First Friday free painting session

by admin on March 2, 2016

Get your brushes moving this Friday (March 4) from 4 to 8pm as we add some colour to main street Durham. We’ll work together on a large canvas, all ages encouraged (youngsters need accompaniment). It’s loads of fun. Just show up.

pollock kids class


New Holbein Heavy Body Artist Acrylic

by admin on January 23, 2016


In May 2013, Holbein introduced to the world market a completely re-engineered line of artist acrylic. The 113 carefully detailed color palette consists of colors derived from both Western and Eastern influences, specifically designed to add luster and brilliance to your paintings.

Utilizing the best traditional organic pigments as well as the latest and the most up to date inorganic pigments, Holbein Heavy Body Artist Acrylic affords the user seamless and effortless mixing and thinning.

Holbein Heavy Body Acrylic has a unique texture similar to that of extra fine oils. The acrylic body is brushable and will retain any peaks or ridges created when applied in thick applications.

With its longer working time, extensive color selection, superior covering power, enhanced lightfast ratings and affordable price, Holbein Heavy Body Acrylic is sure to find a home in every painter’s palette.

Professional Quality at an Affordable Price. Now at The Colour Jar!


December hours

December 9, 2015

Hello art friends! Special holiday hours are as follows: December 24, closing at 4pm December 25-28, closed December 29 and 30, regular hours December 31, closing at 4pm January 1, closed.

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First Fridays!

October 29, 2015

This painting started it all. It’s based on a work by famous artist Jackson Pollock, but completed by last spring’s kids art class. We put it in the window and had about four offers to buy it. Now we want to keep that energy going, and are using the money from the sale to provide […]

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A GPS case in leather

August 17, 2015

Here is an interesting project: create a leather case or holder for a GPS device. The customer was tired of the wires and the suction cup would not stick to the window with changing weather temperatures. There was a space above the gear shift to insert something, but a case was needed to contain the […]

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Repairing an old photo album

May 26, 2015

Recently we had the opportunity to work on an old family photo album. Here are some photos documenting the process.

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Hoping for Spring Sale

March 5, 2015

We are cleaning house. Get over here and stock up on things you’ll always use: Aquafine Watercolour: 25% off Artists’ Watercolour: 15% off All watercolour paper sheets: 15% off Portfolios: 10% off Crepe paper: $1 / roll Kite paper: $0.30 / sheet Stabilo marker sets: 25% off Masking fluid: 25% off Natural glue: $1 each […]

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Forgery is hip, and ancient

February 10, 2015

It wasn’t a dark basement filled with nervous criminal forgers, but the studio at The Colour Jar certainly had enough excitement to make the process nearly illegal. Eyes were squinting, and heads were tilting in discernment. Paint was applied in thick strokes. Nine copies of Van Gogh’s “Wheat field with cypresses” emerged to the delight […]

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January 27, 2015
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Kids art classes

January 19, 2015

Kids Art Classes starting Feb. 7th, 2015, Saturday mornings from 10am to 11:30. Runs through end of March. Ages 7-13 or so. Come once, come eight times! $12 each (tax in) for 4+ sessions, or $15 as-you-go. Led by Timothy Dyck. Space is limited, but not our imaginations! Call 519-369-1283 or email to sign […]

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