Posted (Cutting-Mats Admin) in Uncategorized on April-27-2014

Easel painting is connected with an age old history of painting still very much alive for painters who chose an easel over working on the wall or the floor. This relatively unchanged painting tool has even advanced a little. Today, aluminum art displays and easels are sold side by side with traditional wooden art displays and easels.

Aluminum easels are revolutionizing easel painting with expanded functionality. In addition to state of the art mechanics, aluminum easels are more durable than wooden versions. Available in various forms and made from long lasting material, aluminum easels have quickly become a favorite tool for painters. Manufacturers offer various versions of tabletop display easels including the unique table mount design as well as the familiar standard easel design. ALuminum easels also tend to come with innovative tray designs for painting supplies.

As durable and accommodating as new aluminum easel designs have become in recent years, sometimes nothing can beat wheeling out a wooden easel. The classic feel and look of a nicely crafted wooden easy is a noteworthy benefit of selecting the traditional wooden easel. A painter is instantly connected to the great lineage of easel painting. Because wooden easels have been in use for so long, wooden easels come in a larger variety of styles than aluminum easels. Variations on A and H frames alone account for a host of options plus wooden easels for kids, mini easels, travel, tabletop easels, tabletop box easels and more are readily available from a quality art supply store.

A wide array of accessories for easels is also ripe for exploration. From easel umbrellas to easel binders, a world of customization is open to professional and novice easel painters alike.

Painters, get off the wall, get off the floor and get into easel painting now. History has perfected the easel for painters and easels have a long history of producing perfect paintings.

Posted (Cutting-Mats Admin) in Uncategorized on April-25-2014

There are various types and methods of blueprint file storage solutions and large document storage. Some companies offer points before making a purchase of a blueprint storage rack, any blueprint storage bags, blueprint storage cabinet, or blueprint storage box. They understand that storing blueprints safely and securely is very important. Most people want their blueprints organized for quick, easy reference and retrieval.

When you are looking for these storage solutions, the number of sheets and plan sets should be considered. This information is what is going to be stored. The growth of the collection needs to be considered as well. There is a blueprint mobile stand available. This is located near the people who use the plans very often. This stand offers quick access to hanging files. The clamps can be removed easily. The files can be laid out on a reference table or a worker’s desk.

There are different types of storage available. Flat storage, locked storage, rolled storage, and permanent storage are the storage solutions you can choose from. Some companies put locks on their drawers. Other companies build a secure area called the plan room. This depends on the volume of the prints that needs to be secured. It also depends on the amount of space the office has. Some blueprint cabinets offer fire protection as one of their features as well.

These storage solutions also include plan organizers and wire upright roll files. These solutions provide all the storage space needed for maps, tubes, plans, rolled documents, and more. This is excellent for blueprint storage, map storage, and mailing tube organizers. An office can be managed and organized. A studio and drafting room can be organized quickly and economically with these mobile upright roll files. These organizers are available in a variety of different size openings. They have durable powder coated finishes and locking casters. These storage solutions come in white or black. There are advanced organizing systems as well as blueprint storage boxes that offer durable, economical storage and organization of artwork, plans, files, and blueprints. These storage solutions provide storage racks, hanging clamps, rolled document storage racks, and stands as well.


Posted (Cutting-Mats Admin) in Uncategorized on April-24-2014

For a hobby or business that is constantly cutting paper and other materials with a straight utility knife or rotary cutter, cutting mats will make the job easier and more exact. The versatile mats come in a range of thicknesses as well as contain features such as self healing and custom sizes. Placed under the object to cut, these mats have grid lines to help keep the material or paper squared-up. Moreover, they offer protection to the surface, such as a table or drawing board, upon which one is working.

Quilters will enjoy having a cutting mat that contains hash lines outside the border as well as an extra-thick lines on every 5th grid. Diagonal lines can also be found on mats.

