Saturday, April 26, 2008

Where Do I Get My Art Supplies???

I have my living room packed full of art supplies which actually leaves my family no room to live. I know it's not fair, but I think we need a bigger house or maybe I'd better come up with a better storage system.
Some of my supplies come from Dollar stores which are amazing and have the most extensive collection of products for Scrapbooking and Altered Art. There are also 2 very cool antique malls here in Edmonton that have great supplies of ephemera and odds and ends.
These are stores I go into quite often:
Treasured Memories - 5218 - 86 Street
They have an incredible amount of products, it's well set-up and I manage to always spend too much money there. They have lots of chipboard shapes and most of Tim Holtz stuff and an amazing amount of papers with a great sales bin section.
Scrap-A-Lot - 9218 - 51 Avenue
They have some things Treasured Memories don't and there are lots of embellishments to find.
Western Education Activities - 12006 - 111 Avenue
This store has the largest supplies of rubber stamps and inks in the city. It's awesome. Take lots of money with you.
A good place to get cheap antique books you don't feel guilty about ripping pages out of is The Bookseller at 9562 - 82 Avenue. They have a section in the beginning of the shop where every book is 50 cents and I have bought modern coffee table picture books that were once $45-75.00 all the way to an 1890 almanac with perfect yellowed aged paper. And for 50 cents!
I get my paints (acrylics) at Michaels Crafts.
My framing is done at Colours Art & Framing, 10104 149 St & 10660-105 St in Edmonton.
It is done by the lovely Linda who is the quickest framer and knows her stuff. (She's THE BEST!!!) She is great for picking the right frame for your art piece if you're not sure yourself. I also buy all my canvases there.
As for my online purchases, I have two places where I get really cool stuff at:
Art Chix Studios
Silver Crow Creations
Lastly, I have a huge collection of clip art disks and Dover clip art books with thousands of Victorian pics and other interesting themes. Some were purchased through:
Amazon Books
Chapters Books

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