Saturday, December 5, 2009

The Gift show is lovely!

All of us at Artists Mediums want to thank all the talented customers and friends of the store who have brought thier artwork in to make our gift show so beautiful!
I don't have room here to list all these talented folks, for we have over 70 pieces of art on our walls, and are showing the creativity of over 50 artists in this store, but I would like to mention a few of you, since I am going to show pictures of your art.

Here's a small sampling:
from handmade scarves and tote bags,(Thanks to Dawn O'Connell, Martha Ohliger, and Lynn Powers.)
and wooden ornaments and puzzles, (Thanks to Harvey Bartlett)
and Snowflakes of Vermont wooden ornaments (Thanks to Betsy Sylvester) We even have outdoor quality "leaf cast" cement sculptures
made by the high school students of Christ Covenant School in Marshfield Vermont, and 85% of those proceeds go directly back to that school's art program!
We even have some beautifully decorated small picture frames.
(Thanks to Sharon Diner and Season Hubley)

Come an see this amazing selection!
We also have many small traditional watercolor, oil and acrylic paintings. Buy one of a kind gifts for your friends and families during the holiday season, with the joy of knowing the money is staying local!
(Remember, we only take a 15% commission, so the artist takes home 85% of their asking price.)

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Gift ideas for the holidays

Lots of new and wonderful product is arriving!

Come and see our NEW: Waterproof Origami Paper, Nice sets of Watercolors, Oils, and Acrylics, Fancy Erasers shaped like Rhinos and Polar Bears, and even a triceritops pencil sharpener!.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Pentalic Paper for Pens: Kristin's review

If there's one thing I find it hard to stop accumulating, it's good drawing paper. I tend to throw a bit of everything at my papers: ink, charcoal, watercolor, etc., so I look for good weight as well as good surface.
I've been a long-time fan of Borden & Riley's Paris Bleedproof Paper for Pens, but sometimes I find it to be too bright a white. Not too long ago, we brought in 11"x14" 110 lb Paper for Pens by Pentalic, actually having meant to bring in their watercolor nature journals. Well, it was one of our happier 'accidents,' and I was intrigued by the comparatively warmer tone of this paper.
Here it is on my desk, with my models Buzzy and Purple Easter Man waiting on the right:
My first few attempts on this paper were pen & ink with watercolor.
Put one too many wash layers on (even ink layers with a brush and no additional water) and I found the paper buckled too much for my liking. I also tried a few vintage multi-tip nibs that apply a lot of ink at once, and those were not a good match with this paper, as the ink just soaked right in past the plate surface. Pentalic Paper for Pens really is best with a lighter hand at first!

You'll also find this paper works nicely with pencil, though as with nearly all plate surface papers, it isn't as forgiving as you might like if you make a mistake. Even though I used a soft 2B graphite, there are several ghost lines & dents on this drawing. (Not a big deal, as I was just figuring out the pose and didn't intend to ink over it.)This portrait of Buzzy was mostly done with a crow quill nib, using non-waterproof Higgins ink (black) over a light pencil sketch in 2B graphite. If you've drawn lightly, you will find it easy to erase your lines with a kneaded eraser after the ink is dry. (If you want zero pencil showing, use care. Graphite is shiny, and if you ink over it with broad lines or washes, it usually will show through a bit.)
Here's Buzzy again, with bolder ink work. This is when I started outlining and shading with a large round tipped nib (Speedball #B-1.) Round nibs can puddle the ink quite easily, and even with this 110 lb paper, there were still small spots of bleed-through to the next sheet. I almost forgot to mention my new-found technique for fixing small ink smudges: gently scraping the dry ink off with a very fresh #11 x-acto blade. If the thought of scraping your paper sets your nerves on edge, Daler-Rowney's "Pro-White" has a good reputation for fixing mistakes, but test it with your paper color first. Even better: remember to give your ink time to dry before you stick your hand on the paper again.
Alright, one final shot of my desktop. The drawing on the lower-right (P.E.M. sitting in a chair) was too big to fit my scanner, but this is one where I really went over and over again building up texture and using a variety of nibs. The surface of the paper held up well, with minimal bleed-through happening only in three spots where I really layered the ink. All in all, a pretty decent paper, and certainly one I'll keep using, in addition to the Borden & Riley version.
Please drop us a line if you have any questions, or an idea for a product review!

