Good quality art supplies are a joy to use, and can enrich the work of even the most nervous beginner. I love visiting these places and just browsing the shelves. I always find inspiration in the materials. If you're sick of shopping at the big chain craft stores, always coming away with a product that's second best, why not give these art supply stores a try?
Senior Art Supplies has a fantastic range of paints
Senior Art SuppliesSenior Art Supplies is a top quality art supplies store located in Melbourne CBD, Malvern and Frankston. They stock a large array of paints, pastels and sketchbooks. They also have a small selection of art books for sale. Their prices can be high, but the quality of the products is worth the price. You can order products online, or click here for store locations.
Deans Art SuppliesDeans Art Supplies sells both student- and professional-quality materials. They typically have a larger range of products than Senior Art Supplies, as they cater to a wider market. At Deans, you can get calligraphy pens, lettraset kits, and other design supplies. You can, of course, also obtain art and framing supplies. Deans is usually moderately priced. Click here for store locations.
EckersleysEckersleys, like Deans, sell a mixture of student and professional art and craft supplies. They are one of the largest art supplies retailers in Australia, and they cater to a general market. Their prices are reasonable, but you are unlikely to find specialised materials there. They also provide services such as canvas stretching and easel hire. Click here for store locations.
Melbourne Artists' Supplies
Melbourne Artists' Supplies is located at 34 Little LaTrobe Street, Melbourne, 3000. They stock a good supply of printmaking and watercolour papers, as well as mountboard, cardboards and foamcore. They also sell patterned papers and a small array of bookbinding supplies. They cater to both students and professionals, and give a student discount to anyone with a valid concession card.
Neil Wallace Printmaking SuppliesNeil Wallace Printmaking Supplies is a major retailer of professional-quality printmaking materials. You can find a large selection of papers and inks, as well as plates for etching and linocuts. You can get various tools for printmaking as well. Also available are a good selection of professional-quality paints, journals, and other art supplies. Neil Wallace Printmaking Supplies is located at 44-46 Greeves St, Fitzroy, 3065. You can also shop online.
Those are my top five art supply stores in Melbourne. If you know of any other good locations, let me know in a comment, and share it with everyone.
St. Lukes in Smith St by far the best in Melbourne!
By Anonymous Thursday, 17th of May @ 09:39 am
Around the corner from Neil Wallace's is Melbourne Etching Supplies in St. David Street Fitzroy, by far one of my favourite art supply specialty stores. The staff are very helpful, a printmakers paradise! Check it out.
By Anonymous Sunday, 20th of May @ 07:21 pm
West Art Supplies on Buckley St, Footscray
By zygo. - reader Sunday, 26th of February @ 12:30 pm