• Krink Markers: Handmade in the USA

    krink_usa_webTo tell the story of Krink you need to hear the story of Krink’s creator, Craig ‘KR’ Costello. KR grew up in Queens in the ‘80s surrounded by graffiti writers, skaters, and punks. Graffiti was a part of the attitude as much as it was the landscape. Everything was very DIY: emphasize your style, experiment with tools and methods.

    Krink on Paper Kami, Untitled 2012, Krink on paper. Kami is an artist living and working in Tokyo.

    In the early ‘90s KR moved to San Francisco. He used the streets of San Francisco as his very own research and development lab, experimenting with different tools and techniques to create big, drippy marker-tags. From these trials and errors, KR’s ink, or Krink, was created. In 1998 KR returned to NYC and brought Krink back with him. Before long, its signature style was covering the streets of NYC as well.

    KrinkFast-forward to today and Krink products continue to be handmade in the USA. Shipping daily from the headquarters in Brooklyn NYC to everywhere from California to Moscow to Tokyo, the product line has grown to offer a variety of unique inks and markers. It’s been 16 years and what started as a product created to fit the specific needs of graffiti writers has grown into a product line with new styles, new aesthetics, and new creative tools for a whole new generation.

    KR shares his inspiring views in this 3 minute video.
    On Creativity talks with KR about creativity, risk-taking, and throwing the first punch.

  • Portfolio Building at the Makeup Jam

    In late January, I had the opportunity to participate in a Makeup Jam at Binders Art Supplies and Frames.

    What is a Makeup Jam?

    I’m so glad you asked! A Makeup Jam is an event where makeup artists (both novice and seasoned), models, and photographers come together to focus on the best thing on earth…..MAKEUP!

    While playing in makeup seems to be the most important factor of this event (excuse my bias as a makeup artist), the event’s overall purpose is so much more!

    If you are a budding makeup artists participating in the Makeup Jam you get the awesome opportunity to work next to, assist, and gain hands on learning from seasoned makeup artists who have worked in the business for several years. While that may seem intimidating initially, it provides the budding makeup artist with helpful tips and tricks to ensure that their makeup application will be as flawless as possible.

    Makeup Jam Portfolio Building Mia Powers, Professional Makeup Artist, adds a little color to an everyday beauty look.

    What is also unique to this event is it offers the makeup artist with a model and photographer to work with.  This offers the makeup artist an opportunity to network with other professionals in the field.  You also gain experience creating work and walk away with stunning photos that aid in helping you build your portfolio and professional website! How awesome is that?

    This particular Makeup Jam provided me with such a rewarding experience; namely learning from some of the premiere makeup artists in Atlanta. For those who are more familiar with her YouTube name, MakeupbyRenRen attended the event and created a whimsical and fun look for St Patrick’s Day complete with lucky green eyebrows and shamrocks galore.

    Synthe, from SyntheOnline , (an accomplished airbrush makeup artist) was in attendance also and created an explosive Valentine’s Day look highlighting her airbrush bodypainting techniques, rhinestones and red glitter for the holiday.

    makeup Jam Valentines Day Synthe air brushing a Valentines' Day look.

    The techniques of brush and sponge bodypainting were taught and used by Carla Raleigh  to create a Mardi Gras themed makeup look.  All hats and headpieces for the specialty shots at the event were created by Mad Crazy Hatter designs.

    RenRen at Binders Makeup Jam RenRen adds a final touch to her Saint Patrick's day look.

    Other phenomenal makeup artists were on site too, Shalawn Willis the Beauty Architect and myself, and Jashley Alvarez.

    On site throughout the day were Ken Turner from Images by K Photography, Byron Arnold of Byron Arnold Photography, with Tony Arnold of Arnold Photography.  These gentlemen captured behind the scenes shots as well as professional well cropped images for professional networking purposes.

    Makeup Jam Photographers Photographers on site to help you build your makeup portfolio

    In short, if you are ever able to attend a Makeup Jam at Binders Performance Makeup, RUN TO YOUR NEAREST COMPUTER TO RESERVE YOUR SPOT! Such an experience could offer you an opportunity to develop your skills as an artist, expand your portfolio, and meet new people in the industry.

    Written by Mia Powers, Professional Makeup Artist

  • Neutralizing Color

    In art school we all learn about the color wheel.

    neutralizing colorWe learn that Red, Blue and Yellow are the primaries; Orange, Green and Purple are the secondaries and we learn about neutralizing color.

