I still have the Sheaffer Calligraphy pens that I saved my babysitting money in middle school to buy. They still work amazingly well too! Although many things have changed in the design of them since then, they just keep getting better. These pens are solid tools that will last a lifetime if you take care of them…. Even if you’re a teenager when you first get them and don’t take the best of care of them, haha. Hands down these pens are great. They introduced me to a lifetime love of calligraphy and made me believe at a young age that I could do it like a pro. For that, I’m forever thankful. I love that these pens are still available today and have some cool new features, like the see through barrel that makes it easy to see what color ink you have inside.
Sheaffer Calligraphy pens have a stainless steel nib in fine, medium, or broad widths. They come in some fun colors these days and have a click off cap. Sheaffer’s specially formulated ink flows flawlessly and dries quickly. The tip can be used with a twist-action Piston Converter to fill the pen from Skrip® Bottled Ink. Sheaffer stands behind their products with a lifetime mechanical warranty. I won’t admit how many years ago I bought my first Sheaffer Calligraphy pens, but they have stood the test of time. I doubt you’ll ever need to take them up on it but it’s nice to know that companies stand behind their products with such integrity.
This is a beautiful set of Sheaffer Calligraphy Pens. It includes all 3 width sizes of nibs, 20 different ink cartridges that can easily be swapped back and forth, and of course the amazing lifetime mechanical warranty that Sheaffer offers. We have this set for $37 and that’s a great deal over what it would cost buying all the pieces on their own. We sell the pens individually as well as the ink refills in all the colors. Mention this blog post and get this set for $34.99! (valid until 12/31/21)
Whether you’re just starting out in calligraphy or adding new writing tools to your collection this set is a great set for beginners and advanced calligraphers alike. They might not look or seem as fancy as some other ones out there, but they are fantastic. Durable, easy to use, versatile, easy to change colors, and less messy than a lot of other pens I have used. Unless you’re like teenage me trying to refill the cartridges with ink that isn’t the right kind and making a mess all over my bedroom floor. I wouldn’t suggest trying some things that I have, but these pens have survived all of the things I tried over the years and came through it all with a lasting grace that I appreciate every time I pick one of them up and remember the many adventures we've had together.
Is it Acrylic? Is it gouache? Or is it magically both? It is technically an acrylic paint in many aspects, but it has some of the properties of gouache that no other acrylic paint does. It truly is unique and a paint all on its own. We get a lot of questions about this paint and I wanted to answer some of those here.
Holbein Acryla Gouache moves, reacts, blends and feels like traditional gum arabic gouache. It is water resistant once dry. Drying to a velvet matte finish; Acryla Gouache does not shift in color tone from liquid to dry color. What you see is what you get once dry. It doesn’t have the same fragile surface as traditional gouache in gum arabic and is compatible with all other water soluble media. So Acryla Gouache is the best of a few worlds, all rolled in to one paint. It is opaque, creamy, matte, and easy to spread. Final dried surface is water resistant and velvety matte in appearance. Being so flat in sheen helps when photographing your work, avoiding glare from traditionally glossy pigment colors. Since the pigment load is so high in these paints, a little goes a long way. No need to squeeze out much, these tubes go much farther than it may appear they will. Holbein Acryla Gouache is a great medium for designers, illustrators, hobbyist, student, and professional artists. Acryla Gouache is in a class of its own, highly pigmented and extremely versatile. You can paint on wood, canvas, fabric, paper, and many other surfaces that traditional gouache does not adhere to.
These 4 color, ready to pour, acrylic sets have been popular. This is a great place to start if you’re wanting to do some pour painting but don’t want to spend lots of money on colors. I often suggest high pigmented colors for pour painting because they will go farther than other brands, as well as blend and mix beautifully. I think it’s important to have tools that do not lead to frustration, but rather inspire creativity and the freedom to spend time experimenting.
DecoArt makes a great beginner paint and means you can experiment a lot without breaking the bank. These paint sets come in really fun color combos that are mindfully thought out to give you immediate fun results. They’re inspiring just to look at and would make a great gift for an artist that wants to play around with pouring paint across canvas.
