Spring is FINALLY here! (Okay, so far it’s been more like summer, but it’s better than The-Winter-That-Would-Not-End) It’s finally time to get outside for some Plein air painting! We’re having a plein-air-centric Spring Sale to celebrate the lovely weather and encourage everyone to get out there and paint! This sale continues ’til June 21st, so there’s time to try all kinds of different plein air techniques. Here are some details on what products are on sale, and why you should get excited: … More Plein Air Spring Sale Product Spotlight!
The Many Uses of Vintage Pantone Papers- Back in the day, in the 1970s and 80s, computers were not ubiquitous. Designers needed ways to control colors and gradients in their artwork, without the aid of Adobe programs. This is where Pantone Paper came in…When computers rose to prominence, we were often left with a huge stock of Pantone papers. They are beautiful, useful, interesting, and historical, and we’d love to get some of these papers into the hands of an adoring public again. … More The Many Uses of Vintage Pantone Papers
We’re shining a spotlight on some of our store’s unsung heroes: the Framing Department. Our framers do most of their hard work out of sight, in the frame shop, and we want to let everyone know how good they are! All of our skilled framers have the training and the talent to preserve and display … More Meet Our Custom Framers!
Curation in the art world involves the selection and organization of works of art for display. It requires careful attention, mindfulness, and thoughtful decision-making. Art curators choose what will appear in a show or exhibit, and decide which pieces will go where. Choosing where something will go can be as important as choosing what pieces … More Curate Your Life
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
Framing a canvas is different from framing a photo or a work of art on paper. There are specific techniques and considerations for stretching and framing canvases, and it’s important to have an understanding of what those things entail. On a canvas, framing acts as embellishment, protection, and a method for display, and properly stretching … More Intro to Framing Canvas
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
“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