Thursday, September 22, 2016

Visit Our New Home: 10 Carolina

10 Carolina St. SF CA 94103
We are open for business in our new home!

ARCH Art and Drafting Supply
10 Carolina St.
San Francisco CA 94103

You can find us just beyond the end of Carolina Street at 10 Carolina. We share the lot with Larry's Towing. We have plenty of customer parking and we are open weekdays 9am - 7:30 pm and Saturdays 12-5pm.

Check out some pictures on our Facebook page linked below. We are very excited 

We are still doing some set up, but swing in, have a look around and tell us hello. We would love to see you!

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

New To Stock - Winsor & Newton Calligraphy Inks

When our friends Queeny and Brittany asked if we could host a calligraphy class featuring color inks we jumped at the opportunity.  With 18 colors to choose from, we knew the Winsor & Newton Calligraphy Inks would provide the quality and color palette their students would appreciate.

14 of the colors use a thinner mixture of ink, giving a transparent, gradient look with a satin finish. These are suitable for dip-pens, fountain pens, technical pens and airbrushes. These bottles are signified with a blue cap.

There are four inks signified with a red cap. So what's the difference between the different color caps? The red-capped bottles are opaque. Suitable for dip-pens or brush. The opaque inks are available in Matte Black, White, Silver and Gold.

Following the class, I asked Queeny for her observations on these inks. Read below what she has to say.

And don't forget the check her work out on Instagram @travelingcalligrapher

"I don’t use too many inks let alone colored inks, but with my experience with using a few dip-pen ink brands so far, these are a few things I looks for in my inks for dip-pen calligraphy:
  1. Dense color
  2. Produces clean, crisp stokes without “spotting” (meaning the ink flow does not come down the nib too fast creating that water drop spotting look)
  3. Ink that catches and stays on the nib and flows evenly

"I used a 108lb bleedproof paper from Borden and Riley and my first observation when I put ink to paper was the ink was so vibrant and smooth, but it was a bit diluted, so I think if the paper was thinner and non-bleedproof, it would not work as well. All three colors have blue caps which means it will give a transparent look. I found that both Yellow Ochre and Light Blue gave me a beautiful dark to light, gradient effect. By the 3rd letter, the color became an almost transparent color. Crimson came out really rich, bright and opaque. It’s highly pigmented, almost blood-like, hence the name.

"I played with the inks a little bit and I started to mix them, I mixed red and blue and it came out to an awesome dark purple.

"Compared to gouache, acrylic-based ink, it won’t give you that highly opaque and thick ink that some people like for specific projects or special paper. I feel like any paper less than 70lb will not be suitable for this ink. 

"This product was definitely high quality and easy to use compared to most colored-inks out there. My only recommendation is that you must have good quality paper.

"Overall, Winsor & Newton Calligraphy Ink was so fun to use because of the gradient effect, it was clean and smooth, the colors came out vibrant and bold and the consistency of the ink was easy to use. This ink would definitely work for all levels and especially beginners if they want to try out a brand but don’t know what to choose."

Find Queeny Lu on Instagram @travelingcalligrapher
Check out her Etsy Site

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

New To Stock - Savoir Faire Opaque Watercolor Gouache Sets

Savoir Faire Opaque Watercolor Gouache:  10 Tube Set
We recently had the opportunity to play around with Savoir Faire's Watercolor Gouache sets.  With a choice of two sets, 10 colors or 20 colors, these paints offer impressive performance for a very low introductory price.

What is Gouache?
Gouache is designed primarily as an opaque medium, as it tends to be the bridge between watercolor and acrylic paint.  However, when thinned with water, gouache produces transparent watercolor effects.  Savoir Faire's gouache is no exception, these paints are capable of rich, flat paint strokes as well as thin washes and glazes.

We painted this study on a nice piece of illustration board
Savoir Faire's Watercolor Gouache Sets
We are very impressed with the rich pigment inside each paint tube and how easy it is to layer.  The flow of the paint is very consistent and the range of colors is more than adequate.  The finished look is suitable for sketching all the way up to finalized work.

While these sets do come with an included brush, like most "free" brushes included in paint sets, steer clear of this little guy, he sheds a lot.  There's lots of affordable brushes to choose from to get your gouache painting started on the right foot, including our Simply Simmons brushes (most sizes and shapes are only $2.82 each)

Savoir Faire gouache is capable of both transparent and opaque applications.
The Savoir Faire gouache sets are perfect for beginners and seasoned pro's alike.  We are blown away with how fun they are to use, how professional they look and the affordability of these sets. 

