This month we had a real treat as Paul opened our eyes to the plethora of products, new and old, from the Canson Company.
After a brief history of the Company itself, which included not only paper, but also the invention of the Hot Air Balloon, which is the logo on many of their products, he imparted to us invaluable information on many wonderful new products. With a big grin on his face Paul advised us to take notes as he would be a Quiz and Prizes (Sample Bags) at the end. There were so many, that just a few have been highlighted here:
To start, Paul introduced us to a new range of Arches 1000gsm Watercolour Boards, which eliminates the need for stretching. There is also a 300gsm Oil Sheet especially for oil painting which comes in pads for smaller works.
Recently the company has taken on the world’s biggest brush company – Princeton, which has an incredible range of brushes. They also have new silicon tipped blades and wedges, which look like an array of fancy kitchen utensils, for use on very heavy body works in all sorts of mediums.
Schmincke, best known for their beautiful pastels, now have an range of acrylic paints (70 colours) and also new Master Oil paints (86 colours) both of which are of the same outstanding quality as their pastels.
Another very interesting new product from Schmincke is an oil painting medium called “W” which is designed to replace turps, eliminating the strong chemical odour and it can be mixed with water to further dilute the paint. It is also quick drying.
For those who hate the mess and the destruction of brushes when working with masking fluid, Schmincke have introduced Masking Fluid in squeeze tubes with various sized tips for easy application and drawing fine lines.
To finish the night, amidst much hilarity, Paul had us all racking our brains for answers to his quiz and numerous members received a prize. Paul had a large array of products on tables laid out for us to play with and also some samples to take home.
It truly was a night of revelations and discovery. Thank you Paul, and the Canson Company.
For the full incredible story go to website – http://en.canson.com/inspirational-papers-1557/our-history