How Faber-Castell Makes Pencils

This video shows the 14-step process of making a Faber-Castell pencil.

From the selection of the wood, to the thickness and quality of the lead, Faber-Castell pencils stand head and shoulders above the competition. Since 1761, they’ve been perfecting the pencil. Check out the video to see the 14 step process behind their superior products.

What’s special about their pencils?

  • SV Bonding glues the lead the entire length of the pencil for break-resistant leads.
  • Thick leads use the highest-quality pigments for gorgeous color lay-down.
  • Graphite pencils with dipped ends or erasers on ends.
  • Coated with eco-friendly water-based varnish.
  • Made from reforested wood grown in their Forest Stewardship Council certified forest.

You can see all the Faber-Castell products we carry in our online store, including pencils, markers, sharpeners, erasers, paints, and kits. New to the store are the Albrecht Durer Watercolor Marker Sets, and we don’t think you can go wrong by starting out with Goldfaber Colored Pencil Sets or Goldfaber Aqua Watercolor Pencil Sets.

Free Tutorials with Amy Shawley Paquette

Amy teaching leading a tutorial on Golden Artist Colors Facebook page.

If you have been shopping with us for a while, you may remember Amy Shawley Paquette, the awesome Golden Working Artist who broke our hearts by moving out of Downtown Los Angeles and going on and having a great life, kids, and all that. (You probably don’t remember the Paquette part, that happened after DTLA.)

Now that we live in a time of global pandemic and the Internet, Amy is back – virtually – and through May and June will be offering free weekly Facebook Live tutorials on her Art by Amy Shawley Paquette page!  These events will happen every Thursday at 4pm PT and will feature a different topic each time.  The first demo is Thursday, May 14 on the topic “Customize your Painting Grounds”, and will last about 30-45 minutes. If you can’t catch it live, it will be available from her Facebook page for later viewing.

(And if you get inspired, you can order everything Golden from our online store.)

Get organized with mesh bags

How can you make an art studio at home even when you have no space? Use an art pouch like these Mesh Bags from Art Alternatives.

If carving out a dedicated art space in your home is impossible, or you like being able to make art at the kitchen table and sometimes by the window, a portable art kit is essential. We’ve been using pouches in varying sizes as portable art kits for some time, but find that the more special it feels, the more we want to pick it up and use it. Check out this mesh bag that we covered in faux fur:

Need some more tips for organizing your studio or crafting space? Redfin collected has more tips here.

Safer at home

Friday, March 20 will be our last day of business while our street, our neighborhood, our city, and our state closes all non-essential businesses (which includes us, even as essential as this business is to us and the arts are to all of us). We will only be packing up and shipping orders that are placed before we go in to the store in the morning, after that any incoming orders will not ship until we transition into whatever phase of this crisis comes next. We’ll keep you posted. Stay healthy and safe.

COVID-19 Update: Open for Delivery and Pick-Up

As all of our thoughts are on the COVID-19 pandemic, we wanted to share an update on how Raw Materials Art Supplies is responding. The safety and health of our loyal customers and dedicated associates is always of the utmost importance to us. We want to be hyper-responsible about containment and prevention, and fully recognize that any gathering place is an at-risk setting.

Given what we know today, we believe it’s our responsibility to do what we can to slow the spread of this virus and minimize the impact on our community. Effective Tuesday, March 17 we are temporarily closing the store to the general public. We are paying our staff and asking them to work from home for at least the next two weeks. The situation is complex and evolving rapidly, and as our situation changes, we’ll let you know.

Our online store remains open and we urge you to shop with us at rawmaterialsla.com. We will continue to fulfill online orders from our in-store stock, and vendors’ warehouses while they are still shipping orders. We offer same and next-day delivery in DTLA, ship nationwide, and you can Buy Online Pick-Up In-Store (BOPIS) and schedule a non-contact, curbside pickup.

Take care of each other, and we look forward to seeing you back in the store soon.

Jim and Celia
Raw Materials Art Supplies

PS Here is a link to Arts Resources During COVID-19 Outbreak: https://creative-capital.org/2020/03/13/list-of-arts-resources-during-the-covid-19-outbreak/

Art-Making in the Time of COVID-19

As the Novel Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) continues to have an increased impact on our communities, we feel it important to share the steps we’re taking in our store to help keep you, our employees, and our communities safe and healthy.

Our hearts go out to all those who have been affected. The safety and well-being of our employees and customers is our top priority at Raw Materials Art Supplies, and this is a rapidly evolving situation that we’ll continue to monitor. Our store is cleaned and sanitized daily as part of our normal course of business. We’ve increased the frequency and extent of these cleanings, in addition to adding resources like hand sanitizer for employees and customers. Our employees have the information they need to stay healthy. We employ practices and make business decisions informed by guidance from the CDC, WHO, and local US government and public health agencies.

Based on the information and guidance we’ve received, our own preparedness, and current state of operations, we are confident our store continues to be safe and we remain open for business during regular hours to meet the needs of our customers. As always, our hope is to make it easy for you to shop when and how you’d like. In addition to our clean, spacious, and well-ventilated store, our team is ready to serve you online at www.rawmaterialsla.com. If we become aware of any condition that would make it unsafe, please rest assured that we’ll close the store until those conditions have been addressed and impacted associates will be compensated for their missed work hours.

