Art Alternatives

Based in the San Francisco Bay Area we’re a small creative group designing art supply essentials at great prices so that we can all afford to make art part of every day.
Launched in 2000 and specializing in art surfaces including over 350 sizes and styles of canvas and panels, as well as black books and 1000+ other creative tools and supplies. Art Alternatives is available nationwide at independent art stores and online.

Our mission is to make artistic expression affordable for anyone who feels inspired to do it!

  • Out of Stock
    • A set of 11 fine tools for clearing, smoothing, shaping and sculpting clay.
    • Great for intricate work, smooth edges, finishing, trimming and adding detail.
    • Each tool measures approximately 7″ to 9″ long,
    • long-lasting wood handle and durable steel tips.
    • The set includes a salt-and-pepper drill, wire brush, straight needles, double-ended clean-up and lace tools and more.
  • Out of Stock

    This 25 brush assortment features a wide range of choices in filament, size and shape to suit practically any art or craft application.

    Use with oil, acrylic, watercolor, tempera, gouache and more.

    Set includes: two 1″ foam; a 1″ chip; six golden nylon (two each washes, shaders and rounds); five white nylon (two shaders, one each liner, round and angular shader); five camel hair (three rounds and 2 washes); two sable rounds; and four bristle brushes (three flats and a round).

  • KSh365KSh440

    These  canvas panels are great for lighter paint applications, quick studies, practice and class projects. The unbleached 3 oz. cotton is primed with acid-free acrylic titanium gesso to a finished weight of 8 oz. and is wrapped around an acid-free recycled paper board core. Suitable for use with all acrylic paints, oil paints and other wet or dry media.

  • Clutch Pencil Art Tin Set Out of Stock


    • Clutch pencils have a constant weight and size for precise technique control
    • The 5.6mm, grade 2B lead is strong and will not break easily
    • set includes a drop lead mechanism, a built-in sharpener, three graphite leads and a kneaded eraser.
  • KSh600

    Sets of 5.6mm leads for use with the Art Alternatives Clutch Pencil or other 5.6mm lead holders. The Graphite Set contains four graphite leads two of grade 2B and one each of grades 4B and 6B. The Sketching Set contains five leads in traditional sketching colors: black, bistre, sepia, sanguine and white. Both sets conform to ASTM D-4236.

  • Nylon Palette Knives

    Mix or apply oil and acrylic colors with these universal color mixing tools. The flexible blade easily manipulates paint strokes and texture. The high strength, one-piece, molded nylon is more durable than plastic and is easily wiped clean. More economical than metal, they are light-weight and will never rust. Suitable for both studio and classroom work. Durable enough for many uses.

  • Out of Stock

    This medium-weight, unbleached artist canvas is primed with acid-free titanium acrylic gesso. It is ideal for most painting projects and a great base for use with oils, acrylics, alkyds, spray paint or other painting mediums. The canvas weight is 5 oz. before priming, 10 oz. after priming and is the same fabric used for the Classic Stretched Canvas line.

  • Charcoal PencilCharcoal Pencil
    • Available in HB, B and 3B
    • combines the rich blackness of a charcoal pencil with the smooth control of a graphite pencil.
    • Less abrasive than charcoal pencils
    • Create intense lines and rich, dark tones, allowing unlimited freedom of expression.
  • Stumps & Tortillons Set Out of Stock
    • Double-ended, pointed and made from soft, gray paper
    • excellent for blending and smoothing pastels, charcoal, graphite or any other dry media.
    •  tortillons are excellent for rapid, thin blending on pencil, charcoal or pastel drawings.
    • They are comprised of spiral-wound rolled paper and are single-ended.
    • Both are easily sharpened with a sandpaper block.
    • This 10-piece set includes six tortillons and four stumps in mixed sizes.
  • KSh2,450KSh3,070

    These cradled wood panels are great for painting, especially thick, heavy applications and palette knife work, as well as encaustic, mixed media and craft use as a shadow box, frame or tray. The 4mm hand-sanded birch wood surface is smooth for detailed work and mounting, while the sturdy pine cradle adds support and allows for hanging without a frame. Available in two profile depths: Studio panels have a 3/4″ deep profile a