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 9am - 7:30pm
Saturday Noon - 5pm
Closed 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: $225.00/pk100 sheets
 Architectural Title block w/ grid (8 sq/inch)  List $544.65 Sale $295.00/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


Tuesday, August 19, 2014

ARCH IS MOVING! Come to Our MOVING SALE: August 21st, 22nd and 23rd

We will be leaving our 99 Missouri Street location by the end of September, but before we do that, we're having a MOVING SALE ON THESE DAYS ONLY!  August 21st, 22nd and 23rd we're offering 20% off everything store wide in addition to TONS of already marked down items. 

Special Sale Items will include:
  • Art Alternatives Canvas all 50% OFF List
  • Strathmore Skills Pads - 35% OFF List
  • Select Caran d'Ache Products - 20% OFF List
  • Sakura Pigma Micron Pens and Sets - 25% OFF List
  • Hot & Cold Press Fluid Watercolor Blocks - 25% OFF List 

We will also have deep discounted pricing on many items including a variety of large-sized papers, Gocco Printing Inks, Select Portfolios and so much more. Come in to ARCH to take advantage of spectacular pricing on your favorite product lines!

Sale pricing available for in-store purchases only and cannot be applied to current or future special orders. Student and Faculty discounts will not apply during the 3 day sale. ALL SALES FINAL!

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Snail Mail Social : Saturday August 2nd at ARCH

Join us Saturday August 2nd from 1-4pm when ARCH hosts the Snail Mail Social. This will be our final Snail Mail at our 99 Missouri Street location as we will be moving in late September.

We'll have custom stationery, rubber stamps, pencils, pens and a bevy of typewriters for you to choose from. Our friends Annie Yu and Carolee Wheeler will be on hand to help guide you in your creations and explain to the young ones what a typewriter is used for!

Check out our photos from our February Snail Mail Social. Thanks to Ryan Tamares for the photos! @ryanzhelp


Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Traveling This Summer? Take Watercolor With You!

  • Daniel Smith Watercolor Sticks - 10% OFF the 25% OFF ARCH Price
  • QoR Watercolors - 10% OFF the 25% OFF ARCH Price
  • Winsor Newton Sketcher's Pocket Box -10% OFF the 15% OFF ARCH Price

Traveling this summer? We have everything you need to take your art with you! Watercolors make a great travel-friendly medium for making art on the go. Come by ARCH and check out our summer deals on QoR Watercolors, Daniel Smith Watercolor Sticks, watercolor sketchbooks and more.

Daniel Smith Watercolor Sticks make traveling with a full spectrum of watercolors easy. Just break off small slices of the sticks and arrange on a palette to create a full set of pan watercolors. These high-quality vibrant colors store easily and lessen the mess of traditional tube watercolors. Daniel Smith watercolor sticks, normally 25% OFF list price are now an extra 10% OFF for a limited time.

ARCH has just introduced QoR (pronounced CORE) Watercolors from GOLDEN Paints. ARCH carries the full line including several mediums and grounds. QoR Watercolors, normally 25% OFF list price are now an extra 10% OFF for a limited time.

"The unique formulation of QoR Watercolors accentuates the luminosity and brilliance of pigments even after drying. QoR provides the subtlety, transparency and flow of a great watercolor, with colors that have as much vibrancy and fire as the best acrylic or oil paint."

Looking for a Travel Watercolor set? The Cotman Sketcher's Pocket Box from Winsor Newton is now an additional 10% OFF the regular 15% OFF price of $19.98. This compact set comes with a travel brush and 12 vibrant colors from the Cotman Watercolor line and literally fits in your pocket! ARCH also carries a large selection of watercolor brushes, papers, and paints including Daniel Smith, QoR, and Winsor Newton Artist Watercolor.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

FREE Sennelier Inks Class with artist Eve Skylar - Saturday June 14th, 1-3pm

Come join Eve Skylar, San Francisco-based concept artist and painter working in the animation industry, for a FREE demo class on "Drawing and Painting With Ink on Fabriano Paper". The class is open to all levels and is geared towards illustrators and artists interested in working with ink. The class will be parts: lecture, demo, and hands-on trial station. We will cover general setup, how to prepare surfaces, approaches to line quality, drawing, inking techniques, and painting with a brush. Learn how to sketch directly with ink or take an illustration through the process of rough drawing to final inking. Materials covered in class: Inks, Fabriano paper, Kolinsky brush #8404.

Sennelier Ink Color Chart

Monday, June 9, 2014

Art and Design Fathers Day Gifts at ARCH

Fugu Fugu Press
Shop local for Fathers Day! We have beautifully designed gifts and creative tools for Dad. From unique travel diaries to cast iron bottle openers we are sure you'll find the perfect gift for your creative Papa at ARCH. We also have a great selection of cards too!

