Who do you love?

Earlier this year I took a trip to Detroit to visit a friend who works at the Free Press. I was stoked to see her, of course, but I was secretly equally excited to finally visit Hollander’s, an incredible bookbinding supply store where I’ve shopped online for years.

I’m not sure how I managed not to max out my credit card on that trip. I left Ann Arbor with a tube of beautiful Japanese chiyogami paper and a renewed will to create.

Do you buy your supplies online? I went with Hollanders sight unseen just because their prices are so good, but I have to admit there’s no replacement for being able to feel the weight and texture of paper. Add a comment, and tell me where you get your art supply fix!

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2 thoughts on “Who do you love?

  1. Anna Sofia Kukafka

    When I lived in the city, I went to Paper Source regularly. I also LOVE being able to feel and see the papers. Paper Source has an amazing selection of Japanese Chiyogami and Katazome-shi, lovely Lokta papers, and papers from India. Even when I was in the city I still shopped quite a bit online for papers. For art supplies, tools such as scissors, mats, etc, I went to various art supply stores.

    Now that I live in the country, I don’t have access to all of those shops. I’m still a loyal Paper Source customer, only now it’s online. Their in store selection of papers has a wider variety than online. Some other favorite Chiyogami suppliers are Paper Mojo, Paper Studio, and, yes, Hollanders!

    Whenever I have the chance to go in person to Paper Source, it’s such an adventure, and I really stock up. Still, ordering online has some great benefits. Being able to order at any hour, viewing large selections from home, and of course, getting special packages in the mail!

    Thanks for your post!

  2. Kate Hamilton

    I buy mine online because I live in a rural mountain area, 2 hours from the closest art supply store! Due to shipping charges I wait until I need a number of items before placing an order. This also prevents me from a certain level of "impulse buying." I tend to return to the same brands, colors, tools because who wants to have to return something?

    But do I agree that there is something to be said for the tangibility of buying supplies in person, especially with brushes and papers. It is a delight for the senses.

    Enjoying the blog.