Winsor and Newton Helps Disabled Artists Create Mind Art with their Brains

Chinese 'Mind Art' Project Raises Awareness for Disabled Rights 


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Winsor & Newton, a fine arts materials supplier founded in 1832 has always been dedicated to the mix of science and art and is now using that blend of interests to help raise awareness for an underrepresented subset of people. There is an estimated 83 million Chinese people with Disabilities who have access to very little national support. To raise awareness and support, Winsor & Newton teamed up with artist Jody Xiong.

The project is called 'Mind Art', art and science mingle as mental prowess and self expression are used to create abstract masterpieces with the help of nueroscience and Winsor & Newton paints. 



For the project, sixteen people with disabilities were invited to strap into a headset containing a processing unit that connects electronic signals from the brain to set off paint filled balloons in an quadrangle of canvases. The participants could set off paint explosions with self chosen pigments of paint. With enough concentration, neural signals are sent and the paint filled balloons are detonated in an explosion of color and movement. The result is a beautiful and abstract splatter showing that its not always whats on the outside, but whats on the inside that makes us artists.


Touring twenty-two cities in China, the 'Mind Art' Exhibition has raised about $130,000 to support charities working with disabilities through sales of the art work. The exhibition was viewed by approximately fifty thousand people each week. 

'Mind Art'


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What do you think about this project? What is the most creative way you've used Winsor & Newton paints?


Artist Spotlight Reviews-Phenomenon Shell Paper by Elizabeth Gyles Johnson

A Review of Phenomenon Shell Paper

by Elizabeth Gyles Johnson, artist and art instructor

Elizabeth Gyles Johnson of Wind and Honey Creations is a pencil artist who focuses her art on the delights of life.  Elizabeth teaches the intricacies of drawing at all skill levels to a collection of students worldwide through online workshops and classes at  Learn more about Elizabeth in our featured Artist Spotlight post, and enjoy her demonstration here of the Phenomenon Shell Paper

I have to say that the Phenomenon Shell Paper is  pretty amazing.  Before the paper arrived, I had planned to use the Matisse Structure Paint on it to create an abstract layered painting.  But when it arrived and I realized it was not a heavy thick paper, I expected the paint to be too much for the paper to handle. 


I did like the texture of the shell paper.  It would be great fun to use it in paper collage art.  And it is also nice for adding to the texture of the design you are painting.  In spite of the texture, the paper has a very smooth feel to touch.   It comes in very nice soft colors that will stir your creative energy.  You can purchase a pack of your favorite color or you can choose a package that will give you multiple pages of each color.  That's my favorite package.


So, I jumped into this project going in the originally planned direction to use the Matisse Structure Paint on the Phenomenon Shell Paper.  But I expected the structure paint to be too heavy for the light shell paper.  I expected negative reactions from the paper to that much paint and that much moisture.   But amazingly there was none.  I laid several layers of paint down on this paper.  Never did it buckle.  Never did it wrinkle.  And now that the layers of paint are complete and dry, the condition of the paper is just as fresh as before I started.  I have to say that I am quite impressed.  And I am looking forward to continuing to explore how I might use this Phenomenon Shell Paper with my various art supplies.  I hope you will try it.  I think you will be very pleased.





Phenomenon Shell Paper
Matisse Structure Paint

Watch as Elizabeth demonstrates a painting using the Phenomenon Shell Paper


Elizabeth Gyles Johnson purchases all of her artist pencils from Jerry's Artarama because of their customer service and great packing of delicate artist pencils for shipping. Here are some other drawings Elizabeth has done with pencils purchased from Jerry's Artarama.


Other Reviews by Elizabeth Gyles Johnson

Artist Spotlight Reviews- Tuff Stuff Eraser by Elizabeth Gyles Johnson

Artist Spotlight Reviews- Reflexions Pocket Journal by Elizabeth Gyles Johnson

Artist Spotlight Reviews- Mungyo Handmade Soft Pastels with Elizabeth Gyles Johnson

Artist Spotlight Reviews-Matisse Structure Acrylics by Elizabeth Gyles Johnson


Famous Works of Art in Jack-O-Lanterns

We Found Your New Halloween Inspiration!


Girl with the Pearl Earring by Johannes Vermeer Recreated by one of our own Employees


Inspired by what we saw at our own Houston Store (see above), we decided to scour the internet and see if we could find any famous works of art hidden in pumpkins. We found some real gems out there so please enjoy these famous works of art recreated in jack-o-lanterns, right in time for Halloween:

 1. A Pumpkin Inspired by Mona Lisa by Leonardo Da Vinci 


2. This Carefully Carved Pumpkin was Inspired by an MC Escher Block Print


3. You might not want to kiss this pumpkin inspired by Gustav Klimt


4. If you're a Van Gogh fan, this jack-o-lantern is the perfect thing to light your way, even on a Starry Night.


5. You Wont See this Old Fashioned Gothic Couple Light Up When Trick-Or-Treaters Come to the Door


6. Dont Scream! This Pumpkin isn't that scary 


7. Do We Call this one a David-o-Lantern?


8. This Boy and Girl Gazing at the Moon are the Perfect Symbolism for a Night Perfect for the Whole Family. 


Consider yourself an artist with a pumpkin? Try your luck and enter the Jerry's Artarama Pumpkin Contest!

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