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Drawings and dolls are copyright 2009 Sweet Enemy Art

Saturday, October 31, 2009


Are you wondering what we will have in our November, December and January 2009 show? We all need to make a living, and support the local arts economy and community. We are all in this together right? So lets do it!
A GIFT Show!
Make something to sell as a gift. We want an excellent show of brand new local art, a source from which to buy one of a kind gifts for friends and families during the holiday season, and still know our money is staying local!
(Remember, we only take a 15% commision, so the artist takes home 85% of their asking price.) Much of our show space is available for 2-d work, that hangs from a wire, so be creative... For rules and further information about showing here at the store, click here.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Artist's Mediums 24 Hour Comic Day 2009!

24 Hour Comic Day 2009 Is all finished.
Several brave Artists drew 24 pages of Comics in LESS than 24 hours:
The last few folks left at 5:30 a.m. (Pretend they are blurry because they are so tired.)
(click here for videos from the last two years of our participation.)
Many thanks to:Bawls energy Drinks, Rocky's Pizza and Vermont Sandwich Company, for keeping the comics well fed, and comic characters from falling asleep.
24 Hour Comic Day 2009!

Sunday, October 4, 2009

24 hour comic day '09 winding down in Vermont

at Artists Mediums Inc. in Williston Vermont....
With only hours left to go, the last few blurrily exhausted artists finish the final inking of their comics.

Many thanks to:
Bawls energy Drinks,
Rocky's Pizza

Vermont Sandwich Company
for keeping the comics well fed, and comic characters from falling asleep.

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Artists' Mediums 24hcd is just past the 12-hour mark...

Thank you Rocky's NY Pizza!
Geoffrey waiting for me to finish snapping pictures...

Here's Rick, the one who asked if we'd host this. It's his fault.

It has begun! Year 3 of 24 Hour Comics day at Artists' Mediums in Williston, VT

These pictures were taken around 11:30 a.m. EST, and everyone is working hard.
It is so quiet!!!

In the foreground is one of our veterans. And a few last minute sign-ups have filled out our group nicely...

Another veteran on the lower-left there, plus a mother-daughter team (mom draws, daughter is doing the script.)

We'll check back in a while...

Thursday, September 17, 2009

24 Hour Comic Day 2009!

Artists Mediums Inc. proudly presents:
24 Hour Comic Day 2009- Our third year participating in this world wide event!
The a challenge: to draw 24 pages of Comics in 24 hours!
From 10 a.m. Saturday October 3rd all through the night until the morning of Sunday October 4th at 10 a.m.
All abilities welcome, call for details and sign up, or come and visit the artists at work anytime during the event!

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Halloween is coming

Are you ready for fall? We are getting ready for some fall events...First up is the:
24 hour comics From 10 a.m. Saturday October 3rd all through the night until Sunday October 4th at 10 a.m.

Mask Making Workshop

Saturday October 17th

The cost is $40 per person for the 5 hour class, which runs from 10:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m.

Do you have a vision for Halloween mask or unique wall piece? Amanda will offer individual instructions and technical assistance as well as demonstrating techniques for creating card stock and paper mache masks. Basic materials will be provided. Bring embellishments you have been saving for your quirky creation; favoriteacrylic colors, tissue paper, string, beads, feathers gems...anything that may inspire you to invent your amazing character mask. Open to all ages,children must have an adult participating with them for the duration of the workshop.l
Call Artists’ Mediums for more info (802) 879-1236 or (800) 255-1290

Monday, September 14, 2009

Williston Craft Shop Hop!

October 22, 23 and 24, 2009
Thursday 10 – 8, Friday 10 – 8 and Saturday 10 – 5
At Artists' Mediums, Bead Crazy, Island Scrapbook and Northeast Fiber Arts.

Purchase a Craft Hop Passport for $15 (10% of proceeds go to the Williston Community Food Shelf) and on October 22, 23 and 24th, you can visit each of the shops at your leisure (do it all in 1 day or break it up over several). As you hop between Bead Crazy, Island Scrapbook, Artists’ Mediums and Northeast Fiber Arts in Williston, you will learn a variety of techniques while making a set of beautiful note, greeting, or holiday gift cards.

