Art and Craft Supplies Shop in Biggleswade, Bedfordshire
We stock a wide range of art and craft supplies in our Biggleswade shop and we always have expert advice on hand so you get the right product every time. Please come and visit us or give us a call with any questions.
Our Arts and Crafts Brand Partners
Faber-Castell is one of the world’s most famous manufacturers of art materials. They have been making high quality drawing supplies including colouring pencils and pens since 1761. The company has remained with the Faber family for eight generations. From their classic 9000 pencil sets to the revered Pitt Artist Pens favoured by illustrators, their art supplies cover all manner of drawing, design and art-making. The Albrecht Durer Artists’ Watercolour Faber Castell colouring Pencils are widely renowned as some of the highest quality watercolour pencils available, and their Connector Bucket introduces children to felt tip pens while championing both creativity and convenience. Whatever your drawing, writing or colouring needs, Faber-Castell is a fantastic brand to choose.
Winsor & Newton
This art brand is one of the world’s leading creators of art materials. With outstanding quality and a sterling reputation for reliability, Winsor & Newton produce a wide range of art supplies including oil, acrylic and watercolour paint. Famed for their traditional watercolour sets and their timeless Winsor and Newton inks, they are also at the forefront of innovation in the art world. With revolutionary new products like the Pro Stretcher Canvas and Winsor & Newton Professional Watercolour Blocks, you’ll find answers to all your artistic desires with this superb brand, who combine tradition with revolution.
Daler Rowney have over 200 years of experience in creating quality art supplies. They are one of the world’s most well-known art brands for paint, paper and drawing materials.Rowney was founded in the 18th century and supplied Constable and Turner with their oil colours, and were the first to introduce a range of artists’ acrylics in 1963. The Daler Board Company began in 1945, creating substitutes for canvas after the war before expanding their range of art materials, and the expertise of both companies combined to create the leading brand we know today. With Georgian Oil, Graduate Oil, System 3 Acrylics and a broad range of sketchbooks and paper pads, Daler Rowney continue to inspire creativity in artists of all ages.
Golden’s aim was to make “tools for artists”, and this was achieved by introducing first Heavy Body and Iridescent acrylics and then Fluid, Matte and Interference acrylics. Golden now makes an unmatched number of mediums, pastes and gels for use with acrylics, as well as Open, a range of slow-drying colours.
Derwent have been making high quality drawing materials including coloured pastel pencils and graphite led pencil sets since 1832, when they were known as the Cumberland Pencil Company. Rumour has it the story dates even further back to the 1500s, when a violent storm uprooted many trees and the shepherds discovered a black material under the soil with which they could mark their sheep. This turned out to be graphite, and a local business began making pencils with the discovered material. Today Derwent have an unswerving reputation for innovation, inspiring artists with new products like Inktense, Graphik Line Painters and Tinted Charcoal, alongside their classic range of Artists, Graphic and Watercolour Pencils.
Its history has continued to be a catalogue of firsts, from the first acrylic gloss and matt mediums, and the first acrylic hue colours, to the first iridescent acrylics. The choice of both Andy Warhol and David Hockney, it remains the leading name in acrylics to this day, with the largest range of colours, mediums and tools, at a variety of price levels and with an admirable devotion to quality and consistency across the board. It also continues to break new ground, as demonstrated by the introduction of its new low-odour, water-based Artists’ Acrylic Spray Paint range.
These high-quality, pigment-heavy drawing instruments are the most used pastels in the world, and are now available in a range of 203 colours. Talens received its Royal designation in 1949, and remains a mark of quality for artists worldwide.
Staedtler have been making high-quality writing instruments in Germany since 1835. They started out making pencils, and you may well remember their distinctive yellow and black striped Norris pencils from your schooldays. Staedtler have continued to innovate over the years, and nowadays their Mars Lumograph pencils are popular with many professional arts and designers, while their incredibly versatile Pigment Liners are excellent for sketching, technical drawing and writing.
If you’re just starting out on your art journey, or are an experienced painter, we’ve got the perfect canvas for you to use in the creation process for your next project. Whether you use acrylic paints, oil paints or something else as part of a mixed media collage, we have the blank art canvas to suit whatever you might be creating. If you’re just starting out on your art journey and aren’t sure of what media to use, then don’t hesitate to get in touch with us if you need recommendations on what Loxley art canvas to use.
Still made in Switzerland, with a very high degree of technical precision, Caran D’Ache coloured pencils are available in almost every colour and every grade, and have remained a benchmark for a century.