Raw Materials Art Supplies

Monday – Friday 10am – 7pm
Saturday 11am – 6pm
Sunday noon – 5pm

645 South Los Angeles Street
Los Angeles, CA 90014
(800) 729-7060

Raw Materials Art Supplies is an art supply store in Downtown Los Angeles that stocks thousands of art supplies at every-day low prices, including many top brands of paints, stretched canvas, and brushes (and can special order more).

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Can't visit us downtown? We deliver locally and ship nationwide, whether we have the item in stock at the store or can source it from our network of distributors and manufacturers.

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Workshops & Events

$99 Chiaroscuro Selfie with Alex Schaefer

Sat, Feb 15, 2020 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

What is "painting"? What is Light and Shade? What did Vincent Van Gogh mean he said "Painting is like Algebra"? You're going to learn in this class.

You'll need to come up with a one-minute line drawing "selfie" sketch-doodle: a "head-and-shoulders" portrait that also shows you wearing a top/shirt/dress/etc. The top needs to be white and some other color, any color. (See the event image for an idea.) This is a simple line-drawing likeness that you can get onto the canvas fast because we don't want to spend more than a minute drawing, this workshop is about mixing colors!

All materials are included in the class fee.

$49 Acrylic Pouring Basics

Sat, Feb 22, 2020 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

The defining characteristic of the technique of acrylic pours is that you don't apply the paint with a brush or palette knife but rather use gravity to move the paint across a canvas. The results are unlike anything you can get with a brush: fluid flows of paint. Join us for Acrylic Pouring Basics. We’ll show you a few different methods of pouring and you’ll create some paintings to take home.  Have you tried doing an acrylic pour yet? So much fun.

All materials are included in the class fee.

$99 Parallel Pen Calligraphy with Emmanuel Sevilla

Sat, Feb 29, 2020 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Calligraphy made easier!

Step into calligraphy with the popular Pilot Parallel Pens and learn the fundamentals of working with a broad edge pen to create single stroke roman letters.

In this workshop we will learn a variation of roman serif styles while focusing on letter formation, pen scales, pen angles, and spacing to create unique hand-lettered designs.

Parallel Pens are a great way to sustain a daily calligraphy practice, clean up is easy and the required tools are minimal. With this contemporary approach and with some daily practice, you’ll be on your way to creating calligraphic works on paper. 

All materials are included in the class fee.

Gamvar Varnish Brushes

Gamvar Varnish & Varnish Brushes: 40% off!

The easiest way to make your painting look better just got easier. It's the ideal varnish brush that works with Gamvar Gloss, Satin, and Matte on oil and acrylic paintings. Get the depth of color, the saturation, and the desired gloss level you want. Easily. Every time. Made using thin, soft-edged, synthetic bristles w/the correct thickness and stiffness — soft enough to contour to texture, yet stiff enough to evenly and thinly varnish a painting. Purpose-built to support the work of varnishing for oil and acrylic painters. A painting tool that will flat-out amaze you, available in 50mm and 75mm size.

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Amsterdam Standard Acrylics

Amsterdam Standard Acrylics: 50% off

Amsterdam is versatile range of student-grade acrylics with a thick consistency and a quick drying time. Highly permanent, lightfast, and plays well with other brands of acrylic paint. Tubes are recyclable. 50% off Amsterdam is too cool for just school.

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Bienfang Sketch Paper Pads

Bienfang Sketch Paper Pads: 40% off!

Each of these wire-bound sketchbooks contains 100 sheets of lightweight, general purpose acid-free sketch paper (50lb / 81gsm). Great for learning new techniques with pencil and pen.

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Escoda Reserva Brushes

Escoda Brushes: 40% off!

New Brushes for the New Year: Introducing Reserva Kolinsky-Tajmyr Sable Brushes and Versatil Synthetic Kolinsky Brushes by Escoda Artist Brushes! Considered the elite hair for watercolor, Escoda uses only the best Kolinsky male sable hair for the Reserva brush, from the Tajmyr region in very northern Siberia. Points perfectly, with an extraordinary capacity to retain liquids. Definitely swoon-worthy. Versatil Synthetic Kolinsky Brushes were designed for versatility with exceptional snap, superior absorption, and fluid retention. Excellent for use with watercolor, acrylic, and/or oil, Versátil is an exciting new alternative to the synthetic brush world. Both Reserva and Versatil brushes on sale at 40% off?

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Sennelier Abstract Acrylic Paints

Sennelier Abstract Acrylics: 40% off

Highly pigmented, heavy body acrylic paints in an innovative flexible pouch! These fine quality paints come housed in an extra-sturdy, easy-to-transport squeezable pouch that features a transparent window that shows the exact color inside. Paint straight out of the pouch or use it as you would any acrylic paint.

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Speedball Block Printing Inks

Speedball Fabric Block Printing Inks: 20% off

This permanent oil-based ink provides bold opaque color, yet cleans up easily with soap and water. They are excellent on cotton, polyester blends, linen, rayon, other synthetic fibers (not for use on nylon) as well as paper and cardboard.

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