How Natural Pigments and Dyes Have Been Used in Art

It’s easy to take for granted that at the core of many pieces of art there are fundamental, chemical bases of the pigments and dyes used, allowing us to perceive a full spectrum of colors.  Developing and standardizing these chemicals into paints and inks is actually quite an interesting history! Our friends at Invaluable.com recently Read More…

7 Craft Cocktails to Pair with Iconic Works of Art

Summer may be winding down, but there’s no reason not to enjoy summer cocktails all year round! And even better, why not celebrate some classic works of art while partaking in a delicious beverage? Our friends at Invaluable.com have posted a fantastic guide to seven craft cocktails inspired by classic works of art. What a Read More…

Unbelievable Ballpoint Pen Drawings

Drawing in permanent ink may seem risky! But many artists use ballpoint pens to create incredible works of art. We were recently inspired by the surreal drawings of Nuria Riaza… According to this article on creators.vice.com: When she was growing up, the artist Nuria Riaza remembers, her parents didn’t seem to care as much about what she Read More…

Stock Up + Save: Our Fall Sale is Here.

Our Fall Sale is back, and our discounts may just make you “fall” over! We’ve got paints, panels, paper and more marked down up to 70%. Plus, university students and faculty save 30% on eligible non-sale art supply items.Stop by and stock up to take advantage of the big savings. Here’s some of our specific Read More…

Causes We Support: St. Louis ArtWorks

At Artmart, we are proud of the numerous arts focused causes and organizations we have supported throughout the years. One of these fantastic organizations is St. Louis ArtWorks. The mission of St. Louis ArtWorks is to broaden educational and career opportunities for youth in the St. Louis Region through apprenticeships in the arts and through Read More…

BEST Selection in the Midwest: Water Bottles!

Bet you wouldn’t expect it, but did you know Artmart has one of the best selections of water bottles in the Midwest?! We carry some brands you literally cannot find anywhere else! Just one of a few surprises you might find in our “gift” section…home to many fun and interesting products, perfect for gifts or Read More…

Portraits, Pencils, Parrots…Oh My! A Look at Recent Store Happenings

Every day at Artmart is a new adventure! Whether we’re stocking up on new art supplies, laughing at hilarious gifts, framing incredible pieces of history, or getting to know our customers (sometimes of the avian variety…) — we’re always so glad to be serving St. Louis’s artist community. Here’s a look into some recent store Read More…

Five Great Acrylic Paint Tutorials

We’ve written about the versatility of acrylic paint before. It seems like there is no shortage of online tutorials and guides, each highlighting a technique different from the next, offering endless hours of inspiration. Looking to try something new with acrylic? Here’s five great videos to check out for some ideas. 1. Pour painting Using Read More…

Have you tried the Pentel Brush Pen?

Pentel Brush Pens are so popular! Not quite a brush, not quite a pen, this hybrid tool is perfect for creating clean, thick lines in your illustrations. It’s also popular with calligraphy and hand lettering. Part of the appeal of a brush pen is that the width of the stroke changes with the pressure you Read More…

Upcoming Event: Let Them Eat Art

One of our favorite art events is coming up — Let Them Eat Art in historic Maplewood! This annual event celebrates the French national holiday, Bastille Day, while promoting local art, food, and drink! More information from the Facebook event: Take a self-guided tour through the streets of Historic Downtown Maplewood for the 13th Annual Read More…

Mixed Media: Watercolor and Acrylic Ink

Why stick to one painting medium? Mixed medium painting allows artists even more flexibility when it comes to creating eye-catching works of art. In a recent post on our Facebook page, we shared a great video highlighting different ways you can mix watercolor paints with acrylic ink. Very cool! For more mixed media painting ideas, Read More…

6 Go-To Acrylic Painting Techniques

Acrylic paints are a relatively new artistic medium, having only been around since the 1950s. Very quickly, however, they have become incredibly popular among painters and other artists due to their versatility, affordability, and relative ease of use. At Artmart, we stock a wide variety of acrylic paints — just waiting to be used for Read More…