Paper making demo this Saturday… book now!

Born in Paper demo this Saturday!

When writing my Canson blog this month, I was racking my brains about a demo on paper: “Would love to, but what? Maybe giving everyone some papers to try: this paper for pastels, this paper for paint, this one for drawing… “ Basically I gave up on the idea thinking it all too boring.
But hey, magic of social media, who do I find on Instagram but a lady, from Byron Bay, who makes paper and runs workshops on paper making! And what’s more she’s game to show you! Amazing!
So please join us this Saturday (I know short notice and all but…) from 10.30 am for a paper making intro and demo with Susan Wright, the mother of “Born in Paper”.
As usual it’s a free event but commitment is essential, please call 6685 5808 to book a seat.

Love and paper maché to all of you!

And remember…

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Fun and amazing… the Piñata Alcohol Inks have arrived in store!

Artwork by Pamela Radwan

We now carry the full range (19 colours), in the two sizes (14.79 ml & 118.29 ml) of the Piñata inks. These are highly saturated, fast-drying alcohol inks for any hard surface, including glass, metal, plastic, vinyl, ceramic, stone, leather, YUPO, foil, wood, encaustic, fiberglass, acrylic, polymer clay and more. Indelible and impervious to water once dry, Piñata Colours clean up with alcohol and re-wet themselves, allowing for unique effects and techniques not easily achieved with water-based systems. As a dye-based, highly transparent ink, Piñata Colours are unparalleled for vibrancy, and only the most lightfast dyes have been selected for the palette. Acid-free with excellent adhesive properties, Piñata Colours have become the go-to inks for any non-porous surface.



There are also two Metallic Colors! Rich Gold and  Silver are formulated with REAL metal pigments and are super opaque! The metal particles are tiny and they lie flat which produces a highly reflective, smooth metal surface.  The Piñata metallic colors are perfect for scrapbookers and paper artists whenever a true metallic is desired, as well as for oil painters, acrylic painters, window painters, sculptors and crafters of all kinds. You can watch a short video about the metallic colours, just click here. And there also white… Blanco is an opaque, pigmented color, used for creating tints and pastels.

fine arts, scrapbooking, crafts, faux stained glass, card making, faux finishing techniques and staining wood and leather.

There are dozens of videos on YouTube showing you possible applications but, as always, it will be your creativity and imagination that will find ways to have fun with these!

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Paint drying too fast in this heat?

Is your paint drying too fast in this heat?
Are you fed up with the smell of turps? Would you like more “open time” to work on your monoprints? OPEN acrylic might be just right for you…

We will tell you more about them on our Demo day coming up and give you a chance to play with the whole range of Golden acrylic paints to feel the difference between Heavy body, Fluid, HIgh Flow and Open!

Demo with Golden artist educator Turiya Bruce will be held at the shop on Saturday 25th February from 10.30 till 12.30. This is a free event (however commitment is essential!) Please call to book at 6685 5808


Can’t make it that day but would like to know more about the large acrylic family and what each one can bring to your practice? Click here to go to my blog and read all about them

And as usual a little discount in the store…

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“A journey of a thousand strokes starts with one good brush”

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

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We now stock Gamblin etching and relief inks… + their ink modifiers!

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 InksGamblin 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.PB Relief

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 OilsBurnt 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 ReducerTack Reducer

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 CarbonateMagnesium Carbonate

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!

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Beginners Knitting Class

IMG_3587What 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


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Knit One, Pearl One….

KKnitted_bat_dawsonLast 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….


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Colour in the making… pigments & binders

Pelle pigment bleu 1600 x 1200

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!

PIGMENT store Tokyo-10 for this monthAnd a discount on pigments if ever the mood of making your own paint struck you… or to play with your encaustic wax!

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By popular demand… this month, it’s high flow again!

4b2d4fec-94b8-4ca6-bdd6-aa8544e5a9b6Dear all,
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


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Happy Easter everyone!

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!


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