    Neutralizing color is the same across the board.  Across ALL of the mediums, including skin!

    If you are a beauty aficionado in any form you may be familiar with the concept of color correcting and neutralizing.  Much like what you learned in art school colors that are opposites on the color wheel neutralize each other: Red/Green, Yellow/Purple, Blue/Orange.

    What kind of imperfections are you seeing in your skin?

    Do you have a problem with Rosacea? Swollen red blemishes?  Correct those problems with a green concleaor.

    neutralizing colorAre you seeing bags underneath your eyes?  For years eye bags have been seen as a purple discoloration, to be corrected with yellow.  When I look at eye bags I tend to notice more blue than purple, so personally, I prefer to use a peach color to correct my eye bags.  For me this works great!  If you are having troubles color correcting those troubling eye bags try a little peach because remember yellow neutralizes purple and orange corrects blue.

    If yellow neutralized purple then of course the opposite holds true as well.

    If you are feeling a bit under the weather and your skin is looking sallow use a light purple/pink to perk your skin right up!

    Written by Carla Raleigh

  • Strathmore: American Made Paper since 1892

    The History of Strathmore Paper Company

    The history of Strathmore began on March 17, 1892 when Horace Moses turned the first shovel of dirt for a new paper mill in West Springfield, Massachusetts.

    Called the Mittineague Paper Company, the mill began producing writing papers, bookkeeping papers and cotton-fiber artist papers in December of 1892.

    Take a look at these historical photos from the early 1900’s.

    Strathmore Paper Founder Horace Moses on left with Staff
    Strathmore - American Made Paper At the annual steak roast
    Strathmore History Office employees early 1900s

    Why the Thistle

    Soon after opening his first paper mill, Mr. Moses visited the Valley of Strathmore in Scotland.

    The thistle was in full bloom and the beauty of the site impressed Horace Moses so much that he started using the name and the thistle as a symbol of high quality art and printing papers.

    The Brand

    The Strathmore brand name began to appear on fine art papers in 1899. First with Charcoal and soon after with Bristol. The brand quickly became known as one of the highest quality art papers and is used by many leading artists around the world.

    Strathmore Norman Rockwell Norman Rockwell

    Strathmore continues to provide artists of all levels with the ideal surface for producing beautiful works of art.

    In the 1960’s, the company ran a series of ads featuring college students explaining why they use the paper and pads.

    This ad campaign was so memorable they still receive calls from artists or family members looking for copies of the ad or information about the individuals featured.

    Strathmore Ad 1960 Strathmore AD from 1960

    Team Made in the USA

    Strathmore is proud of their quality initiatives that include a Made in the USA commitment. They strive whenever possible to manufacture products in the US.

    In 2012 they celebrated their 120th anniversary which highlighted a proud heritage and the commitment to ensure the legacy of quality, performance and longevity.

    Today the Strathmore® brand represents a complete line of artist quality papers for all media and every level of expertise.

    Strathmore products are available in stores and online by here.

  • A Legacy of Quality Canvas

    Fredrix was founded in 1868 by E.H. Friedrichs. Although he spent much of his time on trains and coaches drumming up business, he was far more than a salesman. He was a businessman, a chemist, an inventor, and he was the first American to manufacture artist canvas for the trade.

    Fredrix Canvas founder FriedrichsAt the core of Fredrix Artist Canvas are simple principles: customer service, commitment to quality, leadership, recognition, positive attitude, teamwork and integrity.

    "Our commitment to quality means that we continually focus on improvement-and this includes improvement to our products, our manufacturing processes, and ourselves. We are always searching for a better way to do things."

    Hand Primed Oil Canvas Canvas being hand primed.

    Although the art of manufacturing artist canvas has changed since the 1800’s, the product made today is very similar to the canvas we made over 100 years ago. The name was changed (Friedrichs to Fredrix), but the mission has not.

    For over 145 years Fredrix has been providing artist with the most archival canvas surfaces available on the market. Legends such as Norman Rockwell, Andy Warhol, and Wyland have all painted on our canvas.

    Fredrix is a brand embedded into American history, and our canvases can be found hanging in the White House Oval Office, the Smithsonian and famous museums all over America.

