I recommend all of these highly!
Daniel Smith Artists Materials
Their color selection is fabulous, and they have some great combination sets to choose from. I bought a cheap travel set once locally, popped out all the paint blobs and replaced them with squeezed blobs from all my favorite colors from DS, so now I have a “custom” color palette for the road. They have some vibrant colors in the Quinachrodine series and some fun shimmering duochrome paints to add a little zip to your fishy paintings! Stop by their store when in the Seattle area, I guarantee that you won’t leave empty handed – I certainly never do… They also have an interesting list of workshops and demos in both their Seattle area locations, so check out their catalog at: www.danielsmith.com
Cheap Joe’s Art Stuff
Great selection of artist materials at good prices. They give you a nifty color card with orders, too. (great to slip into your travel palette) Also, their Kilamanjaro sketchbooks are awesome! They have them spiralbound in various sizes, with 140# paper, and also in 300# paper, interspersed with lightweight pages in between for adding your journaling notes, value sketches, etc. I just wish they’d make the cover plain, so I could add my own artwork on the cover! www.cheapjoes.com
Sun-Eden Artist’s Gear
This small local Colorado company has a wonderful travel easel which breaks down into a decent sized package. They also have a backpack that’ll carry the whole works. The easel has accessories that attach to the tripod including a handy paint shelf, box which slips on rods under the shelf, hook for a water bucket, brush holder, and even an umbrella. They also have the nicest lightweight sketching stool I’ve seen. It has a back! It folds down and has a carrying strap, and is made of durable nylon with aluminum legs. Please tell them you saw them on Pen2Paint! www.sun-eden.com
Paper Ink Arts
Paper & Pen fanatics will drool over the goodies here! Loads of pens, inks, papers, calligraphy tools, even some instructional DVDs for those who are geographically challenged. There is even a bone paper folding tool for all you paper nerds out there.