Artist Testimonial - Fredrix Nature Core Paint Boards

Fredrix Archival Nature Core Paint Boards - An Artist's Testimonial


New Nature Core Paint Boards from world-renowned canvas makers Fredrix are an innovative and environmentally friendly new addition to the art supply world! Read below to learn more about this unique new painting surface from an artist like you! Also, be sure to see below for details on Jerry's huge Fredrix canvas sale going on now: up to 20% off your favorite canvas products until 10/21/12!

Who am I?

Hi! I am Annie VanEngelen, artist, teacher, product tester/destroyer, creative resource... depending on who you ask! I've been in the world of art from a very young age, as a helper, student, teacher, tester, trainer, and as a community, public, and professional artist. I have also worked for artists, art stores, and manufacturers. I thought you might benefit from some of my knowledge, so here goes!


Let me just start with: I'm a huge fan of Fredrix Nature Core Paint Boards! The strength, versatility and forgiving nature of this surface is exceptional

Linen and Mixed Media Nature Core Paint Boards by Fredrix Artist Canvas

Why do I love it?  Both surfaces are: 

DURABLE - Fredrix Nature Core Paint Boards are super tough! I have been able to identify the best traits and worst of any given product, and have the capability to destroy nearly every surface I've been handed over the years. I think you should understand limitations of any product, and I am always pushing the envelope. I have to admit I haven't been able to "destroy" this product yet (but never say never, I am persistent and still trying!). I have soaked, poked, poured, rolled, stained, washed, wired, layered, knifed, scratched, taped, masked, screwed, glued, heated, scraped, screened and more on Nature Core boards, all without destroying the surface. Wow...this is super cool stuff!

LIGHTWEIGHT - Much lighter weight than traditional stretched canvas or wrapped panels — easy to store, pack, and carry; great for the studio or plein air!

TIGHT - Fredrix Nature Core Paint Boards have a flat, rigid, smooth, even surface with nice neat edges and perfect corner folds, never loose, saggy, or in need of re-stretching.

SIDE-WRAPPED - You can paint on all sides of the board, extending your image area. This is a great feature, especially if you use a floater frame or no frame at all.

ARCHIVAL - Nature Core boards are made with the ever-dependable Fredrix artist canvas we all know and love. It won't yellow, bubble, warp or deteriorate... After all, you should have every confidence that your masterpieces will outlast you and survive for generations to come. Trust me, make the investment in the good'll thank me later!

ECO-FRIENDLY - The insides of Fredrix Nature Core boards are made from recycled materials and plant-based foam. I would rather use products that don’t hurt the earth or me and every lil' bit helps!


Artwork shown by Annie VanEngelen on Fredrix Nature Core Paint Boards.

Fredrix Nature Core Archival Paint Boards are available in two versatile surfaces:

Belgian Linen: Classic primed linen surface with a medium texture: not too much texture, not too little -- just right! Great for acrylic, enamel, alkyd, water-soluble and traditional oil paint.


Mixed Media: This smooth, flawless canvas has a soft, sexy surface that is a true multimedia product great for pencil, pastel, ink, watercolor, watercolor sticks, tempera, dye, acrylic, enamel, encaustic, wax, alkyd, water soluble and traditional oil paint, Also smooth enough to screenprint, airbrush, and pour paint.

Going on now! Get the best prices on Fredrix Nature Core Paint Boards, stretched canvas, canvas rolls, stretcher bars and more! Get up to 20% off on your favorite Fredrix canvas products — but hurry, this sale ends on 10/21/12!


New GOLDEN Acrylics Virtual Paint Mixer

GOLDEN Artist Colors Introduces Virtual Paint Mixer

Unique online tool allows artists to experiment with color mixing — without wasting any paint!

Mixing paint with control and getting predictable results is a skill that takes years to master. It also requires a lot of paint. Compounding the challenges of time and expense is the plethora of information, color theories and perspectives that can be more difficult to navigate than the skill itself. GOLDEN Artist Colors has cut through this fog with their Virtual Paint Mixer, a unique, fun, online tool for color exploration. With it artists can discover new color possibilities and personalize color choices, making their palette unique!


Through exploration and play, artists can mix countless paint colors, developing a feel for correct proportions and the best colors to use. Photos can be uploaded and sampled to match colors and create palettes. The program accounts for the physical characteristics within GOLDEN acrylic paints so artists can get closer to the colors they want faster than ever before, saving time, frustration and paint.

Best of all it is FREE! Registered users can print, e-mail, share on Facebook and save formula "reports" with color information to guide purchases and direct them to nearby retailers. The mixer allows artists to choose palettes from the GOLDEN Fluid Acrylic, Golden OPEN Acrylic and Heavy Body Acrylic product lines as well as from our Color Mixing Sets.

This tool works with any browser on a Mac, PC, iPad or Android device. The interface also works on touch screens so artists can use it on tablets as they paint. Artists who've already tried the GOLDEN Virtual Paint Mixer shared these thoughts:

  • "The photo application is like a treasure hunt of color."
  • "I could play all day!"
  • "This gives me an opportunity to find and share MY color."
  • "I can't wait to expand my palette."
  • "I can use this to teach color mixing with my students."
  • "This will make me a better painter."

And now, you can be one among the first to access it Golden Color Mixer! Since the beginning, GOLDEN has embraced product feedback from artists and this tool is no exception, so please take the survey (click on the green speech bubble at the bottom of the mixer) and let the folks at GOLDEN know what you think!



Prove It - Water-Mixable Oils vs. Traditional Oils

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Prove It!

Can YOU tell the difference between water-mixable oils and traditional oil paints? In this Prove It!, Mikey G sets out to see if people of various degrees of familiarity with art supplies can actually make out a discernible difference between two paintings, both exactly the same except for the paints used. Arist Dan Nelson painted two identical paintings, using either Cobra Water-Mixable Oils or Rembrandt Extra-Fine Artists' Oil Colors. What does Mikey G find out? The results may surprise you, but you'll have to watch to find out for yourself!

Please enjoy this Prove It! video and let us know what you think in the comments below!

What do you think? Is it really so difficult to tell the difference between water-mixable and traditional oil colors? Have you performed a similar experiment of your own? Tell us about it in the comments below!

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