Stop in today to check them out!

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Fathers Day Sketch and Notebook Gifts

Dad's can be hard to shop for. The good news is that a nice Fathers Day gift does not need to be complicated. Does a dad really want to count his steps, or text from his wristwatch? We think not.

Moleskine Sketchbook, Blackwing Pencils and Three-hole pencil Sharpener
We at ARCH propose the art of painting, sketching and writing by hand. These gifts are useful throughout the year and give the gift of unplugging from our over-connected world. Sketch and notebooks are devices for contemplation, not consumption.

Moleskine Watercolor Album, Caran d'Ache Water-soluble Pencils and Water Brush
With summer upon us, a Moleskine Watercolor Album is a great accessory for traveling. You can add on water-soluble color pencils and a water brush and skip the tubes of paints. This means less mess and slips easy into a backpack or suitcase.

Moleskine Ruled Notebook and Lamy Fountain Pen
Have you ever tried taking notes on your phone or tablet? Forget about it. A notebook and pen set is handsome, professional and practical.

We at ARCH hope you will chose to give the gift of creativity for you dear dad this year. Come by our PopUp store on 3rd Street for these and other gifts, cards and tools that Father's love.

Shop Local, Draw More and Happy Fathers Day!

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Closeout Item - Letraset Promarkers Now On Sale!

Letraset Promarkers are one of the most popular and economical art markers that we have stocked. Recently this line has changed ownership and has been re-branded.

That means we have older stock we need to clear outta here!

Letraset Promarkers
Now 45% OFF List
List Price: $3.59
ARCH Clearance: $1.95/ea

ARCHie David Tenorio created some sketches to give you a feel for what these markers are like.  See what he had to say;

"Promarkers allow you to create quick sketches that incorporate color mixing and unique markmaking.  Their portability makes them a great choice for outdoor sketching."

"Available in a vast range of colors to fit your artistic needs.  Each marker is double ended:  a fine bullet tip for details and a broad chisel tip for large area fills.  Rich, alcohol based ink provides you the ability to blend colors and create dynamic edges."
"Promarkers can be utilized in a variety of ways.  They can even be used as an accent color to enhance your artwork of a different medium, including pencil, ink and watercolor."

Monday, June 6, 2016

Pentel Brush Pen Demo - Saturday June 25th

Artist Chris Koehler will be presenting a Pentel Brush Pen demo at the ARCH PopUp. Join us to learn tips and techniques for using this popular product in a variety of ways. For more about Chris, please visit his website.

The ARCH PopUp
2349 3rd St.
San Francisco CA 94107
Saturday June 25th, 1pm-3pm

Chris Koehler is an artist and illustrator working out of San Francisco. His work has appeared in Popular Science, Utne Reader, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, Wired, The Boston Globe, OnEarth Magazine, Stanford Magazine, and SF Weekly, among others. Chris also teaches in the illustration department at California College of the Arts and regularly shows in galleries.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Pen and Stationery Sidewalk Sale!

What goes together better then pens and papers? For sketchers and writers, we can't think of a better pairing and we hope you can join us this Friday and Saturday, May 27th and 28th, as we'll have incredible deals on overstock paper and envelopes and pens of all types*. This event will be happening exclusively at our PopUp Store at 2349 3rd St. San Francisco 94107.

There'll be tables FILLED with stationery at bargain pricing. This is a perfect start for your summer letter writing needs. Find a pen pal, write a love letter, create a journal for travels!

In addition...
All open stock pens will be 15% OFF!

This includes some of our most popular sellers such as;
  • Pigma Microns
  • Le Pens
  • Pentel Brush Pens
  • Pilot Parallel Pens
  • Lamy Fountain Pens
  • and so, so many more!!
So swing by this Friday and Saturday only to take advantage of this great deal!

Saturday May 28th is also the Potrero Hill / Dogpatch Small Business Week Sidewalk Sale. Over 20 retailers will be taking part in and around the 22nd and 3rd St Corridor.

We are proud members of the Potrero Dogpatch Merchants Association and hope you'll come out on Saturday to support small business!

 *Limited to stock on hand. Sale available on in-store purchases only. Some exclusions apply. No special orders. All Pen and Marker Sets, Copic Sketch Markers, Calligraphy Nibs and Handles excluded from sale. Items already marked as "sale" are ineligible for an additional discount. 
Other exclusions may apply.