Has life gotten too surreal lately, North Jerseyans? Just let your troubles Gogh, and put your energy into fostering some creativity. Sew yourself a truly unique Halloween costume or knit some scarves for this winter's most frigid days. Maybe you're low on darkroom supplies, or you just tossed your last piece of sketch paper in the trash. Don’t worry; we’ve got you covered with this illustrious list of art supply stores in northern New Jersey. Instead of swimming in the pool this summer, get your brushstroke on at one of these fine establishments!
Jerry’s Artist Outlet
Looking for something specific or just browsing? At Jerry’s, it simply doesn’t matter! You'll head in for a paintbrush and leave with five other art-related knick knacks you didn't know you needed. Spanning two storefronts, Jerry’s stocks every art supply under the sun—from modeling materials and sketching easels, to airbrush accessories and color guides. The 15-person staff is also extremely knowledgeable and can answer any questions that you might have—consider them your local art experts. Jerry’s second storefront doubles as a framing shop; so if you happen to come full circle and create that masterpiece, Jerry’s is truly your one-stop art shop destination! Essex Green Mall; 495 Prospect Ave; West Orange; (862) 253-2130
Blick Art Materials
We all know that art can be a bit pretentious at times, but at Blick you’ll feel right at home and welcome. Like the more art-exclusively focused sister to Michael’s, Blick is fun for the whole family. Aside from being filled with many professional-grade materials, Blick also has adult coloring books and kid-friendly art sets. What’s more are the discounts that Blick offers! Arguably among the best features of the store is their 10% membership discount with every purchase as well as the frequent coupons on offer.
65 Route 4 West; 35 Plaza, Unit 4; Paramus; (201) 843-7702
Yarn Diva and More
Are you interested in becoming a yarn diva? Yarn Diva and More has got you covered—especially on the “and more” front. The employees are friendly and supportive as well as highly informed about the products they offer. Every yarn you purchase is wound and wrapped with love in pink tissue paper. Pro tip: become a member of Yarn Diva on Raverly and get 15% off every purchase at Yarn Diva and More! 428 Hillsdale Ave; Hillsdale; (201) 664-4100
Unique Photo is truly unique in every sense of the word. From competitively priced equipment to photo classes for the beginner or the expert, this family-owned store has made camera shopping a flash! What’s great about Unique is that they offer services that have become seemingly extinct in the photo world such as the development and printing of analog and digital photos. Another highlight worth taking advantage of are their photo taking adventures, otherwise known as photo-taking day trips hosted by the store.
So be sure not to SHY away from this camera store! 123 Us Hwy 46; Fairfield; (973) 377-2007
Rock Paper Scissors
Rock Paper Scissors is so much more than just a sewing store. Come for the fabric and stay for the neighborliness. The employees at Rock Paper Scissors have been known to truly invest in your creative vision. From hosting sewing workshops to fixing your sewing machine, it’s safe to say the staff is enlightened in all of your embroidery needs. 15 Bloomfield Ave, Montclair; (973) 337-6759
Byco Repro and Art
Located steps from the Garwood train station, Byco Repro & Art are the masters at magnificent reproductions, but it must be noted that this deceptively small store packs a huge punch with what they keep in stock. If by chance they don't have the exact item you're looking for, the extremely helpful and personable employees can order it for you on the spot. The store also offers design services and custom calendars. 340 N Ave; Garwood; (908) 789-2452
Newark Print Shop
PRINT CLUB is open to all levels of artists on Wednesdays from 6pm-10pm with a small $10 donation—a small fare for access to an etching press, letterpress, a Thermofax Machine for alternative screen printing, a homemade exposure unit for traditional screen printing, a darkroom for black and white processing, brayers and burnishers, squeegees and silkscreens, large format printer (call ahead for access), a work table with clamps, and more. Some paper and inks are kept on hand, so all you need is your ideas.
For $25 per child, you get full use of the studio space, supplies and materials and a professional teaching artist to lead the group. Adults can get in on the fun too for $35 per person (minimum 5 participants, max. 12). 304 University Ave. FL 2, Newark; (973) 643-2772