You’ll learn to make lustrous silk paper from hand-dyed tussah silk at Northeast Fiber Arts; relief carving for stamping techniques and 3-D paper pop ups at Artists’ Mediums; use the “Cricut” machine for dye cutting, embossing with “Sizzix” at Island Scrapbook, and make earrings to embellish your cards at Bead Crazy! So grab a friend or two and make it an extended “craft weekend” in Williston.

Materials at each shop sold separately. Purchasing the Passport allows you to participate in the workshops at each store, be eligible for prize drawings and special coupons at each store, donate to the Williston Community Food Shelf, and, if you visit all four shops, enter the drawing for the gorgeous grand prize basket worth over $100.00!
Call Artists’ Mediums for more info
(802) 879-1236 or (800) 255-1290

Friday, August 28, 2009

Free Printing Demo Sat Sept. 12th

Philip Robertson:
Printing Techniques
Saturday September 12th, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Phillip Robertson, a print making professor from Morrisville, will be teaching how to create monotype and monoprints. The characteristic of these methods is that no two prints are alike; although images can be similar, editing the prints is not possible. Phillip will be making these prints using a Table top Press.

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Fun With Paper Clay

Gwendolyn Evans is going to be here at the store Thursday August 20th from 2 p.m. till 4 p.m. and Saturday August 22nd from 11 a.m. till 1 p.m. If you are curious what her art is like here are some samples. You can also visit her online gallery

Neil Dixon

We are really excited about Neil Dixon's upcoming art reproduction demonstration. If you want to learn more about what Neil's business : Thatcher Brook Printing is capable of check out his website: His demonstrations are on Thursday Aug 13th 2 p.m. till 4 p.m. and Saturday August 15th 11 a.m. till 1 p.m.

Friday, August 7, 2009

A nice easel and stool set

We have a set of a metal easel and a stool in summer red.
Get the pair for over 35% off of the regular retail price!

Italian Steel Tripod Easels with a maximum canvas height of 29".
Artist's stool adjusts from 19"-24" tall and has casters for easy moving.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Discontinued Paints

20% OFF on The Griffin Fast drying oils by Winsor and Newton.
This line is being discontinued from the store, since they move slowly, and we want to make sure you are always getting the freshest possible paint .
We will still be able to get these items as
special orders.
The Griffin paints are basically a student grade oil with a dryer added, so if you need your oils to dry a little faster, you can add a speed dryer, like Liquin, or Galkyd.
In the meantime, pick these up at 20% off the usually low price, AND you can still use your coupon with them!

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

New Comic supplies.

24 Hour Comics Day is starting on OCTOBER 3rd. Planning has only just begun, please call with any questions about participation.

Only a touch over four months, until we are once again participating in another 24 hour comic event.
To see what was done last year: check out this blog entry...and this you tube video.
To find a description of what the 24 hour comic event actually IS: click here.

We now carry Maxon brand comic supplies! This includes comic pattern adhesive films, bubble templates -for speech balloons, burnishers, tweezers, comic ink and nibs, and even kits.Come in to see the full selection!

Friday, July 17, 2009

Do you need Custom Picture Framing?

(Kristin and her latest framing job with 16 openings!)
We can do almost anything you need!

Friday, June 26, 2009

Call to Artists!

Our next In-Store Art show from August 3rd through November 2nd will be a display of
"Flights of Fancy".
This show is open to Artists of all ages and any Media.What we are looking for is a variety of
fantasy, surreal, abstract or otherwise unique art,
that will show the enormous range and imagination of our artistic customers.This subject should also fit in well with October, and we hope that you would bring some of the most
creative Halloween costume pieces
you have made with products we sell in the store, like a papier-mache' mask for example.

For rules and further information about showing here at the store, click here.

Get ready, the comics are coming!

24 Hour Comics Day is starting on OCTOBER 3rd.
Planning has only just begun, please call with any questions about participation.
Did you ever get to see the wonderful comics that were made during the 24 hour comic event here at Artists Mediums last year?

