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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!

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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

Delft Blue Icons by Pepe Heykoop. Paper Vase Cover. £15.

‘Delft Blue Icons’ by Pepe Heykoop. Paper Vase Cover. £15.

Delft Blue Icons by Pepe Heykoop. Paper Vase Cover. £15.

‘Delft Blue Icons’ by Pepe Heykoop. Paper Vase Cover. £15.

Vermeer Milkmaid by Pepe Heykoop. Paper Vase Cover. £18.

‘Vermeer Milkmaid’ by Pepe Heykoop. Paper Vase Cover. £18.

Vermeer Milkmaid by Pepe Heykoop. Paper Vase Cover. £18.

‘Vermeer Milkmaid’ by Pepe Heykoop. Paper Vase Cover. £18.

Vermeer Milkmaid by Pepe Heykoop. Paper Vase Cover. £18.

‘Vermeer Milkmaid’ by Pepe Heykoop. Paper Vase Cover. £18.

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‘Green Gradient’, ‘Grey Gradient’, ‘Canal Houses’ by Pepe Heykoop

Santa’s solution to the perfect stocking filler for lovers of design, this beautiful hand-stitched paper vase cover will fit any empty bottle. It is adjusted in size by rolling up the paper and the triangular structure allows it to mould around the bottle. The paper vase comes flat packed in a matching envelope. The whole package is the perfect gift for the discerning lover of good design.

Made by a small Netherlands based company this unique design was Winner of the Interior Innovation Award 2013, considered one of the most renowned design awards worldwide.

The vases are made in Mumbai, India, as part of a charity set up to help a specific community living on the streets. The ambition is to lift this small community out of poverty to become self-supporting.

Click here to buy online.

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Relief prints by Cornelia O’Donovan

Back in stock, all our bestselling printmaking equipment including inks, rollers, vinyl, lino and cutting tools.

Invest in a good quality roller like this Abig Heavyweight Beech Handled Roller and it will last you forever. Brilliant shades of 15 Schmincke Linoprint Colours are available to overprint and intermix as you wish. Our Japanese Double-Sided Vinyl is a soft easy to cut surface that can be used to print on fabric as well as handmade and printmaking papers. All available online.

Of course we still stock large 300ml tubes of Seawhites Block Printing Ink, very affordable, not flat, matt and dead, but a good quality water-based ink for the student and beginner. Available from our shop in Abergavenny only.

Now available from our online shop three of our best selling books on drawing. It is hard to find really good art technique books that explore contemporary practice and process in an inspiring and revealing way. These are our firm favourites…

The Drawing Book by Sarah Simblet – a comprehensive guide for beginner or expert. Will take you through the basics onto more advanced techniques.

‘Drawing Projects – an exploration of the language of drawing’ – the best book around to learn about freedom of expression through mark making.

‘Drawing and Painting People – a Fresh Approach’ – an unpretentious and non-academic approach to drawing and painting. Will allow you to become more expressive and adventurous, building confidence by taking risks.

Find out more at our online shop

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amandas bag 5amandas bagamandas bag 2amandas bag 3amanda caines embroideryJust in time for summer, the Derwent Carry All Bag will hold absolutely everything you need for working outdoors.

Mixed media artist,  Amanda Caines, shows us what she uses hers for…

‘I bought this bag recently thinking it would hold all my pens, paper and perhaps a sketchbook, but it has also taken all my stitchwork, embroidery threads, frames, glasses, small camera, phone and my keys. I am completely self contained, ready for travel… and I can even continue working in bed its so portable!’

See one of Amanda’s embroidery pieces below.  A collection of her jewellery is now on display in our summer show.

We have put together a Carry All Bag Selection of Artists Colour Pencils for our online shop,  an extremely versatile palette of colours with plenty of room to add to. Look at our full range of bespoke kits online, for example…

Botanical Starter Kit

Ultimate Drawing Roll

Roll Selection of Artists Colour Pencils

…or why not make up your own personal kit for traveling this summer.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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‘Cake Book’ a colouring book by Marti Guixe

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Inside ‘Cake Book’

Corraini Edizioni only publishes carefully chosen books through specially selected bookshops.

More than simply a publishing house, Corraini is a workshop open to Italian and international artists, illustrators and designers: a sort of space where tailor-made books and projects see the light, books full of creativity and fantasy.

These are artists books for children…

In Martí Guixé’s Cake Book, desserts are round, cylindrical, multilayered, squashed, chocolate, strawberry, a thousand flavours for you to colour!

See more titles below and visit our online shop for even more books and children’s art materials – good strong coloured paints, kits of crayons and felts, rolls of mixed paper and lots more…

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‘I Keep Changing’ by Bob Gill & Alastair Reid

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‘All the Animals were Angry’ by William Wondriska

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‘Bird Beak Book’ by Oscar Bolton Green