Callie Dunn from The Art Stash in La Mesa, California
“The Tombow Fudenosuke Brush Pen Two-Pen Set (1) has been the most popular product in our store recently. They’re perfect for beginners learning calligraphy because they are shorter than other pens. Tombow’s Dual Brush Pens (2) are also popular. With a tip at each end, one a soft brush and the other hard, artists can easily switch to create fine, medium or bold strokes.
“New to our store are the Princeton Aspen Synthetic Brushes (3). Unlike other brushes, the ferrules are painted matte black to prevent light from reflecting onto the painting surface.
“We just started carrying Amsterdam Acrylic Inks (4). They come in 46 different colors – really a phenomenal selection. The inks are highly pigmented and are waterproof once they dry.
“Pentel Pocket Brush Pens (5), another new product for us, are ideal for creating broad lines. They are perfect tools for illustrators.
“Artists can never go wrong using a glass palette for any type of paint, so we make sure we’re never out of New Wave Posh Glass Palettes (6). They are available in gray, white, and clear, and come in three sizes: 9 by 12 inches, 12 by 16 inches, and 16 by 20 inches.”
Jennifer Allen from Paper & Ink Arts Ltd. in Nashville, Tennessee
“We always keep Pentalic Nature Sketch Journals (7) in stock at the store. They feature multimedia paper – it works with almost any medium – so they’re incredibly versatile.
“Ecoline Brush Pen Markers (8) have been growing in popularity. The pens produce bright colors and can be used for illustration and lettering work. They have the same range of colors as the Royal Talens Ecoline Liquid Watercolors (9), which also have been selling really well. Both products can be used simultaneously. The possibilities are endless.
“Kids love the 6-Click Multi-Color Pens from Ooly (10). They’re a blast from the past – you could say they’re making a comeback! With six different colored inks to choose from – blue, green, yellow, red, purple and black – they’re six pens in one.”