    The quality materials and impeccable craftsmanship that go into the creation of our products ensure that every painting painted on Fredrix canvas will stand the test of time. You never know when your next masterpiece will be, so ensure the longevity of your artwork and always paint on Fredrix.

    ">The History of Fredrix® Oil Primed Linen from Fredrix® Artist Canvas on Vimeo.

  • GOLDEN: Artist Hangout to Employee Owned

    Golden Artist Colors Young Sam Golden, third from left, NYC 1930s

    During the 1930’s Sam Golden partnered with his uncle, Leonard Bocour, at Bocour Artist Colors. Together they produced hand-ground oil colors for artists in their shop on 15th Street in Manhattan.

    It wouldn't be too long before the shop became a hangout for artists such as Barnett Newman, Mark Rothko, Willem de Kooning, Jackson Pollock, Helen Frankenthaler and Jack Levine.

    During the late 1940’s, Sam worked with a resin, given to him by an artist, to develop the first acrylic paint - “Magna and then the popular “Aquatec”. Through continued conversations with artists, Sam would refine the chemistry of acrylic paint.

    In June of 1980 and at the age of 67, Sam founded Golden Artist Colors, Inc. Sam, his wife Adele, son Mark, daughter-in-law Barbara Golden and partner Chuck Kelly started the company in a 900 square foot renovated barn with a clear mission that embodies Sam’s dedication for “making tools for artists”.

    Sam and Adele Golden Adele & Sam Golden

    With loyal support from professional artists, GOLDEN expanded their operation into a cow barn giving them an additional 6,200 square feet of space. With this growth they added new product lines: Heavy Body and Iridescent Acrylics grew to include Fluid, Matte and Interference Acrylics.

    By the time GOLDEN celebrated its tenth anniversary (and Sam’s “Golden” anniversary in paint making) the company had added another 13,000 square feet that included space for a gallery.

    During the 1990’s the company received many local and national awards and with a surge in growth, sales and employees once again found themselves with the need to expand.

    On March 11th, 1997, at the age of 82, Sam Golden passed away leaving behind a legacy of participation in the creative process of artists and their materials.

    GOLDEN continues in this tradition, maintaining a culture of individual excellence and community involvement. In 2002, GOLDEN became an employee owned company. And despite worldwide distribution, GOLDEN products are American made and still being produced on the grounds of the original barn in New Berlin.

    GOLDEN Principles:

    1. Make the best products
    2. Provide customers with the best service
    3. Find people who can make the first two happen


    BINDERS offers a great selection selection of Golden paints and mediums in store and online.


  • Ampersand: Extraordinary Surfaces

    Charles Ewing inventor of claybord Charles Ewing inventor of claybord

    Ampersand Art Supply is the leading manufacturer of painting panels in the United States.

    Ampersand’s first coated painting panel was invented by Colorado fine artist, Charles Ewing.

    Charles loved the scratchboard drawing technique but found he needed a surface that would readily accept water media and that could be varnished and framed without the need for glass.

    For 10 years Charles made claybord panels, one or two at a time, for his own use. With a vision to reach national and international markets he partnered with Ampersand in 1994.

    Over the years, Ampersand has added many wonderful painting panels with unique surface coatings and profiles suitable for all media from oils to pastels.

    Ampersand is committed first and foremost to supporting artists in their creative process by providing surfaces that are not only a joy to paint and create on, but that will also withstand the test of time.

    Ampersand’s commitment to quality and archival principles led them to engineer the only archival sealed panels on the market today. Artists using the full range of panels from Claybord™ to Gessobord™ to the Artist Panel™ can rest assured that every step has been taken to ensure quality and performance.

    Ampersand Art Supply panel chartNot only are Ampersand Museum Series panels made in the US, they are also eco-friendly and artist-safe. Ampersand takes great pride in manufacturing their products to meet the exacting standards of artists while also placing the safety of artists and the environment at the forefront of their concerns. Ampersand is also very pleased to help further the arts and education by manufacturing the highest quality art materials possible.

    Ampersand Museum SeriesTop 3 reasons to use Ampersand Museum Series panels

    1. Superior Quality Materials and Attention to Detail

    No other panel on the market protects an artist’s work like an Ampersand™ panel. Every coated Ampersand™ Museum Series panel is protected by proprietary Archival-Seal™ barrier technology, the most advanced formula for sealing wood that prevents support induced discoloration and makes Ampersand panels archival. Only Ampersand uses true high density hardboard made from US-grown renewable Aspen wood fibers and constructs their cradle support frames using 13-ply birch plywood.

