The problem with the “big box” art stores is that they all function the same way with a lot of supplies for a lot of art but not enough specialized materials. Many don’t even offer classes or workshops and if they do, they are for the very basics. However, here we have five locations in the greater Seattle area that will not only supply you with materials you need but also with the inspiration as well.

Seattle Mosaic Arts
1325 N. 46th St.
Seattle, WA 98103
(206) 402-6642

Set up like a candy store, Seattle Mosaic Arts has hundreds of different types of ceramic tiles and glass pieces displayed in canning jars on shelves. Browsing is easy. You can purchase as much or as little as you want or need. Don’t know what to buy? Just look around. Other artists’ works are hanging nearby to inspire you. The shop also carries other supplies needed like nippers, grout glue. In addition, Seattle Mosaic Arts offers workshop space so you can call the space your studio as well. Members are allowed work on their art pieces any time the store is open. While you’re there, you’re bound to see someone working on a special project and if you ask nicely, they will be happy to tell you about it too.

Covenant Art Glass 
3232 Broadway
Everett, WA 98201
(425) 252-4232

Since 1979, owners Stan and Colleen Price have provided quality art glass, supplies and classes to the Everett community with a shop that doubles as a showroom. With a large variety of glass to choose from, usually for stained glass or fused glass projects, nothing gets thrown away. Unused glass pieces, known as remnants, are sold for smaller projects like jewelry making or even mosaics. The one-stop shop also features different workshops where at any time, you can see artists in action. Workshops include classes in stained glass, fusing glass, mosaics and more.

Daniel Smith
4150 1st Ave. S.
Seattle, WA 98134
(206) 223-9599

Daniel Smith has one of the largest selections of art supplies in Seattle as well as Redmond, offering materials for card making, watercolor, acrylic and oil paints, printmaking, drawing, paper, furniture, framing, books and more. Both stores offer workshops and free demonstrations throughout the week. Plan to stay awhile as there is much to look at. Don’t have the time to go out? Materials can be ordered online as well.

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Art Primo
6601 E. Marginal Way S. Suite B
Seattle, WA 98108
(206) 365-4083

Art Primo caters more to the urban artist rather than fine artist, but both are welcome here and it’s an experience you won’t readily find anywhere else. Art Primo is not your mother’s art store. Here you’ll find supplies for crafters, muralists and graffiti and aerosol artists. In addition to spray paint, markers and ink, you’ll find instruction books, magazines to inspire and other items not found in traditional art stores like clothing, skateboards, stickers and more. Need some inspiration? Visit the showroom which is open each Friday from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Art Spot
408 Main St.
Edmonds, WA 98020
(425) 640-6408

“Indulge your inner artist” is the phrase that helps define the Art Spot in Edmonds. Many are unaware that this shop exists and that’s a shame. Not only will you find plenty of art supplies (catalyst tools, brushes, paints, fine paper, calligraphy pens, drawing supplies, colored duct tape, manga supplies and more), but they have a  calendar full of events and “super supportive” art classes scheduled throughout the year. Find one that works for you and learn a new craft today.

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Jeffrey Totey is a freelance writer living in Seattle. He has a love for the arts and is a student of pop culture. He covers stories about the performing arts, theater, museums, cultural events, movies and more in the greater Seattle area. His work can be found at