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Rachel Urista: February Artist of the Month
Rachel is a contemporary mixed media painter. Check out her art on the walls of Art Department this month!
I use lines, words, and blocks of color to start a painting, working from intuition and emotion. Painting is accompanied by a free flow of writing, often worked into the piece as a design element. Composition gets destructed and reconstructed several times before it is complete. Meaning is often revealed to me in the form of animals or universal symbols, the imagery balancing somewhere between illustrative and abstract. My work at once connects us to modernity, AND our collective ancient past, full of myth and mystery.
I live and work in Corvallis, Oregon. Iíve been a long time graphic designer, and have a background in illustration. Iím an INFJ personality who loves the outdoors, travel, gardening, but also a good book and cup of tea. Iíve always had a deep Interest in anthropology, myth, art and dance from around the globe.
Visit my website to learn more about my story and work at


New Low Price Bee Creative Art Journals
Four different paper styles to choose from: Marker, Mixed Media, Watercolor and Colored Pencil. Each with paper properties specific to their medium.
Available in two sizes: 
8"x8" Sale Price $11.99
8 1/2" x 11" Sale Price $13.99

Choose between Gamblin Artist Oil Colors OR the even more affordable Gamblin 1980 Oil Colors.

We will be moving out the perfectly good old to make room for the new! Savings up to 50% Off!

New Princeton Select Artiste Brushes
These affordable brushes comes in every shape you can think of. The quality is high for the price point and we are carrying the full line. Best for acrylic or watercolor paint and some oil applications.

M. Graham Acrylic Paint
Buy 3 at 40% Off and Get 1 tube of Prussian Blue Free
Click the picture to view the video Artist Spotlight of Portland artist Jeremy Okai Davis.

25 - 50% Off New Acrylic Mediums
by Amsterdam
Are you looking for a special effect or to add structure to your painting? With these new mediums you can achieve them directly from the jar or mix them with acrylic paint. Now carrying Thickening, Pumice, Glow in the Dark, Photo Transfer Gel and Black, Silver, Multi and Gold Flakes. These effect mediums offer you the possibility to add a new dimension to your work for more creative expression.

Gifting a Class
This holiday season, consider giving someone the opportunity to be creative. A class is truly a gift of happiness that keeps on giving. Plus you can feel good that you are supporting the artist/teachers instructing the classes, as well as your local family owned art supply store. There are plenty of classes to choose from and more will be added as they are scheduled. Click on CLASSES in the black bar above to see the NEW class schedule.
Call the store to register:

New Scribble & Play E-Writer Sale $29.99
Use it at home, outside, or in the car.
Featuring Colorburst display technology
Grip case which make it easy for small hands to hold
Durable design and screen for kids to take anywhere
Replaceable coin-cell battery that lasts for 5 years
Four texture/writing tools
Conforms to the requirements of ASTM standards Consumer Safety Specifications on Toy Safety, F963
Ages 3+
Scan, Edit & Share with the Scribble n' Play App

You can't go wrong with one of these. Our beautiful handmade certificates can be for any denomination and used on one or multiple visits towards merchandise or classes with no expiration date.

PaperBlank Books - The Gift Everyone Loves!
PaperBlank books are known for their beautiful covers and quality paper. They make great gifts! Available in 5 sizes lined or unlined.

23 Piece Drawing Set Only $37.99!
This $59 Value contains 3 sketch/draw pads, hardbound sketchbook, graphite pencils, charcoal pencils and sticks, sharpeners, erasers and a carry it all art bag!

New Low Price!
Creative Center SALE $234.99
Including table, chair, lamp and tool caddy. While supplies last.
Reg. $406.50

Just in! New Art Kits for Kids!
Shop early for best selection!

NEW! Johanna Basford Coloring Canvas
Your favorite scenes from Johanna Basford's inky adventures have leapt off the page and onto ready-to-hang artist-quality canvases! Explore all of Johanna's worlds, from the Secret Garden, through the Enchanted Forest and Magical Jungle to the depths of the Lost Ocean. Each canvas features an intricate original design printed on 8 oz. primed cotton, stretched around an acid-free paper board and a 3/4" deep pine frame. Pair Johanna Basford coloring canvas with sets of #coloring markers, pens or paint for a truly creative experience!

New! ZIG Brushables Markers
These dual ended brush markers come in 24 colors. One side is tinted 50% lighter than the other side which doubles your colors to 48! Click the picture for a video on some ideas of how to use them.

New Art Department Sketchbooks!
These sketchbooks come with 100 sheets of acid free, 60 pound paper, at an affordable everyday price.

NEW! $9.99 Wood Panel Super Value Packs
These value-priced, super value packs of double-sided, uncradled wood panels allow artists to bring the strength and beauty of wood into their work for a fraction of the cost of a heavier cradled wood panel. The smooth birch wood surface is great for traditional painting and drawing, as well as mounting, mixed media work, encaustic, model making and craft use, while the 5mm MDF core adds strength and resists warping. The number of panels per pack varies by size.

NEW! Medium W
by Schmincke
Make any oil paint water-mixable! Mix one part Medium W to two parts oil color to increase gloss and transparency of oils, balance drying and wash brushes with water instead of organic solvents, such as turpentine or paint thinner. This is a low odor, non-toxic alternative to traditional oil painting mediums and solvents, and is compatible with most oil colors. Available in the Medium W liquid medium and jellylike Medium W Gel.

