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Rex Artist, Alex Vidales, Shares His Latest Artwork

Alex Vidales’s Marilyn

Another fantastic Rex Artist, Alex Vidales, wanted to share how he uses our creative products. It makes our day when we get to see how our products are used, and our customer’s beautiful artwork. You can see Alex’s most recent artwork by visiting his website. Alex, great work! Please keep us up to date with your newest pieces!

Rex Artist, Elena Kariyannis, Shares Her Latest Artwork

Erocksny

Erocksny

We love it when our customers share their creative visions with us, and we get to see how they use the products we sell. Check out Rex Art customer Elena Kariyannis, aka “Erocksny” site, and her wonderful artwork!

Erocksny

Erocksny

Interesting Question from a Rex Art Customer

Here is an interesting customer inquiry we received recently….

Lee asked us:

Hi,
I came across your website and it seems like you might know what I need. I am a teacher and one of my students was the class valedictorian this year. I am making her a “book plaque“. It is basically a leather bound book, opened to the center and her speech is pasted on the two center pages. The rest of the book has been glued together with the corners bent and it has been painted with tea and coffee to make it look really old. I would now like to paint the entire book with something to seal it so it becomes “hard“ without damaging the book. Do you know what I would need to do that. Thank you for your help.
Lee

Our Reply:

Hi Lee,

Thank you for your inquiry. Great project, and it sounds very interesting.

From your description your first option would be to use a decoupage sealer like the Mod Podge shown here:
Mod Podge

Plaid Mod Podge

Plaid Mod Podge

Now, one of your problems might be that the tea or coffee could react with a liquid sealer because they are water soluble. You might need to apply several light coats of a spray fixative to the surface first to create a barrier, and then apply the sealer once a few coats of a fixative has been applied. Suggested fixatives would be the following:
Fixatives

Also, Mod Podge is designed to be used in a single coat or can be coated several times to create a thicker or harder surface. However, another alternative might be to use a Gel Medium like the following in either a matte or gloss sheen. The gel medium is thicker from the get go and would result in a thicker or harder surface once applied.
Liquitex Matte Medium
Liquitex Gloss Medium

Liquitex Matte Gel Medium

Liquitex Matte Gel Medium

Lastly, since your application is a bit experimental with the use of coffee and tea you should test the application first before proceeding to do the book as I am sure you do not wish to ruin all the work you have done so far.

We hope this information helps! Please do share a picture with us once you have finished your project!

Please let us know how we can assist you further.

Thank you,

Syfys FACE OFF | Now Casting!!!

Here is some cool information to apply for Syfy’s sfx competition:

Face Off, Syfy’s critically acclaimed sfx competition show, is bringing much deserved attention to the special effects community and the amazing work performed by these very talented individuals.

We are, once again, looking for sfx artists to be a part of the show. Please help us spread the word. The application and additional casting info is below. We are accepting video submissions until Wednesday, February 22nd.

I would like to thank you in advance for getting this information to the next potential contestant for the show.

If you are a sfx artists, I would like to take this opportunity to personally invite you to be a contestant on Face Off. As you may know, FO is designed for sfx artists of ALL skill levels. From the seasoned veteran to the green newbie, we want everyone to apply for the show. This is your opportunity to be a part of an amazing show designed especially for you.

You can download the application and see previous episode of season 2 on the link below.

Syfy’s Face Off / Casting Info

Thanks and GOOD LUCK!

IMPORTANT DATES:
1. Completed applications and online video submission materials must be received by Wednesday,
February 22, 2012 at 6:00pm ET – 3:00pm PST to be considered. Remember, the earlier the better.

2. If you are selected as a Semi-Finalist for the show you must be available to fly to Los Angeles for
final interviews from approximately March 4, 2012 to March 9, 2012. (We will cover your food,
hotel and travel) (Dates are subject to change)

3. If selected as a final cast member you must be available to tape the show from approximately April
24, 2012 through June 22, 2012 (Dates are subject to change)

Stan Lees WORLD OF HEROES T-Shirt Design Challenge

Here is some cool news we just received, but hurry the deadline is quickly approaching! Happy T-Day everybody.
Lonny.

Stan Lee's "WORLD OF HEROES" T-Shirt Design Challenge

Stan Lee's "WORLD OF HEROES" T-Shirt Design Challenge

The formal President of Marvel Comics is teaming up with online community MASScanvas, encouraging fans to design and illustrate “HERO-themed” T-shirts. Anyone can enter! The prize is a total of $5000 and a portion of the sale of winning T-shirts will benefit the John Wayne Cancer Institute.