Shades and hues of similar colors, neon pop colors, and metallics to name a few color selections we carry of these. These sets are on sale for $16.99 for the 4-pack. Add a few $1 brushes, a few empty paint bottles, and a canvas or two and you have an amazing set up for hours of fun painting. Want a custom set up made for you from these? Just let us know! We would be happy to put a personalized set together for you. Just give us your budget and leave the rest up to us! We will make sure you have it all covered and stay within your budget.
Pro tip: Instead of using silicone oil that has questionable longevity and stability issues- - use rubbing alcohol to create fun cell like structures in your paint pouring. It will give you wildly fun techniques and then entirely evaporate out of your painting instead of layering oil & water.
New designs in stock!
These Vintage Totes are 100% natural cotton heavyweight tote bags feature an interior pocket and beloved imagery from the Cavallini archives. If you haven’t noticed, we are obsessed with their archives and stock as many of their poster wrapping papers as possible. They make the perfect carry-all and pair perfectly with the Vintage Pouch. These make fun reusable shopping bags, book totes, traveling bags, or even gift bags. Only $15.99
Vintage Pouches- Cavallini zippered pouches are made from 100% natural cotton and feature a high quality zipper, a leather zipper pull, and dark navy cotton lining. These stylish pouches are perfect for your small items and pair perfectly with the vintage tote. Use these for makeup, pencils, pens, or your favorite snacks. We love these pouches and have many new designs in stock. $11.99-$13.99
We do not have these bags listed in our online shop yet. They often sell out before we can have them listed here. Feel free to email or call us with your orders if you want one of these. Or just pop by the Art Supply Center on Foster Rd in Portland Mon-Sat 10-5. We do have some of their vintage posters listed online if you want to check them out try the button link below. Although none of the cool new ones we just got in are up yet, I do hope to update that soon. More herbs, plants, trains, camping, foraging, and various other ones are in stock now that are not reflected here in our online shop.
Art Easel for kids is the perfect travel activity and companion for your next adventure around the world! The 37 piece art set for kids comes with everything you need to color, draw and explore on-the-go. This easel box has more than 37 pieces of art supplies! Travel art easel for kids includes Jumbo Beeswax Crayons, mini Colored EcoPencils, markers, chalk, dry erase marker with incorporated eraser, sharpener, sponge and sketch pad.
Junior scientists can explore fizzing, color-changing, gelatinous experiments, all while learning about color. Drop color tablets into water and create a magical, walking color. Create a magic wand using colorful jellies. Stack a petri dish to make a lava lamp. And even discover chromatography by making tie-dye chalk. Teacher approved chemistry with kid-safe materials and easy-to-find ingredients. Kit includes a 32-page experiment book, 12 colored tablets, one dropper, one display light, two petri dishes, three chalks, four cups, one tube with two caps and three jiggle gem powders.
Recommended for Ages 4 and up. $19.99
Click this button link below for a cool science project inspired by Van Gogh Starry Night and a lesson in color science using skittles.
Our famous "coal in your stocking" charcoal bundles are always fun gifts this time of year. White elephant gifts or stocking stuffers, these are a great deal! Bundle of 25 sticks of vine charcoal Retails for $12.99, on Sale for only $4.99!
Artists tools make great stocking stuffers! Palette knives, brushes, paint pens, rolls of pretty papers, markers, tiny sketchbooks, paint tubes, washi tape, pens, tiny canvases or easels, glitter, pencil sharpeners, brush soap, mini palettes, and gift cards- oh my! The art store is full of stocking stuffer sized fun for the artists in your life, or for yourself. We have candy jars full of options easy to shop, but we also love personally working with you to create special custom gifts for stockings. There are many great treasures to find that will fit in any budget. The Tiny Shiny section here has been popular for that this year with all the sparkly bling and creatures for so cheap.
Don't have the time or desire to come shop yourself? Let us do the shopping for you! Fill out a curbside pickup order form and give us: any ideas you have, the budget you want us to stay in, and anything else you want us to know and let us take it from there. We really enjoy doing secret santa shopping for you! Whether it is basic supplies, stocking stuffers, or a custom gift set- we have got you covered and are more than happy to do the shopping for you. Click the button below to use our order ahead form and let us help you save time, and money.
