’re thinking ahead to gift-giving season, consider this paint set for the graphic designer/illustrator/watercolorist/architect/wood carver on your list…it’s only available at Wet Paint!

Plus, check out the little video we made about this awesome set!


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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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Only at Wet Paint: Caran d’Ache Wood Box Sets

These Caran d’Ache Wood Box sets are the crème de la crème! Choose from three different drawing media, each the pinnacle of quality and performance, each in a sumptuous wooden box: the 80 piece Luminance box contains the most lightfast, velvety-smooth colored pencils available; the 80 piece Museum box has one each of the most paint-like watercolor pencils you’ve ever seen; the 84 piece Neocolor II set collects everyone’s favorite watersoluble crayons, all in one big box.  Just get a big bow or two and put ‘em right under the tree!

 

This holiday season we are featuring some of the unique, creative supplies that are regionally, or nationally, exclusive to Wet Paint. These items are great gift ideas that you will not find anywhere else.


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Only at Wet Paint: New Wave Palette/Michael Harding Oil Paint Combo

00128New! Experience an artist’s oil paint and palette set of the highest caliber with the New Wave Palette/Michael Harding Oil Paint Combo! The 12×16” POSH hard white maple wood tabletop palette is finished with a proprietary, nonabsorbent grey satin finish…it’s warp resistant, easy to clean & super durable. Michael Harding Artists Oil Colours are handmade in the UK using techniques that date back to the Old Masters…creamy, smooth & highly pigmented. Each combo contains the palette and a set of six 40ml tubes of paint; choose either the “Introductory” or the “Modern Master” color selection.  A deluxe gift for the accomplished (or soon to be accomplished) oil painter on your list.

This holiday season we are featuring some of the unique, creative supplies that are regionally, or nationally, exclusive to Wet Paint. These items are great gift ideas that you will not find anywhere else.


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Only at Wet Paint: Bee/Pentalic Pad Super Pack

2095816Two sizes of two of our most favorite drawing pads in one remarkable package! Long described as the “only sketchbook you’ll ever need,” the Bee Super Deluxe features heavy, archival, natural white drawing paper that’s great for most any media. Pentalic’s Nature Sketch has even heavier (130 lb!), creamier, 25% cotton sheets.  The paper in both pads has a toothier, textured side and a smoother side. Both also feature heavy paper laminate covers and chipboard backs. All four pads are packaged in a zippered mesh tote…perfect for gift giving!  Need a sketchbook yourself?  Give three as a gift and keep one for you!

This holiday season we are featuring some of the unique, creative supplies that are regionally, or nationally, exclusive to Wet Paint. These items are great gift ideas that you will not find anywhere else.

 


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Only at Wet Paint: Bigso Pencil Boxes and Notebooks

This holiday season we are featuring some of the unique, creative supplies that are regionally, or nationally, exclusive to Wet Paint. These items are great gift ideas that you will not find anywhere else.

Brand new to Wet Paint, the hearty fibreboard Bigso Astrid pencil boxes feature hinged lids that close firmly with a satisfying magnetic click. Available in three beautiful colors (that look great together!), these simple, classic pencil boxes make the perfect stocking stuffers…when they’re filled with your lovingly chosen art supplies, of course.

Also from Bigso are the A5 Color Way Notebooks. These two packs of 40 blank page, stitch-bound, A5 size notebooks with cover colors chosen specifically for our Minnesota winters: Grey, Light Grey, and Icy Turquoise!


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Only at Wet Paint: Fabriano Ingres & Cretacolor Drawing Materials Set

This holiday season we are featuring some of the unique, creative supplies that are regionally, or nationally, exclusive to Wet Paint. These items are great gift ideas that you will not find anywhere else.

Once upon a time there was a beautiful drawing paper named after a famous French artist. This laid-grain paper was almost handmade and available in beautiful colors, including black. Unfortunately, the cruel wind of modern times dictated that the black paper could not be made anymore, and the paper quietly retired.  The Holidays are indeed full of happy and sad tales.

