New Mimik Brushes

A Better Experience!

Jerry's is constantly on the search for new great products on the market. And recently, we found one to beat out the others. The Mimik Watercolor brush is an incredible synthetic water color brush that is a great alternative to squirrel hair brushes. The Mimik brush is the new environmentally friendly way to enjoy watercolor painting!

Finding high quality synthetic brushes have long been a problem for environmentally conscious or vegan watercolor painters. Now, Creative Mark, a favorite brush maker of ours has paired with one of the leading synthetic hair makers to create an animal-friendly brush with all the benefits of squirrel hair brushes. This synthetic hair acts just like a blend of squirrel hair and Kolinsky sable hair. Its both innovative and revolutionary, most other synthetic blends don't hold up like the Mimik brush does.

It also holds an amazing amount of color for washes and laying down lots of color. However what really sets it apart from other brushes is the amount of control you get with it. Customers have been raving about how well the brushes hold together and don't loose the synthetic hairs from the brush like cheaper brushes often do. One customer even had this to say about how well the brushes performed:

"These brushes have many of the good qualities of sable and cost relatively little. I mostly use the silver brush sable brushes and I don't see a great deal of difference between the natural hair and the Mimik Synthetic. The Mimik brushes hold color well, snap into a fine point, and clean up nicely. they are quite soft which I consider a plus. I have not had any stray hairs or misshapen points so far and the fit and finish are good."

The Mimik brushes are also an excellent value, with sets of 8 brushes starting at $49.99 and including round, rigger, filbert, flat wash and wash mate shapes.Each brush has a stylish blue-grey handle and nickel-plated brass ferrules. And of course, all brushes are also sold separately. They are perfect for watercolor, gouache, and acrylics paints and can masterfully control paints for large washes or precise movements.

Brushes made with animal hair might perform just as well as these brushes, but they definitely don't perform better. So try these brushes out for yourself. They really are a terrific alternative to squirrel and sable haired brushes and give the same control, paint holding capacity and brush response!

(No squirrels were harmed in the writing of this blog or the making of the Mimik Brush)



Whats the Buzz

SoHo Studio Wipes & the Vanish 4-in-1Artist Eraser

Today's Whats the Buzz brings you the very popular SoHo Studio Wipes and the Vanish 4-in-1 Artist Eraser. Both of these things are must haves for any artist to clean up their studio or workspace. From painting to drawing, these wipes and erasers will take on any mess you have. But don't take our word for it; lets look at what artists are saying about these and see what the Buzz is all about.

First Up are the SoHo Studio Wipes. Artists rave all about them because they are perfect for cleaning up any paint stains, acrylics and oils off of brushes, or spills, drips and splatters. Now lets hear what the buzz is all about:

"I got a sample of these and was skeptical that they would be worth the money, but after using them to clean oil based ink used on woodblocks I think they are worth it. They easily remove ink from hands, blocks, brayers and ink slabs."- Charlie, Maryland

"I love these wipes. The first ones I got were free with a purchase. I was so hooked on them I bought 2 containers the next time I ordered from Jerry's Artarama."-Yarntales, New York

"Had a mishap on my clothing and SoHo came to the rescue! No stain to speak of!"-Curly Painter, New Jersey

"These wipes are excellent. I mainly use them to clean tables and brushes after my students use them."-James, Virginia

SoHo's studio wipes will clean any mess, even ink stains. And they are non-toxic and biodegradable making them the environmentally friendly way to conveniently clean up artist messes.

Next Up is the Vanish 4-in-1 Eraser. They call it the 4-in-1 Eraser because it can clean up 4 different mediums from graphite and charcoal to colored pencils and pastels. That means it can replace  gum erasers, hard rubber erasers, vinyl erasers, and even soft kneaded erasers in any artist's art supplies. But lets see what actual artists have to say about it:

"The eraser works great to remove pencil lines when sketching. It is shaped like a rectangular fat crayon which allows for a pencil like grip which is no doubt responsible for part of its ease of use. As it wears down with use I'm sure the grip aspect will change but I expect that the qualities that make it a great smudge free eraser will still be there."-Nibs, Pennsylvania 

"I am a watercolor artist who uses many different weights and types of paper. I find Vanish leaves the least amount of damage to the surface of any eraser I have ever used. I give them as gifts to my 'painting buddies'".-Wet brush gal, Washington

"I use this product with my art work. I liked the first one so much, which I bought as a trial, that I ordered more the next time I sent in a large in a large order, so that I'd have one in my art room, with my traveling art office and in my brief case. The eraser cast offs are clean and dont create crumbs. The pieces don't muck up drawing or watercolor paper, yet it is so soft, it doesn't harm the paper surface."-Ambidextrious, Idaho

"When drawing, I like to keep my paper as clean as possible, and this eraser makes my job easier. It erases with ease, and completely without causing stress to the paper's surface. It is a 'must' to all artists whether professionals or amateurs."-Teresa, Washington

Yowza! Sounds like these products are really buzzing. The artists have spoken and said that these two cleaning products are the best! So check them out and try them for yourselves and see if something you review shows up on next week's Whats the Buzz!



Jerry's Supports Caribbean Lifetime Missions

Changing Lives in Jamaica


Earlier this month, a team from the Craft & Hobby Association went to Jamaica on a seven day trip to bring art supplies and materials from Jerry's Artarama to hospitalized, poor and orphaned children. The organization, Caribbean Lifetime Missions, which seeks to fix the poverty problem in the Caribbean and parts of Africa took in the CHA team near Saint Ann's Parish. From there, the team moved from St. Ann to Bamboo and Kingston assisting with vacation bible schools and leading the children in arts and crafts. 

Jerry's happily supplied the Jamaican childrenwith art supplies to let these impoverished kids explore their creativity and imaginations and have a little fun. They had an amazing time painting faces, tie-dying shirts and making other arts and crafts. Using the First Impressions Complete Art Studio Sets donated, the children had access to watercolor paints, colored pencils, markers, and oil pastels. With the fun assortment of supplies, the children had no trouble expressing themselves. The kids also got to use their imaginations with hand-painted dinosaur hands with the Temporary Tattoo Hand Puppets donated.

But their hands weren't the only things painted as faces were covered to look like everything from tigers to butterflies with the Snazaroo Ultimate Party Pack Face Painting Kit. Kids from vacation bible schools at Bamboo Tabernacle in Bamboo and Majesty Transformation Fellowship in Kingston really enjoyed the products donated. One of the members of the visiting team from the Craft & Hobby Association, Adeola Ayinde, was able to give an art class for the children at Majesty Transformation Fellowship with some of Jerry's acrylic paints while managing to keep their clothes clean with First Impressions KIds Art Smocks and Brush Sets. With the few clothes these children have, it was important to us at Jerry's that these kids enjoy learning about art while keeping things clean. And at the end of the class, any remaining supplies were donated to the church so that these kids continue to express their selves through art, because even if their finances or supplies are limited, their talent is limitless.

All of the contributions of supplies made by Jerry's were made in support of the mission and encouraging youth all over the world to be able to create works of art and express themselves to make the world a better place! And if you would like more information on the trip, check out


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