Artist Spotlight Reviews-Tuff Stuff Eraser by Elizabeth Gyles Johnson

A Review of the Sanford Tuff Stuff Stick Eraser

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 examples and drawing process here in the Artist Survival Book.

It might seem odd to be so excited about an eraser.  But as a pencil artist committed to a particular level of precision in my art, I can't get along without my Tuff Stuff Stick Eraser Stick by Sanford Paper Mate.   The Tuff Stuff Eraser is a quality white plastic eraser.

The eraser stick in the Tuff Stuff is only 3.8 mm wide.  This is narrow enough to be able to erase in the tiniest of spots.  And yet wide enough to not compromise on the ability of the eraser to accomplish its task.

The fact that you can return the eraser stick back into the plastic barrel makes it easy to keep the eraser clean.  You can purchase refills for your Tuff Stuff Eraser making it ecologically friendly.  I use mine all the time but have never actually had to use my refills yet. 

http://windandhoneycreations.comI often use my Tuff Stuff Stick Eraser as a white pencil on my graphite drawings.  And I always encourage my students to own at least one.  They are always as excited about their Tuff Stuff Erasers as I am.  Their comment when first using it is usually, "Wow!"  We just can't get along without it.  I own several, keeping one in every pencil pack and drawing station I have. 

 I always keep a small journal and a tiny drawing kit with me wherever I go.  My Tuff Stuff Eraser is an essential part of that drawing kit.  I love my Tuff Stuff Eraser!



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Derwent Tinted Charcoal
Soho Urban Artist Colored Pencils
Derwent Graphic Pencil
Creative Mark Blending Stump
Tuff Stuff Eraser Stick
Big Triple Sharpener
Reflexions Pocket Journal
Artist Survival Book
Strathmore Bristol Board

Watch as Elizabeth demonstrates a drawing and shows examples of work using the Sanford Paper Mate Tuff Stuff Eraser Stick.



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.



2014 Charvin Winter Painting Contest Winners

Lets Give a Big Hand to our Winners!

This year, our fans really raised the talent level with more great entries than ever in our 2014 Charvin Winter Painting Contest. For $2,250 in eGift Cards to on the line, we saw amazing talent with Charvin's Extra Fine Oils and Acrylics. To see more entries and our ten honorable mentions, be sure to check out our 2014 Charvin Winter Painting Contest Page!

Announcing our Winners:


First Place Winner

"Who is John Galt"
by Angieszka Bernstein of San Fransisco, CA

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Second Place Winner

"Water's Edge"
by Cande Sagan of Hammond, IN

"I have used Charvin's oil and acrylics for all my paintings for years now. I find the quality superior to any other paints and I would never change. I really enjoy the colors and the texture of the paint. I am a fan for life!"


Third Place Winner

"1956 Fin"
by Victor Vicini of Livoinia, Michigan

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2014 Lukas Winter Painting Contest Winners!

Congratulations to our big winners!

Announcing the winners of our 2014 LUKAS Winter Painting Contest. We had so many great submissions this year for our painting contest it was tough to choose a winner. With $2,250 in prize money for the winners, the stakes were high but our artists came through with amazing submissions of artistic expertise. To see our honorable mentions and more submissions, be sure to check out our 2014 LUKAS Winter Painting Contest Page. So without further ado, here are our First, Second and Third Place winners

First Place Winner

"Waiting on Sunset"
by Colin Mead of Wayland Michigan

"I first started using Lukas Water Mixable Oils when Jerry's Artarama sponsored a very nice sale on them. Being new to oil painting, I have not tried too many different manufacturers of oil paints. However, because of the great price, I purchased 22 tubes in various colors, using my usual dual primary system. I like the nice, buttery consistency and the ease of mixing the colors. I am very pleased with the colors that I purchased and will buy them again!"


Second Place Winner

"Ancestral Still Life"
by Jeriann Boniello of White Plains, NY

"As an oil painter, I was pleased to discover that Lukas Berlin Water Mixable Oil Paints offer an environmentally-friendly product. the paints have a rich, creamy quality that offer a wide variety of colors that are affordable. I love conforming and drying faster with Lukas Berlin Water Mixable Oils! My visions reach their maximum potential thanks to these great Lukas Oil Products."


Third Place Winner

"Independent Agent"
by Bruce Mitchell of Durham, NC

"I only use Lukas oil paints in my work. The Lukas 1862 oil line consistently gives me precise control over every aspect of its application, from underpainting through final glazing. I find these paints to be superior to others I have used. I love their buttery consistency and fast drying times."

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