Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Sinopia Pigments Now Available at ARCH

We are proud to announce that ARCH is now the exclusive retailer for Sinopia Pigments.

What are dry pigments? Unlike dyes, pigments never dissolve, but form a suspension with the binder. Pigments are a dry powder that lends color to any type of paint. All paints utilize pigments. That includes house paints, nail polish, car lacquers, oil, acrylics, watercolors and more.

The only thing that differentiates the paints is the binder.

In addition to Sinopia's Dry Pigments, we are also stocking their various binders, bases and gesso's. Almost all of these are made in San Francisco by Alex Warren.

Want to learn more?

Alex Warren will be in-store at the ARCH PopUp, 2349 Third St., on Saturday March 14th from 1-3pm. He will be demonstrating some basic techniques for making your own paints and will be available to answer any technical questions you might have. This event is FREE!

Here is short video of Alex mixing paints at a previous event that took place at the Exploratorium.

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

NEW ITEMS: R&F Pigment Sticks - Draw with Oil Paints!

R&F Pigment Sticks are pure oil paint without filler, additives, or driers making them safer to use. They are richly pigmented with a lipstick soft consistency that gives them the same fluidity, subtlety and durability of traditional oil colors. Pigment Sticks let you get rid of the brush allowing you to work more directly on your surface.

Watch artist Charles Forsberg painting with R&F Pigment Sticks.

R&F Pigment Sticks can be used as a paint, for drawing and also in Monotypes. They are also suitable for use with a number of Gamblin painting mediums like Galkyd and Stand Oil. Yet you won't need to use any solvents or oils to get them to soften up. The friction from drawing them across the canvas warms them and creates the buttery consistency you see from the video.

ARCH is currently stocking several sets of R&F Pigment Sticks. We are hoping you'll like them us much as we do and to one day bring in the full line of individual sticks.

Find these at the ARCH PopUp 2349 Third St. SF CA 94107

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

New Items: Montana Colors Water Based Spray Paints

52 matte finish colors. This water based spray paint is a game changer for artists and designers, model makers and inventors. Mix colors with a paint brush and water, clean up stains, PAINT ON FOAM!
  • Anti-clog valve
  • Feel less fatigue when painting indoors or places with poor ventilation. 
  • Suitable for use on all types of surfaces, including polystyrene. 
  • Fresh stains can be removed with just soap and water during the first 20 - 25 minutes.
  • Dries to Water Proof

Watch this video (1:21) to see how versatile this spray paint is!

ARCH stocks the full line of 48 colors, two transparent colors and two varnishes. The cans are ergonomic, compact to get into tight spots, and still come in at 300ml.

Colors Available

Welcome Back Students! New Year = New Store Hours

ARCH@CCA has new store hours:

Monday thru Friday 10am - 7pm
Saturdays 12pm - 5pm
Closed Sundays

ARCH@CCA - 1111 8th St. SF CA 94107

Have a class list you need fulfilled? Want to start the new year with a new sketchbook? Or maybe a new pen to note down those resolutions? ARCH@CCA has an incredible selection of art supplies and design tools to get you through the semester.

We are OPEN TO THE PUBLIC and offer STUDENT and FACULTY discounts with ID.

Come in and check out what's new! We are expanding our selection of materials for laser cutting and prototyping, and have brought in new products like Montana Colors Water Based Spray Paints. Coming soon the full line of Gamblin 1980 Oil Paints and also the Derwent Graphik water based paint pens.

ARCH is the place for Artists, Designs, Builders and Inventors. Drop in and get inspired today!

Thursday, November 13, 2014

ARCH: Back In Business!

VISIT Our temporary home in Dogpatch

2349 3rd St
SF CA 94107

Open Monday - Friday 10-6 and Saturday 12-5   Call us 415-433-2724

We like to think of The ARCH POPUP at 2349 3rd Street as a "Mini ARCH" where we have a choice selection of watercolor, calligraphy, drawing and drafting supplies and tools. Here you will find our entire selection of decorative papers and stationery and an awesome assortment of pens, pencils, trace rolls, 1000H, clips, pins and so much more.  

The ARCH POPUP is where you will find all the inspiration and perfect gifts for your friends and family. Beautiful books, locally made jewelry, kids crafts and the tons of great stocking stuffers that you have come to love, can all be found on 3rd Street.


