Earlier this week I went to Cass Art and bought a few things so I thought I’d share them with you here. In case you don’t know, Cass Art is a chain of art shops in the UK and they stock a wide range of art and craft supplies. They sell online but the also have some bricks and mortar shops across the country, including 6 in London and their prices are generally very competitive. I went to the Islington shop this week, which is their flagship store. I went to buy a single pen but came home with a couple of other things too.
I went there looking for a specific fineliner pen and they didn’t have the one I had in mind so I bought this pack of Staedtler pens instead. I think they cost £8.95 for a pack of 6. They’re all black, and are fade and water-resistant which is what I always look for in black pens. I’d never used this brand before but they seem pretty good and I especially like this chisel tipped pen which gives a line width of up to 3mm.
Although I use a lot of watercolour in my work I’ve been using gouache occasionally too and I thought it would be handy to have a dedicated palette for those paints. I like to use gouache straight from the tube rather than dispense it into pans so this flower shaped palette seemed perfect and only cost £5. As you can see, I’ve already started using it and, so far so good!
And finally, I got a few Seawhite of Brighton starter sketchbooks. These come in a range of sizes and cover colours but Cass seem to focus on the black covers and these which are known as ‘Eco’. They’re just really handy basic sketchbooks with a stapled spine and 16 sheets of paper inside.
The paper is 130gsm and is really good drawing paper. It could probably take a light wash of watercolour paint OK too. I bought one in A5 and 2 in A6 size. I thought the A6 ones would be handy to keep in my bag and I’ve just finished an A5 one that I’ve been using to rough out ideas for my hand lettering project each day. The A6 size is similar to the Moleskine cahier journal but the paper’s thicker and the price is much lower. At Cass I think the A5 cost £1.60 and the A6 was £1.10. The prices are even cheaper if you buy online direct from Seawhite but the delivery charge means that you need to place a big bulk order to make that worthwile.
Unfortunately, if you’re outside the UK, Cass Art don’t deliver to you but their shops are definitely worth a visit if you’re in London, Brighton, Bristol, Birmingham, Liverpool, Manchester or Glasgow. I’ve shopped online with them quite a few times too. Now and again they offer free delivery for limited periods of time so that’s worth looking out for too.
Have you got any favourite art supplies at the moment? I’m always interested to find out about new products so let me know about your favourite sketchbooks, pens, paints and anything else for art making.