Monday, October 2, 2017

Draw More this October!

Artist Jake Parker created the Inktober drawing challenge back in 2009. Began as way to encourage the practice of his inking and drawing skills, the annual event now draws thousands of submissions each year on Instagram by artists of all ages and skill levels.

How do you participate in Inktober? 

1) Make a drawing in ink.

2) Post it online

3) Hashtag it with #inktober and #inktober2017

4) Repeat

We love this drawing challenge and many of us on staff will be participating. If you’re planning to take part in Inktober you have the chance to win a $50 ARCH gift card! As you post your Inktober art on Instagram, tag @archsupplies and make sure to use the official Inktober hashtags. We’ll announce the prize winner after October 31.

Want to check out some of our favorite pen and ink supplies? We have put together a curated kit with some of our top recommended tools at a sweet deal to help get you going!
Check out the ARCH Pen and Ink Set

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

New To Stock: M. Graham Oil Paints (plus, New Wave Glass Posh Palettes)

We have been looking to add options in our oil colors category. Recently, we brought in M. Graham Watercolors and Gouache and in reviewing and receiving feedback we are please to announce we have added M. Graham Oil paints to our stock.

M. Graham Oils offer great value with high quality. Using walnut oil as it's binder, in lieu of linseed oil, M. Graham Oils are created in a tradition that dates back to old masters from the Renaissance. The paints have an incredibly high pigment load, offer vibrant colors and a super smooth consistency.

Lets talk more about the binder they use; Walnut oil does not have the same strong odor that comes with most other linseed oil based paints. You can also clean your brushes with walnut oil. It provides a peace of mind to painting in tight studio spaces, as many of us do in the Bay Area.

New to Stock: New Wave Posh Palettes

A nice addition to any oil painters studio is a glass palette.

New Wave Posh palettes are made in the USA with 1/8" tempered glass. These are strong enough to mull paints on and are available with a gray, white or clear background. One of the more ingenious elements to the design is they are sized perfectly to fit into Masterson palette boxes. This allows you to seal your paints overnight and still get the ease of clean up a glass palette provides.

We are currently stocking these in 9x12 and 12x16 and we also have the matching Masterson boxes for purchase.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Review: David tries out De Atramentis Document Ink

We are excited to announce that we are now stocking select colors of the De Atramentis Document Inks from Germany. We handed a few off to illustrator, artist and ARCHie, David Tenorio to play with and review. He came away impressed. Check out his review and a short video he made working with these inks:

After hearing many requests from our customers, we’re really happy to bring in a new fountain pen ink: De Atramentis Document Ink. This hand-made ink is created from historical recipes using high quality European dyes. Coming all the way from Germany, De Atramentis Ink comes highly recommended from a number of urban sketchers and calligraphers.

I was immediately impressed with the rich quality of color as well as the amount of shading this ink produces. Across all brands, I have noticed only a select number of inks have a "shading" quality in which the ink color varies in mark depending on how much is deposited. The De Atramentis lays down nicely and produces a variety of values.

With a brush, the ink has a very rich hue when washed out. I think this ink would be amazing just to paint with in addition to how great it's been in fountain pen and loaded on a dip pen. 


One of the best features of this ink is that it is completely waterproof! Many inks claim to be waterproof only to smudge or run a bit. The De Atramentis has been successfully tested with watercolor and Copic marker and has had zero smearing. This makes De Atramentis a perfect ink for urban sketching and illustration.

If you're at all interested in calligraphy or working with ink in your art, I HIGHLY recommend adding De Atramentis to your collection. At ARCH we are currently stocking 37ml bottles in Black, Grey, Red and Brown, stop by and we’ll be happy to show you swatches of this exceptional ink.


Tuesday, August 15, 2017

New To Stock - Muslin, Pattern Paper & More for Fashion Design

Now at ARCH you can find staple needs for your fashion studio.

By popular demand we have sourced an unbleached, medium weight muslin, 48" length and sold by the yard. Featuring a "plain weave" crisscross pattern, this durable and affordable fabric is perfect for test fitting.

We are now stocking Pattern Paper, aka Oak Tag in 48" length and sold by the yard. Pattern Papers allow for easy cutting. It lays flat, has durable yet smooth edges, cut and folds perfectly, and are able to be written on with ease.

And check it out: Rolls of Pro Guide Marking Paper 48"x10yd. Pro Guide marking papers are used in cutting and design rooms throughout the world. This sturdy 35lb marking papers allow for multiple uses. Some of the features:

  • Medium thickness with matte finish
  • Ideal for Blueline Marker copying
  • Alpha-Numeric design with + marks every two inches
  • 1/4 yard edge marks
In addition, we carry pins, needles, cutters, Copic Sketch markers and much much more for fashion students and professionals.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Back To School Sale - On Now!

Check out our sale flyer to see some of the choice deals we have during back-to-school. Visit the store to see even more. Great deals on Newsprint, Sketchbooks, Painting Mediums and much, much more!

We Are Stocked and Ready for Back-To-School
Plenty of Off-Street Parking 
Student and Faculty Discount with ID
Shop Your Local Source for Back-To-School!

Friday, July 14, 2017

Schmincke Horadam Limited Edition 12 Half-Pan Watercolor Tin

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We are excited to announce receipt of the Schmincke Horadam Limited Edition 12 Half-Pan Watercolor Tin: 12 super moist Horadam colors chosen by artist, Marilyn Garber, founder of the Minnesota School of Botanical Art and past President & Vice President of the American Society of Botanical Artists. Marilyn's palette contains four of the brand new colors, introduced just this year in celebration of the 125th anniversary of the invention of Schmincke's Horadam Watercolors.