Through Sunday, November 27th, anybody can submit designs for the ‘WORLD OF HEROES’ challenge at masscanvas.com. ALL entries will be featured on masscanvas.com, the only requirement being they reflect the theme of “WORLD OF HEROES.” Entrants and fans can comment on designs throughout the challenge and VOTE for the top 20 designs. On December 8, Stan Lee will choose 5 winning tees (each receiving a $1,000 cash prize), from the top 20, that he feels best represent the theme. The 5 winning tees will be custom printed in limited quantity, individually hand-numbered, and sold in support of the charitable cause.

Here’s a video with a bit more info about the contest:
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A Call to Artists from the Social Butterfly Foundation

Here is a call to artists we just received from the Social Butterfly Foundation:

Call to Artists:

We are currently accepting resumes for artists in visual, literary, performing and media arts for participation in 4 exciting Saturday Art workshops sponsored by UBS. Mentors will be instrumental in each child’s artistic development as they work together to increase their awareness and understanding of art, the processes of creativity, and community involvement. Art Showcase opportunity surrounding UBS Miami Art Basel Events in December.

Program Duration: September – December 2011
Applicants must have: an arts centered education and training, experience with exhibitions and performances, experience working with Youth-at Risk, and excellent communication skills.

Send inquires and resumes to: ingrid@socialbutterfly.org
Website: www.socialbutterfly.org

About the Social Butterfly Foundation:

Social Butterfly Foundation, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) Non-Profit Organization established to enrich the lives of children in foster care with a Cultural Arts youth mentoring. Our 5 Step Enrichment Program fosters relationships that create stability and caring relationships with mentees using cultural arts appreciation and social skills development as our platform. These are areas that we feel are instrumental to each child’s success and social metamorphosis by building Self development, teaching Social Etiquette, and infusing cultural arts awareness. Our partnerships with our cultural arts community provides a vehicle to allow mentees to experience and appreciate our wonderful world of cultural arts, allow them to use the Arts as a canvas for expression, become enriched and have the confidence of belonging, interacting, and demonstrating Social Skills developed within our program and most important addressing the fundamental need for close and caring relationships.

Rex Art Product Spotlight | Alvin Craftsmaster II Glass Top Drawing Table

New @ Rex the Alvin Craftsmaster II Glass Top Drawing Table

New @ Rex the Alvin Craftsmaster II Glass Top Drawing Table

New @ Rex is the Alvin Craftmaster Glass Top Drawing Table, which was released several years ago, but has since been redesigned and refined. This was one of our most popular tables at Rex, and the new version is an improvement over its predecessor. The Alvin Craftmaster Glass Top Drawing Table features a modern, sleek alternative to a traditional melamine top table, and the glass surface is wonderful to work on.

Alvin Craftsmaster II Glass Top Deluxe Drawing Table Back View

Alvin Craftsmaster II Glass Top Deluxe Drawing Table Back View

The Alvin Craftmaster Glass Top Drawing Table is angle adjustable utilizing dual, quick-release tilt mechanisms that lock into position with one hand. This table is also height adjustable and firmly locks into distinct horizontal positions on four large diameter uprights.

New @ Rex The Alvin Craftsmaster II Glass Top Deluxe Art & Drawing Table Flat Position

New @ Rex The Alvin Craftsmaster II Glass Top Deluxe Art & Drawing Table Flat Position

The Alvin Craftmaster Glass Top Drawing Table also features two full-sized and compartmentalized side storage trays with removable covers and two 4-drawer storage units (one of each on both sides). A hefty cross member between its vertical support legs, combined with the rubber-treaded footrest, provide added stability. Lastly, each table is equipped with four casters (2 locking), as well as floor glides, depending on one’s need for mobility.

If you are in the market for a new drawing or drafting table The Alvin Craftmaster Glass Top Drawing Table should definitely be on your list. As always our family at Rex thanks you for your support and 61 great years!

Rex Artist, Michelle Dick, shares her artwork and favorite tool!

Michelle Dick's scratch art image titled - Shell

Michelle Dick's scratch art image titled - "Shell"

It is always wonderful when one of our customers, or Rex Artists as we like to call them, shares their artistic vision with us, and how they use our tools in their creative endeavors. A long time Rex Artist, Michelle Dick, is passionate about scratch art, and one of her favorite artistic tools is the Speedball #112 Flat Scratch Knife pictured below.

