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    In Honor of Earth Day 2015, Gamblin Torrit Grey Oil Paint!

    Last updated 13 days ago

    If you took all the pigments in the color spectrum and mixed them together, what color would you make?

    Every spring, Gamblin Artists Colors collects a wealth of pigments from our Torit® Air Filtration system. We filter the air around the areas where we handle dry pigments so that our workers are not exposed to pigment dust. Rather than sending any of our high quality, expensive pigments into the landfill, Gamblin paint makers recycle them into "Gamblin Torrit Grey".

    "Pigment dust should not go into the earth, water or landfill, but into paint," says Robert Gamblin.

    The mix of pigments is different every year, so Torrit Grey is always unique and will never be repeated. Torrit Grey tends to have a greenish tinge because of the great strength of the Phthalo Green pigment, which is a dark bluish green. Torrit Grey varies from a medium dove grey to a dark earthy grey.

    We are now dating the tubes, so artists can collect them from year to year and enjoy the unique qualities of each edition. Whatever you create with these popular limited edition colors is solely up to you and your imagination.

    Our Torrit Grey store promotion, which runs each year through the end of April in celebration of Earth Day, not only recycles pigment dust into paint but focuses artists on the importance of recycling, studio and environmental safety. Last year, we distributed more than 11,000 tubes of Torrit Grey! Limitations are often your greatest creative assets and it is remarkable what talented artists can achieve with a color palette limited to white, or black and Torrit Grey.

    Art Teacher Event @ Merion Art- April 30th 6:30-9pm

    Last updated 1 month ago

    Merion Art & Repro Welcomes Xiem Clay Tools to Our Inventory! Check These Out!!

    Last updated 1 month ago

    Every Xiem Tool offers a simple solution and creative purpose we are focused on good design, made with intention and quality execution without compromise. Xiem Tools are the new essentials and the premier choice for clay artists.

    At Xiem we are committed to developing the highest quality tools, competitively priced, and with the best service possible. Every Xiem Studio tool offers a simple solution and creative purpose – we are focused on good design, made with intention and quality execution without compromise. Xiem Tools are the new essentials and the premier choice for clay artists. 

    Be bold. Express your creative side! Discover the unlimited possibilities of pattern and texture with Xiem Art Rollers! Xiem Art Rollers are made in more than 30 seamless designs and are the fun way to explore and create unique ceramic artwork.

    Our high-grade solid stainless steel tools are hand-crafted to ensure a precise cutting edge and set in a rubber handle for firm gripping and comfort. It is easy to clean and rust free. 

    Each clay cutter set comes with a total three (3) adjustable wires:

    • 1 adjustable wire cutter
    • 2 different adjustable spring wires

    The Xiem Potter's Knife is great for cutting, trimming, and sculpting green-ware clay. Our knives are sharp, comfortable and available in a blue and orange color. Tempered stainless steel ensures a lifetime of rust-free use.

    ... AND SO MUCH MORE!! 

    Free Winsor & Newton Watercolor Demonstration Saturday March 21st, 11am

    Last updated 1 month ago

    Winsor & Newton is synonymous with exceptional watercolour. Whether working in the studio or packing up a small travel kit to hit the road, Professional Water Colour offers a range of 96 unique tube colours as well as Water Colour Sticks, Water Colour Markers and a wide array of mediums to help artists alter and enhance the characteristics of their work. The demo artist will cover permanence, colour bias and colour mixing to help you get the most out this challenging and wonderful medium that is loved by amateurs and professionals alike. Each attendee will receive a sample pack of Professional Water Colour materials. 

    Featured Artist: Marta Kepka
    Marta Kepka is an artist working in central NJ. She plays conceptually with social complexities through her constructed “environments”. Filtering through a feminist lens, the artist dismisses oppositional binaries by embracing the ideas of pure difference and material agency. Her cross-disciplinary interests led her to earn her BFA alongside a Psychology minor and Women’s Studies collateral program. She undertook her MFA at Montclair State University and has received several awards for her work which have been exhibited in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, New York and the United Kingdom. Her work and writing can be found at www.martakepka.com.

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    DIY Paper Marbling

    Last updated 1 month ago

    Marbling is a printmaking technique that basically looks like capturing a galaxy on a page, except it requires neither subatomic particles nor superhuman skills. Nowadays you can find video tutorials showing you how to marble everything fromsilk scarves to fingernails, but I primarily make marbled paper, which you can use as backgrounds for collages or photos, to decorate journals and notebooks, or to wrap small gifts. If I weren’t such a DIY advocate, I would probably buy a marbling kit with step-by-step instructions (and no disrespect if you opt for that!), but I prefer to experiment, because the results are more unpredictable!

    What you’ll need:

    • A set of oil paints
    • Turpentine
    • A few sheets of uncoated paper—regular printer paper will work, as long as it isn’t glossy.
    • A shallow rectangular container (like a baking tray) that is bigger than the size of your paper
    • Smaller containers for mixing paint (like jar lids)
    • Rubber gloves
    • Utensils for mixing and spreading paint. These can be brushes or straws, or you can make your own marbling comb with toothpicks, cardboard, and scotch tape (see below). Just make sure the length of the comb is smaller than the width of your tray, because you’re going to use it to drag the paint across the surface of the water.

    Since you’ll be working with paint, you might want to wear old clothes, and cover your workspace with newspapers or a plastic tablecloth to prevent stains. You’ll need relatively easy access to a sink for clean-up, and if you can work near a window, the fresh air will help with the drying process.

    Now on to the marbling:

    1. Pour about an inch of water into the tray. Then choose the colors you want to use, and squeeze the paint into small, separate containers (I used the lids of the paint jars). Add some white paint if you want to get pastel shades.

    2. Add some turpentine to the paint and mix. I suggest doing this in a well-ventilated space and wearing rubber gloves (even though I didn’t), because you don’t want to breathe in the fumes or irritate your skin. The proportion varies depending on how much paint you are using—I use about a teaspoon of turpentine for every ½ teaspoon of paint. You want the mixture to become liquid and smooth, but not too watery, like so:

    3. Now comes the fun part. Create your design by pouring your paint into the water. You can just dump it all in, or selectively distribute the colors where you want them. You can add more turpentine if you want to thin the mixture out in places.

    4. If you’re happy with the design, you can skip this step, but otherwise, you can redistribute your colors by swirling the mixture gently with a toothpick, blowing on the surface through a straw, or using your marbling comb.

    5. Carefully lay a sheet of paper on the water. To avoid submerging it, start at one end and move slowly down the length of the paper—don’t just plop the whole thing down at once. (It’s OK if the face-up side gets a  little wet, but keep it as dry as you can.) Get ready to pick it up right away, because step six comes RIGHT ON THE heels of five!

    6. Remove the paper as soon as it’s flat! Starting at a corner, gently lift it out of the water. Again, you might want to use rubber gloves.

    7. Lay the sheet out flat on a clean, protected surface. Once it’s been drying for a while, you can lay a heavy book on top of it to keep the edges from curling (slide a piece of paper in between to protect your book).

    One tray of water is usually enough for three to five prints. Each one will be different from and lighter than the last, as the paint dissipates. It can take a few tries to get the desired effect, but every attempt will be mesmerizing. When it’s done, you’ll have a map of your own undiscovered galaxy—or some decorative gift wrap. It’s whatever you choose, so enjoy! ♦

    Emma Dajska

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