    2. Responsibility to Artists and the Environment

    Central to Ampersand’s mission is to ensure that their products do not harm the environment or the artists who use them. Ampersand true artist hardboard is made from FSC certified forest products that promote sustainable forests. FSC certification is considered the most effective environmental standard for the protection of wildlife, plants, soil and water. Ampersand’s hardboard supports are formaldehyde-free and do not contain organic compounds that generate harmful gas emissions. In addition, they routinely test the raw materials they use to ensure artists safety and consistency in quality. Ampersand Museum Series panels manufactured in the US from US sourced raw materials.

    3. Knowledge, Experience and Education

    Before painting on any unprimed wood panel, you should seal it first to prevent support induced discoloration. Then, coat it with an oil/alkyd primer or acrylic dispersion ground. If you are mounting paper or textiles, you must have a barrier seal between the fabric or paper and the bare wood panel. We recommend using PVA size; many conservators consider it superior to traditional hide glue for sealing wood. However, if sealing, priming and sanding sounds like too much work, all Ampersand Museum Series prepared panels are pre-sealed, pH neutral and ready to use.

    Ampersand extraordinary surfaces are available in our stores and online.

  • Team Made in the USA

    Team Made in the USA

    Celebrating TEAM Made in the USA

    BINDERS® Art Supplies and Frames has a long history of supporting local artists and creative causes.

    Following in our community centric tradition we’ve decided to show off our team colors during the Olympics and shine a light on the Made in America brands we support in our stores and online.

    Over the next two weeks we will highlight the history of America’s favorite art supplies and frames as well as Performance Makeup brands from our new department.

    Watch your email (sign up for our newsletters here) and Facebook (like us) as we share Great Deals and American Pride while rooting for our favorite winter sports!

    GO TEAM (made in the) USA!

    BINDERS® History: Beer, Binders and Beyond

    BINDERS® was a stationery and gift store when two brothers purchased it in 1955.  Moe & Joe Krinsky, owners of the highly successful beer joint Moe's & Joe's Tavern in the Highlands neighborhood of Atlanta made BINDERS® their first adventure into retail.

    A year after taking over the store, at the suggestion of a salesman, the brothers put in paint. The first artist paint line to go up on the shelf was Permanent Pigments- known today as Liquitex. And thus, BINDERS® as we know it today was born. (read more)

  • Selena Evans Miller

    Meet Selena Evans Miller, professional makeup artist for TV and film

    Binders Performance Makeup is thrilled to be working with professional makeup artist, Selena Evans Miller. Selena has worked in the Entertainment Industry for over 25 years.

    The Makeup Lab Instructor Selena Image Courtesy of the Instructor

    Her makeup bookings have taken her to many places across the globe, which has allowed her to work in every medium from Feature Films, Television, Videos, Stage, Theater and Print.

    You have witnessed her makeup artistry, on many major film, TV, rock stars, supermodels and celebrity's, on such projects as:

    The Hunger Games, Pirates of the Caribbean, The Vampire Diaries, The Originals, Edward Scissorhands, Lawless, Ace Ventura, 2Fast 2Furious, Miami Vice, Big Momma 3, Joyful Noise, Marvin's Room, Ray, Rosewood, Major Payne, Passenger 57, Problem Child 2, All My Children (Soap Opera), Celene Dion (A New Day Vegas Show) and many more...

    Being a Professional Makeup Artist, is just one of her many talents, Selena is also a licensed skin care expert, nail technician, certified eyelash extension technician, massage therapist and fashion stylist

    What is next for this celebrated artist, Selena reveals that she has a makeup book in the works, where she will share many tricks and tips of the makeup world, so you too can have, a career like hers among **THE STARS**....

    Miss Selena, tell us a little about yourself

    SEM: I was raised in a small town, outside of Pittsburgh Pa, but I never dreamed that I would grow up to be, working on major feature films, tv shows, stage, theater and in print.

