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Pick big branches of fine beech for your home. Festoon with satin, silk and velvet ribbons in plum, ruby and burnt orange and trim with gilded leaves and stars. Once Christmas is over all of your buds will open to welcome spring.  £12-15 from the Chapel

Anything can be exponentially improved with lavish papers and ribbons. Khadi Lokta Papers are handmade in the Himalayan foothills and come in natural and jewel colours. This year we love burnt oranges and Indian pinks. Swathe in ruched ribbons. Ribbons from 65p a metre.  Khadi Lokta Paper £1

Gild anything with Rub ‘n Buff carnuba wax pigment, which looks as close to the real thing as anything we’ve found and is a joy to apply with a brush, cloth or even just your finger. Rub ‘n Buff Metallic Wax Base Tube £7.49  

Create stars, wreaths and hearts out of green branches from your garden and hang with fairy lights to create an understated magical effect.

At The Art Shop we have assembled our own drawing kits, easily portable in canvas rolls, and available to buy online. Here are 3 to choose from…

Botanical Starter Kit We were so impressed with the very informative and inspiring book  ‘Botanical Painting with Coloured pencils‘ by the illustrator Ann Swan, an essential for beginners, that we have used her palette to make up this starter kit of Polychromos Artists’ Colour Pencils. For a really special gift, our Ultimate Kit includes the coloured greys and includes a botanical pad.

Ultimate Drawing Roll – There are so many drawing materials to choose from we have selected everything you need, with different grades of pencils to suit every style. ‘H’ for hardness used for fine detail, ‘B’ for blackness for texture and tonal range.

Selection of Artist’s Coloured Pencils – A very versatile palette of colours, suitable for landscape, still life and even design work. An excellent alternative to the limitations of using colours in spectrum order that can be found in manufacturers tins. Polychromos Artists’ Colour Pencils have particularly soft wax leads, based on pure pigments. They are lightfast, water resistant and smudge proof.

All our ranges of pencils and the canvas roll can be bought individually, so you can make up your own kit!

We believe jewellery should be extraordinarily made and insouciantly compliment its wearer. Our makers are masters of their materials with a spirited spin. Choose a hand-made piece to wear from jewellers who play with acrylic, porcelain and precious metals.


Mizuki Takahashi’s enamel jewellery are etched in black scraffito and hung on long pendants to create an elegant understatement.

Marlene McKibbin’s bangles and earrings are made from clear acrylic and infused with colour that catch light and reflect it on its wearer.

Uncomplicated and satisfying, Syann van Niftrik’s organic shapes in beaten silver draw freely from the environment in an intuitive and elemental way.

 

 

4 of our top book picks at the Chapel, great gifts for all ages…

A CHILDREN’S BOOK – Anatomy: A Cutaway Look Inside the Human Body £18.95
A huge, gloriously informative book for curious children!

A MAGAZINE – Soon £10
The brainchild of the daughter of abstract painter Helen Booth (exhibitor at The Art Shop), SOON is a celebration of ‘the art of making something out of nothing’.

A NOVEL – The Theoretical Foot by M. F. K. Fisher £8.99
‘I do not know of anyone in the United States who writes better prose’, W. H. Auden wrote of Fisher. This exuberant tale of suspended morals in Lake Geneva in the 1930s is the perfect antidote to a wet Wales in winter.

AN ART BOOK – The Art of Winnie-the-Pooh: How E. H. Shephard Illustrated an Icon £25
Packed full of exquisite drawings and photographs, this volume reveals anecdotes and images of a heartfelt creative process.

…of course there are lots more titles to choose from for adults and children on our bookshelves at the Chapel.

 

Inspiring gifts for that hard person to choose for and out of the ordinary stocking fillers.

Festive and warming preserves and sweets to wrap up and take home.

Sumptuous art materials and books to fire up creative children.

More than cards… give a little bit of theatre this Christmas…

 

Produce from our larder – boxes, bottles & jars of festive edible delights

Pollock’s Toy Theatre shadow cards & wrappings

Children’s Corner  – illustrated story & activity books for all ages

Winter exhibition of paintings, drawings, jewellery, ceramics & textiles

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Dip Pen Nib Set

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G. Lalo Writing Paper set with Kaweco Pocket Fountain Pen

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Sennelier Ink & Dip Pen

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Printmaking Set (Lino, Roller, Cutting Tools & Ink)

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Isabey Isacryl Cats Tongue Brush Set for Oils & Acrylics

We have put together small sets and selections to make your shopping easy!

Of course these are just a few ideas… if you have someone particular in mind, why not ask us to tailor make a kit or set just for them from the vast array of materials available at The Art Shop & Chapel. Not just for artists but anyone who appreciates really good quality products.

Alongside our specialist artists’ materials we have writing paper, fountain pen and calligraphy sets, books for everyone, collections of papers (handmade Indian and Japanese for example), wrapping papers, cards, calendars and lots more.

Visit us at The Art Shop or online.

*Not forgetting at the Chapel, on Market Street you’ll find a whole section just for children

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Make your own garlands from brightly coloured, vibrant Crepe Papers threaded together with ribbons or gold twine. Gild real apples with antique gold wax ‘Rub & Buff‘, cut stars from black paper and touch up with gold.

You’ll find plenty of ideas and all the materials you need at The Art Shop  and at the Chapel.
Or visit our online shop