AMR E-newsletter – February 2018

(email was distributed 2/27/2018)

Visit Art Materials Retailer at NAMTA Booth #209

ON SALE! Vibrant Colored Plastic Coated Copper Wire

Twisteezwire arts-and-craft wire has been a favorite art material since 1960, made in the USA by a woman-owned business. Created by artists for artists, our high-quality non-toxic wire is easy to use and reuse. The flexible, plastic-coated, 24-gauge copper wire comes as an assortment of 13 vibrant colors, available in three package sizes and in custom lengths upon request. We also sell Twisteezwire kits for making coil bracelets and masks. Always coming up with new wire projects, we maintain a lesson-packed website that offers instructional videos and a gallery of wire art. See us on Facebook too!
10% off all Twisteezwire products for
Visit us at Booth #241

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Witzend Workshop LLC
(203) 393-2397
Fax: (203) 393-1721


Koi® Watercolors Studio Sets
A Spectrum of Effortlessly Blendable Colors in a Convenient Palette.

Due to the popularity of our Koi Pocket Field Sketch Kits Sakura has expanded the Koi collection to include a wider color selection in larger 60 and 72 color Studio Sets. Keep these larger sets close by in your studio for a quick splash of color and to create deep washes for backgrounds. Or bring it along to add details to portraits and plein air landscapes in the outdoors. Great for adding color to comics, illustrations, and lettering projects.

The rich color assortment offers the choice to create bold hues or soft and subtle shades. The new metallic and fluorescent watercolors included in the 72-color set provide shimmering and dazzling effects to your everyday project. The numerous options of the palette will save you time from having to blend custom colors. With the convenience of such a wide assortment of paint colors the possibilities are endless.

Visit us at Art Materials World Booth # 722

Sakura of America
(800) 776-6257


YouCAN Refillable Air Powered Spray Can
Creativeworld Success: YouCAN Creative Tool Award and Jacquard’s Trending Products!

Jacquard is proud to announce that the YouCAN Refillable Air Powered Spray Can won 2nd Place in the Creative Impulse "International Innovation Award for Creative Tool of the Year” at the 2018 Creativeworld tradeshow!

From the Creativeworld Press Release:

“The Creative Impulse Award is a trend barometer that reflects the great innovative power of the DIY sector. This year, a new record was set for the number of entries with 74 products. A jury of top experts from the trade, industry and media met to assess, test, discuss and evaluate in detail all entries for the four categories.”

Jacquard was also featured prominently in the “Trends” exhibition at Creativeworld with:

  •   • Pearl Ex Powdered Pigments
  •   • Basic Dye
  •   • Indigo Tie Dye Kit
  •   • YouCAN Refillable Air Powered Spray Can
  •   • Piñata Alcohol Ink

We are looking forward to seeing you at Art Materials World in Dallas
Come visit us at NAMTA booth #123!

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Jacquard Products/Rupert, Gibbon & Spider, Inc.
(800) 442-0455


Grafix NEW Artist Series Shrink Film!

NEW Grafix Artist Series Shrink Film features 12 unique pre-printed designs from 3 popular industry artists: Gina Kim, Julie Fan-Fei Balzer, and Marlene Meijer-van Niekerk. Available in 8.5x11" packs of 4 sheets, containing 2 pre-printed sheets of the same style & 2 clear sheets (for tracing). Plus assortment packs of 4 individual designs from each artist selection. NEW Grafix Artist Series Shrink Film allows individuals to add their own color and creative ideas for project selection and use. These inventive designs will truly inspire all creative types from adults to children with uses for Jewelry, school fun, papercrafts, home décor and so much more! It's so simple, just Color, Cut out and Bake! Creations will shrink to 20% of their original size and become 9 times thicker. The uses are endless!
Visit Grafix at NAMTA booth #609!


Tim Holtz® Alcohol Ink
Translucent dye inks for creating vibrant backgrounds and layered effects

Create layers of color, organic backgrounds, abstracts and more with Tim Holtz Alcohol Ink. These fast drying, translucent dye inks are designed for layering together to create vibrant effects on non-porous surfaces. Create brilliant pieces of art on various substrates such as Yupo® Synthetic Paper, gloss paper, glass, acetate, metal and more.