We love supporting the arts in our community, don't you? We have a cool category in one of our online shops that can help you do just that. It is called Give The Gift Of Art and has several ways that you can give the gift of art supplies to others in the community. We work hard to fill in the gaps and make the list of needs fit into the budget for art teachers, non-profits, local grass roots small businesses, as well as supporting tons of community events.
Check out some of the options below that we have available for you to partner with us in giving the gift of art:
Blog Posts are a great simple way for me to get a quick message out to you, or advertise a sale going on. Anything posted during the week will be included in an email blast on Mondays. I just wanted to take a minute and explain how to order anything from our posts like this. Click read more if you want to learn more...
As many of you know, Sculpey oven bake clay has had national shortages for over a year now. The global supply chain issues have made some things difficult to find, especially when they are trending like oven bake clay has been. We still have some Sculpey clay in stock, and we snatch up stock whenever it becomes available. The color selection is limited but some of it is still available.
We have brought in some cute oven bake clay kits that we have in stock now. These make great gifts for kids and adults alike. Prices range from $7-$25 for these kits.
Watercolor made easy...and dreamy! Paint 20 delightful watercolor designs, including cute woodland animal friends, magical mermaids, tropical birds, inspirational quotes, sweet treats, and more! Learn how to use watercolors in the basic skills section up front, and then advance your skills as you learn different types of brushwork, blend colors, and create amazing special effects with paint on high-quality watercolor paper. $18.99
4”x4” cradled wood panels make a perfect gift giving size to paint on. They are also a fun stocking stuffer for artists. These gallery depth 4x4’s are a great deal too!
Retail is $8.36 and our price is $4.99!
More durable than canvas, wood panels resist flexing or warping, making them great for painting, especially thick, heavy applications and palette knife work, as well as encaustic, mixed media and craft use as a shadow box, frame or tray. The 4mm hand-sanded birch wood surface is smooth for detailed work and mounting. The sturdy pine cradle adds support and allows for hanging without a frame. Available in two profile depths: Studio panels have a 3/4" deep profile and Gallery panels have a 1-1/2" deep profile.
We stock many wood panels, in various sizes and depths. Find these sale itty bitty cute ones out on the floor in little displays or order other sizes at the bar. We have quite a few of these, but this super sale is only good while supplies last.
Tiny Art Studio Sets
The art may be tiny, but the creativity is unlimited! This kits includes small-scale (yet still usable) versions of art supplies, including paint, colored pencils, and more. Sprinkled throughout are sidebars on the artists and art history behind the tongue-in-cheek takes on classics by famous artists including Frida Kahlo, Vincent Van Gogh, Piet Mondrian, Leonardo di Vinci, and more. Extra blank canvases let budding artists express themselves, and a display easel lets them show off their mini masterpieces!
Tiny Studio in a box $19.99
Our framing services are the same, but we have changed our set up a bit. My main goal has been to keep our entire staff working through the pandemic and to do so in a way that keeps our staff and customers safe. There are many new ways that we are creatively filling custom framing needs in a to-go style for those who do not need full custom framing or an in person appointment. We also offer our full custom frame shop services in person, by appointment. This article discusses the history of our frame shop and explores our service options and how to best navigate them. We are excited to keep reinventing as we adapt to the ever changing landscape. The biggest change is that we are now by appointment. I believe this new setup enable us to serve you better, and work more efficiently.
If you need framing, or are curious about our services and history on it, keep reading below.
We just came across some extra back stock of these beautiful zippered cases that Silver Brush makes, so we are having a sale on them! We do not typically stock these, but often buy them on sale and can always special order them in if you love them.
These are a perfect way to store and keep your brushes, tools, and other supplies. You can make your own custom brush set, or have us make one for you! We love doing that this time of year! We have purple and red in both sizes, and a couple long handle cases left in the black.
Good while supplies last. Limited to stock on hand.
Monaco Brush Case
Short handle zipper cases in purple, black, & red
Short handled brush cases-
The Monaco™ series zippered brush case is for artists on the go! Eight individual pockets hold brushes snuggly in place and an additional larger pocket is perfect for wide-handled brushes or other tools. A clear zippered pocket holds additional art materials like tubes of paint.
