Whether you’re a professional artist or just a dabbler, then you know there is seriously no better feeling than a brand new sketchbook or a fresh tube of paint to get your creative juices flowing. In either case, one thing’s for certain: you can’t make art without supplies.
Luckily, you live in Melbourne, where you’ve got a plethora of amazing art supply stores on almost any corner (and no, Officeworks is not one of them). So whether you’re a knitter or a sculptor or a painter or a doodler, here are all the art and craft supply stores you need to check out in Melbourne.
Eckersley's Art & Craft
CBD, Prahran, Hawthorn
Eckersley's is a pretty big chain; they’ve got stores across Australia. But don’t let that fact deter you from stepping into one. From woodcraft to painting, you’re sure to find something that’ll help you take your art career to the next level.
CBD, Preston, Collingwood, Brunswick
Deans is truly the OG Melbourne art supply store. Established in 1854 by brothers William & George Dean, the first Dean & Co. emporium was located off Elizabeth St. As Melbourne grew, so too did Deans, expanding into the Age building and then to a 5-storey complex in Equitable Place. Now they’ve got locations all over, slinging brushes, paints, wallpapers and all the artist materials your heart desire.
Riot Art & Craft
If you throw a rock in any Melbourne suburb, chances are it’ll fall in front of a Riot Art & Craft. These guys don’t mess around; with a ton of locations and pretty sweet bargain deals, you’re sure to find something that’ll turn you into the next Picasso.
Not only does Arthouse Direct stock a wide range of art supply products for beginners and professionals alike, but they have cool art classes that you can take to improve your craft or even learn something new. You can check them out here.
Senior Art Supplies
Malvern, CBD, Frankston, Bulleen
You can find everything you’ll ever need at Senior Art Supplies, including acrylics, oils, water-colours, gouache, easels, brushes, self-help books and more, so...get your art on.
Melbourne Artists' Supplies
CBD, Hampton East, Brunswick
Melbourne Artists' Supplies just opened a new location in Brunswick, but if you’re not a Northsider, you can hit up their CBD or Hampton East locations. With plenty of supplies to satisfy even the pickiest of artists, you’re sure to score a great deal or two.
St Kilda Art Supplies
St Kilda Art Supplies recently moved to Newport under the umbrella of their very new Melbourne Rd Art & Canvas Stretching venture. Besides quality art supplies, you can expect excellent service and advice, as well as professional canvas stretching.
Art Shed is a family-owned art supply store that has been in operation for over 13 years. Pop by their vibrant Moorabbin store and get help across various mediums from some of the best in the biz.
Chapman & Bailey Art Shop
If you step into Chapman & Bailey, you mean serious business. Not only do they supply some of the best fine art material around, but they also supply canvases, stretcher frames, boards, conservation artwork framing and mounting, artwork display and design, furniture and artwork installation. They also have a gallery space, so what’s not to love?
Neil Wallace Printmaking Supplies
Don’t let the name fool you: Neil Wallace Printmaking Supplies is not only just about printmaking. These guys have been around for over 40 years and are one of the largest stockist of printmaking and art supplies. Their stuff is on point.
If you’re in the special effects business, this one’s for you. When we talk about Barnes, we talk about moulding, casting and sculpting supplies: silicones, resins, clay, resin art, models, movies, latex moulds, lifecasting...you can even get a mask for your next cosplay.
Northcote Pottery Supplies
Whether you’re looking for some high-quality pottery materials or some professional pottery classes, Northcote Pottery Supplies has got it all. Build your own workshop at home with their extensive range of materials for sale, or get involved in their own classes and workshops starting from $80.
If you’re into the knitting scene, then you’ve probably heard of Wool Baa. Not only does it boast the best craft store names in the industry, but Wool Baa’s also been supplying Melbournians with yarn for over fifteen years.
Yarn + Co
If you like looking at art as much as you like making it, hit up Melbourne's best galleries.
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