Self-healing mats are available in a thickness of 3 mm, made of 3 plies. Outer plies of a thickness of .75 mm allow for the mat to self-heal when cut with a knife. Professional quality mats are available, for those who need a non-glare medium tooth texture. These self healing mats can be found in green and black as well as translucent. The green and black mats can be turned over and used on both sides. Available in standard sizes, such as 8×12, 12×18, up to 36×48, they have hanging holes for storage when not in use. Easily cleaned, these mats have been used by :
• framers
• photographers
• graphic designers
• signmakers
• scrapbook makers
• printers
• quilters
• and others
Custom Mats
Other mats for large production areas can be found in sizes as large as 6 ft. by 9 ft. and are made of a 180-guage translucent polyethylene plastic for durability. Custom mats can be ordered with printed alignment grids as well.

Cutting mats simplify and make cutting more efficient, safer and cleaner as well as offer protection to furniture and tabletops. Easily cleaned, these lined and numbered mats are a boon to quilters/sewers, scrap bookers, framers, sign makers, artists and designers, printers and have many more industrial applications.

Posted (Cutting-Mats Admin) in Uncategorized on April-12-2014

There are several things to consider when buying a cutting mat, that is why this cutting mat buying guide exists. Some of the people who might need to buy a cutting mat are: drafters, architects, sewers and seamstresses, quilters, artists and engineers. Of course, anyone can purchase a cutting mat and find it very useful.

In this cutting mat buying guide will be useful tips for purchasing a cutting mat that can serve all of its needed purposes. First, it is smart to consider the different areas that need to be taken note of. These are: cutting mat type, size, thickness, texture and cleaning.

First of all there are a lot of different types of cutting mats. There are hard surface mats that self seal, and these are very rugged and rigid. On the other hand, self healing mats are thinner and a lot more flexible than their counterparts. It is wise to choose one that fits the particular needs of the user.

Next, consider the size. If the activity being preformed on the cutting mat is going to be “big,” meaning a large quilt or huge blueprints, the of course, a large cutting mat is needed. On the other hand, smaller work would be fine with a smaller mat. It does not serve any purpose to buy a huge cutting mat for small work.

Thickness is also important, because there are different types of thickness for cutting mats. Some of them have a 2 mm thickness and may be very smooth, while others are thicker, but they are rougher and more gritty on the surface. Professional grade mats tend to be thicker. Also consider the texture. A rough texture will help to hold items onto the surface, but it is difficult to get the items completely flat at the same time with a rough texture. On the other hand, a very smooth surface can give way for items to easily slide off the mat.

Lastly, it is wise to consider how hard it will be to clean a given cutting mat. To keep a mat for longer, it is a good idea to clean it periodically, but some mats are easier to clean than others. Always check the directions to make sure of the appropriate cleaning materials for any cutting mat.

Posted (Cutting-Mats Admin) in Uncategorized on April-10-2014

For large companies and businesses who use large documents or blueprints, it is necessary to have a safe and secure place to store these documents. That is where the Vis-i-Rack Rolled Document Storage Rack comes into play. This storage rack holds a large amount of rolled documents in one storage rack alone. The great thing is that even though it holds a large amount of documents in one rack, it takes up a very small amount of room in an office building or at home. Some architects and engineers like to have these storage racks to hold all of their past work while ensuring that it stays in safe keeping, away from water and hot air exposure, etc.

This rack is the ultimate in taking advantage of vertical space. It can organize more than blueprints too. It also holds all sorts of other large documents, such as posters. The makeup is heavy steel as well as welded posts. Altogether it can hold up to 960 pounds of material–that is a ton! Some businesses opt to have only one rack in their office, while others like to have many and to organize them in the corner of the room all next to each other.

There are some storage racks that hide the blueprints or documents behind doors, but with this model, the documents are easily accessed, because they sit snugly in their fixture right out in the open. Even though they are out in the open, they are just as safe as they would be in a cabinet or behind closed doors. Many professionals enjoy the easy access of this rack, and they like that they can see their past work in front of them while they work on current projects as well.

The Vis-i-Rack rolled document storage rack is also a great gift. Because it is an investment, it can be great for a graduating architect or businessman or woman. Sometimes there are discounts available online or in brick and mortar stores for recently graduated engineers as well. Although these types of racks can be found in many places, the best deals can be found online.