Blue Q Bags
These are the worlds greatest recycled bags. Made from 95% post consumer material. They come in coin, pen & pencil, bigger pen & pencil, messenger, and shoppers. They are designed with pockets to hold the things we carry today including keys, phones, ipads and of course art supplies! The little bags organize the big bags. Plus they have the most awesome designs and we have a ton of them.

You've never seen color so vibrant! Art Department just received a good sized sample swatch of each color. Take the guess work out. Come in and see for yourself how the color looks in real life before you buy. Painting by customer Paula Fontanini, "I was impressed with the richness of the color".

Magazines are Back!
Need a little inspiration at a small price? Pick up an art magazine. We are just starting to receive our shipments of 6 different titles.
The Artist Magazine
Watercolor Artist
The Pastel Journal
Acrylic Artist
Artists & Makers

NEW! SolarFast

Click here for a great video! It's summer! Lets make some sunprints! Check out these dyes that react to sunlight! Works on fabric or paper. Easy clean up. Make your own unique t-shirt designs!

NEW Akua Intaglio and Liquid Pigment Inks


Akua Intaglio's soy-based formulation offers unmatched working properties Ė it will not skin over in the jar or dry on the printmaking plate and cleans up easily with soap and water. Excellent for Intaglio/Etching, Monotype, Relief and Collagraph printmaking. Available in 27 beautiful colors. Akua Liquid Pigment Inks are exceptionally strong, yet transparent-ideal for mult-layering. Their extended open time allows for convenience in working. Use for Monotype Brushwork, Japanese Woodcut and Drawing or for tinting Akua Intaglio and other inks.

NEW! 40% off DaVinci Brushes!
DaVinci Impasto Top Acryl Brush: Extra strong and stiff for Acrylics and Oils. This brush is perfect for using with texture gels and pastes. It is the "elastic painting knife brush"
DaVinci Cosmotopspin Brush:
These hand made brushes are our favorite watercolor brush. Although they are synthetic, they perform like natural hair. Their long-lasting, high quality fibers have an energetic spring and they hold more water than any other synthetic.

NEW Solvent-Free Painting Materials
More possibilities. Less compromise.
Gamblinís Solvent-Free Gel and Solvent-Free Fluid Medium painting mediums, both crafted from American-grown soybean and safflower oils, increase the flow of oil colors and moderately speed drying. Solvent-Free Gel retains marks and texture more readily than our Solvent-Free Fluid medium.
For cleaning brushes during solvent-free painting sessions, we recommend Gamblin Safflower Oil. When used as a painting medium, Gamblin Safflower oil will increase flow and slow drying.
Made in Portland, Oregon!

NEW! Watch Parts
Look for the packages of Watch Parts. Use them in your assemblages, altered art, or any other kind of mixed media project!

NEW! Wax Seal Sets & Single Wax Sticks
Add the elegant touch of a wax seal to those special letters, secret messages, and invitations! The sets are available with different seal designs and colored waxes. Already have a seal? Now stocking the refill single wax sticks.

NEW! General's Original Charcoal Pencils
An excellent quality pencil made of high carbon and fine organic blacks available in 4 degrees of black and 1 degree of white. White can be worked over the black. All are pre-sharpened and have smooth cedar casings. Recommended by our drawing teacher, Ian Factor. Made in the USA.

This 100% Cotton watercolor paper comes in blocks, packets and sheets in a bunch of sizes in 140# and 300# Cold Press and 140# Hot Press. Come in and try our new favorite watercolor paper. Works great with acrylics and dry medias as well.

We are so excited about the NEW Pastel Premier Paper by Global Art. This archival 100% cotton145# paper can take up to 25 layers of pastel. Available in white and Italian clay; sheets, packs, and rolls; and in 3 toothy grits. It is so durable that it can be used with oil, acrylics, colored pencil and other dry media.

Molskine Journals, Sketch, Watercolor, Grid, Reporter, Ruled, and more.
Art Department is fully stocked on these quality little journals.

NEOCOLOR I -- New at Art Department, these highly pigmented wax crayons are NOT your childs color crayons. Use them alone, as a resist, or draw over encaustics or dry cold wax for detail.
NEOCOLOR II -- A long time favorite, these versatile water-soluble crayons are luscious dry or wet. You can scrape into them dry or blend them together with a wet brush. Plus, they have a high lightfast rating to boot.
NEOPASTEL -- We have never seen such an array of color intensity in an oil pastel. The sticks contain permanent artist pigments and are supremely smooth and blendable.

40% OFF Princeton Oil & Acrylic Brushes
Artist's quality brushes come in a variety of shapes. Their stiff yet soft tapered tips lend more control than less expensive brushes. Treat yourself, you and your paintings deserve the best!

All 358 colors of Copic Sketch Markers are in stock at the new everyday sale price of $5.50 each! These markers have replaceable nibs and the ink is refillable. Click the picture to find out more about these awesome pens.

40% OFF WOOD CRADLED PANELS - Now Stocking New Sizes!
Made in Salem by American Easel, these panels are constructed of a smooth solid poplar wood 1 5/8Ē cradle (frame around the back) for strength and rigidity and a top quality birch wood face. The company uses locally grown and sustainable materials from Pacific Northwest mills that have a vested interest in preserving the forests for future generations. We love these!
Many of our customers are turning them over and using them as frames.

Art Department, Inc • 254 Commercial ST NE • Salem, OR 97301
Hours: Mon-Thurs: 9am-6pm • Fri: 9am-5:30pm • Sat: 10am-5pm • Sun: noon-4 pm
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