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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Coming full circle in acrylics


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!


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Love, freedom. peace…

… 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!Full pictSEE YOU NEXT YEAR

Shop closed until Monday 4th, same times, same place…

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Doodles, zentangles and other colour pencils delights

Be silly and join our mad colouring-in Xmas tea party!


Hello everyone,
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!!!

280188cd-84d1-4615-b289-55ce330acd58Maria 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!

956f06d3-bd36-482b-b347-f5b6831b37a5AND, since they are our monthly promo, you also get a discount of pencils, markers and colouring books until Xmas…

f5f12769-1cb2-4b26-ba87-b70f6252d143… 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!
Michelle, Noel,
Sabine & Vianney
(PS: Shop closed from 25th Dec til Monday 4th January)

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In November… become a little bit waxy!

Hi everyone,

another month, another medium… In November we will concentrate on these beautiful lipstick-like drawing tools, the divine pigment stick! Read all about my visit to R&F, one of the two brands we carry by clicking here.


Discover them for yourself during our demo day with Michelle Dawson on Saturday 21st November (11am till 1pm) , please call  02 6685 5808 and express your interest if you want to join us.

And of course… a little discount to support your new passion!

-10 for this month


See you soon in the centre…

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A graphite putty? really?

To all of you out there who like quick sketching, life drawing, big marks… check out the new baby we have just received at the centre… See you soon!!! (even bigger size available in November)

Graphite Putty ball

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In September… fall in a tub of gel!

Or maybe I should have said…fall in love with a tub of gel! We did have a demo day with the knowledgeable Turiya last Saturday but it filled up so quickly I did not even have time to put it on the website! (If you want invites to our demo days, please send us an email and/or join our loyalty program to get the infos as they come out.)

HOWEVER, you can still…

1) Read my post

Have you ever been tempted to make your own acrylic paint? To be able to give it the exact consistency, colour, sheen of your dreams? Well… Art Guerra has been doing just that for the last forty years in New York City and sharing his recipes with fellow artists too. Curious? click here to read my post in bed with… ArtDSC01204

2) Enjoy the discount!

-10 for this month

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In August it’s all about the brush…

Freshly made from sustainable ingredients in an ethical manner, seeped in olive oil and family tradition… might not be words you immediately associate with your brushes!


And yet, there is a family in Spain, on the outskirts of Barcelona to be precise, who have been making elegant and intelligent brushes (yes, yes that too!) for eighty years exactly. To read the full story, click here

Meanwhile, just a few more days to get that coveted sable brush or very large hog one… at a discount!


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