Posted (Cutting-Mats Admin) in Uncategorized on April-8-2014


An artist of any kind has to have a quality space to make his or her art. Because of the nature of most types of art (sculpting, drawing or illustration, painting, etc.) there are a lot of products that one must purchase for the job to get done. For example, an oil painter needs to have a canvas or board to paint on, the oil paints of course, turpentine and other thinning mediums to thin the layers of oil paint as he or she paints them onto the canvas, an easel for the canvas to be set upon, a pallet for mixing oil paints, pallet knives and of course brushes! That is a lot of items!

This is not to mention one of the key products that an artist like this would need: storage and shelves. Of course this last item is often overlooked, but imagine an art studio that had as many products as those listed above in the painter’s studio. What would it look like without a place to store all of those products (and more)? It would look like a mess!

That is why having storage like Blue Hills studio carts is such a great idea. Actually, Blue Hills studio carts are not just a great idea, they are in some ways a mandatory idea. If there is no storage, a room can get very messy very quickly.

These storage carts have a lot of great features, and there are a ton of different styles to choose from. The great thing about these carts is that they go on wheels. That means that if an artist (or anyone else using this great form of storage) needs to work in one part of the room but does not want to carry everything he or she needs item by item, the artist can simply roll the items over on the cart.

There are colorful carts, all black carts and all white carts. Each one is durable and sturdy and is made out of the highest quality of materials. Check out these storage carts online, and invest in a few of the products for a neat looking studio or other storage area.

Posted (Cutting-Mats Admin) in Uncategorized on April-6-2014

Art is a great passion of many people around the world. From the Renaissance to the Impressionist movement, there are famous painters and illustrators of all sorts. Today, there are many people who claim that they are not the artist type, but this is simply not true. Everyone is and can be an artist. There is no need to go to a fancy art academy to learn the tricks and trades. Rather, there are a lot of options for learning to be an artist at home.

With that being said, there are quite a few items that one must purchase if one wants to become a successful artist. This of course will depend on the particular art that one pursues. For example, if someone wants to become a sculptor, clay (or another sculpting medium), knives, wires, a mount and many other items must be purchased for that person’s dream to become a reality.

If someone else wants to be a painter, that person must purchase a canvas, paints, a pallet, pallet knives, brushes and medium (usually turpentine) before he or she can get started. That is a lot of money!

For someone who is not quite sure about their pursuit of art but is interested, something less intense might be right up their alley. An art like drawing is much cheaper overall but can produce very beautiful and unique results. To start out with drawing, try purchasing a basic art set. There are a ton of sets to choose from including those that center around pencils, those that center around charcoals or pastels and those that center around markers.

One of the Copic colored art marker sets is a great place to start. These sets come with a wide range of colors and hues, and the pigments last forever! To get started using these markers, simply purchase some plain white paper, pick a picture or real life setup to work from and get started. For those individuals who are a little worried about technique when drawing, there are a lot of art and drawing books to choose from on the market.

Posted (Cutting-Mats Admin) in Uncategorized on April-4-2014

Storing over-sized documents like charts, blueprints or artwork safely is a continual challenge, especially if space is limited. Avoiding creases, dents or warping of the main body of the paper is difficult enough. Preventing damage to edges and corners often seems impossible. Unfortunately, this type of damage can create a negative first impression, distracting the audience from the quality of the document’s contents.

Telescoping plastic poster storage tubes are the ideal way to store over-sized papers safely. Whether its technical drawings like blueprints, charts, and maps or artwork like drawings and posters, these tubes can protect it. They are designed to prevent wrinkle, bends, rips, creases and folds in anything that can be rolled.
Since they are available in a wide range of styles, sizes and colors, there is a plastic storage tube perfect for virtually every need. Some versions of these tubes are extendable, allowing them to be easily sized to fit a multitude of storage needs. Others are waterproof, protecting their contents from a sudden rain shower or an unexpected plumbing leak. Still more plastic storage tubes come with attached shoulder straps for easier carrying.

