A Trio of Tools

Watercolor?s Own Dynamic Duo
For a change in your palette “scenery,” check out the new Marsgraphic Duo Watercolor Brush Marker Sets by Staedtler Inc. These sets have a new color palette with earth tones, gray tones and pastels. The earth tones include shades of green and brown, the grays are cool and warm, and the pastels come in many interesting colors, such as light magenta and French green. Like their predecessors, the new watercolor markers are double-ended, with a soft foam tip and a fine point fiber tip. The soft foam side is flexible like a brush and won?t fray, and the fine point end is ideal for detail work or finishing touches. The markers each come with a color-coded cap on both ends and odorless xylene-free ink that conforms to ASTM D-4236 standards. Suggested retail price for the eight-pack is $23.12. For more information, contact: Staedtler Inc., U.S.A. Corporate headquarters, 21900 Plummer St., Chatsworth CA 91313. Tel: 818/882-3767. Web site: www.staedtler-usa.com

Weathered Wood
Can?t find the right frame for your rustic landscapes? New Jersey Frame and Moulding may have just the thing for you. Rustica Linea combines old-world Italian style with grace and originality. The frames have metal leaf highlights on fine pine with an acid finish that adds a unique “weathered” look. Rustica Linea comes in three tones: rust, deep earth and sterling. They can be used to enhance your original artwork, as well as graphics, posters and photographs. The frames can be found in two sizes: 2 inches wide at $10.65 per foot and 2-3/4 inches wide at $13.65 per foot. For more information, contact: New Jersey Frame and Moulding, 62-68 Kearney St., Patterson NJ 07509. Tel: 800/526-5281.

Get Some Perspective
Keeping your drawings in the proper scale and proportion just became easier thanks to Andoray. Because it enables you to look at each dimension independently, this compact drawing tool will make it easier to achieve precise scale in any landscape, still life or portrait. You can also use it to quickly double-check perspective or re-scaled drawings before committing to paint. Andoray comes with a user?s guide and carrying case, and sells for $19.99, including shipping and handling. For more information, contact: Easi-Sizer Developments, P.O. Box 5785, Dublin Ireland. Tel: 011-353-1-2836523.

Mark Gottsegen is an associate professor of art at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

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