and this what we explore this month!
This month again it’s all about brushes… however this time Oriental ones! My latest post is about my visit to Kumano, a little town where they make 80% of the brushes in Japan, its delightful brush museum and even… brush grave! Read it here and enjoy!
Also letting you know we can order for you now any of the brushes made in the factory I visited, Houkodou, and order them too in the size, length and hair you wish!
And, as usual, our monthly theme
goes hand in hand with a little discount in the shop!
See you soon @ the centre
We’ve finally picked a brand to complement our existing watersoluble Aquawash by Charbonnel. And what brand… nothing but the best here! Gamblin is a very high quality American firm with ambition : “At Gamblin, our mission is to lead oil painting and printmaking into the future. To us this means crafting materials as they ought to be, not just as they have been. Our luscious colors and contemporary mediums are true to historic working properties, yet safer and more permanent.” And… it’s true!! Read on if you want to know more about the ranges:
Gamblin Etching Inks
Gamblin Etching Inks were formulated at the request of professional printmakers in the Pacific Northwest who wanted strong reliable inks for edition printing. The palette of pure intense pigments offers a broad range of color mixing potential.
Five black inks and Graphite were formulated to meet the demands of printmakers who want deep rich black inks with good working characteristics. Portland Black and Portland Cool Black are ideal for edition printing; both offer a strong line and medium plate tone. For engravers, printers of mezzotints, or others who need more resistance from their ink, Portland Stiff Black is also available. To read more about selecting the Black ink most suited to your printmaking process, read our latest newsletter here.
Gamblin Relief Inks
Gamblin Relief Inks are formulated for all relief techniques, including woodblock, linocut, monotype, and Solarplate. They contain the right amount of stiffness and tack to hold fine detail yet spread evenly on the block or plate. The palette of ten colors is designed to give artists intense pure pigmented colors straight from the jar, along with a wide range of color mixing capabilities.
Monotype printmaking, the most painterly of printmaking techniques, is very popular. While most painters and printmakers working in this process learn how to make any kind of ink work, the viscosity of Gamblin Relief Inks makes them ideal for monotype printing processes.
Gamblin Etching and Relief Inks are all bound in the highest quality Burnt Plate Oil.
Gamblin Ink Modifiers
Depending on the printmaking technique, the inks may need to be adjusted slightly with one of our modifiers in order to print perfectly. Temperature and humidity, the type of plate, and type of paper all affect how inks perform.
Burnt Plate Oils
Burnt Plate Oils are used to lower the viscosity of the ink. Burnt Plate Oil should be added to inks sparingly, as the detail of a print may be lost if the ink becomes too fluid. Burnt Plate Oil #000 has less tack and is a good match for use with Gamblin Relief Inks. Burnt Plate Oil #2 has a higher tack and is the primary oil binder for Gamblin Etching Inks.
Tack Reducer is a gel made from a very light drying oil, making it completely compatible with the inks. Small amounts added to ink will efficiently reduce tack. Tack Reducer is transparent to allow the intensity of an inks color to be maintained.
Magnesium Carbonate is traditionally used to stiffen ink. It will also reduce an ink’s gloss level. Once added to ink, Magnesium Carbonate becomes transparent and will not alter the color of the ink. We recommend adding small amounts at a time; little is needed to add body to an ink. Mix well. It can be used with both Etching and Relief Inks.
Gamsol, the safest 100% pure odorless mineral spirit available, enables printmakers to easily modify inks and is great for studio clean-up, eliminating the need for stronger solvents. Gamsol is much safer because harmful aromatic components have been removed.
And, of course, to celebrate the new ranges… a little discount in the store!
What do you get if you cross a kangaroo with a sheep? A woolly jumper! (Thanks Noel)
And what do you get if you cross a Beginners Knitting Class with sculptor/textile artist extraordinaire Mimi Dennett? A beanie and a scarf if you do your homework!
Which is to say, that due to popular demand and the willingness of Mimi we are pleased to offer a 4 week Beginners Knitting Class Saturday mornings from 10-11.30am. Starting Saturday 25th June.
The four week class is $120 (plus materials) in advance and bookings are essential as places will be limited.
Mimi will teach you the basics of how to cast on and off, the fundamental stitches of knit and perl and how to increase and decrease. She will also provide an easy pattern for a scarf and beanie. And it will be great fun! So give us a call if you would like to book a place in the class.
Mimi has a propensity for knitting cardigans for trees and other creations of exquisite beauty as you can see, (We won’t be expecting an 8-armed cardi from you though!).
Give us a call if you’re interested: 6685 5808
Last winter it came to our attention that if anyone from Byron needed knitting needles or a humble crochet hook they were out of luck and had to travel to either Ballina or Lismore, so due to popular demand (and having a dedicated ‘knitter’ on staff) Still @ the Centre has branched out into a small range of knitting, crochet and felting essentials for the cooler months!