Again, the health and safety of our customers and employees are our top priority and we’re committed to doing our part to help keep you safe. Thank you for being a loyal customer.

Jim and Celia Winstead
Raw Materials Art Supplies

Speedball Print Posse Limited Edition Products

Speedball is proud to be partnering with some of today’s most well-known and respected printmakers to innovate, design and inspire. The talented artists that make up the Speedball Print Posse collaborated with the team at Speedball to formulate inks and papers in the color or formulation that they felt was ideally-suited for their vision and works.

We have these available for pre-order. Orders will ship in late April or early May.

The Print Posse Acrylic Screen Printing Inks are professional-grade, offering unrivaled open time and richness of color. Formulated for printing on a range of surfaces from paper to wood and primed surfaces, each limited edition ink was hand-picked by and specially-formulated for each Print Posse artist to be reflective of their preferred palette and working properties.

Print Posse Relief Inks are made from a water-miscible, oil base, and feature the highest quality pigments and no fillers. Offering a consistent rollout and magnificent print quality, these inks feature the working properties that professional artists demand all while cleaning up easily with soap and water or traditional window cleaner.

Formulated for and rigorously tested by preeminent printmaker, Martin Mazorra, Cannonball Black Letterpress Ink is a water-miscible, oil-based ink that delivers optimum working time, excellent ink transfer and superior cleanup, requiring only soap and water or traditional window cleaner.

Hand-picked and personally-tested by Speedball Print Posse members, Tom Huck and Dylan Goldberger, this 100% rag paper is both internally- and externally-sized and offers a premium printing experience. Its subtle grain, combined with its smooth appearance, allows a variety of media to take to the paper, while still remaining a reliable surface for intricate detail. Featuring strong and highly absorbent fibers, this paper is ideal for dry or damp printing, allowing it to accept multiple layers of ink brilliantly.

Edding 850: A Pen Unlike All the Others

Writing on the TIME Magazine article with an Edding 850

When the Berlin Wall came down in November 1989, all East Germans could claim 100DM, the equivalent of about $100 in US dollars today, from the government of West Germany, to be spent at their leisure. This Begrüßungsgeld or “welcome money,” was a long-standing practice that was now accessible to all.

TIME Magazine reported on what 10 people did with their money, including an East Berliner named Jens Müller, aka graffiti artist Tasso, who spent 10 of his 100 DM on an Edding 850 Permanent Marker.

“For me it was the first time I had seen graffiti tags, on every corner in every place,” he says, of driving with friends around Kreuzberg in West Berlin as a 23-year-old. “I was wondering, ‘How have they done this?’ And then I see it must be a pen, a marker, and so I said, ‘I want to have this marker.’” He found one in a Karstadt department store that cost 10 of his 100 DM. “That was a lot. My friends thought I was crazy.” He worked in construction following reunification, eventually becoming a freelance artist. Today his tag is recognized around the world. He has visited 32 different countries to make, exhibit and promote his work.

TIME Magazine quoting Jens Müller, aka Tasso.

After a long time only being available through grey market importers, Edding pens and markers are now finally available in the US & Canada, from the permanent markers to the drawing, coloring and decorating pens and markers. Which one is your favorite?

November 16: Understanding Contemporary Oil Painting Materials

Since its founding, Gamblin Artists Colors has handcrafted luscious oil colors and contemporary mediums true to the working properties of traditional materials, yet safer and more permanent. Gamblin’s dedication to today’s oil painters extends beyond offering the finest possible materials – they believe in sharing their knowledge so painters can choose those materials that best support their own artistic visions.

Understanding Contemporary Oil Painting Materials, a 90 minute Lecture Demonstration will cover the following:

  • Color Theory – 2-dimensional vs 3-dimensional Color Space
  • Color Mixing – Navigating Color Space: Gamblin’s practical approach to color mixing
  • Artist’s Oil Colors – Gamblin’s approach to color making
  • Mineral vs Modern Pigments – How to create a personalized palette of colors
  • Indirect vs Direct Techniques – Historical application of opaque and transparent colors
  • FastMatte Alkyd Oil Colors – Benefits and uses of fast-drying, matte oil colors
  • 1980 Oil Colors – True Color. Real Value.
  • Painting Mediums – Choosing the right medium, including working properties and drying rates
  • Building Permanent Paintings – Understanding Fat Over Lean
  • Supports, Sizing and Grounds – How they affect color and permanence
  • Gamvar Picture Varnish – Understanding contemporary varnishes and controlling surface quality
  • Studio Safety – Create without compromise in a safe studio

Gamblin Artist Colors will provide each attendee with a FREE sample bag including products and literature.

About the Presenter

Timothy Robert Smith is a Los Angeles based oil painter and muralist, using observational techniques to portray a multi-dimensional perspective of the universe. Since recently graduating from Laguna College of Art and Design with an MFA in studio art, he has had two exhibitions at Copro Gallery in Bergamot Station. He currently teaches at CSU Los Angeles, where he received his BFA degree. Timothy’s artwork can be viewed at www.timothyrobertsmith.com.