• Where Have All the Pencils Gone?

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    Where Have All the Pencils Gone?

    I've been humming the Peter, Paul & Mary Song.. “where have all the flowers gone?” as I walk down our color pencil and marker aisles. If you have been in any department store, book store, gift shop, airport convenience store, gas station or art supply store, you have seen the hugest trend to hit the art supply world…ever, Coloring Books.

    This phenomenon is creating such a stir and reaches all levels of household incomes, education levels and all ages. From grade school children to oxygenations’, it seems everyone is coloring in something, so much so that even NBC’s The Today Show & ABC’s Good Morning America have done multiple feature stories on the trend.

    Many articles are published daily on the Zen benefits of this hobby, how it lets you unplug and get lost in the wide world of Coloring Books for Adults. As art supply industry experts, we chuckle like 5th grade boys when we see them advertised as “Adult Coloring Books”. Naughty images pop into our minds. We prefer the tasteful and more accurate Coloring Book for Adults.

    The news channels however are missing a huge part of the equation, this massive demand has created a worldwide supply shortage on all fine detail markers, colored pencils and watercolor pencils supplies.

    “There are only so many hours in the day, we are adding third shifts, we can’t get the tins to package the pencils in”, seems to be the repetitive answer to our calls asking our manufactures, “where have all the pencils gone?” Long Time passing….

    Every manufacturer from greeting cards, to gifts to traditional art supply vendors are trying to collect on the phenomenal coloring book craze, which forecast trend experts are estimating at least a good two years of healthy growth in this category.

    So where does this leave BINDERS, well we are scouring every source for the pencils our customers need in order to color in the and out of the lines. We are patiently waiting and hoping our long term relationships with the pencil and marker makers, makes BINDERS first on the list when shipments arrive to their warehouses.

    Kind Regards,
    Stacey Smith
    Senior Buyer
    BINDERS ART Supplies and Frames

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  • A Chance To Save EVEN MORE! Every Friday!

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    Today and Every Friday thereafter, Spend $40+ and Draw a Binders Bunny Chip to Save EVEN MORE! Hurry in to your local store and SAVE!

  • Artfolio Expo: Coming to Atlanta February 2017! Save The Date

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  • MADE in the USA Art Supplies

    Celebrating MADE in the USA Art Supplies is a no-brainer for BINDERS!

    America has a long tradition of self made makers and the art industry is no different. From the Strathmore Paper Company that got it's start in 1892 to KRINK markers that have been hand making creative tools for the next generation since 1998. American made art supplies are filling artist's studios and spaces the world over.

    We celebrated our 60th birthday back in October. Along with the parties, there was a lot of reminiscing and sharing of stories. Did you know our very first art supply product was a paint that would later be known as Liquitex? Permanent Pigments began in 1933 in Ohio milling artist oil paint and would later develop the first commercially available water based acrylic paint.

    So much history lives in the works we create.

    Here are just a few of the American Made art supply brands we carry. Please note that Fredrix is manufactured right here in BINDERS Art Supplies and Frame's home state of Georgia!

    Art Supplies MADE in the USA

    Fredrix Made in the USA golden artist color Made in the USA Jacquard Made in the USA Liquitex Made in the USA Speedball Made in the USA

  • New! Poppin. Work Happy.

    Now Offered at Our Ponce City Market Location!

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    POPPIN. Work Happy.

    Poppin believes you should be able to surround yourself with objects of beauty everywhere you go and in everything that you do. Work is no longer an isolated activity that happens in an office from 9-5. You might be in a cubicle, a classroom, at home, on a plane or in a coffee shop. Poppin was created to fill the design gap between the products we use for work and those available in the rest of our lives. We think it’s about time someone joined the game who truly believes things can be different from top to bottom. Work Happy.

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    Click below to see all of the Poppin products:

    http://www.bindersart.com/more/poppin.html

  • Cartoon Drawing with Ultra Cool Art Materials

    Let your Mind Go Wild with these Ultra-cool Materials!

    By: Eric N. Peterson, Cartoonist and Binders Art Supplies and Frames Associate

    Art Materials

    Pentel Japanese Brush Pen:
    I find this more exciting than a traditional inking brush, disposable India inking pen containing archival ink is perfect for any use. Works exceptionally well with any watercolor washes, Acrylic paints, colored pencils, and additional dry/wet mediums. I love this, it's my favorite for inking.

    Pentel Japanese Brush Pen

    Stillman and Birn Paper:
    Extra Heavy material, Ivory tone. The perfect paper for all materials. I've loved this paper for years, and it's so user friendly for inks, pencils, water colors, acrylics, and cut color paper collage. Heavy duty, it holds up strong and can handle wet mediums like no other... no need for primers!...you'll love it!!

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    Jacquard Neopaque Fabric Paints:
    I know, you're thinking "fabric paint?" This amazing product works just like any other soft-bodied acrylic paint on canvas, wood, paper etc...
    Brilliant colors, you can use straight from the jar, or you can cut it with water, and use transparently just like any watercolor product.
    A self-leveling material, this paint dries without showing brush-strokes, and gives a perfectly flat, printed look when dry.
    Neopaques blend well together, and it's quick-dry like all familiar acrylics.

