Saturday, July 3, 2010

Officially Christmas in July

Can you believe this tabletop....every day this week the bell has rung...and we had all sorts of boxes being delivered by those "cute" people from FedEx and UPS, it felt just like Christmas and we got to open them right away. No fighting either!!! Well almost none. We needed to restock some favorites before AQS Knoxville (booth 1510) and after NQA in Columbus, Ohio we made a few decisions regarding inventory/product lines going into the rest of this year. Don't worry those shelves are only empty because we never unpacked show totes....which by the way has made filling online orders rather challenging.
We decided to streamline our paints/inks, therefore we are once again carrying a selection of Golden Fluid Acrylics. Just in time too, because Chris Cozen's new book Mixed Media and Color is fantastic. (you can find it at look in the catalog under Just In) She is a Working Artist for Golden Acrylic Colors and has combined her knowledge of their products and fabric......woohoo!!!!! I'm in heaven! We will also be carrying an Open Acrylics Introduction Set, she explains how to use them for monoprinting and more. Open Acrylics are unique in many ways, for one they do not skin over as quickly as regular acrylic you have more working time. We also brought in the acrylic mediums to use with these paints in order to do some of the techniques she writes about. You can also find the Digital Mixed Media Sample Set, which are to be used on various surfaces, enabling them to receive inkjet inks......let your imagination soar. Oh yes this book has lots and lots of photos so you can clearly see how to use these products......ahhhh time to curl up and read!

The decision to carry Golden products again is based on their versatility.....I use them to color fabric, paper, lutradur and other stabilizers. They are the first paints I grab. I know for me this will minimize multiple storage containers on the shelves, all my Golden paints fit in one (and no the bin is not the size of a trunk). I'm all for simplifying my life and "stuff".

Really hate to admit this but, I bought several colors of Open Acyrilics when they first came out on the market....have not even "opened" them to try them out. Sound familiar??? Hmmm!! I think it may be time to take them out and play...come back and check out what happens next. Whatever I do I will be working in a 5"x7" size so my results can be used in our BRA (Brazenly Radiant Art) fundraiser. Kristin is once again taking the challenge of walking in the Atlanta 2-Day walk for breast cancer. She is excited to participate again as she could not last year. Contact us at for more information.

Streamlining??? I'll leave you to wonder what on earth we are up to....I promise to write again soon and post pictures so you can keep up with us.

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