August 30, 2017 at 1:18 pm #95947
Hi Kate, I’ve had similar experiences with companies in Victoria,BC. When I went in over ten years ago to get watercolors I explained that although I didn’t have a huge budget, I DIDN’T want junk. If that meant spending another hundred dollars then so be it. But I explained that I knew nothing about watercolor yet. They recommended W&N Cotman. I bought a dozen colors, all which were useless to me within a month as you just cannot get any professional results with student paint (excluding Van Gogh, they’re awesome). Students should never use student paint, they’re the ones who don’t already have ” best practices” to offset not such great supplies. Professionals know how to correct for problems that come with cheaper supplies, students by the very nature of being a student don’t. I was sooooo angry. The saw and helped me buy a fifty dollar brush but didn’t know enough about their own product to suggest upgrading even to W&N professional watercolors which would have been a fine choice, at lest the paint would have useful. Grrr, still ticks me off.August 30, 2017 at 1:19 pm #95948Debra “Kate” PowellParticipant@kate-powell
Actually, when art media moved to the Blick’s location they grew, and frankly, Blick’s had less of a selection. They don’t stock in the store but a few brands of this or that….August 30, 2017 at 1:21 pm #95949
Hehehe, sandra and I were both working on computer code problems, me building my new website, her writing a book on a digital platform. We both got stuck and frustrated and took the afternoon off. We sat around and drank coffee and chatted. So good to take a break from all the damn stress of not knowing what the H*ll you’re doing! I wanna go just paint! Hugs Kate.August 30, 2017 at 1:23 pm #95950
it’s always awesome to find a niche business that does it all RIGHT. I love wetpaint, they’re SO knowledgable and helpful and generous with their time, I’ve never been in the physical store, wish I could but I’d have to hop on a plane! Maybe someday… ROADTRIP!!!!!August 30, 2017 at 1:25 pm #95951Debra “Kate” PowellParticipant@kate-powell
As the baby girl in a family of boyz, I was always being told I could not know things. Do you know how crazy it makes me to see the private convo signs? Charlie this is bring up so many memories — sob —
Just joking.August 30, 2017 at 1:25 pm #95952
I haven’t visited Blick’s since the year they first opened. I know they moved from the original site. These days I usually go to Columbia Art and Drafting Supply. I miss Muse D’art (I think that was how it was spelled). I used to go there quite a bit too. And Scraps moved! I used to love combing through that place to find hidden treasures, but not enough to go all the way downtown.August 30, 2017 at 1:25 pm #95953
weird, I don’t buy from Blick because their shipping to Canada is exorbitant, like crazy high. I like their online selection and definitely their prices and they do have an excellent affiliate program but oh the prices for shipping a pen and paper to Canada!!!August 30, 2017 at 1:28 pm #95954
ok, you guys should try being in a city with NO art supply store at all!! We have a Michaels but for professional supplies it’s kinda useless and THE PRICES….. Nuff said. I’d kill to have a good artstore that didn’t have prices four times higher than the US.August 30, 2017 at 1:33 pm #95956
I’ve been trying to get to the Merriartist in McMinville, Oregon. They’re a few hours away and we pass them everytime hubby and I go to the coast. For some reason, he won’t stop and let me look it over, lol.August 30, 2017 at 1:34 pm #95957
Well, if you ever visit Portland, Oregon we have quite a few. Not as many as we used to, but I know we have more than most cities.August 30, 2017 at 1:34 pm #95958
I think that may have been my bad Kate. One reply I made last night I inadvertently clicked make private. I have no idea what that did to the thread of back and forth. If I knew how to change it…August 30, 2017 at 1:38 pm #95959
Jennifer, did you get my reply to your private message? I made mine private too, since you had and probably we should move comments about expanding your presence in social media to a new thread.
August 30, 2017 at 2:02 pm #95964
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dope, didn’t receive it. I have no idea how to move this convo to the “correct” place, if you do, go for it, I’ll follow! I shouldn’t have hit that button, too tired I guess. I think it screwed up the thread. :o(August 30, 2017 at 2:06 pm #95966
Well, I don’t think we could move existing conversation, but we could start a new topic or just start messaging each other. I just sent you a message ( I think ). Did that arrive? It should show as a number by the envelope in the icons in your profile.August 30, 2017 at 2:10 pm #95967
not so far, sometimes it takes a while to get where it’s going though… I’ll wait. :o) Is there a social media topic somewhere?
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