Friday, June 22, 2012

CARAN d'ACHE Luminance 6901 Color Pencils

Let's talk color pencils.

Two of the biggest concerns/questions we get regarding color pencils are "How will these colors look in 20+ years?" and "How can I get my color pencils to stop breaking?"

The new Luminance 6901 pencils from Caran d'Ache were created specifically with lightfast levels in mind (so much so that 6901 is a direct reference to the standard that the American Society for Testing and Material uses to judge the lightfast level of a color pencil). Every shade has been formulated using finely-ground pigments chosen for their purity, intensity and resistance to UV. Available in 76 colors, 61 of which classified in the best category (Lightfastness 1) under the ASTM D-6901 standard.

We also checked in with artist Sid Garrison about what he liked most about the Luminance 6901 pencils. Sid works almost exclusively in color pencil and has a wealth of knowledge about them. So what did he have to say?

Simply put, "They don't break."

We all know how frustrating it is to finally get a great pencil point and then put it to paper and it cracks at the edge of the wood. Made from responsibly forested California Cedar and Swiss engineered to create a superior drawing experience.

The Luminance 6901 color pencils are not just long lasting, but will help you create long lasting, vibrant artwork. Stop by ARCH and try one out today.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Fathers Day Gifts & Cards - Shop Local at ARCH

Card by Sugarcube Press

Fathers Day is June 17th and we have highlighted a few of our favorite Dad items. Caryn brought in a great selection of cards and gifts and we hope you'll choose ARCH as your Fathers Day source.

Darth Vader and Son by Jeffrey Brown

Typical Father / Son Dilemma's
As many fathers will attest, your kid can really make you want to turn to the dark side on occasion and this hilarious portrayal of Darth Vader raising his young son Luke shows both the joys and frustrations of parenthood.

Wood Bow Ties from local artist Wood Thumb
Produced right in the Dogpatch these wood Bow Ties from Wood Thumb are a sharp addition to your Dad's wardrobe. Each one is unique in its grain and color and is a fun take on a traditional Fathers Day gift.

Cast Iron Bottle Openers from Roost. Beer and Snacks Not Included.
Simple and beautiful tools for cracking open a bottle for your dad. These cast iron bottle openers made by Roost will last for a long time and are a real show piece for the celebration.

Most importantly, give your Pop a hug, a kiss, a card or a call. Happy Fathers Day from everyone at ARCH!