Trip to Arch Art Supply
The very first stop on my bookbinding-focused trip to San Francisco was Arch Art Supply. The San Francisco Center for the Book (another stop on my trip – details in a future post) recommended Arch as a good source for papers.
We arrived shortly after 9:00 a.m. and were the first ones in the store. The folks there were really nice – they knew how to be helpful without hovering around while you fondle papers…just my type of staff. There’s something cool about being the only person in an art supply store – it’s like it’s all yours…
So I didn’t buy as much paper as I had anticipated, but I’m pretty happy with my haul. These tissues are really lightweight and the colors are so vibrant. Unfortunately, I forgot to ask what country they’re from…does anyone know? It’s important to me to know where my papers are made. I might just have to give those Arch folks a call and see if I can describe the papers…
I also got these really nifty metallic papers – and I’m not really a metallic girl. I just loved the textures on them.
I did ask about the origin of these papers – they are machine made in Taiwan, made of wood pulp and recycled paper. The papers above are called (from left to right):
- Oodles of O’s – Silver
- Waves – Silver Snow
- Oodles of O’s – Bronze
- Fossil – Silver Snow
The coolest part of the trip was discovering that they still had Gocco supplies in stock at reasonable prices. 5-packs of B6 screens and 10-packs of bulbs were under $16.00 a piece – much cheaper than the going rate at most retailers. They also had a variety of inks for under $4.00 a tube, along with some other supplies. I bought 4 tubes of pearly inks and 3 packs of ink block (sorry – I bought all they had out). They did not have a lot of supplies left so if you are in the SF and are looking for supplies, go soon! They may not last for long.