Our wool is 8 ply and comes in huge gorgeous balls of 100% Australian 200g (400m) wool in a beautiful colour range.
We also have bamboo knitting needles (once you’ve tried them it is impossible to use anything else!) and a range of felting needles, felting wool and felting blocks.
Oh and cottons too for knit or crochet!
So if the knitting bug catches as the temperature drops, come in and see us to get started on that knitted beanie, crocheted scarf, fabulous tea-cosy or even a knitted bat….
This month we are giving place of honour to our delightful -if temperamental- friends, the pigments… after all we owe them every single colour tool in our studios!
Pigments are much much more complex than I first thought but after quite a few years of researching them, I think I know enough now to share this knowledge with you… And so, you are warmly invited to a talk I will give, followed by Q&A, on Thursday 5th May from 5.45 (for a 6pm start).
I decided to change the format a bit from our normal demos but will show how paint is made along the way of telling you many wonderful stories about pigments through the ages and ways men have discovered, made and used them on their never ending quest to appropriate Colour. (Should be informative … and fun!)
See you soon,
This is a free event but please RSVP (6685 5808) so we can organise chairs… Wine and cheese will be provided but if you are in need of more food around this time of the day, please feel free to bring some extra nibbles… and a shawl as evenings are getting a bit cool!
As usual, this month’s theme is linked to a post about it in my blog… This time discover the awesome PIGMENT store in Tokyo where they sell over 4200 different pigments!
And a discount on pigments if ever the mood of making your own paint struck you… or to play with your encaustic wax!
Our demo day last month was so successful, were repeating it this month (fully booked though… sorry!) but I’m sending you this email to let you know…
1) There’s a new blog post on my site where you can learn all about how acrylic paints are made at the Golden factory (if you ever had an interest!)
2) I’ve now completed my pages about
– Acrylic Paint
– Acrylic Gessos and Grounds
– Acrylic Pastes, Gels and Mediums
– Acrylic Varnishes
There’s a wealth of info in these pages -not so easily found on the web or even in art materials books- so you might wish to click on above titles now or go to my website
later when in doubt about something acrylic!
3) Of course our monthly discount is still on High Flows…
See you soon @ the centre
We shall be closed from Thursday 5.50pm to Tuesday 9.30am…. but you know what to do… paint some eggs, have fun at the Blues Fest and… don’t eat too much chocolate!
At some stage last year, the full circle of acrylics was completed. For the first time ever, one could play with anything from a heavy body paint all the way to an acrylic ink, staying in the same range of professional artist quality paint, just as highly pigmented one from another… simply, well, totally different!
We thought it was time we offered a demo day to explore all these options and artist and Golden educator Turiya Bruce seemed just the one to guide us gracefully through this maze of options. You will get your brushes into all these tubes and bottles but we will concentrate on the little new one, the High Flow, and all its opportunities for pouring, glazing, airbrushing, filling markers… etc.!
Join us on Saturday 19th March from 11am to 1pm. This is a free event (please book by calling 6685 5808) and commitment is essential!!!
As always here is a relevant link to my latest blog post about the Golden residency offered in their beautiful “barn” in up state New York… you want to go there, promise!
And too a little discount for the month of March to entice you try out the High Flows… see you soon!
… during our sweet colouring in day those three words appeared as if by magic on the very very big Xmas card Maria Wilson designed for us so I’ll borrow them to wish the same to you, yours and to all!SEE YOU NEXT YEAR
Shop closed until Monday 4th, same times, same place…
Be silly and join our mad colouring-in Xmas tea party!
we thought this time of year called for a not too serious approach to art materials and since we’ve sold more coloured pencils in the last months than we have since we’ve opened the shop, we decided to invite you to a CrazyColouringTeaParty from 10am till 12 on Saturday 19th December with beautiful texta artist Maria Wilson who will help you get loose and have even more fun!!!
Maria has created a Xmas card and we have printed it… BIG!! We will provide the whole beautiful new Tombow range of markers to test and play with, some pencils of course, tea, coffee, music and cakes but, past that, we need your colouring talents! We will also ask (no obligation) for a gold coin donation (which we’ll match dollar for dollar) because we are hoping to deliver not only this huge card to the Liberation Larder but also a few $$ for an even sweeter Xmas lunch!
AND, since they are our monthly promo, you also get a discount of pencils, markers and colouring books until Xmas…
… one last note while we are on the subject…
you can also read my final blog post of the year:
“2015, the year of… the pencil”
by clicking here
and/or my new page
“All about Coloured pencils”
… by clicking here!
See you all next year… if not before…
have a beautiful, creative and safe holiday!
Sabine & Vianney
(PS: Shop closed from 25th Dec til Monday 4th January)