Get Inspired!

Looking for a little extra artistic inspiration this summer?

Well, look no further! Jerry's Artarama is proud to be the exclusive sponsor of the Summer 2013 issue of Inspired, a free quarterly fine arts e-magazine presented by ArtistsNetwork.com.

Inspired, a property of F+W Media Inc.-publishers of The Artist's Magazine, Watercolor Artist, Pastel Journal, Drawing, Southwest Art and North Light Books-features fine art instruction and inspiration from noted artists working in pastel, watercolor, oil and other art media. The issue is delivered in user-friendly online magazine format with zoom in/ zoom out capabilities, web links, easy to view imbedded video instruction and more.

Here's what you'll find in this issue:

  • Easy ways to add fresh, unexpected color choices to your paintings
  • How to liven up your art with a mixed media collage technique
  • Artist-tested tips and video for painting stunning seascapes
  • Plus...many great items and products from yours truly, Jerry's Artarama


Sponsoring this issue is just another way we can continue our commitment to be your #1 art resource. Since 1968, we've been dedicated to providing you with the best materials and services you want and need to produce your creative works.

So what are you waiting for? You're just one click away from getting Inspired!



Matisse Derivan: The Company, The Acrylics, The Vision


Matisse Derivan, Australia's leader in Acrylic paints has long been special in the eyes of it's patrons. Since 1964, Derivan has been striving to offer not only a wide variety of high quality, high pigmented acrylics, but also be environmentally friendly and socially conscious. And from their humble beginnings starting out in Sydney's inner city to the Multinational company they are today, they still continue to reach that goal.

Pattersons Philosopy

Offering a unique take with their Matisse acrylic line, Derivan has done things a little different from most acrylic paint lines. They take special care to choose their pigments, and add in lots of them. Then, unlike most companies, they refuse to add extra gloss to their colors. The philosophy behind this, explains Derivan's President Steven Patterson is "to try and matte a glossy paint down means that you'll dull the intensity of the color", and why would you do that if you worked so hard to find the perfect color to begin with? The Matisse line also offers some of the most hard to find colors at the best valued price.

  • 96 Different Colors                                                                 
  • Several Unique Australian Colors
  • High Viscosity and Heavy Body
  • Perfect for large, expressive strokes


Giving Back

On top of being a giant in the Sydney art scene, Derivan is also very community focused. They don't add in any sort of fragrance or masking agents to their paints like some companies. The company also gives ten percent of their annual net profits to local charities, school sponsorships and art programs.

Environmentally, the company has taken many initiatives as Patterson believes that his employees "go home as healthy as when they came in". They have developed a water reclaiming initiative where they recycle their primary cleaning water. They also utilize the architecture of their manufacturing facility in a way that incorporates cross-breezes instead of air-conditioning and focuses highly on natural lighting instead of artificial lighting. On top of this, the company is even developing a bike to work program that Patterson himself takes place in. The company also wants their customers to participate in their program and has a mail in recycling program where the customers can return certain containers for re-use. The company encourages this by sending out fun prizes like bicycles for used paint containers.

The balanced philosophy of Patterson and Derivan to provide the finest quality acrylic paints as well as be both environmentally and socially responsible is proving why this company is not only the industry leader in acrylics, but one of the fastest growing global artist paint companies. And artists have responded extremely positive to this philosophy and their great products. Professional Artist Andy Russell had this to say:

"I use Matisse Structure Acrylics for a thick textured, bold impasto look and Matisse Flow Acrylics for the smooth, highly detailed results. They are also excellent for covering large areas...I am completely sold on Matisse Acrylics. I highly encourage every artist, professional or pleasure painter, to experience these paints for themselves."

We agree Andy, We agree!


The Man Behind the Best Acrylics Steven Patterson, President,


Don't Let Summer Storms Slow You Down!

The summer weather here at Jerry's Artarama has been full of rainy days!

For many parents, summertime is an amazing chance to make lasting memories with their children. And if you're in an area where it rains during the summer, you know that it's easy for children to waste time sitting in front of the television or playing video games. Instead, why not spend that time to getting creative?

Making art together during the summer is an exciting way to inspire your child's imagination and to engage them in a stimulating activity. Whether it is drawing with colored pencils, painting abstract pieces with watercolors, or building sculptures and models, these will be mementos you can keep with you for years to come. If you want a one-stop shop for lots of different projects that meet your child's artistic aspirations, try out the First Impressions Complete Art Studio Set which features watercolors, colored pencils and pastels, all in a convenient carrying case.

Their childhood won't be around forever, but your memories can be!

When you pick up the paintbrush with your child, not only are you encouraging a positive activity that will drive their creativity and imagination, but you are physically creating something that you can save that will be around to remind you of the good times you're having together. Remember, their childhood wont be around forever.

   As your child grows and enters adulthood, won't it be nice to have some of their artwork preserved to hold onto and savor.Make sure to keep that artwork safe in an Eternity Clamshell Box. You can look back at the rainy day art work and show them and their children someday the masterpieces you made together.

On these stormy days don't waste the precious time you have with your children. Instead, make memories you'll want to keep forever.

What artistic memories will you make with your children this summer? Let us know in the comments below!

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