Dimensions: 11-1/2”H x 6”W x 1-1/2”D
Retails for $18.50
Our Price $9.99
Long handle zipper cases in purple, black, & red
Long handle brush cases-
The long handled Monaco™ brush case has sturdy elastic bands that secure your brushes and other tools. On the opposite side, you'll find a convenient clear zipper pocket that holds smaller items.
Dimensions: 15”H x 8”W x 2-1/4”D
Our Price $14.99
Tuscany Brush Case
The Tuscany Case- A zippered brush case with 16 individual pockets that provide protection to your long handle brushes while traveling or in storage - comes in three colors, both short and long handle. Similar to the other cases but has spots for brushes on both sides instead of the pouch for supplies. Same prices as the Monaco ones listed above.
These cases can be used for other tools too. This is a great deal on high quality brush cases in vibrant colors. Limited to stock on hand for this deal.
Get them while you can!
Piñata Colors are highly saturated, fast-drying alcohol inks for any hard surface, including glass, metal, plastic, ceramic, stone, leather, resin, polymer clay, YUPO® and more. Indelible and impervious to water, Piñata Colors clean up with alcohol and re-wet themselves, allowing for unique effects and techniques not easily achieved with water-based inks. As a dye-based, highly transparent ink, Piñata Colors are unparalleled for vibrancy. Only the most lightfast dyes have been selected for the palette. Acid-free with excellent adhesive properties, Piñata Colors are the go-to inks for all non-porous surfaces.
fine arts, scrapbooking, crafts, faux stained glass, card making, resin arts, faux finishing techniques and staining wood and leather
glass, metal, plastic, vinyl, ceramic, stone, leather, epoxy resins, YUPO®, foil, wood, encaustic, Claybord™, fiberglass, acrylic, polymer clay and more
We stock the whole line of colors in both the 1/2oz jar as well as the 4 oz jar.
Open stock colors are $3.59-$13.99 each, and are often on sale.
We love these exciter packs! They're a great way to try out a range of colors and experiment with alcohol inks. $29.39
Inspiration & project Videos
Painted Ceramics using alcohol inks- makes a great gift project!
Alcohol Inks on ceramic tile- Another great DIY Gift idea
Check out Jacquards website or YouTube channel for more inspiration. Here is a link to a great product resource guide with tips & techniques for using alcohol inks.
These new art sets we stock are so cute! Perfect for younger littles that are often hard to find appropriate art kits for. We stock lots of these Djeco sets now- from painting, drawing, scratch art, origami, sand painting, and more! These are fantastic boxed sets that are age appropriate for kids as young as 18 mos old, and many for ages 3-5 or 4-7. There are many other products we stock that are good for younger kids, but the toddler years are tricky ones to suggest art supplies for. A lot of it depends on the kid, how they handle themselves and their personality. It is a challenging age to have fun making messes with, as a parent. These sets might be my new favorite because it will make it so easy for parents to help their child navigate art projects, even if they are not into art themselves. They are super cute, come in reusable, recyclable packaging, and have easy to follow projects and inspiration for budding little artists. Win, win, win!
Prices range from $6.99- $26.99 and are sure to create hours of fun.
These step-by-step sets are perfectly age appropriate and easy to follow. $12.99
CUTE Origami Kits for $6.99
These scratch art kits are amazing! Only $6.99
And so many more! Here are just a few more samples of our current stock.
These range from $16.99-$26.99
Some of these are for older ages, not just toddlers, and even adults too! We are excited to carry more products from this brand and think you will love them too.
The ancient art of paper marbling has historically been associated with the book arts. The technique involves floating paints on the surface of a gel-like medium (known as the “marbling size”) and then transferring this floating design onto paper or fabric. Use this traditional technique to make your own patterned fabric, one-of-a-kind wrapping paper, greeting cards, fine art and more. Each design is as unique as a fingerprint! The Jacquard Marbling Kit is easy to use and gives professional-quality results. A great group activity!
