Retailers Recommend Fabulous Products

Winter 2017

Robert Antoval from Art & Frame of Sarasota in Sarasota, Florida.

“The Viarco ArtGraf Primary Color Set (1), available from Global Art Materials, is selling well right now. It includes three small blocks of colored graphite that are extremely soft and water soluble. Artists can use them either wet or dry.

“People like the creamy, water-resistant, oil-based lead in the Pablo colored pencils (2) from Caran d’Ache. They come pre-sharpened and ready for use in sets of 12, 18, 30, 40, 80 and 120. They work on multiple surfaces including paper, photographs, and wood.

Caran d’Ache’s Neo II Watercolor Crayons (3) are softer than colored pencils but denser than crayons. These can be used with both wet and dry techniques. Because of their strong pigments, even the light colors show up on dark surfaces.”

Chris Piontoswski from Hyatt’s – All Things Creative in Buffalo, New York

“The Liquid Chrome Marker (4) by Molotow is among our top sellers. It has a high-gloss effect and can be applied to smooth surfaces like glass or plastic. It’s available in three different-sized tips: 1mm, 2mm, and 4mm.

“Customers are coming in to buy Imagination International’s Tommy Art Chalk Paint (5). There are about 35 beautiful colors that go on opaque and lightfast. It’s a chalk-based mineral paint that sticks to most surfaces without having to sand or apply a primer.

Easy Marble Solvent-Based Marbling Colors (6) by Marabu can be used on water to create a marbling effect. The process doesn’t require any other chemicals. They are fun and simple to use, especially on three-dimensional objects made of wood, Styrofoam or glass.

“Artists add Jacquard’s Pearl Ex Powdered Pigments (7) to their paint, ink and even epoxy for a metallic or pearlescent effect. They can also be used to make slime!

“Calligraphers like Pilot Parallel Calligraphy Pens (8) because the nib produces really sharp lines. The pen uses ink cartridges that can be switched to create gradated color lines and mixed colors.

Daniel Smith Watercolors (9) remain a bestseller here. They come in traditional colors that all artists use.

“The Klutz Book art & craft kits (10) from are a kid classic. The line offers a variety of activities from face-painting to sewing, and from piñata making to drawing ninjas and villains from the LEGO movie. There are new books being introduced all the time, which keeps kids coming back.”