View Full Version : UK Pastelists Suppliers Question

09-19-2002, 03:04 PM
Im having trouble getting pastels or different kinds of pastel papers, I was wondering where you all (in UK) get yours from.... do you shop online... and at Dick Blick .... is there a UK online supplier you use.

I live in Essex and have been travelling all over the place trying to find things.... all I come across are craft shops that have one pastel (normally oils) and a pastel pad

09-19-2002, 05:21 PM
I get my papers from local art shops. Unfortunately, two have switched from stocking Canson to Ingres so I am now having to go further afield. I have received catalogues from Art Express and the Society for All Artists (SAA). They both stock canson but only in certain colours which I don't use. I don't use Dick Blick because I couldn't see that they shipped outside the US and I would imagine it would be expensive to ship anyway because paper is heavy.

As regards pastels, I just buy whenever I have the chance. Local art shops tend to stock a good range and the catalogues seem better at carrying the main suppliers such as Conte, W&N, Rembrandt, Schminke and Unison, than they are at stocking the papers.

Basically, I just buy what I can from whenever I can - collecting and hoarding. :D

09-19-2002, 05:36 PM
I just bought a set of Unison's on eBay and saved a boatload of money!! Don't know if this guy ships internationally, but it might be worth it for you to check it out. If you do a search in Art Supplies for pastels, I'm sure you'll find them.

09-19-2002, 07:34 PM
I bought some Unisons online from a UK site: www.jacksonsart.com
They came quickly and in a good shape. It's hard to find Unisons in the Netherlands. I did not try buying paper this way (heavy to ship), but I believe they stock some too.

Good luck,

09-20-2002, 02:18 PM
Hi Dark Shades.....you could try Ken Bromley Art Supplies (http://www.artsupplies.co.uk)
They do a few Pastel Papers like Fabriano Tiziano Pads, Mi-Tientes Pads and W&N Lana Tints Pastel Paper.
They are quite competitively priced and very quick on delivery.
Unfortunately they only stock W&N Pastels:D

09-20-2002, 04:19 PM
Hi everyone - thanks for the help, Im checking out the sites you have listed..... will let you know how I fare.
Ive emailed Dick Blick to see if they do ship overseas .. (waiting response). I wonder how many UK artists or any other Countries in here have problems with supplies..... Ha! perhaps we should petition or bombard Dick Blick with emails asking about shipping.... may take the hint !! ... its such a shame, all these products, brands and ranges ....... and just a 'click' out of reach

09-20-2002, 06:07 PM
Oh! I do agree:clap: :clap:

Rick R
09-20-2002, 07:19 PM
I find this thread kind of humorous. I've spent a fair amount of time browsing English web sites because some pastels, especially Unison, are quite a bit cheaper there than they are in the US.

Also, you all on that side of the Atlantic have a SUBSTANTIALLY greater variety of drawing and pastel papers available.

(Actually, I don't think I've seen any sites with better selections of pastels than Dick Blick, http://www.dakotapastels.com, or http://www.fineartstore.com.)

- Rick

09-20-2002, 08:30 PM
Ok Rick you seem to be the man 'in the know' ;) where DO we get these papers from over here? Ha!

Thanks for the links I will go take a look .......

Good news Guys n Gals...... got reply back from Dick Blick and they Do ship overseas ........ and I quote .......

We do ship internationally by Air Post and Fedex International. The shipping is calculated on the actual weight of the items ordered. We cannot ship some factory items, items which are delivered by a truckline or flammables internationally. If you would like to place an order over our website at www.dickblick.com we would email you with shipping amounts for your approval, or you could cancel the order if you wish to do so. You would be contacted by customs to pay taxes, duties and brokerage fees (if applicable). If you need more information, please let us know

09-22-2002, 12:01 PM
I simply cannot understand why you are having so many UK supplier problems, Dark Shades. I live in the UK and get all my supplies here without any problems, by mail order. If you start importing from the US, you will pay a fortune in freight charges because pastels are heavy, and also UK customs will hit you hard.This may be OK if you want specialist pastels, say, but not for things you can buy very easily in the UK.

SandraFletcher has all ready told you about Art Express, their prices are excellent, much cheaper than the shops. Call them freephone on 0800 731 4185. to have them send you a catalogue, or I think they may even have a website now.

Also, look at www.jacksonsart.com. They too will send out a catalogue to you, but you can see what they sell on their site. They sell the complete range of Unison pastels, which are first-class and hard to beat, also Schmincke, and Rembrandt and Sennelier. You can buy individual pastels or boxed sets. Their prices are good too, for instance, a Schmincke single pastel costs 1.35 from them, instead of 1.55 in the shops. Unison are 1.25 instead of 1.55 in the shops. Jacksons also have Mi-Teintes papers, and Fabriano Tiziano, among others, which are terrific pastel papers.

Finally, you could send off for the Great Art catalogue, which is the size of a telephone directory! Call them on 0845 601 5772. They call themselves "Europe's largest and brightest catalogue for art materials", and the tome contains 20,000 products sourced from all over the world. They claim their prices are very competitive too. They sell the inexpensive range of Jaxell soft pastels, which I reviewed for The Artist magazine - they aren't as soft as others, but are excellent value for money, plus Schmincke, Rembrandt, sennelier, Unison (1.30 each) and W&N.

Enough for you????
Any questions, just ask me for more info. (I write regularly for The Artist, and have written books on pastel painting.)

Rick R
09-24-2002, 07:13 PM
My computer crashed a few days ago, so I've lost all of my saved links.

But I will tell you that when I was looking for paper on British web sites I searched the Internet using Alta Vista. It took me a while to figure out how to narrow down my "art supply" searches, but I think I eventually used the Advanced search, where you can specify region or county.

- Rick