This exclusive Horadam 1/2 pan watercolor set has been produced by Schmincke in collaboration with iAMart, a national organization whose membership of independent art materials dealers is dedicated to the support of artists in their local business community.

Armando brought in his set to show us the richness of the colors
By supporting iAMart member stores, such as ARCH, you are ensuring continued vitality of your local art community, and investing in the health of your local economy.

Pairs nicely with a Black Velvet Silver Brush (not included with set)
We have very limited stock on these and once they sell out we won't be able to restock. Hurry in and get yours today!

Thursday, July 13, 2017

New To Stock - Art Alternatives Cradled Wood Panels

More durable than canvas, wood panels resist flexing or warping, making them great for painting, especially thick, heavy applications and palette knife work, as well as encaustic, mixed media and craft use as a shadow box, frame or tray. The 4mm hand-sanded birch wood surface is smooth for detailed work and mounting.

The sturdy pine cradle adds support and allows for hanging without a frame. Available in two profile depths: Studio panels have a 3/4" deep profile and Gallery panels have a 1-1/2" deep profile. We are stocking a large assortment of sizes in both profiles.

It's important to prime and seal wood panels for painting. Looking for advice on prepping wood panels? Read up on the why and how from this article on JustPaint.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Traveling With Your Supplies

Summertime is travel time. Visiting a new place is a great time to get inspired. We always recommend have a sketchbook and some of your favorites tools at the ready, but we recognize the need to pack lightly.

I asked Caryn for some her thoughts on packing economically while traveling. Check out some of her ideas below.

On your next trip take along a compact watercolor travel palette. Sakura Koi Watercolor sets are a great place to start.

Only 4x6" - Perfect for Travel
The set of 12 pans is small enough to fit in a pocket with mixing space built into the lid - Ideal when space is at a premium.

Mixing palette, paints, rinse sponges, water brush and a Fluid Watercolor Block. The additional travel brush is loaded with Walnut ink.
The set of 24 pans can be paired with a 4x6 Fluid Watercolor block or Strathmore Postcard Watercolor pad which fits right into the lid that can double as an easel. In addition, there is a detachable palette that provides extra mixing space.

TIP: Pre-stamp postcards or buy interesting stamps abroad and mail friends or family scenes from your trip. Snail Mail is still a great way to stay in touch!!

All sets come with a water brush which eliminates the need for a separate water container. Just fill the brush reservoir with water and squeeze to wet the brush tip. When you need to clean the brush, squeeze more water into the tip and dab on the provided cleaning sponge. My preferred method is to bring along a single paper towel or napkin to clean up. Either way, you're good to go.

You can buy additional travel brushes, with various tip sizes as well.

TIP: Fill some of your additional brushes with a permanent india ink to use as a base for your painting or fill it with a water-soluble ink to create interesting washes. I like the Walnut Ink by Tom Norton. It's a rich, light shade of brown that you can layer to increase tone. 

These ideas also translate well if your studio happens to be your home. We know how pressed for space we all are in the Bay Area. Don't let that stifle your creativity! 

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Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Summer Sale On Now!

Have you visited our new store on Carolina Street? In addition to our continued effort to grow our stock, we have put together a summer sale with great ideas for summer travel, quiet studio time and birthday gift giving.

SALE ENDS 07/21/2017

>>>>>Plenty of FREE off Street Parking<<<<< 
>>>>>Open M-F until 7:30pm! Saturdays Noon-5pm<<<<<

Daniel Smith 15ml Extra Fine Water Colors and Sticks
On Sale 40% OFF List

ARCHES 22x30 Water Color Papers on Sale!
Buy in bulk - SAVE MORE!
90, 140 and 300lb single sheets and bulk packs. Available in Hot and Cold Press

Save on Caran d'Ache Water-soluble Sets
Caran d'Ache Supracolor Pencils Sets and Neocolor II sets are all marked down. The tins are perfect for travel or urban sketching expeditions. We have open stock available to try in-store.
Supracolor 12 piece set ARCH price: $31.32 - On SALE $25.95
Supracolor 18 piece set ARCH price: $46.98 - On SALE $32.95
Supracolor 30 piece set ARCH price: $78.30 - On SALE $64.95

Neocolor II 10 piece set ARCH price: $21.47 - On SALE $16.95
Neocolor II 15 piece set ARCH price: $32.22 - On SALE $25.95
Neocolor II 30 piece set ARCH price: $64.31 - On SALE $49.19

Gift Idea for Grad, Dad or Birthdays!
SALE on Sakura Koi Travel Watercolor Set
This is a staff favorite for its portability and economy. Each set comes with a Koi water brush, sponge and palette. Fits comfortably in a backpack and is good for beginners to the advanced water colorist. This would make a great Father's Day or Birthday gift!
12 pan set ARCH price: $21.19 - On SALE $17.97
18 pan set ARCH price: $26.79 - On SALE $22.33
24 pan set ARCH price: $31.61 - On SALE $26.33

New Product! - Sennelier Abstract Acrylic Paints
On Sale 40% OFF List

Go Big and Save!
32oz - Gamblin Gamsol - 40% OFF List

Fredrix Pro Dixie Canvas
Select Sizes 50% OFF List

We have even more deals in-store, plenty of parking and demo stations of some of our favorite products. If you have not yet paid a visit, it is time to get re-acquainted with ARCH. Your continued support of locally owned businesses helps keep San Francisco unique.

Source your materials locally at ARCH!

The fine print: This sale takes place 06/03/2017 through 07/21/2017. Sale prices applicable for in-stock items only; no special orders or back orders. No further discounts applicable to sale items. See store for more details.