Michelle Dick's favorite Scratch Art tool - the Speedball #112 Flat Knife

Michelle Dick's favorite Scratch Art tool - the Speedball #112 Flat Knife

Here is what Michelle told us about her artistic passion:

I find my inspiration living on the Island of Kaua’i, in it’s natural beauty, and in its people and cultural heritage. Black and white, and the almost infinite shades between the two, have always been my primary means of expression. Before I discovered scratch board, I worked in pen and ink…. another medium that could feed my obsession for fine detail. For the last 15 years, scratch board has given me full rein to explore dramatic contrasts of shade, as well as contrasts in detail, and negative space.
I am self-taught, having set challenges for myself in this somewhat marginalized medium, and still find myself surprised and newly inspired with the results.

Here is some more of her fabulous artwork for you to enjoy:

Michelle Dick's scratch art image titled - "Nene"

Michelle Dick's scratch art image titled - "Nene"

Michelle Dick's scratch art image titled - Awapuhi: Hair-washing Ginger

Michelle Dick's scratch art image titled - "Awapuhi: Hair-washing Ginger"

Michelle Dick's scratch art image titled - "Star Tree"

Michelle Dick's scratch art image titled - "Star Tree"

Michelle Dick's scratch art

Michelle Dick's scratch art

Michelle Dick's scratch art image titled - "Anthurium"

Michelle Dick's scratch art image titled - "Anthurium"

If you are interested in contacting Michelle regarding her artwork please visit the NaPali Art Gallery.

Are you a Rex Artist? Do you want to share your favorite Rex Art tools, techniques and artwork to be featured on Rex ARTicles? Please send us an email with a sample of your artwork, background information, and a synopsis of your technique and we might just feature you here on our blog!

As always our family at Rex thanks you for your support and 60 great years! We look forward to the next 60!

Fredrix Cotton Canvas Rolls and Pro Series Canvases | Save More Now!

Save up to 58% on Selected=

Save up to 58% on Selected Fredrix Cotton Canvas Rolls from Rex Art!

We are having an amazing sale on some of our best selling Fredrix products! Save up to 58% on our most popular cotton canvas rolls from Fredrix. Need a 12oz heavy weight, acrylic primed canvas roll 96″ wide for your next mural? We’ve got it, right here! Maybe you would like a medium weight, cotton, in a 73″ width, primed and ready to paint? Check out the Fredrix Yankee rolls. Here at Rex we have a massive selection of canvas rolls from America’s finest and oldest provider of artist canvas, Fredrix. Whatever your artistic needs we are sure to have a cotton canvas roll to meet your creative needs, and as always at the fantastic Rex Art prices you know and love! But hurry these sale prices will only last until April 30!

New - Pro Series Stretched Canvases from Fredrix - On Sale now at Rex Art!

New - Pro Series Stretched Canvases from Fredrix - On Sale now at Rex Art!

Maybe you want something ready to paint, but are looking for something above the standard every day stretched canvas? Introducing the Pro Series from Fredrix. These canvases are definitely a cut above the rest. Featuring:

So what are you waiting for? With our fabulous products, fantastic prices and warmer weather on the way it’s time to get creative! Please act soon our special sale on these products will end on April 30th!

As always our family at Rex thanks you for your support and 60 great years! We look forward to the next 60!

Workshop on Marketing for Professional Artists

Xanadu Gallery

Xanadu Gallery

Ashley Sinclair, Director of Marketing, at Xanadu Gallery wrote us to let us know about an informative art marketing workshop coming to South Florida in March. The workshop is titled, “Starving to Successful”, and according to their site, “is a one-day, intensive workshop where you will learn everything you need to know to get into galleries and sell more art.”
From their website, “in this intensive one-day class, you will learn:”

  • How to create a consistent body of gallery-ready work
  • What you should do to present your work in a manner that will appeal to galleries
  • How to price your work
  • How to organize your work and track your inventory
  • How to best allocate your marketing efforts and dollars with an eye toward getting into galleries
  • How to build your resume
  • How to pick the best markets for your work and how to find the galleries in those markets that would best suit your work
  • How to confidently approach galleries and what to say when you meet the director or owner.

For more information please see the workshop information on their website.