And then…joyous news: our importer found an old stock of Ingres Black mould-made paper at the Fabriano mill in Italy, and thought it would be fantastic to offer it during the Holidays.  We at Wet Paint thought it would be even more fantastic to create an exclusive, custom combination pairing the Ingres Black pad with a pack of three toned Cretacolor Sketching Pencils that would be perfect for classically inspired marks on a dark surface. This is not your usual sketching set, and quantities are extremely limited.

So as not to leave out fans of traditional black-marks-on-white-paper sketching, Wet Paint also developed another custom combination pairing a White Ingres pad with Cretacolor’s new Nero “Deep Black” Pocket Tin which contains our favorite dense, oil-based pencils & sticks.  Floor manager, Greg Graham (pictured above), had this to say about the Cretacolor Nero pencils: “Draws like graphite without the silvery sheen: has a smoky black finish like charcoal without the smudgy-ness.  Results in rich, velvety blacks.”  I’ll have what he’s having!


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Only at Wet Paint:Schmincke Horadam Custom Watercolor Set

This holiday season we are featuring some of the unique, creative supplies that are regionally, or nationally, exclusive to Wet Paint. These items are great gift ideas that you will not find anywhere else.

We’ve talked about the Custom Schmincke Horadam Watercolor Set a lot since we got them in last year, but if this is your first time hearing about it, (or 7th) you know that we LOVE Schmincke and this set is an excellent intro to the Horadam Watercolor line. Extremely moist watercolors in a classic metal tin. This custom palette features a selection of six split (warm & cool) primaries, and six secondary & mixing colors. Our most popular item at Wet Paint is indispensable for the painter, sketcher, designer or architect.

Already have the set? Wet Paint staffer, Liz, will be doing a Color Chart Class with this set that would be a great add-on gift for anyone wanting to see what this set can do! Click here for more info!


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Only at Wet Paint: Hahnemühle Nostalgie Sketchbooks

This holiday season we are featuring some of the unique, creative supplies that are regionally, or nationally, exclusive to Wet Paint. These items are great gift ideas that you will not find anywhere else. 

Heavy (190gsm) Hahnemühle Nostalgie paper is suitable for most any technique – the fine tooth is smooth enough for pen, yet textured enough for dry media…it’s also heavy enough for a light wash of ink or watercolor. The anthracite-colored hard covers feature a linen pattern that simultaneously makes the books durable and beautiful. And of course they’re stitch bound so the sheets lay virtually flat. And it’s not just us that loves Nostalgie sketchbooks…check out what our friend Roz Stendahl says about ‘em on her hugely popular blog!

Wet Paint is currently your exclusive North American source for Nostalgie sketchbooks. Choose from six sizes, but hurry…limited quantities available!


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Only at Wet Paint: ArtGraf Watersoluble Monochromatic Set

This holiday season we are featuring some of the unique, creative supplies that are regionally, or nationally, exclusive to Wet Paint. These items are great gift ideas that you will not find anywhere else. 

We’ve been dreaming of a white Christmas and our dreams have been answered: the ArtGraf Tailor Shape watersoluble chalk is now available in long awaited white! Get it as a part of the brand new Monochromatic Set (also includes new Graphite Grey & old favorite Carbon Black), but don’t wait long…this much anticipated set is sure to sell out this season, and Wet Paint is the only place in Minnesota that’s got it!

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If you’re new to ArtGraf, you’re in for a real treat.  Viarco has been manufacturing drawing materials in Portugal since 1907.  Their ArtGraf premium drawing products are some of the highest quality, most innovative supplies available to the fine artist worldwide.  We particularly love the Tailor Shape discs.  As the name implies, they are a block of pressed pigment – like what the tailor uses when marking clothes for alteration, but with fancy artists’ pigment. Draw with them like a crayon, draw color from them with a wet brush and apply like watercolor, or activate the marks in your drawing with water after you’ve put them down…Tailor Shape discs are incredibly useful and versatile. And, besides the Monochromatic Set, they’re also available in a Primary Set and an Earth Tone Set, which all mix beautifully together.

The entire range of watersoluble chalks, graphites and pencils from Viarco are on sale at Wet Paint thru the end of 2016.