Our Annex store at the California College of the Arts

1111 8th St
SF CA 94107
Mon - Fri 11am - 5pm, Closed Saturdays and Sundays

ARCH@CCA, located at 1111 8th Street, has a great selection of pens, drawing materials, painting supplies, printmaking papers and tools. It is also our one-stop shop for model making and prototyping supplies with a constantly expanding selection of adhesives, tools, woods, acrylics, foams and more. Want us to carry a specific product for your project? Let us know! 

And in case you are wondering,
"Yes! This store is open to the public and students!"

We couldn't be more pleased with our two new homes! The reception and support from all of our customers has been incredible. As we are still ironing out the details and sorting our inventory, we suggest calling ahead if you have a specific item or need.

Thank you all for your love and support! Please come visit us soon!!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

ARCH Has Found A Home!

ARCH Has Found a New Home, Two New Homes to be Exact!

Now Open For Business!!
2349 3rd St
SF CA 94107

ARCH is excited to announce that we will have a temporary Pop-Up location at 2349 3rd Street while we build out and ready our permanent home in the Dogpatch, opening Spring 2015. 

Our opportunity to find this new home was in no small part due to the invaluable community support that we received. When we visited with the management at the AIC (American Industrial Center) they had already heard all about our store from unsolicited emails, calls and letters from our many customers, neighbors and even their own current tenants.

This was truly a community effort. 

The outpouring of love and help we have received over these past 4 months has been unbelievable. During the times when we were down and stressed, the kindness and support we received was heartfelt.


In addition we are excited to announce:  

1111 Eight St.
San Francisco CA 94107

M-F 10-6
Sat: 12-5
Closed Sundays
The interior of our new home at CCA
Over the past 14 years on Potrero Hill we have developed quite a fondness for the students, faculty and administration at The California College of the Arts. Seeing the hard work, long hours and dedication they have for their craft has been an inspiration to all of us at ARCH.  When we received the news that we had to move away from Missouri St., we wondered how we could continue to support the community we have grown to love at CCA.

Wonderfully, we soon discovered that the admiration was mutual and after putting our heads together we found an awesome spot that is on campus and will be open to the public and students across the Bay Area! We'll post our opening date and store hours soon!

Please help us spread the word by sharing on Facebook, Twitter and good old word of mouth.

We'll see you in October!!

Monday, September 15, 2014

Closing these items out! Help us get them outta here!


86-4016 24"x150' w/ 2" core List $63.58 Arch Sale: $15.00
86-4016 30"x150' w 2" core  List $79.49  Arch sale: $25.00
This 100% cotton fiber, 17 lb. Vellum works well for medium run diazo reproduction and is a good choice for monochrome plotting. Offers fast dry time, good line quality and spot fill. A great choice for file copies or as a high-speed diazo reproduction master. Works well for inkjet or pen plotting.

86-6020 36"x10' w/ 2" core  Arch Sale:$25.00
Ink Jet Media OCE Ink Jet Media 20lb Vellum for Inkjet Plotters and Printers

130399 36"x5yd w/2" core - AZON Comstock -20# Economy CAD  Arch Sale: $10.00
130435 36"x5yd w/2" core - AZON Comstock -17# Inkjet Vellum     Arch Sale: $20.00
130437 36"x5yd w/2" core - AZON Comstock -20# Inkjet Vellum     Arch Sale: $20.00

9020IJ 36"x20yd w/2" core - Clearprint Jetprint Vellum   Arch Sale: $27.00

24x36 sheets
130401 15# Translucent Bond 100pk  Arch Sale:  $15.00
Will work in HP and Canon Wide Format Ink Jet Printers/Plotters. Great for check plots.

130437 20# Ink Jet Vellum 100pk   List $148.09 Arch Sale: $30.00
We start with a premium quality, 100% cotton fiber base and then transparentize it using our proprietary process. This patented process uses no Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs). Comstoc Vellum has a specially engineered surface that accepts ink uniformly and achieves the greatest possible density without pooling or running. Excellent line quality is achieved with no feathering

30x42 sheets 
130401 15# translucent bond  List $66.16 Arch Sale $20.00
Will work in HP and Canon Wide Format Ink Jet Printers/Plotters. Great for check plots.
130402 18# translucent bond  List $77.55 Arch Sale: $25.00
When your short-run reproduction requires the translucency of a vellum, but not the price, you should choose Translucent Bond. The smooth surface produces quick and easy plots and the translucency allows for diazo reprints. This 18# version offers the same translucency as our 130401, with added durability.

