We’ve been around since 1971… And when you’ve been in the art business this long, you see trends come and go, package designs change, and new techniques & technology eclipse those of the past. We’re constantly changing and refreshing our stock to keep up with the times, but we thought we’d take a moment in … More Spotlight on Groovy Vintage Art Supplies!
In the first week of our Holiday Gift Guide, we’re covering what to get for all the creative people in your life, from kids to hobbyists to crafters. This week, we’re going over what to buy the experienced or professional artist in your life who seems to have everything. It can be daunting shopping for … More What To Get For The Artist Who Has Everything
I love cradled wood panels, and I think you should too. Cradled wood panels, usually made of birch plywood affixed to a pinewood frame (called a cradle), are a durable, frugal and versatile alternative to canvases and paper. Wood panels have a rich and exciting history (for instance, the Mona Lisa was painted on a wood … More Wood Panels: I Love Them, & You Should Too!
At Merion Art, we talk to newbies as often as we talk to experienced artists. For every driven creative who comes in with a brand name, size, shape and color, we have someone who comes in asking “I need a brush- how do I even choose?” We speak to countless moms or new students standing, … More Brush Basics
Gesso, GAC 100, rabbit skin glue, priming, sanding, absorbent grounds! Some kind of primer will be the first layer of product on practically any painting and several kinds of drawings, but for something so basic it can become a complicated subject! Additionally, because it is so fundamental, it can often be overlooked. We often talk … More Priming: A Primer
These days most people know it’s good to “Shop Small” or “Think Globally, Shop Locally,” but they don’t always know why. You may buy all organic local vegetables, but don’t know why you’d be better off buying your paints or canvas from a small local store like Merion Art, rather than at a big-box store or online. Here are some reasons why shopping for your art supplies in person, at small, local stores can be good for you, your community, and your wallet, all at the same time. … More Why You Should Shop Small, Local, & In Person For Art Supplies
“While we always recommend talking to your Art Materials Retailer for info on your art supplies, sometimes it’s more effective to go straight to the source. After all, the people who make your favorite art supplies often have an incredibly deep knowledge of the products they develop. Many art supply manufacturers have websites with a wealth of information that can be useful to the artist who reads carefully. Manufacturer websites can also be a great place to find safety sheets, detailed product specifications, project ideas, art communities, specialized apps, and more. Here are a few manufacturer websites which we feel merit special recognition.” … More In Praise of Art Supply Brand Websites
“At Merion Art, we are constantly bringing in new products throughout the year to make sure we’re carrying the most interesting, useful, and up-to-date art supplies. Along with all the logistical changes going on at Merion Art right now, (like the store remodel and a planned outer-facade facelift) we’re also getting in a larger-than-usual surge of exciting new items in the near future, and we want to give our customers a heads up!” … More Exciting New Products, and Why We Chose Them!
“For the savvy artist, shopping for art supplies can be a delicate balancing act. You try to walk the fine line between buying the highest quality materials and going broke. The trick is knowing which items you can save on, and which items to splurge on. We often trade tips about where we can cut corners and how to save money, but what about the other side of the equation? We asked our staff of experienced artists: when buying art supplies, which things do you always recommend spending a little extra money on?” … More “WORTH IT!” What To Prioritize When Buying Art Supplies
Summer is here, and it presents all kinds of exciting opportunities for artists and crafters! Take advantage of the nice weather and time off, and practice the Art of Summer! Here are some suggestions for how to work art into your summer plans, to have a creative season and artistic vacation! … More Practice the Art of Summer!