ALL that has changed. A lovely little shop called Hillsdale Art Supply Company just opened in my neighborhood and I couldn't be happier. The first time I visited the shop I met one of the shop owners, Denise, who won my daughter over when she allowed Aria to sit at the big art table to paint some sticks.
I've been keeping my eye on their Facebook page because every month they offer a series of art classes. When I saw that they were offering an encaustic (wax collage) class I nearly squealed in excitement. I've wanted to try my hand at encaustic for a very long time. In addition, one of my dearest friends Tina just graduated from a doctoral program (Woohoo Tina!!) and I thought it might make a great graduation gift. After ensuring she had the day free, I signed us both up for the course.
|L: Wine and collage materials. Top R: An encaustic paining by the lovely instructor Amy Stoner. Bottom R: Tina preps the first layer of her wax collage.|
|Top L: Glorious papers, Bottom L: Little drawers full of handmade notebooks and fun erasers, Top R: Shelf of recycled art and collage materials, Bottom R: Paper, paper, and more paper|
So what sort of art supplies can a person hope to find at this wonderful little store? There are all sorts of paper goodness, paint brushes, paints, canvases, and little trinkets that I think would make great collage or jewelry pieces. Then there are colored pencils and fun erasers, sharpies, and glue. One of my favorite things about the store is that they also buy and sell used art supplies so you can find some seriously great deals if you do a little digging.
|Top L: Sweet little children's art smocks, Bottom L: Sharpies in every size imaginable, Top R: Beads, small glass vials, slides, Bottom R: ric rac and twine|