Kim Fjordbotten from The Paint Spot in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
“TAG the Art Game (1) is a fun family game and great teaching tool for schools. The instructions combine composition, mark-making and color theory. It’s packaged in a sturdy, reusable box with everything you need for hours of creative fun.
“Schmincke introduced 35 new Horadam Aquarell Watercolors (2) to celebrate their 125th anniversary. It’s all the colors I never knew I needed – and now can’t live without! Saturn Red is my favorite. Many of the new colors and mediums offer the special effects of granulation.
“Royal Talens Ecoline Brush Markers (3) are made from high-quality concentrated dyes in a liquid watercolor base. Customers love them for illustration, lettering and school. The color saturation is great and the brush never drags on paper. They’re available in starter sets of five or sets of 10.
“Customers love to use the brush markers with Ecoline Liquid Watercolors (4) to create an ombre effect. The colors are intense yet transparent.
“Pebeo Natural Soaps are great for both artists and artist materials. The Hard Soap (5) is a powerful cleanser and degreaser that removes paint stains from your hands, while nourishing them with olive and coconut oils. The range includes four hand soaps, two soaps for artist equipment and a hand cream – all made from vegetable oils and biodegradable. The packaging is great, too.
“Our printmakers will love Hahnemuhle Photo Gloss Baryta 320 (6) – it offers dark-room properties for fine art prints. The light-white barite paper for inkjet printing is a new addition to their Photo Range.”
Scott Leahing from Dots ‘N Doodles in Astoria, Oregon
“Customers love Pentalic Aqua Journals (7) from C2F. They’re the perfect weight and texture for watercolor and lay flat when open. Plus there’s a brush holder and pocket in the back. A free displayer box is included with bulk orders.
“Princeton Velvetouch Brushes (8) are truly a luxury synthetic blend. Each brush shape is a unique multi-filament blend. They’re ideal for multi-media applications and the handles are exceptionally comfortable.
“Ceracolors Water-Soluble Wax Paint (9) requires no heat, solvents or mediums. It shares properties with traditional waterborne paint that makes it familiar to painters, but has unique characteristic and advantages of its own.
“Strathmore Mixed Media Visual Journals (10) feature high-performing and heavy duty papers for visual journaling. They’re particularly popular for kids to use to get creative with pens, paint, colored pencils, markers, glue, or anything they can imagine.
“Design Memory Craft Gelatos (11) from Faber Castell are great. The creamy pigment sticks blend easily with or without water on paper, canvas or wood. The colors are really vibrant and they add a beautiful sheen to surfaces. Plus they just look cool.
“Trav•e•logue series Artist Journals (12) from han•book journal co. are very popular. We also love Custom Sketch Books (13) from hand•book paper co. that can be printed with your store name!”