    Jacquard Neopaque Fabric Paints

    Princeton Snap Watercolor Brushes:
    Superior-working brushes at an amazing price. These are my favorite brushes for sure, I use them both for watercolors, and acrylics.
    These are nice, soft brushes that seem like sables--the flowable quality and the ability to hold paint make them the perfect brush for any project.
    I highly recommend these for anyone who appreciates a fine working brush... you'll want no other!

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    For my preliminary sketching of an illustration, I've always liked to use just a regular #2 school pencil (soft lead) and a kneaded eraser. These allow good, clean sketching, and will erase perfectly. Without digging up the paper surface, they are ideal when it's time for the inking.

    Cartoon Drawing with Ultra Cool Art Materials

    Working with good, fun materials make all the difference for any creative project to just roll out of your imagination... have fun... create something!!

    By: Eric N. Peterson, Cartoonist and Binders Art Supplies and Frames Associate

  • New Evolon Paper

    Lainey Jeansonne, artist and BINDERS framer shares her experience with the new Evolon Surface.
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    I was really excited to try the new Evolon surface; I love water colors and watercolor paper but am exceptionally lazy at stretching it properly.  Evolon maintains its shape even as it dries, so no surface warping.
    After my first few strokes on the thinner 58gsm sheet I quickly discovered that Evolon requires a completely different approach than I was used to taking with regular watercolor paper.  The benefit and the struggle I faced with this material was that its very absorbent nature required me to change my method of painting.
    Evolon Paper A
    I'm used to having some time to play with water on dry paper before the surface tension of the water becomes slowly absorbed into the paper’s fibers.  This kind of manipulation of the water on the surface is not possible with Evolon, because it absorbs all the fluid as soon as it hits the surface.
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    However, it is possible to push already absorbed pigment from one area to another by dropping clear water next to it.
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    I love the way color is absorbed and spread through the fibers making very soft transitions, it reminds me of rice paper in this way. I also really love the more cloth like texture of Evolon, it’s a durable material that is very easy to stretch like a canvas.
    After a few test runs I was able to do a quick composition on the thicker 168gsm sheet.
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    I found that I much preferred the thicker sheet; it seemed that colors showed up brighter while some of the lighter colors I used disappeared on the 58gsm sheet. I think it will make and excellent addition to my studio supplies, not as a replacement for watercolor paper but as an additional material to experiment with.
    I also see it being wonderful for travel and urban sketching since it bends with out keeping permanent curls or creases. It’s an ideal surface to pack on the go and the dry time is also very quick as well.
    - Lainey
    See more of Lainey's art on her website.
  • BINDERS Welcomes The Sketchbook Project

    The Sketchbook Project mobile Library will be on location at the BINDERS Ponce City Market location June 5th-7th 2015.

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    The Sketchbook Project Events

    Binders will be hosting Sketchbook and Journaling demos throughout the weekend.

    Strathmore has provided a beautiful 11x14 hard covered Mixed Media Art Journal for each of our stores.

    Please come by and make your mark, we will have plenty of media on hand to try. We will be digitizing the journals and posting them online to celebrate our 60th Anniversary this October!

    Come by, checkout a sketchbook, get inspired, and play!

    In Store Demos & Deals

    Sakura & Faber will be demoing and offering an extra 10% Off Preferred Pricing.

    Strathmore will be in the store demoing their sketchbooks  and journals Saturday from 12-4 and offering 20% off BINDERS Preferred Pricing.

    MOLOTOV markers will be available at an extra 10% Off Preferred Pricing and KOH-i-NOOR pencils sets will be available at an extra 15% Off Preferred Pricing.

    Jorge Santiago from Stillman & Birn will be offering a demo on their sketchbooks and Journals and offering an extra 10% off Preferred Pricing.

    Jason Kofke will be demoing Pentel Saturday from 12-3 and will be offering an extra 10% off Preferred Pricing on all Pental Products.

  • Winsor Newton Professional Watercolour Sticks and Markers Demo

    With their incredible intermixability, permanence and brilliance, Team BINDERS loved the hands on opportunity to play and experience Winsor Newton Professional Watercolour sticks and markers.

    Hands On Winsor Newton Professional Watercolour Sticks and Markers Demo

    With incredible intermixability, permanence and brilliance Team Binders loved having the chance to play and experience Winsor Newton Professional Watercolour sticks and markers.Ray Doty visited both the Buckhead/Piedmont and Midtown/Ponce City Market locations to share his tips and tricks. Such as storing your markers sideways keeps them from drying out.

    Quick Tip: if your marker does dry out Ray suggests dipping it water, laying it sideways and giving it time to reload. You'll be putting down consistent color in no time.

    The watercolour sticks are made of the same professional grade pigment as the paint and extremely versatile. They can be used like a pencil or applied with a brush like a pan color. The stickcome in 48 colors to perfectly match the paint tube palette, and you won't believe how long they last.  A stick equals a 5 ml tube, lasting about a year.

    Winsor Newton Professional Watercolour Sticks and Markers

    These products are great for Plein Air users and are safe for children.

    - Team Binders

  • Art Stars via Winsor & Newton

    In this installment of Winsor & Newton's Art Stars we visit with Jaime Gili.

    Jaime Gili is a Venezuelan-born, London-based abstract artist who works in acrylic.

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