Let your Mind Go Wild with these Ultra-cool Materials!
By: Eric N. Peterson, Cartoonist and Binders Art Supplies and Frames Associate
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.
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!!
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.
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!
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.
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
Lainey Jeansonne, artist and BINDERS framer shares her experience with the new Evolon Surface....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.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.However, it is possible to push already absorbed pigment from one area to another by dropping clear water next to it.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.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.- LaineySee more of Lainey's art on her website.
The Sketchbook Project mobile Library will be on location at the BINDERS Ponce City Market location June 5th-7th 2015.
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.
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
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.
These products are great for Plein Air users and are safe for children.
- Team Binders
The Rising Stars SCAD program, gives rising high school seniors the opportunity to earn undergraduate credit in foundation and major classes.
During a creativity filled 5 weeks, students complete a regular 10 week course load and may complete up to two classes. And to round out the experience participants live on campus enjoy all of SCAD's facilities.
While participating in the Rising Stars program, students will have the opportunity to visit BINDERS Art Supplies and Frames newest location at Ponce City Market. A few miles from the SCAD campus lies an oasis of art supplies and helpful staff surrounded by Atlanta history.
The Ponce City Market location is part of the major renovation of the old Sears building in the 4th Ward. Being first has it's advantages. As you step into BINDERS you walk across hard wood flooring that was reclaimed from the old Sears building. And the property's history goes back even further than the 1920's. Before Sears there was a Victorian amusement park and before that people came to bathe in the springs because it was thought to improve their health.
The area is bursting with creativity and inspiration!
See you soon!
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.
Join us at Binders Ponce City Market for the first installment of Binders Art Talk.
At this panel discussion, WonderRoot staff will discuss how the organization fulfills its mission to unite artists and community to inspire positive social change - and talk about the future WonderRoot Center for Arts & Social Change, an accessible resource center for artists and community members offering 54,000 square feet of studios, classrooms, public space, creative programs and a performance hall.
Chris Appleton, Executive Director
Jennifer Lobsenz, Program Director
Matthew Rosenfeld, Program Assistant
Jess Bernhart, Arts Center Manager
Floyd Hall, Interactive/Integrated Media Manager
Susan Aspinwall, Development Director
Not familiar with WonderRoot? Here’s the skinny…
WonderRoot is an arts organization that works to improve the cultural and social landscape of Atlanta through creative initiatives and community partnerships. Founded in 2004, WonderRoot’s mission is to unite artists and community to inspire positive social change.
Who does WonderRoot serve?
WonderRoot serves artists at pivotal stages in their careers, as well as the public at-large who might not traditionally engage with the arts. Last year, WonderRoot reached more than 40,000 Atlantans through programs and exhibitions.
What are their programs?
WonderRoot is best known for the WonderRoot Community Arts Center which houses a recording studio, darkroom, digital media lab, screen printing studio, ceramics studio, gallery and music venue. Beyond the Arts Center, WonderRoot offers year-round arts & activism programs, youth development initiatives, professional development for artists, public art exhibitions, a literary magazine, film programs, community outreach initiatives, and more.
Who are their partners?
WonderRoot believes that collaboration is the most effective way of creating meaningful and lasting impact. Their partners include: City of Atlanta, Fulton County, Atlanta Regional Commission, Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA), Emory University Center for Ethics, Reynoldstown Civic Improvement League, High Museum of Art, Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia, Atlanta Film Festival, the Atlanta Beltline, and many others.
What is the WonderRoot Center for Arts & Social Change?
The WonderRoot Center for Arts & Social Change is an accessible resource center for artists and community members offering 54,000 square feet of studios, classrooms, public space, creative programs and a performance hall. With ever an increasing demand than our current 4,500 square foot facility can support, a move to a larger facility will ensure that WonderRoot remains a financially secure and sustainable organization, serves more people, offers additional and higher quality programs, and remains firmly situated in Reynoldstown while continuing to serve the greater Atlanta region. The WonderRoot Center for Arts & Social Change is an incubator for artists, activists, and community partners to create a more equitable and livable great East Atlanta. As WonderRoot celebrates its 10th anniversary, it is the ideal time to expand our operations and build upon the meaningful partnerships we have formed.
Come learn more about WonderRoot, their upcoming Center for Arts & Social Change, and talk with staff. Registration is FREE!
About BINDERS Art Talk
BINDERS Art Talk is a bi-monthly series that connects audiences with a variety of thoughtful and creative leaders in the art world including artists, instructors, and innovators. Speakers cover a variety of topics that serve to build arts awareness, increase advocacy, spark conversation, and illuminate the creative process.
If you’re interested in giving a talk or have suggestions about topics, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.