Sometimes referred to as travel tubes, storage tubes with adjustable attached shoulder straps are perfect for those occasions when it is necessary to transport a large document. Whether it’s a cross country flight on an airplane or just a trip across town for an important meeting, travel tubes make transporting and protecting over-sized paper extremely convenient. When the mailing or shipping of large paperwork is necessary, regular plastic storage tubes are an excellent way to protect your work during the process, helping to ensure it arrives at its destination in the same superb condition that it was sent in. Plastic storage tubes are also handy in the office, making it easy to organize and store documents without concerns about damage.

Do not let preventable damage take away from the time, talent and resources that went into creating documents. Telescoping plastic poster storage tubes are an ideal method for storing over-sized documents safely so that the quality of their contents can shine through.

Posted (Cutting-Mats Admin) in Uncategorized on April-3-2014

For drafters, architects, artists and others who work at a desk or large table cutting and sizing different shapes of cardboard, paper and other material surfaces, having a good quality of cutting mat is of the utmost importance. Cutting mats protect the surface beneath from cuts from knifes, scissors or rotary cutters, and they also provide a stick free and secure surface for the artist, architect or another to cut. After all, having a slippery or non secure surface could cause cuts to the skin, cuts to the work surface or something more severe in terms of bodily injury.

What are the best cutting mats on the market today? To be sure, there are a wide variety of cutting mats to choose from. Some vary in size, shape, color and texture, and they all certainly vary widely in price range. Some cutting mats can be hundreds of dollars, but they are quality made and can last up to a very long time. Other cutting mats may be a bit cheaper, but they are not as quality made, and they do not last very long before they are all scratched up and cut through.

Custom rhino and self healing magic cutting mats are some of the best cutting mats on the market today, because they not only provide a secure, safe and quality working surface for different projects, but they actually self heal! Many users and shoppers cannot believe it the first time they see it, but the custom rhino and self healing magic cutting mats actually leave no marks or scratches from the cutters, scissors or knives in the end, because just as their name suggests, they simply heal themselves! It is quite a wonder to witness.

There are different sizes, shapes and designs of this particular type of mat available at different locations, but the best bet for a great deal will always be to go to the internet to look for these mats. They are definitely the best out there and will provide anyone in need of a good quality cutting mat with the best product on the market.

Posted (Cutting-Mats Admin) in Uncategorized on March-29-2014

Plumbing and piping architects need strong yet lightweight templates for creating imagery. Quite often, the work needs to be completed on the fly, with rapidly drawn up blueprints for use in priority jobs by engineers and mechanics. Rapidesign’s R-43 Isometric Piping Drafting Template is the perfect tool for quickly drawing completed specs that include specific visual components.

A Handy Tool For All Plumbing Architects

The R-43 model measures only 8.5″ X 5″, small enough to be carried in a briefcase pocket. This handy gadget is very thin, is semi-transparent, and has a well-configured set of component outlines. Piping architects will love the tilt capability of this template. Every one of the design components can be quickly drawn to include necessary perspective. The unit’s triangle shape with sliced upper end make for easy tilting on the drafting board for the perfect distance perspective appearance.

The template contains outlines for pipe caps, elbows, flanges, water pumps, and valves. Each of the components is mirrored on the opposite side of the template. Basic geometric shapes – circle, square, and triangle – are also included in the stencil template. The R-43 template component outlines are rounded to allow for the length of the pencil point.

Many of the plumbing and piping stencils available today are too large to take into the field or are manufactured too thick for easy outlining with a fine pencil point. The R-43 drafting template is far more compact, yet contains outlines arranged in such a fashion that architects can easily trace the desired plumbing component.

For Plumbing Flow And Pipe Fitting

Other Rapidesign templates for creating architectural renderings of plumbing flow and fitted pipes are designed in the same scale as the R-43 model. This means no need for scaling when all of the components are used in the same drawing. This eliminates the need for window boxes that show enlarged diagrams.

Rapidesign’s R-43 Isometric Piping Drafting Template is reasonably priced, is manufactured from strong plastic that resists scratching and scuffing, and is cut to exact angles for perfect alignment on the drafting table. One of the more popular items created for piping and plumbing component drawings, this model is offers a simple solution for those requiring fine detail in architectural blueprints.