Saturday, June 20, 2009

New Information about OPEN Acrylics

Golden Artists Colors has produced some very helpful and informative You Tube videos regarding the uses and applications of their new OPEN Acrylic slow drying product line.
There is one which shows how to use the mediums to make your OPEN Acrylic paints last even longer, and another that shows how the absorbancy of the substrate will effect the drying time of these paints.
Golden Acrylic Company is an American made line of paint and (in our opinion), one of the better lines of acrylics around, since that is all they do! We hope that you can benefit from some of the videos they have made available.
To view these go to:

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Assemblage Class at Artists' Mediums

Assemblage "Box full of honey"
By Lorraine Reynolds Currently on display at Artists' Mediums

Assemblage Class with Lorraine Reynolds
At Artists' Mediums, Saturday June 20th
10:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
$40.00 a person + possible cost of supplies.
Pre-register only, limited space available.
Call 802-879-1236 or 800-255-1290
Learn how to take those fun collectable things from your junk drawer and turn them into a collage with layered depth. Lorraine will teach her wide variety of techniques and will help inspire your own creation. The goal is to leave class with a completed assemblage.

Check out Lorraine's Website to see her art!

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Stone Carving Demo

Did you see the nice article that the Burlington Free Press did for Amanda's Stone Carving Demo?

(I don't know how long they will keep it on line, but if you'd like to read more: click here.)

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Employment position available

Artists' Mediums Inc. has an opening for a part time, (approximately 30 hours a week) permanent, retail position. We are looking for someone who is willing to stay on with us for at least a year or more. We would like it if you have art experience, and love it if you have retail experience. The wages are, alas only minimum wage, but the discount on art supplies is very good, the hours are somewhat flexible, and the environment is one of creativity and inspiration. We do require that you be able to work at least two Saturdays a month. The right employee might eventually be able to move into a full-time position.

There are of course great art community networking opportunities as well. Unlike most retail positions, our customers come to us with imagination, and we have the opportunity to help them find the materials to make their ideas into a reality. Please come in to the store, bring your resume and fill out an application if you are interested.

Monday, May 18, 2009


We wanted to let you know that this year Artists' Mediums Inc. will be CLOSED during the Open Studio Tour, May 23rd, 24th, and 25th, because many of you will be participating, and some of the store's staff will be found in the local group shows, or maybe visiting your studio!

We wish you all a sucessful OPEN STUDIO WEEKEND!

Friday, May 1, 2009

Spirit of Childhood show.

Call to Artists! Our In-Store Art show from May 5th through July 28th will be dedicated to "The Spirit of Childhood." Bring us your ART, childhood memories, your own impressions of childhood, portraits of children, and of course any children's art as well! We are trying to keep these as open as possible, because we know our customers are incredibly creative! Any age, any Media. For rules and further information about showing here at the store, click here.
For the "Spirit of Childhood show" : "Eat your Greens and then we'll roast Marshmallows" Collage from seed catalogs, by Chelsea

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Trash to Treasure Art Show

There was a beautiful article in the Williston Observer about our Trash to Treasure Show.

You can see the wonderful photos and read about it in full at:

Observer photo by Greg Elias, Store manager Chelsea Lindner, sits next to "Rosie", a papier-mâché sculpture (created by Melinda White Bronson) on display at Artists’ Mediums in Williston. It is part of an exhibit titled “Trash to Treasure” that continues through the end of April.

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Have you been to one of our free demonstrations?

Here's a photo of one of the last demos we had here in the store.

This was our own Michelle Cook showing how to use digital media in collage.
Check our current newsletter, and the website for the latest list of upcoming demos and classes.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

New earth friendly products.

Manufacturers are finally catching on with pens by pilot , portfolios, and many new items made of recycled materials.
We also now have Bamboo easels, and pencil boxes, which are made from a completely renewable resource.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009


Saturday April 18th 10:30 a.m. - 4:30 a.m. $40.00 per person
with Lorraine Reynolds
Shed your fear of destroying old books, and make new ART with them.

Lorraine will show how she makes these fantastical, antiquarian artworks from old books, and help you make your own.
Deadline for sign up is Thursday April 16th and space is limited.
Call us for more information at 1-800-255-1290

Call to Artists! Childhood art

Our In Store Art show during May, June and July will be dedicated to Childhood. Bring us your Children's ART, portraits of children, or even your own impressions of childhood. Any age, any Media. call 1-800-255-1290, or look in our earlier blog listing under "Bring us your ART!" for more information.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

February 09

Now that the worst of winter is past we look foreward to new spring Shows, Demos and is a sneek peek of what is coming soon.

“Trash to Treasure” Show
February 2nd thru April 30th 2009
We are currently showing a wide variety of very creative artwork dedicated to
Reducing, Reusing & Recycling: Show us how creative you can be!