The wide range of colors provides an endless creative palette. For additional product information and to see the entire collection of Alcohol Inks and Accessories visit For inspiration on painting with these versatile inks click here to view our Alcohol Ink Lighthouse Painting tutorial & video by Sharen AK Harris.

Ranger Ink
(732) 389-3535


Waxmelting Tools/ Palette and Batik Pen
Make Encaustic artwork easy!

The Waxmelter Palette and Batik Pen are UL listed electric tools that melt small amounts of wax for drawing and painting. The Palette heats 10 small aluminum cups for up to ten colors. Fill with any type of wax or broken crayons. Use our Squeeze Pen or Little Dipper tools to scoop up and draw with the melted wax.

The Batik Pen allows you to draw long continuous thin lines using small chips of wax that melt in the pen barrel. It comes with two removable valves to prevent dripping.

10% off all Waxmelting Tools orders at Art Materials World 2018!
Visit us at Booth #241

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Witzend Workshop LLC
(203) 393-2397
Fax: (203) 393-1721


Moldable thermoplastic sheets offer endless creative applications

Thibra is a thermoplastic sheet material with extraordinary features. It's smooth, malleable, biodegradable and can be heated to create double-curved shapes, sphere shapes, and other extreme forms. Once cooled, you can reheat as needed to make corrections. It’s a must-have for every hobbyist and professional making their own objects or sculptures. Express your creativity with Thibra.

• Cosplay & Theatre
• Hobby & Decoration
• Professional Art & Design

Visit us at booth #845
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Imagination International Inc.
(541) 684-0013
Fax: (541) 684-0140


Portable Painter™
It’s unlike anything else on the market

The Portable Painter transforms in seconds from about the size of a smartphone, into a complete watercolor palette. The result is not just easy to carry, but simpler and more versatile to use. Our convertible water containers excel as a sturdy pedestal base that balances well on almost any surface. Watercolor enthusiasts love the quality construction and attention to details such as built-in brush rests, plenty of mixing wells, and a unique, folding double brush. The Portable Painter is ideal for urban sketching, plein air painting and adventure journaling. That’s why increasing numbers of artists are discovering it’s the perfect companion for home or travel.

See the Portable Painter in action, plus various YouTube and Blog reviews by well-known artists at

The Portable Painter MSRP is $29.95 (wholesale $15 on minimum 12 pieces.) For a limited time, save 10% and get FREE shipping (in the USA) on your initial order.

(805) 218-0956


Techne Artist & Drafting LED Lamp

The Techne LED Artist & Drafting Lamp has been specifically designed to be easily mounted on any type of easel, drafting table, drawing board or a work bench. The fully flexible arm allowing a 360° shade rotation combined with the 320° head-flip system lets you position the light exactly where you want it. When working on an easel or at a table the Techne lets you direct the light to the specific area you are working on - for close-up precision and attention to detail.

Features & Benefits:
  •   • Wide and even light coverage
  •   • Fully flexible arm and shade
  •   • 3 brightness levels
  •   • Brushed steel finish
  •   • Lamp brightness 3,000 lux at 12”
  •   • Bright Daylight (6,000K) LEDs for true color matching
  •   • Comes with a universal metal easel clamp & metal drafting table

The RIGHT light makes all the difference!

Visit us at: Art Materials World - Booth #109

Daylight Company
(866) 329-5444


Every Art Materials Retailer wants to know how the industry is doing as a whole and, more specifically, how their business compares to other art materials stores.

Now you can find out!

Go HERE to complete NAMTA’s tri-annual Art Materials Retailer Survey. The 20-question survey asks a series of important questions designed to measure and gauge how U.S. and Canadian art materials retailers are faring.

Whether or not you are a NAMTA member . . . when you complete this survey you will automatically be qualified to receive a FREE copy of the results. You’ll also have the option to enter a drawing to win one of five $100 gift cards.

Your survey submission is anonymous so your data is not identifiable to anyone.

Please participate. Thank you.

20200 Zion Avenue, Cornelius, NC 28031
(704) 892-6244

info@namta.orgClick to access the survey
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