one of my all time favourite shops in london, l. cornelissen stocks art materials, but not just like your regular art shop, its a specialist in all types of mediums, from inks, to watercolours, to gouache etc…. there are bottles, jars, tins, tubes of everything that you would ever need. the problem is that i dont even know what you use most of the things for! its definitely a place for inspiring your creativity – i bought some lovely pastels, in their gorgeous boxes, you feel that they are themselves an art piece and will try them out in the large choice of sketch books that they have in stock. what a brilliant present to buy somebody interested in art, a starter kit in drawing or painting with a lovely notebook – perfect for any young teenager or for someone to inspire them to start drawing!
I recently discovered another lovely shop – art shops seem to be curiousity shops that you can spend hours in – Stuart Stevenson on Clerkenwell Road.
I have only ever bought online from them, but Jackson’s art shop has a good choice too.
Great Art has a wide range of ready made linen oil canvasses as well as all the usual art materials, plus its opposite my favourite Vietnamese restaurant.
i recently joined a Chinese painting class and started painting these flowers – you just need a roll of rice paper, a couple of good brushes and a bottle of ink; watercolours are easy to do too, you dont need much space, you just need a brush and a few colours and water …… I find a need a class to get me started – I always have good intentions, but actually joining a class really makes you get up and have a go!