Practica Black is the new White

The New Alternative to the Stretched Canvas

The Tabula Rasa means "blank slate". And in the art world, that often translates to blank canvas. But what about a black canvas? The new Practica Black stretched canvas is a different kind of canvas for a new style of thinking and painting.


The Practica Black stretched canvas is perfect for making lighter paints and colors stick out against the dark canvas. No longer do artists need to paint their white canvases black to create a dramatic night scene or serious juxtaposition of bright light vs muted dark colors, this canvas saves those steps. And at 100% duck cotton, this higher quality canvas will accept the bright colors you will want to use on this canvas better than other canvases. It's also finished with an acid-free black primer which is preferable to artists for tole, mixed media, and black-light art. Just look at what you can create with oil paints or acrylic paints!

 Artists have used black canvases to create bright vignettes and moodier pieces because the canvas allows the artist to leave larger areas of the canvas unpainted. The wonderful effect this causes is that the viewer of said piece would never surmise that larger areas of the canvas were unpainted saving the artist time and paint.

Colors also interact interestingly on a black canvas. Colors like Alizaran Crimson and Ultramarine Blue will stand out if mixed with a little Titanium white. They create beautiful mixed colors that would shine much, much more than on a typical white canvas.  Whites and blues like Prussian Blue or Ultramarine stand out particularly nicely on the black canvas for winter or night scenes. If you are getting ready for Halloween however, oranges and reds work well for a more spooky effect. 

They are also quite practical, as no frames are needed for stretched canvases and you can hang them directly on your wall for a nice effect. It will look as professionally hung as any museum piece! 

And remember, at Jerry's Artarama, you can save up to 74% off list price on the Practica Black Canvas. So try one out today and start painting to a completely different, more dramatic effect!


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!

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