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The Blank Canvas | Betsy Schoettlin, Guest Blogger

“It’s so fine and yet so terrible to stand in front of a blank canvas.”
Paul Cezanne

I’ve been buying art supplies for 30 years. Canvasses, canvas pads, tracing paper, acrylics, oils, mediums, brushes, pencils, pastels, graphite paper, smudge sticks, big easels, small easels, table easels, outdoor easels, the list goes on and on. I can’t even imagine how much money I have spent on my passion for painting.

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And, up until now, I’d never touched a canvas with a brush. Or with anything else. For 30 years I have been buying and storing and then giving away, or otherwise disposing of, my art supplies without a single drawing or painting to show for it. One time I managed to get a sketch onto a canvas but was so dissatisfied with it that I erased it.

I’m not normally a fearful person. I regularly do things that are outside of my comfort zone, that stretch me beyond what I think I am truly capable of both physically and emotionally. Except painting. And yet, I keep buying art supplies.

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In my mind, I have all sorts of reasons why I haven’t been able to paint. But the real reason is because I am afraid. Not that other people would see what I painted and be unimpressed. I am afraid that, if I actually put brush to canvas, I will know, finally, whether or not I can paint. So much better to not have tried, to be ready to try, to have the option to try, to not know.

And then I found a few painting apps and a real hold-in-your-hand-with-a-brush-end “paintbrush” for my iPad. In the digital world I could “paint” right on top of a photo or a drawing. The iPad felt like sort of like a canvas. I could hold it in my lap. And I could “undo” my mistakes. It was nearly free, no wasted oils or embarrassing failed canvasses. No struggling to get a sketch onto the canvas. I started painting on my iPad and it was amazing and fabulous. I experimented and played, and erased and deleted and started again. And again, and again. And every now and then, something came out pretty well. SO exciting. And there was no pressure, it was just playing. But I still didn’t paint.

Last spring I placed a big order at Rex Art for more art supplies. Again. Gorgeous, silky oils in beautiful little wooden boxes, luscious hand rolled pastels and some new paintbrushes (you can never have too many). I arranged them in a stately old bookcase, with the brushes artfully placed in a vintage pitcher. They looked fabulous. But I still didn’t paint.

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Art supplies arranged on shelf. So pretty & pristine.

Have you ever jumped into a freezing cold lake or off of a high dive or cliff? You stand there, looking down, knowing you can do it, watching your 10 year old niece do it over and over, and yet every fiber of your being is focused on preventing you from jumping. So, for just a second, the blink of an eye, you shut down your brain, create a blank space, stop thinking, grab hold of a bit of faith, and step into the abyss. And when you hit the water you sink and it’s cold and you’re not sure if you can get back to the surface in time to breathe and then you do. And the water is viciously cold, but it’s a different kind of cold than you thought, bracing, exhilarating, survivable. And you did it.

A few weeks ago, I got a postcard from our local art center. I went to the website and I stood there on the cliff, staring down into the icy water as I had so very many times before. And I stepped off. I signed up for “Dare to Try: A Painting Workshop for the Complete Novice”. That was Monday, September 16th. The class started on Tuesday, the 17th. Which really wasn’t a problem because, hey, I already had a crap load of art supplies, beautifully arranged in my bookcase.

To be continued……

Rex Artist, Alex Vidales, Shares His Latest Artwork

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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

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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!

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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,

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.

RexArt.com Celebrates Over Sixteen Years in Business

RexArt.com Celebrates Over Sixteen Years in Business

RexArt.com Celebrates Over Sixteen Years in Business

First Online Art Supply Store Still Going Strong

Miami, Florida is home to RexArt.com the original on-line art supplier since 1995 and South Florida’s oldest art supply super store. This fourth generation family owned and operated business offers customers 21st century convenience and technology, along with old fashioned, knowledgeable, fast, and friendly personal service.

Founded in 1950, Rex Art has long been a pioneer in the art supplies community. In 1995 Rex Art launched the first online art supply store offering artists from all over the world access to an unequaled selection of quality brand name art supplies at discount prices. To quote Lonny Morris, President of Rex Art, “Today, our family owned company’s mission is to continue to offer our customers the most convenient and secure means of purchasing brand name art supplies at an excellent value, while providing superior product information and individual support – just as if they were shopping in our store.

The product selection on rexart.com is based on the most popular products sold in each medium. Though extensive, the website represents only a selection of the vast array of products available. Rex Art continues to endeavor to expand the product selection to meet the ever changing needs of 21st century artists. If searching for a product or manufacturer that is not currently listed online, artists may contact Rex Art directly for the requested item. They will do their utmost to locate and special order it.

As a pioneer in online art supply sales, Rex Art features one of the most streamlined and secure on-line stores. Katrina Morris, Executive Director of Technology, says,“When we designed rexart.com we wanted our customers to be able to shop as if they were browsing through digital aisles – laid out in a way an artist thinks, rather than the standard directory structure.

When artists shop with Rex Art on-line, they can order with confidence. The site is equipped with the latest secure transaction protocols, which safeguard all personal data. Also, any information received from shoppers is never lent or sold to any other source, and its use is restricted to Rex Art only. Additional information is available through the company’s privacy statement.

Service, knowledge, price, family pride, and convenience are the secrets to Rex Art’s longevity and success. Though the company has grown tremendously it has never abandoned these core values, and in turn, is one of the most successful on-line art suppliers. The company’s commitment is to ensure that each customer is provided the best service at fantastic prices with a personal touch. Every customer has unique needs and Rex Art endeavors to ensure they are met.

To shop the selection of art supplies from one of the most trusted online retailers, visit RexArt.com or call 1-800-REX-ART2 (1-800-739-2782).

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!