The products that are available through the art room are primarily those that for one reason or another are not suitable for sale in the Art Noise store. They are a selection that include, but are not limited to, the following:
Tri-Art “Oops” products:
Oops products are paints and accessories that have been produced in the Tri-Art Mfg. factory that are not up to our ridgid standard and thus are not suitable for resale at full MSRP. Discounting and/or donating lab samples and off-spec products is one way of keeping them out of landfill or having to be incinerated. Our paint products are fully manufactured in the Tri-Art factory and packaged in recyclable jars and bottles which are also produced on the premises. We endeavour to reduce our waste, recycle where we can, and discounting and donating these paints within our community is another way for us to be more responsible manufacturers.
Many of these colours are older, or unsuitable for resale in some other way. Some of the contributing conditions for paints ending up in the donation pile are the following:
Paints are off-spec beyond adjustable parameters. Issues can include:
colour cannot be adjusted to correct parameters
foreign contaminants in the jar (usually dust, pigment, etc.)
undissolved particulate (pigment, acrylic, etc.)
Paints are aged and therefore thicker than is acceptable for resale.
Paints are batch samples from the Tri-Art lab that have undergone freeze/thaw stability testing.
Paints are contained in outdated or mislabelled packaging
Oops supports and palettes:
As all of our aluminium panels, aluminium cradled panels and plastic painting palettes are cut on site in our factory, some will have small defects (scratches, rougher edges, etc.) but are otherwise perfectly usable. Canvases and canvas pads in the Oops category may have imperfections in the canvas fabric, or the stretcher bars, discrepancies in sizing, etc. but are otherwise usable.
Tri-Art manufactured products that have been discontinued for retail sales but are otherwise perfectly usable.
Lightly damaged products
Whether it’s an easel with a broken part, a canvas with a light tear, or paper that has some water stains, any lightly damaged materials are still usable but may require a little trimming or fixing.
Overstock & Clearance products
In some cases we have materials that we’ve ordered too much of, or have larger quantities that do not move quickly from the sales floor. These products will be deeply discounted, to make more room for fresh products in the Art Noise store.