130410 #18 premium translucent bond

130412 #17 vellum

130415 #20 vellum

130437 #20 Inkjet Vellum
We start with a premium quality, 100% cotton fiber base and then transparentize it using our proprietary process. This patented process uses no Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs). Comstoc Vellum has a specially engineered surface that accepts ink uniformly and achieves the greatest possible density without pooling or running. Excellent line quality is achieved with no feathering


1191153  3 Mil AZON K+E Herculene Single Matte Drafting Film 30"x42" 100 pk $50.00

130424   3 Mil AZON Comstock Double Matte Plotter Film 30"x42" 25shts $15.00

29-2050  Oce' Ammonia Diazo Paper-Blueprint Blueline-Med. Speed 30"x40" 100pk  $10.00

191153 36"x50yd w/2" core - AZON 3 Mil Single Matte Film  $25.00
191253 30"x50yd w/2" core - AZON 3 Mil Double Matte Film  $39.00


8.5"x11" Paper
644539-201 Lumijet Professional Inkjet Media Photo White 270 gsm 20ct. box $10.00
85LUGA     Lumijet Portfolio Series Inkjet Photo Paper Ultra Gloss 260 gsm 20ct. box  $19.00
1040-11-50 Tapestry Ink Jet Transparency Film 50ct. box  $20.00
Legion Pro Digital Art Paper Gloss Brilliant White 10 Mil/270 gsm 50ct  bx $18.00
Strathmore Artist Inkjet Paper Ultra Gloss $5.00

8.5"x11" Films
Chartpak :
DAFRPB8L Drafting &Design Applique Film For Laser 100ct. bx List $120.50 Sale $15.00
                     (Repositionable Matte)
DAFR8        Drafting &Design Applique Film For Copiers 100ct. bx List $144.65 Sale $22.00
                     (Repositionable  Matte)
DAFC8        Drafting &Design Applique Film For Copiers 100ct. bx List $144.65 Sale $22.00
                     (Permanent Clear)
CCG50        Self-Adhesive Clear Gloss For Color Copiers 50ct. box List $66.30 Sale $20.00
A-300           Folex Self-Adhesive Film 100ct. box Sale $10.00

8.5"X14" Film
DAFR14     Chartpak Drafting &Design Applique Film Copier 100ct.bx List $210.10 Sale$28.00                    (Repositionable Matte)
320              Rayvon Adhesive-Backed Repro Film 100ct. box Sale : $15.00

Clearprint Vellum 16LB :30x42 Sheets: 100 sheets per package:
 Architectural Title Block:                              List $448.95 Sale: $75.00/pk100 sheets
 Architectural Title block w/ grid (8 sq/inch)  List $544.65 Sale $90.00/pk 100 sheets

Landscape : 8.5x11 3Ring Binders (Custom made for us) with Polypropylene covers:
Opaque black, silver and smoke (semi trans grey) reg price $11.00 Overstock sale $6.00 ea
                                                                                                               @50 assorted $4.80 ea

2 Pocket Paper Presentation Folders:

Linen Texture: Ivory (color)  regular price $1.25 ea  Sale $45.00/Bx 100 we have 2 bx
Recycled: Milkweed (color)  regular price $3.00 ea  Sale $45.00/Bx 100 we have 2 bx
Recycled : Kraft   (color)     regular price $3.00 ea  Sale $45.00/Bx 100 we have 2 bx
Pinstripe (Satin Finish, Pinstripe Pattern) 3 colors: reg $1.70 ea Sale $45.00/Bx 100
  Ebony (black), Alabaster (Pearl), Bronze (antique gold color)

Various Envelopes:

9x12, 10x13 Catalog Color Brites (Primary Colors) and Black on sale for .15 ea,  @100 $10.00
7.5x7.5"  Kraft Brown reg $.55 ea @100 $10.00

Big sheets of Paper from 25x38 to 26x40" in Text and Cover weights
including: Various sheets: ONLY $5.00 for 50shts (call Kate for more information)
Confetti Yellow Text, Quest Blue Text, Evergreen Kraft :
Classic Columns Cover White,
Duplex Cover in red stucco with grey and Blue columns with yellow