    My career of over 25 years has taken me all over the world and given me so many fantastic memories such as, being back stage in Celene Dion dressing room, doing her makeup for her stage show "A New Day" in Vegas, or on stage with "The Rolling Stones" rock band, assisting the head makeup artist for the Stones, while they were on tour in the USA or on the set of "The Pirates of the Caribbean and "The Hunger Games" 2, doing The Capital Makeup's, for Academy Award Winning Makeup Artist and Department Head "Ve Neill"

    I started out doing makeup for family and friends then to various department stores as a Beauty Advisor for Estee Lauder (Resident Makeup Artist), Elizabeth Arden, Prescriptives, Gale Haymen, Flori Roberts, Adrien Arpel, then I moved on to print, runway, commercials, videos, television shows, opera, independent films and then to feature films

    What projects are you currently working on?

    SEM: Currently, I am working on the 3rd and 4th installments of "The Hunger Games" as a Makeup Artist.  I am also the Department Head of 2nd Unit Makeup, this means that I have to make sure that all the "extras" (talent) have the correct look for the scenes that we are shooting that day

    What does your studio look like?

    SEM:  Besides being a freelance makeup artist, I also have a makeup studio for doing custom blended makeup and powders, I also do brow design, lash extensions, and makeovers.  This also allows me to practice new looks and brush up on my skills

    What are your plans for 2014?  Any interesting upcoming projects?

    SEM:  I plan to continue doing my freelance movie and TV work and to teach a series of Makeup Artistry classes, at Binders Performance Makeup.  I also plan to publish my makeup and makeup career books out this year!

    For more information, please visit Selena’s website.

    Written by Carla Raleigh

  • Creating Children’s Books was a Lifelong Dream

    Creating Children’s Books was a Lifelong Dream for Elizabeth O. Dulemba

    Tell us a bit about how you got started creating children’s books.

    Creating children's books was a lifelong dream of mine. I remember staring at Garth Williams' THE GOLDEN BOOK OF ELVES AND FAIRIES as a child and wanting to create that kind of magic for others.

    CreatingChildrensbooks with Elizabeth O. Dulemba Image Courtesy of the Artist

    Life got in the way for a while—I worked as an Art Director and in-house illustrator in the corporate world for twelve years (mostly in child-related industries). When I got married, I went freelance full-time, and finally began to pursue my dream.

    It took three years of honing my craft and sending out advertisements for my skills before I signed my first contract. (That's considered fast in the children's book world.) After that, things took off. Twelve years later, I have two dozen titles to my credit and I can't imagine doing anything else!

     What are you working on currently?

    My first mid-grade novel will come out this spring, A BIRD ON WATER STREET, so I've been busy wrapping up final details in preparation for its release. That's been a ten-year-long project, so I'm so excited for it to finally reach the world!

    I just finished a series of picture books for Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, which will be given out by doctors, free to patients with young children. The books are about proper nutrition, exercise, hydration, etc. It's a feel-good project I'm very proud of, which will help raise healthier children.

    I recently did an illustration for Highlights Magazine, started a picture book for a book packaging client, and am writing another novel. I also just received an offer on a fun good-night story, which I both wrote and illustrated. But I can't share further details about that right yet. Needless to say, I stay busy!

    A BIrd on Water Street Image Courtesy of the Artist

     What advice would you offer anyone wanting to create a children’s book?

    Taking my class is a great first step. I also highly recommend joining the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. (I'm the Illustrator Coordinator for the Southern region of Alabama, Georgia, and the Florida panhandle.)

    The SCBWI is the largest writing organization in the world and ties all us children's book creators together. They offer fantastic online resources along with regional and national conferences, which can teach pre-published writers about the business. And they're some mighty fine folks to hang out with.


    Lulas Brew
    Image Courtesy of the Artist

     “I also hope they'll take away a new love and appreciation for children's books and the unique art form they are.” 


    What do you hope students will take away from your Creating Picture Books workshop?

    First, I hope they gain some serious skills. My class is intense and students do tend to learn a lot in a short amount of time. Usually the difference between student manuscripts at the beginning of my class and at the end is remarkable. And I share industry information that gives them resources to pursue after class.

    I also hope they'll take away a new love and appreciation for children's books and the unique art form they are.

    Lastly, I hope they'll leave with a love for writing. Not everybody gets published, or wants to get published. But that shouldn't stop anybody from enjoying the therapeutic and creative joy of writing.


    For questions, more information, or registration please contact the BINDERS Education Office at 404237-6331 ext. 203 or email jacob@bindersart.com.

    Written by Jacob Gunter

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