We are very excited about all the hard-to-find art materials we've been able to purchase- with much research and digging- and our customers' welcome suggestions....
For the serious traditional oil painter we now carry an amazing Grisaille painting set- that exactly matches the Munsell Neutral Gray Scale. From the same company we also have Oil of Clove (add just a drop to paint to slow the drying- wonderful smell that fills the studio!) and Pre-Rafaelite Medium (historically accurate replication of the best of the mediums used by the Pre-Rafaelite painters. Colors stay bright, dries quickly and handles with smoothness and precision.) The kicker though is the Optical White- a zinc white ground with hollow nanospheres that won't desaturate your colors! Check out our sample canvas- you've gotta see it to believe it!
For those delving into printmaking we now have Subi Block Printing Papers and a good selection of inks by Speedball, Letraset and Sanford Higgins. For those working with pastels: a locally manufactured (Spring Valley, NY) sanded pastel paper, Uart, is getting some deserved national attention for its high quality and consistent surfaces. Unlike its better known competitors, this paper is manufactured by the company itself- not a third party- so quality control is better monitored. We're now carrying 24"x36" sheets of the 400 and 800 grit. And don't forget about our continually changing stock of handmade papers from around the world!
For the kids we just replenished our stock of O'Bon newspaper-wrapped pencils and pens, bagasse journals and extraordinary recycled paper folders. From our gleanings of the local big box stores we noticed that none of them carry glue sticks (or glues for that matter) that are non-toxic and kid-friendly. After looking long and hard we found a glue that's been made in Italy since the 1927 called Coccoina. It's totally non-toxic, comes in 3 sizes of glue sticks and a cool can with brush and, as a nice bonus, smells great!
We're continuously receiving new shipments every week. Check us out and let us know what you're looking for. If we don't have it we most likely can get it. You're bound to find products that you didn't even know existed that may just inspire your next project- or make great gifts!