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.

>>>>>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 07/08/2017. 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.

New To Stock: Sennelier Abstract Acrylic Paint

As we continue to expand our stock we knew we wanted to add a better quality, student grade acrylic paint. Sennelier makes premium lines of colors and we have heard good reviews about their new Abstract acrylics.

Meeting the stringent quality demands that Sennelier paints guarantees, these paints have a creamy-to-thick consistency and handle well with brush, palette knife or straight out of the package.

Let's talk about the packaging! These come in a unique bag with clear fronts so you can see the actual colors of the paints. You won't waste any paint as you can squeeze every last bit out and the unique nozzle prevents air from getting in which can cause paints to dry up.

Abstract is composed of 34 single pigment colors 
among the range's 60 shades
  • 36 Satin Finish Colors
  • 12 High Gloss Colors
  • 6 Iridescent Colors
  • 6 Fluorescent Colors

Come in and try them out. We would love to know what you think!

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

New To Stock: Fredrix Pro Dixie Stretched Canvas

Introducing our latest line of canvas, the Fredrix Pro Series Dixie Cotton Canvas.  Each canvas is built using kiln-dried stretcher bars to ensure maximum tension and security in hanging.  Stretched with 12 oz. cotton duck canvas, the Pro Series Dixie canvas is suitable for all skill levels, from personal projects up through museum-quality work. These canvases are back stapled and feature a 1-3/8" deep gallery profile.

12oz cotton duck offers a heavier weave which will hold up better to larger brush stokes, a heavy hand, humidity and other studio environments, more so than a student grade 7oz or 5oz cotton duck. 12oz cotton duck is also more affordable than premium pre-stretched linen canvas.

A unique feature of the Pro Series Dixie canvas is the double-primed, acid free titanium gesso used on the canvas.  This surface creates a high-quality ground that maximizes the vibrancy of your pigments and physicality of your paint strokes. These can be gessoed further or are ready for oil, acrylic or alkyd right out out of the packaging.

We are stocking sizes up to 60"x72" and we offer same day delivery within most neighborhoods in San Francisco starting at just $17. Live just outside of the city and need delivery? Give us a call at 415-433-2724 for a quote.

For a limited time we have some of the most popular sizes on SALE at 50% OFF list prices.

16x20 Fredrix Pro Dixie
List: $55.00 
ARCH: $35.75
On SALE: $22.50

24x30 Fredrix Pro Dixie
List: $81.25
ARCH: $52.18  
On SALE: $40.63

24x36 Fredrix Pro Dixie
List: $91.50 
ARCH: $59.48
On SALE: $45.75

30x40 Fredrix Pro Dixie
List: $113.94
ARCH: $74.06
On SALE: $56.97

36x36 Fredrix Pro Dixie
List: $120.25
ARCH: $78.16
On SALE: $60.13

36x48 Fredrix Pro Dixie
List: $138.56
ARCH: $90.06
On SALE: $69.28

48x48 Fredrix Pro Dixie
List: $172.91
ARCH: $112.39  
On SALE: $86.46

Sale prices are good now through May 31, 2017. Come in to ARCH and check them out for yourself!

Monday, May 8, 2017

New To Stock: Artist Studio Easels

When it comes to studio easels, there are a ton of options available. We here at ARCH thought long and hard about the qualities our customers in The Bay Area would be looking for in an easel.


We knew quality would be of utmost importance. We looked for American made brands, with vendors we knew we could trust. Pricing is another important factor in this decision. Good quality brands may be on the higher side, but they don't need to break the bank. Finally, we took into consideration the footprint and store-ability of the easels. In towns like San Francisco and Oakland artists are not often afforded the luxury of a separate studio.

Classic Dulce Easel
This American-Made studio easel is designed to provide the artist with the most stable unit at a low price. Its sturdy H-frame construction and laminated quad base offer superior strength and stability. It adjusts easily to a variety of custom settings for working seated or standing.
List Price: $510
ARCH Price: $329.50
ON SALE: $289.00

Deluxe Lobo Easel

Built of solid oak, this quad base easel is perfect for the mixed media painter. It is inexpensive, compact but sturdy, reliable and very flexible. Can be used vertically for sketching or painting, and in just seconds can be adjusted to a horizontal position for watercolor, gessoing or varnishing. Plus, the Deluxe Lobo features a built in shelf for supplies or books.
List Price: $400
ARCH Price: $282.46
ON SALE: $239.00

You can get these easels on sale through 05/31/2017 or while supplies last. The sale price is limited to the stock we have on hand so hurry in!

