6 best Art Supplies Stores in Paris to amuse you while I'm getting back to reality

Hello friends!

It's been a while I haven't posted anything, or even updated my portfolio (shame on me!) and that's because I spent a whole month in vacations. I went on a trip with my husband and two kids (5yo and 2,5 yo). It was exhausting (small children parents knows what I'm talking about...) and amazing. Almost no Internet, no computer or IPad... just a bad connection sometimes to post few photos. We visited many different places and enjoyed a lot being close to the water, both the Mediterranean Sea and the Drôme River. The kids had a blast.

The "Grand Bleu", multicolor waters in the Porquerolles Island, South of France

The "Grand Bleu", multicolor waters in the Porquerolles Island, South of France

La Roane, a gorgeous river in the Drome department

La Roane, a gorgeous river in the Drome department

I also had a break from regular drawing and I don't regret it all, because I wrote A LOT. Journaling is a cool experience and I pampered myself with some contemplation time. Reading some books, going bike riding and trekking, and being in contact with the nature (and great wine) can change your mood for the year ahead. 

Now I'm back to reality here in Paris, trying to get things done. I'll be taking MORE online classes next semester and the next one of it is in acrylic painting! I'm so excited! Don't worry, I'll post it about it later. So, before I have something cool from my production to show, let's go shopping for art material to get inspired.

Here are, in my opinion, the BEST art supplies addresses in Paris:

Le Géant des Beaux-Arts: it's like Paradise in Earth, I can happily cross the town for getting in one of the 2 stores they have here (I go in the one in the 11ème) but I do almost my shopping online.

Rougier & Plé (Graphigro): They are 50 stores in France and I normally go to the one in the XVème, but it's not my favorite I like the one in the Marais. They have a nice selection of products.

Lavrut: I visited this shop a while ago, I found everything very expensive but they are located in a famous "Passage", so the visit is something special.

Sennelier: you just want to die when you get inside this tiny little shop in the Rive Gauche packed with the best (and expensive) you can find in art materials. They sell Dr. Ph Martins inks here, the only place I found it. They have weird open time schedule, but if you visit the Louvre you just cross a bridge and you're there. They have another shop in Montparnasse but it was closed when I try to visit.

Boesner: Never been there but my sketching folks loves the address, they have some amazing squared sketchbooks. I'm planning to go soon.

Marin: A friend told me about it and it seems like THE secret place, where the pros go. They have a good website and I think I gonna freak out when I see this place. They are a wood, colors and fabric manufacturer! 

So if you are an art material addict, like me, visiting Paris let me know if you stop by one of these stores.

Have fun!

Imprimerie du Marais

If there's one thing that I'm crazy about is paper and print process. Yesterday, I had the chance to visit a Print Company called Imprimerie du Marais, located in the heart of the coolest quartier in Paris. 

What they do is pure art. Really, each step of the printing production is taken with so much care and love that the results couldn't be more striking. They are masters in silk screen, offset, embossing, foiling, binding for invitations, brochures and stationery for famous brands like Kenzo, Chloè, Dior... If you're looking for quality this is the place to go.

They also work with great design studios that keep pushing them to challenge themselves to create the most amazing products. Melody, the Communication Director, kindly gave me a gift that I couldn't love more! A box with 8 notebooks, each one designed by a different studio, illustrator or graphic designer, that I can't stop staring, touching and get inspired. A collector's piece that you can see below.

What I liked most about this visit is the perfect combination of the high technology printing process with the handmade touch. It gave me many ideas and perspectives and to keep moving on. I hope we'll be partners in many projects very soon. 

Take a look of the textures and foiling in the cards!!!!!

Take a look of the textures and foiling in the cards!!!!!

The box!

The box!

The gorgeous notebooks that came inside the box

The gorgeous notebooks that came inside the box