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.

Friday, May 13, 2016

Tombo Dual Brush Pens

Fellow ARCHie David Tenorio created a work in progress series featuring Tombo Dual Brush Pens. As the name implies these pens have two nibs; a flexible brush tip and a fine-point hard nylon tip.  They are available in 96 colors and are acid-free, water based, non-toxic pigments or inks.

"Tombow Dual Tip markers have an amazing ability to behave like a paintbrush, providing the capacity for big, medium and small strokes.  Along with a vibrant, blendable water-based ink, these markers have infinite capabilities.
"After beginning with a light sketch, I usually place quick, bold marks of color in areas of high chroma and shadow.

"Using a brush dipped in water (or a traveling water brush), I begin to spread the marker's ink around the image.  This gives an effect that's nearly identical to watercolor, allowing you the ability to use wet-in-wet blending techniques.

"I repeat this process with different colored markers and levels of water.  Finally, I use the fine-tipped ends of the Dual Tip markers for details and trim.  Overall, they're a fast and convenient tool for creating subtle wash effects and unique brush strokes."

The Tombo Dual Brush Pen is available at both of our locations. Come in and try them out today!

Saturday, December 12, 2015

Creative Gift Ideas, Created by ARCHies

There are many, many options when it comes to materials and tools for artists. When you are looking for a gift for a creative friend, it can be hard to filter through which sketchbook works best with certain pens or paints. What items are complimentary and what to not waste your money on.

And with the holidays upon us, let's not forget the importance of presentation. You want your gift to look good and thoughtful. So this year a few of us here at ARCH put our heads together and came up unique kits highlighting some our favorite tools and mediums.


Caryn's Watercolor Travel Kit - $45

Not only has Caryn Oka been the ARCH gift buyer for nearly 20 years, she is also an accomplished water colorist. In space conscious San Francisco, you need to be able to scale your practice to your living, commuting and work environment and Caryn has put together a perfect "On-The-Go" Watercolor kit. All wrapped up in a zippered pouch you'll find;
  • A 140lb Cold Press Fluid Watercolor Block
  • The Peerless Water Color Booklet featuring 24 colors of concentrated transparent water colors
  • 1 Waterproof Micron Pen
  • 1 White Uniball Pen
  • A Caran d'Ache Neocolor II Crayon and a Derwent Inktense water soluble pencil
  • A Pentel Waterbrush


Paige's Mixed Media Kit - $60

You'll recognize Paige Gausman as a member of our friendly staff at our Annex Store at the California College of the Arts. Paige makes many of our in-store signs, flyers and ads, and is a freelance illustrator and textile designer. As you can imagine, she uses many different tools to create all that work and she has put together this beautiful Mixed Media kit. Featured in this handy kit;
  • A Claire Fontaine Crok Book. Perfect for dry media as well as water-based paints
  • 4 tubes of Holbein Acryla Gouache
  • An ultra fine Slicci Pen and a Kuretake No55 Brush Pen
  • 4 Prismacolor Art Stix
  • A palette, a paint brush, a peel-off eraser and a pencil sharpener

David's Illustration Kit - $30
David Tenorio manages our Annex Store at the California College of the Arts and works as a freelance illustrator and art teacher all throughout the Bay Area. David has a wealth of knowledge about art materials and is often asked by students for tips and techniques on the over 20,000 tools and media we sell at ARCH. David has put together an Illustration Kit filled with ideas, instructions and includes;
  • A Canson XL Mixed Media Sketchbook
  • A Pentel Color Brush
  • 1 Le Pen Technical Pen and a Letraset ProMarker
  • A blue Col-erase Pencil, a Tombo Drawing pencil, eraser and sharpener
All of these helpful kits are packed in a zippered pouch and come with instructions for the tools and ideas from their namesake to get your creative juices flowing. You can find these kits exclusively at our PopUp Store at 2349 3rd St in Dogpatch.

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Summer Warehouse Clearance Sale!

Where is the sale:
the ARCH Warehouse
1176 Illinois St. (btwn 22nd & 23rd St)
San Francisco CA 94107

3 Days ONLY! 
This Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Friday (8/14) 10-5pm
Saturday and Sunday (8/15-16) 12-5pm
What's on sale: 
  • Stationery, Envelopes and Color Vellums
  • Decorative and Art Papers
  • Display Model Drafting Tables, Bases and Chairs
  • Seasonal Gift Items
  • Closeout Oil Paints and Mediums
  • Closeout Acrylic Paints
  • Acetates, Films and Clearprint Vellum
  • Overstock Drafting Scales, Leads, and Architecture Tools
  • Various Jacquard & Speedball Silk Screen Inks, Mediums and Screens
  • PORTFOLIOS, Carrying Cases & Archival Boxes! Case Envy, Itoya, Cargo and more!
  • Large Paper Cutters, Xyron Sticker and Laminating Machines and Cartridges
  • Overstock Tapes, Markers, Pens, Pencils and so much more.
Please remember, these are all clearance/overstock/shopworn items and they will be priced to move! Make a purchase of $25 or more at the warehouse sale and we will also give you a coupon good for a future purchase at either of our stores.

We just LOVE moving!
No, just kidding, but we do need your help. We are FINALLY getting closer to moving into our future home this fall. In preparation we have a ton of stock we need to get out of here. We will need the space at our new home for the dedicated class room/gallery and the artist studios and the 20,000 or so art, architecture and design supplies we will stock all under one big roof in Dogpatch.