Thursday, May 4, 2017

New To Stock: M. Graham Watercolor and Gouache

We are pleased to announce that we now carry the full lines of watercolor and gouache paints from M. Graham. Using honey cultivated in the Pacific Northwest as a binder, M.Graham paints have a rich palette that wets easily and disperses exceptional amounts of pigment.

We asked Armando to try them out and he fell in love. Read his rave review below:

Graham is an artist quality paint with great color intensity and saturation. Because of the honey content, it reactivates easily when dried on your travel or permanent palette.

Because graham focuses strongly on single pigment, with the exception of a few premix colors. Color theory mixing is seamless and colors stay intense and rich when working from light to dark values. Their colors also have a incredible tinting strength, making it the ideal paint for those wanting rich luminous color through glazing.

Because of the pigment load in these paints, a little goes a long way, especially for wet on wet painters. The colors bleed smoothly, making gradients a pleasurable experience with these paints.

Overall I strongly recommend M. Graham for those wanting rich smooth colors that deliver a pinch of saturation. But, can also be diluted with out diminishing return in color strength.

M. Graham gouache and water color are 40% Off List price everyday. Through the month of May, if you buy any three M. Graham gouache colors you will get a FREE 5oz Naphthol Red M. Graham Gouache tube. Want to stock up on the water colors? Buy any three M. Graham Watercolors and receive a FREE 5oz Phthalocyanine Blue Graham Watercolor tube.

The FREE tubes are only good while supplies last and/or through 05/31/2017. So hurry in and try these out today!

Thursday, March 23, 2017

New Water Soluble Kuretake Pens

Paige is our resident guru on pens. I asked her to feature some of her new favorites. It was hard to narrow down, so she decided to feature a number of the new water soluble Kuretake pens we have brought it.

Each of these pens is available in-store to try out.

Fine bristle tip great for extra fine to thick line weights. 
Comes with two ink cartridges. 
Refillable and water soluble.

Available in a wide variety of colors. 
Fine bristle brush tip good for fine to thick line weights. 
Water soluble but not refillable.

Small flexible felt tip pen good for a variety of medium weight lines. 
Comes with two ink cartridges. 
Refillable and water soluble.

Dual felt tip- one small and rigid for fine lines, the other big and flexible for a variety of expressive line weights. 
Water soluble but not refillable.

Extra fine flexible felt tip capable of hairline mark making and fine lines. 
Water soluble but not refillable.

Come in and try these pens out yourself and thanks for supporting your local art supply store!

New To Stock: Noodler's Ink

We have been adding a lot of new items to our inventory since our big move to Carolina street. We’re very proud to announce the arrival of a long awaited item: Noodler’s Ink!

Noodler’s Ink offers high quality ink for fountain pen and fine art use. They are famous for their low cost-to-volume pricing and unique color selection. Customers have been asking us about Noodler’s for a long time, so we were especially excited to see this shipment arrive.

Made in the USA, Noodler’s Ink is 100% handmade and locally sourced whenever possible. Distinct names like “Dragon’s Napalm”, “Heart of Darkness”, and “Blue Nose Bear” are paired with wild imagery on each bottle. Noodler’s claim to fame comes from the interesting properties that are specific to each ink. They stock inks that are waterproof, UV resistant, anti-feathering, freeze-resistant and even “bulletproof”. (Bulletproof is a Noodler’s term for waterproof, bleach proof, lightfast, and archival qualities). The Noodler’s Black, now in stock, is an example of one of these “bulletproof” inks.

We are currently stocking 8 of the Noodler’s inks with plans to bring in more of their exclusive colors. Come check them out today!