Video link below- Make your own wrapping paper- scroll down to the end for links & resources
Jacquard Marbling Kit- This marbling kit for paper and fabric contains six .5 oz. colors (yellow, red, violet, blue, white, and black), Carrageenan marbling medium, Alum sizing, Synthetic Gall and complete instructions. The kit is designed for professionals, yet easy enough to use for beginners and makes a great group activity. Marbled paper is a tradition in bookbinding. This kit has vibrant colors that look beautiful on paper or fabric. Kit is $19.99
Marabu Easy Marble is ideal for creating immersion marble effects on plastic, glass, acrylic plastic, wood, papier mache, blown eggs, metal, polystyrene and for marble effects on paper. These sets offer a great way to get started on marbling all kinds of items. Just drip the paint into water and dip your item in, easily creating unique designs with every dip. The Easy Marble Starter Set offers six quick-drying basic colors in 15ml jars and instructions for the marble effect technique. The colors in this set are medium yellow, ruby red, azure blue, rich green, white and black. The Clear Colors Set includes three bottles of Easy Marble Medium; create special effects by adding them to Easy Marble Colors. Add glitter, add mica and make your own colors! Drip, dip, done!
6 color set $17.99
3 color sets $8.99
Fashion Angel Pouch Kit- Marbling made easy! This marbling kit contains all the tools needed to create beautiful pouches as well as other projects. The kit includes two pouches, Carrageenan powder, marbling paint, swirling tool, three stir sticks and instructions. The kit has enough materials to marble dye additional items too! Add the marble effect to T-shirts, totes and even stationery. Recommended for ages 8 and up. $17.99
We even have an adorable kit for marbling with little kids. Painting With Marbles is a playful painting activity kit for children. Place paper cut-outs in the box and add marbles daubed with large drops of paint. Close the box and shake. Open it up and surprise! Kits include everything needed, marbles, paints, painting containers, elements to paint and an instruction booklet. Recommended for ages 3-6 and up. $26.99
Fun Marbling projects & info
Make hand marbled gift wrapping paper!
Blacklight Marbling? yes, please!
More Marbling Inspiration videos on Jacquards Youtube channel
New Tie Dye Kits in stock! Lots of options to choose from, and most are under $20. Hours of fun for all ages. Here is a sampling of some of the ones we carry, and some resource links below for tips, tricks, and other inspiration.
Fashion Angels Pastel Tie Dye Tank top kit- Learn the art of tie dye and create a fun and fashionable tank top using the DIY Pastel Tie Dye Tank Top Kit. This kit comes with a customizable one-size-fits-most tank top, plastic bottles of dye, rubber bands, a pair of non-latex gloves and easy to follow instructions. The dye is pre-measured in the squeeze bottles, just add water and you are ready to go. The instructions include hacks to adjust the tank top to fit most anyone. Recommended for ages 8 and up. $17.99
Fashion Angels Tie Dye Bracelets kit- Learn the art of tie dye while creating name, message or story bracelets in the Tie Dye Bracelets Kit. This kit comes with five jersey fabric strips (36 each), alphabet cube beads, four colors of dye, a pair of non-latex gloves and easy to follow instructions. Dye is pre-measured in the capped spray bottles, just add water. It's a great artistic and creative way to get away from the screen and for any gifting occasion. Recommended for ages 8 and up. $17.99
Jacquard jewel tone tie-dye kits offer supplies for creating beautiful two-tone dyed pieces. The kit includes two bottles of pre-measured dye, 1/3 lb. soda ash dye fixer, vinyl gloves, rubber bands and written instructions with multiple folding techniques. For use with 100% cotton, linen, rayon and hemp fabrics. Dyes up to two shirts. For ages 8 and up. $8.39
Tulip Tie Dye Bucket Set- Become a Tie Dye expert without the mess. These Tie Dye Design Kits include everything needed, including pre-measured squeeze bottles, rubber bands, gloves and accessories. Dye kits come in a reusable storage container. The dye is pre-measured in the squeeze bottles, just add water and you are ready to go. The full instructions and inspiration guide teaches the basics and more. For ages 8 and up. $15.99
This kit will have you creating colorful clothing in three easy steps. The kit contains everything needed to tie dye five T-shirts; rubber gloves, magenta, turquoise and yellow pre-measured dye in applicator bottles, rubber bands and dye fixer. For ages 12 and up. $13.29
Tips, Inspiration, and Techniques
Jacquard has a lot of great videos on their channel. Here is one with tips to create the classic center spiral. Check out their channel for more tips and techniques.
They also provide easy download sheets for projects and other fun. The link in the button below even has a easy to print sheet to send home with your guests if you have a tie dye party.
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