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Old 10-09-2019, 11:52 AM
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I'm heading to St Petersburg, Russia; question about brushes/shopping

Hey all,
I'm heading to St Petersburg for a weekend in a couple weeks. (It's my first time and I'm really excited.) I've been planning on doing some watercolor painting while there and some shopping too.

From what I can tell, Kolinsky sable brushes are much cheaper there than what I can get them for in the US (maybe 1/4 of the price). Is that true? Any recommendations for Russian brands or stores to go to?


(I've heard about http://artsklad.ru/ and https://malevichartshop.ru/ but using google translate might be leading me down the wrong paths as for watercolor pans, google is translating them as "ditches", so I'm not confident about what I'm looking at.)


Thanks in advance!
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Old 10-09-2019, 08:54 PM
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Re: I'm heading to St Petersburg, Russia; question about brushes/shopping

I went to Finland, Russia (St. Petersburg) and Estonia in September of 2017. It was beautiful and jaw-droppingly opulent and very artistically inspiring. I did not find any dedicated art supply shops; limited knowledge of Russian made it difficult to get around except in the historical area, but on Nevsky Prospekt Street there was a bookstore that also sold gifts, stationery and some art materials. It is called House of Books and it's in the Singer House (as in Singer sewing machines). The building is pretty amazing, beautiful art deco style and architecture. They had a decent selection of brushes, paper, paints etc. for not being a dedicated art store. A lot of the sables had long handles so I didn't really explore prices. I found that department on the first floor.

There were many street markets around the city selling souveniers and other items, and one very popular thing was fur hats - which you need over there, it was very cold in September! I tried to ask one of the sellers about Kolinsky paintbrushes but we were stymied by the language barrier.

I really really enjoyed the Hermitage, and wrote a review here on WC of my visit there. You could spend your entire life in there, but if you're short on time the Administration building has most of the 20th century art and the impressionism. It's an embarrassment of riches. I think there is more French impressionism in one building of the Hermitage than in all of France! Also saw some interesting modern work in the Russia Museum. I was hoping for more Kandinskys but I didn't find them. Maybe on the next trip?
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Old 10-09-2019, 08:56 PM
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BTW - in the park in front of the Russia Museum, and actually all around St. Petersburg I saw a lot of people painting and drawing. Some students, some professionals. Lots of work for sale. Lots of it really nice. Watercolors are popular over there. I was happy to see that.

Here's the post on the Hermitage:
https://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/sho....php?t=1434534
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Old 10-09-2019, 10:43 PM
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Re: I'm heading to St Petersburg, Russia; question about brushes/shopping

I bought five "Yarka" brand Kolinsky sable brushes...over ten years ago now. Last night I tested them out and most will still make a nice fine line. I highly recommend them, but can't seem to find them any more here in the states.
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Re: I'm heading to St Petersburg, Russia; question about brushes/shopping

I picked up a few Roubloff sables on eBay from this seller:

https://www.ebay.com/itm/SIBERIAN-KO...NDgIzppvMmNYGA

They were considerably cheaper when I got them. The set of 6 was only about $40. They were shipped in a padded envelope, each brush in a plastic tube to protect it and came in about a week. They are just outstanding!!! My only gripe is that they don't seem to come larger than size 6 on the short handle. They are super snappy and super sharp.

I've seen on the St. Petersburg Watercolor website that they sell some sable brushes, in larger sizes, too. I am guessing maybe they are made in Russia, but not sure. I've never ordered from this website so cannot speak to prices, quality or reliability. Just putting up the link as a point of information:
https://stpetersburgwatercolours.com...7&scid=6&tp=pl

D'Lady, did you buy your Yarka brushes in Russia? Where did you get them?
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Old 10-10-2019, 11:39 AM
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Re: I'm heading to St Petersburg, Russia; question about brushes/shopping

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D'Lady, did you buy your Yarka brushes in Russia? Where did you get them?

IIRC, I bought them through a seller on Amazon or maybe eBay. I don't remember if they were shipped from overseas, or not.
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Re: I'm heading to St Petersburg, Russia; question about brushes/shopping

you could also ask this question in the oils
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Re: I'm heading to St Petersburg, Russia; question about brushes/shopping

Thanks all!
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Re: I'm heading to St Petersburg, Russia; question about brushes/shopping

I just wanted to follow up on my own thread. I got a recommendation for this shop: https://malevichartshop.ru/ Very friendly service and got Kolinsky sable brushes so much more affordably than in the US.
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Re: I'm heading to St Petersburg, Russia; question about brushes/shopping

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I just wanted to follow up on my own thread. I got a recommendation for this shop: https://malevichartshop.ru/ Very friendly service and got Kolinsky sable brushes so much more affordably than in the US.

Thanks for this. We will be in St. Petersburg next summer and I hunted on the internet for an art store to visit, with no success.
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Re: I'm heading to St Petersburg, Russia; question about brushes/shopping

Here is one of the stores: http://www.spb-kraski.ru/ located near subway station 'Pionerskaya' in St. Petersburg
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Here is one of the stores: http://www.spb-kraski.ru/ located near subway station 'Pionerskaya' in St. Petersburg
Thanks so much! Are there any in Moscow worth visiting?
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Re: I'm heading to St Petersburg, Russia; question about brushes/shopping

The following one has the best reviews online:
https://krasniykarandash.ru/ located near metro Taganskaya in Moscow.
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The following one has the best reviews online:
https://krasniykarandash.ru/ located near metro Taganskaya in Moscow.

Thanks again. Are there any tools and supplies that would be worth getting while we are there? Most of the stuff looks imported from the West.
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The store Красный Карандаш (Krasniy Karandash - Red Karandash) has five locations around Moscow. Here is the list of addresses https://krasniykarandash.ru/contacts/our-shops/
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