Farewell, Swain’s and C2F!

Karl Wiest, owner of Swain’s HQ Art Supplies

It has been a rough start to the fall in the art materials industry. The Los Angeles area lost an institution with the closing of Swain’s HQ Art Supplies, which has been supporting artists and selling art supplies in Glendale for seventy years, and we are very sad to see them go.

Read Karl’s message to customers. Thank you Karl for mentioning us and the other independent retailers still fighting on in Southern California.

The imminent closure of C2F, one of the few distributors of art materials was also announced. They were the primary source for a few of our favorite brands (such as M. Graham, Bee Paper, Pentalic, and Cheep!), but it looks like most of those will find new homes so we plan to continue stocking them as long as we’re able!

We live in interesting times for retailers and the art materials industry. Sometimes we feel like we’re mice scampering beneath the feet of giants with names like Amazon, Blick Art Materials, and Artist & Craftsman Supply, and it’s tough to lose friends and allies like C2F and Swain’s.

We, and our employees, thank all of you who have stuck with us, are just discovering, us, and hope to feed your artistic endeavors for years to come.

Raw Materials Stretched Canvas and Floater Frame

Raw Materials Stretched Canvas

There are plenty of brand-name options in the canvas and floater frame world, but only two with the name Raw Materials on them. Perhaps not surprisingly, Raw Materials Stretched Canvas and Raw Materials Canvas Floater Frames are available exclusively at your favorite independent art supply store, Raw Materials! Our Stretched Canvases come in the usual standard sizes, with four different types of stretcher bars: Slim (3/4” deep), Thick (1 1/2” deep and lightweight), Chunky (1 1/2” deep and broad), and Epic (2 1/2” deep). You can also order custom-stretched sizes in all four bar sizes, and/or upgrade to a heavier or smoother canvas.

Our Canvas Floater Frames come in come in two different depths, 1½” deep for ¾” canvases (such as our store-brand Slim canvasesMasterpiece Vincent Pro canvases, or the Art Alternatives Studio canvases), and 2½” deep for 1½” canvases (including our store-brand Thick or Chunky canvases, Masterpiece Monet Pro canvases, or the Art Alternatives Gallery Canvases). They are available either unfinished (ready to be stained or painted) or with a black finish. Raw Materials Stretched Canvases and Canvas Floater Frames are only available for in-store pickup and/or local delivery to the Los Angeles area.