Playing with blues and greens and puddles of water on another 4 x 4″ Aquabord by Ampersand. I’m finding this surface lots of fun for abstract work, and wondering how it would be if I wanted to paint realistically in watercolor. Has anyone tried it for that? I don’t mind staying in abstract mode one bit, though, having loads of fun with it! This kind of reminds me of a tree, I’d love to know if it makes you think of anything in particular. I may go over it, give it a bit more zing! Maybe even in acrylic, haven’t decided yet.
Not sure if anyone noticed there is a new button on my site. After mulling this over for many months, I’ve decided to become a Blick Art Materials affiliate. I’ve been singing their praises for almost a year and a half, and none of that is going to change, so I figured why not? If you find my art supply experiments helpful, and you’d like to support my site (and please, only if you’re planning to buy art supplies anyway), consider clicking the button on my sidebar to the right, and ordering from Dick Blick. A small percentage of your purchase goes to support what I’m doing here.
Here’s why I’ve dealt with them almost exclusively since becoming an art addict almost two years ago:
- Their prices are usually the lowest, and if on some item they aren’t, they will price match any major supplier. Simply put a link to the better deal in the delivery instructions box when ordering online, and you’ll get it.
- They have a “no questions asked” return policy. I have placed many (maybe too many hehe) orders, and I’ve returned things that I don’t like. It doesn’t have to be defective. It doesn’t have to be unopened. And you don’t have to explain why. They just credit your payment method, and you are done. This is why I’m so adventurous with supplies. What have I got to lose? If I don’t like the paper, the brush, paint, whatever it is……I just send it back. Defective items? Doesn’t happen often, but when it does, they get a replacement out to you right away.
- When you call them, you will speak to someone in the US. I love people of all nationalities, races, etc., but when I need to get information to make a buying decision, or I have a problem with something I’ve ordered, I really prefer speaking to someone for whom English is their first language. It saves me time. So many companies are shipping jobs overseas, and I vote with my dollar, or at least that’s how I see it. So I really love to patronize companies who hire people here. It makes me feel good.
- I’m still new to art. I’ve learned a lot, but there’s a ton more I don’t know. Any question at all, not sure what to buy? All you have to do is call 800.933.2542 and you will talk to a Blick product specialist (artist) who can help you out. They’re very knowledgeable and extremely helpful. And they send free samples! What’s not to like?!
- Friendly, courteous customer service. Always. I have never had a problem with anyone at Blick, ever. Very efficient, and great attitudes. (Can you imagine working for an art supply place? I’d probably be bankrupt, but I’d be happy, lol!)
I could go on and on, but I’ve taken up enough of your time. I do love them, I’ve dealt with them long enough to know that I always will, and I’m proud to advertise for them. I would do it for free, actually. And that’s all I have to say about that. 🙂
Well, it’s Friday Eve and I hope we are getting ready to dance! Let’s keep those brushes armed and flinging! Peace.