Art Resources

My Art Resources – a comprehensive source of information online for artists living in Santa Clara County: galleries and museums, grants and opportunities, events, art groups and organizations, education and workshops, art supplies and services.

Mats and Frames

Redimat offers pre-cut mat kits of various sizes, decorative and museum quality mats, frame sets and individual frames, backing boards, and framing supplies.

ClearEnvelopes.com sells large packs of pre-cut mats, backing mats, foam boars, and mounting accessories at very reasonable prices.

Tap Plastic has a wide selection of pre-cut clear acrylic sheets that can be used to protect your art. Their web site has a lot of tips and how-to tutorials that can be useful for artists looking for cutting costs of framing, various plastic holders and containers. Tap Plastic has multiple locations in the Silicon Valley and beyond, check their web site for the full list.

Packaging Materials

The following companies offer Crystal Clear Bags made from superior archival grade materials at wholesale prices.

Clearbags.com
ClearEnvelopes.com

The bags are ideal for protecting greeting cards, matted and unmatted prints, and can also be used to package reasonably flat original artworks.

JDM packing Supplies offers bubble wrap for your artworks by the roll. all sorts of boxes and plastic bags, and more. Don’t forget to bring your seller’s permit when you visit them – they will give you a discount on everything you buy. JDM packing Supplies have several stores in the Silicon Valley.

Paper

Red River Paper has a large collection of photographic and fine art papers, pre-scored greeting and note cards, envelopes, inks, and various accessories. Very inexpensive sample kits are available for inks and papers.

Printing and Scanning

Kwik Kopy is a good place to order inexpensive cards and other printed materials. They are located at 10675 South DeAnza Blvd. #1, Cupertino.

Picture Element is the place to go to if you need high quality scanning or printing services. They also do canvas stretching and printing, mounting, and lamination.

Art Supply Stores

The Arsenal offers supples for drawing, painting, printmaking, and mixed media.

University Art has an impressive online store in addition to the wide selection of art supplies in its brick and mortar stores. If you can’t find something, their stuff will order it for you directly from a supplier.

Aaron Brothers. Coupons for various art supplies, frames and mats are regularly posted on their web site.

Jerry’s Artarama does not have retail stores in Northern CA, but their web site offers about anything an artist may need, all very reasonably priced. A free printed catalog can be requested.

Other online art supplies stores:
Art Supply Warehouse
Dick Blick
Utrecht
Cheap Joe’s Art Stuff
Daniel Smith Fine Art Materials

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