Drawing on inspiration: Where to find art supplies

Whether you are a seasoned artist or just breaking into the local scene, readily available art supplies are a necessity to your lightbulb inspirations. San Diego is blessed with some of the most plentiful art shops in existence, which means that painters, printers, sculptors, craftsmen and kids here can all create to their heart's desire.

Here are some of our best art supply shops for creating your next masterpiece:

Visual

This cutting-edge art shop supplies muralists and street artists with the tools of their trade, including Montana (mtn) spray paints, Krink ink and paint markers, and more. The business also includes a gallery hosting a continuous stream of exhibitions, and the Visual Public Art Project. Head to their website for current show and submission information.

3776 30th Street, North Park, 619.501.5585. visualshopsd.com

 

Artist & Craftsman Supply

With an inspiring array of supplies for painting, drawing, screenprinting, intaglio, crafts and even studio furniture, the shop is a go-to for many San Diego veteran and aspiring artists. An employee-owned company, Artist & Craftsman has stores nationwide and an impressive number of art brands. Check out their online shop for special sales.

3804 Fourth Avenue, Hillcrest, 619.688.1911. artistcraftsman.com

 

"The desire to create is one of the deepest yearnings of the human soul." - Dieter Uchtdorf

Blick Art

A two-story wonderland of art supplies and eye-catching items, the Little Italy staple has become a destination for artists, craftsmen, neighborhood residents and tourists alike. Casual shoppers will love the selection of unique gifts, while more serious artists can pore over rows of every paintbrush, pen, or paper one could imagine. Look online for a jaw-dropping catalog of items arranged alphabetically and sub-grouped, and prepare to spend the afternoon wishing and wanting.

1844 India St., Little Italy, 619.687.0050. dickblick.com

 

Rhino Art Co.

Prominently situated near the corner of Encinitas Boulevard and Coast Highway, this North County art shop proclaims, "the best art supplies on the planet!" Watching over adjacent Lofty coffee shop, the location hosts a large metal rhino on top for ease of locating, while the outdoor space in front creates a natural flow for coffee drinkers and artists. Head to their website for their around-the-world sculpted "Heads" photo tour.

97 N. Coast Highway 101, Encinitas, 760.943.7440. rhinoartco.com

McLogan Supplies

Screen printing and digital artists can head here for every piece of equipment and supply imaginable. From graphic and textile inks to dryers, dip tanks, and projectors, this veteran business also features supplies for digital media and sign making.

7879 Armour St., Suite B, Kearny Mesa, 619.595.0270. mclogan.com

 

Laurie Delk is an avid art historian, holding a master's degree in art history, with concentrations in the modern and postmodern movements. She has taught classes at Tulane University, and has been published with several art publications including Sculpture Magazine and New Orleans Art Review. Send ideas for art stories to lauriedelk101@gmail.com.

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