AMR E-newsletter – April 2024

(email was distributed 04/23/2024)

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J. Luda Handmade Soft Pastels
Handmade with love and care in the hearth of Transylvania!

J. Luda Colors, where tradition meets innovation in the realm of soft pastels. Our artisanal pastels are hand crafted using techniques dating back to the 16th century, yet infused with modern, synthetic pigments for vibrant colors. With commitment to environmental responsibility, we prioritize the use of eco-friendly compounds in our production process.

At J. Luda Colors, we pride ourselves on producing soft pastel sticks of unparalleled quality and refinement. Each stick is meticulously hand crafted through a strict multi-step process, ensuring a velvety texture and intense color.

Discover the beauty of our handcrafted soft pastels, renowned for their exquisite softness and rich pigmentation. Whether you're an established artist or an aspiring creator, our pastels are a versatile tool to bring your artistic vision to life. Join us on a journey of creativity and exploration!

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Stephie Clark’s Bundle 72

J. Luda Colors

ACTÍVA CelluClay® Instant Paper Mâché
Add Water, Mix, & Form!

CelluClay® is a unique, compressed, and ready-to-activate papier mâché medium. No need to fuss with newspaper strips, glue or spending hours building up layers. Designed for effortless application, CelluClay® serves as an ideal medium for various creative endeavors.

Even large pieces will dry safely without cracking thanks to the presence of natural cellulose fibers in the clay. It does not crumble, shrinks minimally, and can be easily carved, sanded, or drilled. It is also compatible with a wide range of varnishes or paints.
Why Customers Love It:
  • Mixes easily with water
  • Air dry or bake in the oven to expedite drying
  • Adaptable with many finishes
Ideal For:
  • Fine artists, sculptors, and mixed media artists
  • Educators and art teachers
  • Hobbyists and crafters
1 lb, 5 lb, 12 lb, and 20 lb sizes. Available in white or gray. Call Nell for pricing and shipping rates. Sign-up now to become a dealer!
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ACTÍVA Products, Inc


Introducing Dynamic New Retail Packaging for the Portable Painter® Micro™ palette
For 2024 pricing, please visit:

The Micro™ is about the size of a credit card, just 1” thick, and featherweight at only 1.5oz (43gm.) Yet it converts in seconds to an artist-quality watercolor palette with plenty of deep mixing wells and six standard size half-pans ready for your favorite colors. It can even be attached to a sketchpad or journal with a simple bulldog clip for hands-free use. Now, it’s available to storefront retailers, in dynamic new packaging that’s designed for the Micro™ palette alone and also for the Micro, plus a set of Micro Expansion Pans (8). These versatile accessory pans allow the palette to hold from six to sixteen colors, with no increase in size or weight!

Take advantage of these great palettes in their dynamic new packaging: The ideal solution for travel, urban sketching, journaling and plein air painting.

See a short animation of the Micro™ in action with our video link.

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Portable Painter
(805) 218-0956


Gansai & Shikishi Kit
Explore the world of Japanese Gansai

Our Gansai and Shikishi Board Kit (WC-KIT) contains the essentials for exploring traditional Japanese watercolor on washi paper.

Kit includes:
  • Eight carefully curated gansai watercolors, including a pearly silver and gold
  • One Wa Fude brush
  • One 5" x 7" Shikishi board edged in gold foil
  • Ten sheets of washi paper
  • Illustrated instructions with QR code

Makes a perfect gift for the
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Fax: 310-791-1025

Sandtastik Rappit Plaster Cloth
Sets in just 5 minutes!

Sandtastik’s Rappit Plaster Cloth is your ultimate solution for quick and versatile casting and mold making, offering more plaster per square inch than other leading brands. Crafted from cotton and coated with plaster of paris, this bandage sets in just 5 minutes once activated with water, making it ideal for various applications such as body casting, face masks, sculptures, modeling, and mold making.

Simply cut the cloth to your desired length, dip in warm water, and gently squeeze out excess water before applying! Whether you're creating structures, landscapes, or intricate 3D models, Rappit Plaster Cloth is your go-to for reliable and efficient results.
Why Customers Love It:
  • Quick drying
  • Minimal mess
  • Easy & user-friendly
Ideal For:
  • Artists
  • Hobbyists
  • Art teachers & Educators
Available in a variety of sizes and packaging options.
Dealer Inquiries Welcome.
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Sandtastik Products Ltd


Pro® 410 ATG
pH Neutral Adhesive Transfer Tape

Pro® 410 ATG is ideal for mounting artwork, objects, and memorabilia, as well as dust covers and mats. It adheres to cloth, paper, vinyl, plastics, and many other surfaces. Non-yellowing. Excellent resistance to UV light. Please reach out to Steve Espinal to learn more.

Pro Tapes LLC

hh Americas Trade Show 2024
It's For YOU! Uniting the crafts industry in North America May 1-3, 2024

Join us at the Donald E Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont IL on May 1-3 for the premier crafts trade show in North America. The 2023 event featured 263 exhibitors from 22 countries and attracted 2,560+ attendees from all 50 states and 41 countries. Unlike other events, h+h americas operates without any membership restrictions and offers seasonal products and services to the entire crafts sector carefully timed for buyers in May 2024.

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2024 Creativation by NAMTA
A sneak peak at this year’s show in New Orleans, LA

The New Orleans Art Scene
A tour of the Crescent City’s aesthetic sites

A Beautiful Transformation
Iron Oxide stands tall amid challenges

Artful Behavior: Ideas Emerge from the Shadows
Kate Zambrano creates dark, mesmerizing illustrations on Fabriano paper

The Fight for Real Art
How Arteza is raising awareness of AI

Endcap: Diamonds are a Crafter’s Best Friend
Creative minds reimagine art with Diamond Dotz

Plus... Industry News, New & True products and More!
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