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Oil painting mediums are a fascinating part of oil painting. There's a lot of history involved and a wide variety to choose from; it can get a little confusing when you're trying to figure out what mediums to use. I've tried a wide variety of mediums and I like to think of it like a fun experiment. If you're trying to find information about various mediums then check out this article from Natural Pigments. I'm a brand ambassador with Natural Pigments because they genuinely have the best products and the most comprehensive information available on their site.
Canvas Stretching Tools: C. S. Osborne & Co. Tack Hammer, Charvin Copper Nails and Paris Copper Tacks
I got some new tools today that I'm pretty excited about. The first is a beautiful tack/upholsterer's hammer made by C. S. Osborne & Co. I bought this hammer from Lee Valley and it was shipped really quickly and came in perfect condition. I previously had been using a lesser quality tack hammer, but this new one is made in USA and is really nice.
I also bought some new copper tacks and nails from Jerry's Artarama, which is a fantastic store and they have a great variety of materials. Below, you can see some images of the Charvin copper nails. These nails are 7/16" or 11mm in length. They have a nice point to them and they are made in France. They're more expensive, but boy are they nice. They're magnetic so you can use them with a magnetic tack hammer (see last photo in gallery below). These nails have a squared-off point to them which gives them a hand-wrought appearance .
The next thing I got were these Paris Canvas copper tacks. These are longer (5/8") and have a cylindrical point. They're less expensive, but are sadly made in China. They have a nice point to them though and they're magnetic as well, so I'm happy to use them.
I'm all about quality in my materials and I recommend all these tools for those of you who are looking to stretch your own canvas. To learn to stretch your own canvas check out my blog post:
Stretching a Canvas Step-By-Step!
I just picked up my order of custom stationery (letterhead, cards and envelopes) from Minuteman Press in Ho Ho Kus, N.J. I want to express my gratitude to Mr. Conway Wong for guiding me through the process of paper selection and designing the stationery. Conway's knowledge and expertise made the entire process a breeze.
I decided to use Minuteman Press because I wanted to design the layout myself and to have it include by monogram. I sketched out my idea and Conway was able to translate my vision perfectly into the final product. Another one of my requirements was that I wanted a laid-finish paper that would be fountain pen friendly; many papers don't support the ink of a fountain pen and it causes an unsightly bleeding effect. Conway encouraged me to come by and test out my fountain pen to make sure it didn't bleed.
I am very impressed with the quality, look and feel of these products. As someone who writes letters and wants to support local businesses, I am very pleased with the entire outcome. The total cost was very reasonable considering the fineness of these materials. Anyone around Bergen County looking for a quality printer should definitely reach out Minuteman Press.