Thursday, May 29, 2014

This Saturday: FREE Golden Acrylics Demo With Tesia Blackburn

This Saturday from 1-3pm, ARCH will host a FREE Golden Acrylics Demo and Lecture with Artist Tesia Blackburn. This lecture packs in a ton of valuable information about acrylics, guiding listeners through the basics while opening up new possibilities. Gain information about mineral and modern pigments and how this relates to clean color mixing, glazing and the creation of fabulous new colors. Learn the unique properties of Fluids, Heavy Body, and the OPEN acrylics. Discover Interference and Iridescent paints for unusual effects. Get a grip on the many gels and mediums and how they can change texture, saturation and intensity of color, used for sculptural effects and more. 

Check out the amazing new grounds to prepare truly, contemporary surfaces for painting, drawing, pastel, digital printing and mixed media. Discover how acrylics can simulate oil and watercolor, even gouache, yet are infinitely more versatile. Each lecture includes an array of examples of these materials put to use. Attendees leave the lecture enthusiastic to explore the extensive potential of acrylic painting! A free goodie bag of paint and a nice literature packet are included! Click here to register for the workshop!

Tesia will also have her new book, "Acrylic Painting with Passion" available for purchase and signing during the lecture.


Monday, May 19, 2014

FREE Enkaustikos Demo with Jeff Hirst: This Friday May 23rd at 1pm

ARCH will be hosting a FREE Enkaustikos wax painting demo with local artist Jeff Hirst this Friday May 23rd at 1PM. Jeff will cover mixing encaustic paint, working with opaque and transparent color and color theory, paint applications, surface manipulations, transfer processes, mixing oil and wax, making medium and more. Jeff Hirst has been teaching encaustic and printmaking workshops since 2005 and has taught at many venues across the U.S including The Int'l Encaustic conference, The Encaustic Center in Dallas and Vanderbilt University.

ARCH carries a large selection of Enkaustikos wax painting supplies including Hot Sticks, Hot Cakes, Wax Mediums, and other encaustic supplies. Join us for this workshop and receive 10% OFF of your in-store purchase. Bring your friends and spend Friday afternoon at ARCH!

Monday, May 12, 2014

May Sketch-Up Photo Gallery

Thanks to all who attended ARCH's May Sketch-Up Friday event. Here are a few photos from the event as well as some terrific artwork from our talented attendees. The next Sketch-Up event is scheduled for Friday June 20th from 5:45-8PM. Please visit our events page for more details.

Thursday, May 8, 2014

FREE Jacquard Products Demo - Friday May 16th - 1pm

Jacquard makes fantastic products geared towards artists and crafters interested in working on fabrics. This FREE demo will include a look at their Textile Color and Fluorescent paints (colorfast on natural or synthetic fabrics!). We'll also be featuring the Lumiere paints with its stunning assortment of metallic and pearlescent colors and the Neopaque colors meant for dark fabrics.

Some come with questions and check out these awesome textile paints at ARCH!
Detail of Turquoise Lumiere paint over Neopaque White on Black Fabric

Mother's Day is This Sunday May 11th

ARCH has great gift ideas for every mom this Mother's Day. Find the perfect card to give mom or purchase supplies to make your very own personalized note. We've got a variety of designs to choose from.

Want to get Mom something pretty? We've got a great selection of necklaces and jewelry from Tashi, Amano Studio and more. Come by and check out our simple, modern selection of earrings, necklaces, and other accessories.

ARCH has a great selection of Mother's Day cards, soaps, jewelry, and accessories. If you're looking for another great gift idea for a San Francisco mom, pick up a Limited Edition City Sketch Kit, inspired by Illustrator Wendy MacNaughton's favorite art supplies from her new book, Meanwhile in San Francisco: The City in Its Own Words.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Wendy MacNaughton City Sketch Kit Available at ARCH

Illustrator Wendy MacNaughton and ARCH have developed a Limited Edition Sketch Kit featuring some of Wendy's favorite art materials as used in her new book, Meanwhile in San Francisco: The City in Its Own Words. It is available exclusively at ARCH for $49.95 (normal retail value of $75) and contains:

-A copy of Meanwhile in San Francisco: The City in Its Own Words
-A 9"x12" Super Deluxe Mixed Media Sketchbook
-A .05mm Sakura Micron Pen
-And a Winsor Newton Cotman Travel Watercolor Set

The kit is packaged in an Otto tote bag, featuring an Otto illustration and lettering by Wendy. We also offer the tote bags on their own for $15.95.

Saturday, May 3, 2014

Crunch Week! Extended Store Hours and More!!

It's finals time and ARCH has extended store hours 9am - 8pm, Monday the 5th thru Friday May 9th. We have stocked up on all you need for all your finals needs.

  • Basswood, Plywood and Hardwoods
  • Tacky Glue, Zap-a-Gap, Loctite
  • Gallery Pins and Numbered Map Tacks
  • Presentation and Model Making Boards
Did we mention we have FREE coffee courtesy of our friends at Farleys, homemade cookies and a friendly and knowledgable staff who are here to help you to the finish of this mad dash!

Good luck students!!