Whats the Buzz

Charvin Extra-Fine Artists' Acrylics & Pro Stroke Powercryl Ultimate Acrylic Brushes

In today's round of Whats the Buzz we'll look at some of our favorite products for Acrylic painters. We have the Charvin Extra-Fine Artists' Acrylics and the Pro Stroke Powercryl Ultimate Acrylic Brushes. Charvin acrylics are known for being highly pigmented and the Pro Stroke Powercryl brushes are just the thing to spread them over a panel or canvas. Now, lets put them to the test and see what you had to say about these in this week's Whats the Buzz!

First Up are the Charvin Extra-Fine Artists' Acrylics. Acrylic painters are going crazy for these European paints, and why not, they are easy to use and dry faster than oil paints. But, don't take our word for it, see what real artists are buzzing about the Charvin Extra-Fine Artist Acrylics:

"The extra-fine acrylic paints are as good as any I have used. This paint has to be on a really good sale to be competitive for price so they are not for someone on a super tight budget. My experience with Charvin Oils made me try the acrylics." -Pooj, WA

"I have been an artist for 25 years, I just tried this product and find these paints work well with what I am doing. The colors are fun, and easy to blend. I would buy them again." -Artlady727, FL

"I just started testing the Charvin Acrylics out on some of my new abstract pieces and really love the richness of these paints. They glide on like butter but yet retain their pigment value when I used thinner applications. Price is a little higher than what I can use for painting on a wider base, but when I want to 'treat myself' to some of the best paints out there, I know exactly which brand I will turn to!" -JodiO., NC

"I love painting with Charvin Acrylics and its smooth texture of oil." -Cielo, FL

Wow, a great texture and as the name states, their extra-fine consistency seem to be what Artists love about the Charvin Extra-Fine Artists' Acrylics. And next time you decide to "treat yourself" to an Acrylic paint, make sure its this one!


Painted with Charvin Extra-Fine Acrylics

Next Up are the Pro Stoke Powercryl Ultimate Acrylic Brushes. If you're looking for the perfect acrylic brush, then your search is over right here. Artists have been buzzing about how great it is at absorbing paints and how it spreads on paint silky smooth. Now lets hear from the artists themselves:

"Painting goes so much easier with my Pro Stroke Powercryl Filbert brushes. They clean up well and even hold up to my scumbling techniques. The Filbert shape is the secret to getting detail from a larger brush." -Kar, AZ

"The Powercryl family just right for laying down those confident strokes that forever retain the mark of the brush...a good transition of natural hog bristles into the water-friendly world of synthetics" -Dave, MA

An artist painting with Pro Stroke Powercryls.

"The hairs themselves seem to take paint well even with a juicy acrylic and lay down a good controllable line. These are easily 4-5 Star brushes when price vs. competition is factored in." -Muvs, MD

So, for a synthetic brush they hold up great and spread down paint smoothly; everything we want in a brush! Be sure to stay on the lookout for your own product reviews as we search for more and more of our favorite products next week on Whats the Buzz!


Bigger Really IS Better with GOLDEN Acrylics

Save up to 44% on a Bigger Jar!


Did you know that all GOLDEN Acrylics and Mediums are intentionally priced to add value as you go up in size? Each time you buy a bigger container of a particular product, the ounce for ounce savings increases too.

GOLDEN Acrylics offer some of the most imaginative colors, lines and textures available with pure pigments. They contain no fillers, extenders or opacifiers and are made in the USA. And greatest of all, GOLDEN can save you money on top artist quality acrylics. 

On average, artists can save 15% by buying a 16 oz. GOLDEN Acrylic Gel Medium instead of an 8 oz. Gel, but if you opt for the 32 oz. size over an 8 oz., theres a whopping 38% savings! Its like getting an 8 oz. free!

The same idea works for all the colors. For example, buying a 5 oz. tube of GOLDEN Heavy Body Acrylics Hansa Yellow Medium represents a 28% savings over the same color in a 2 oz. tube.

Go to the bigger sizes, such as 8 or 16 oz. color and the savings keep rolling in. Go big and save with larger sizes of GOLDEN Artist Acrylics!


The Aftermath with Gamblin's Gamvar and Gamsol Power Pack

So you've finished painting. Now what?


You've just finished painting your masterpiece. A magnificent oil painting that you want to hang in your living room or even a museum for the rest of your life. All of a sudden, you begin to notice all the dust, dirt and pollution that your masterpiece needs to be protected from. But what can you, a simple artist do about it?

Enter Gamsol & Gamvar

Gamblin's new powerpack containing both the Gamsol quality solvent/medium and the Gamvar conservation quality varnish for oils is a great way to protect and preserve your paintings. Gamsol is the safest solvent for thinning oil colors, modifying paint mediums and studio clean up. It works wonders for cleaning thick paint out of brushes and other painting tools. Gamvar on the other hand is the miracle varnish that protects and conserves your work much, much faster than most varnishes.

Protecting Whats Important

Varnish is the first defense against dirt, dust, direct and chemical pollution trying to attack your paintings. Most final varnishes will not be finished for 6 to even 12 months. Gamvar allows you to varnish your paintings as soon as the paint has dried on your canvas or as little as just 2 weeks. It can help your paintings look beautiful sooner and can homogenize the final appearance of your painting, making it equally glossy or matte across the entire canvas or board. 

How This Works

Gamblin uses a special formula with Gamvar and has added a synthetic and elastic replacement to Damar, which is inelastic. The effect is that when the painting dries, the varnish moves with the paint film so there is no problem with the paint cracking. Gamvar can also give your colors more depth and is virtually odorless so its much less unpleasant to deal with compared to other varnishes. It was developed in association with the National Gallery of Art so every varnish with Gamvar is a museum quality varnish.

Presverving your other Tools

Your painting is safe from dirt, dust and pollution now, but your paintbrushes and palette knives are covered with paint still, and you want to be able to reuse them. Gamsol is the best solvent for cleaning your studio tools. While most solvents and mineral spirits are dangerous to touch and petroleum based mineral spirits even release harmful vapors, Gamsol is both odorless and non-hazardous. It's the safest solvent available and can pull the driest and thickest paints right out of the brush. 

So when you've finished your painting and are ready to protect your work and restore your brushes and tools to a like-new quality, Gamvar and Gamsol will be there for you. And now, exclusively at Jerry's Artarama, the Gamblin 32 oz Gamvar and Gamsol Power Pack is available. Two of the most important cleaning and preserving tools you can have in your art studio are now available together for a special low price. So check them out today and paint and varnish your oil paintings with confidence!

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