Thursday, March 9, 2017

The AlumiDrafter

Invented by a practicing architect, the AlumiDrafter gives designers all the advantages of a traditional triangular scale, but in a flat and ultra-portable new shape. This multi-use tool allows you to measure and scale drawings as well as create precise circles, arcs, angles and triangles — with more calibration that the standard triangle scale. The durable photo anodized finish guarantees that measurements won't rub off.

Calibrations include 16, (1/8, 1/4), (1 1/2, 3), 1/16, (3/32, 3/16), (1/2, 1), (3/4, 3/8) and 1/3.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

New To Stock - Xiem Scuplting Tools

We're very excited here at ARCH for the arrival of Xiem Tools, a fantastic line of high quality tools for clay artists. Founded in California, Xiem Tools pair enjoyable design with quality execution. We're now stocking a selection of Xiem Tools including scoring tools, soft & firm ribs, ribbon sculpting tools, texture combs, precision applicators and a lot more!

The scoring, ribbon, and stylus tools feature a comfortable, brightly colored body and durable metal head. When held, each tool has a nice weight that matches its quality construction.

The ribs and combs come in a variety of sizes, shapes and firmness levels to match your project needs. They are available in sets as well as individuals.

Xiem Tools are versatile enough to be used in all kinds of clay art including throwing and hand-building. Try them out on precious metal clay, polymer clay, Sculpey, earthenware and stoneware clay!

The Xiem Precision Applicator is an ideal tool for ceramic glazing, slip-trailing, fine detailing, writing, wax-resisting, painting and many other liquid decorating techniques. This set includes the applicator and a variety of precision tips.

Made to last and easy to use, Xiem Tools provide simple solutions for clay artists looking for high quality tools for projects of all kinds. Come check them out at ARCH today!

Monday, January 30, 2017

New To Stock - Dr. Ph. Martin's Radiant Concentrated Watercolors

We are testing out 6 colors from Dr. Martin's Radiant Concentrated Watercolors. These inks are produced in an extremely concentrated form to achieve the greatest possible brilliance. Each liquid color comes in an iconic 0.5 oz (15 ml) glass bottle package with its own eyedropper.

Currently we are stocking Lemon Yellow, Scarlet, True Blue, Slate Blue, Tobacco Brown and Black. If we sense the demand is there, we hope to bring in the full line. We have them set up for you to give them a try in-store.

Dr. Ph. Martin's colors are primarily formulated for use in graphic arts work on paper surfaces intended for reproduction (e.g. cartooning, illustration, and other graphic arts), and are especially popular for airbrushing. Like all aniline dye base colors, they are fugitive when exposed to direct sunlight over time.

Here is a quick video for you to see these in action.
Come in and try out these watercolor inks today!

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Back To School Sale at ARCH - Ends 02/11/17

Back to school is right around the corner. We have been adding new items to our inventory and have created some great deals on staple products students and professionals use every day.

Select Staedtler Mars Products - 30% OFF List
We have some of our favorite products from Staedtler Mars on sale. Select compasses, lead holders and lead pointers are 30% off MSRP.

Gamblin 1980 Oil Colors - All 40% OFF List Price
Already a popular and affordable option for oil painters; we have the full line of 150ml and 37ml tubes on sale!

Robert Simmons Signet Brushes - All 50% OFF List Price
Ideal for acrylic and oil painters, these brushes use high quality Chungking hog bristle with an interlocked weave to ensure a controlled stroke and permanent shape over years of rigorous use.

On Sale - Art Alternatives 1 Gallon White GessoOnly $34.99
An affordable gesso, made even more so. Get 'em while we got 'em!

All 18x24 Newsprint Pads - 40% OFF List Price
Smooth or Rough, Strathmore or Canson; if it is newsprint, shaped 18x24 and comes in a pad, it is on sale at ARCH!

Please stop in this month! We have even more on sale and many new products to check out. Our new store is located in Potrero Hill in San Francisco. We are just beyond the end of the road at 10 Carolina. We have plenty off of street customer parking (we share the parking with Larry's towing) and we are open late on weekdays until 7:30pm.

The fine print: This sale takes place 01/09/2017 through 02/11/2017. 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.