Friday, December 17, 2010

The cheapest prices on art supplies. Guaranteed.

In 2010, we (Jerry's Artarama) changed all of our prices so that they were the lowest in the country. We knew about the change, but we wanted to find a way to show our current customers and potential future customers that it's true, that it's not just a tagline. And we wanted to do it in a way that was as straightforward as possible and didn't allow for any tricks or cleverness.

So last week, we walked through Jerry's and picked 8 of our most popular items and rung them up. 

We visited Michaels, Hobby Lobby, Asel Art and the UT Co-op Art Store and bought the same items from each store (the only exception was Asel did not carry the Galeria acrylic, so we only bought 7 items from them). This is what we ended up with:

(You can click here or on the image to see a larger, higher-resolution version.)

We think the difference is clear and actually pretty surprising - our shopping trip at Jerry's cost HALF of what we spent at Michaels for the EXACT SAME supplies. Even despite sales and discounts, Jerry's was still notably less expensive than all four stores. 

The items we bought were:
Prismacolor Art Marker
Prismacolor Premier Colored Pencil
Winsor & Newton Art Masking Fluid
Strathmore Sketch Pad (9"x12")
Winsor & Newton Galeria Acrylic (Titanium White, 200ml)
Liquitex Heavy Body Acrylic (Titanium White, 2oz.)
Winsor & Newton Winton Oil Color (Titanium White, 2oz.)
Faber-Castell PITT Pen 4 pack

We hope that next time you're hunting down art supplies in Austin, you'll think of us. We know art supplies can get expensive and that "starving artist" isn't always just a cliché, so we are doing what we can to keep our prices reasonable and affordable and to keep the creativity that Austin is known for flowing. Keep creating!

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Holiday Hours

DECEMBER 24 - 10am - 5pm - We will be serving eggnog in the store on the 24th! Stop by for some holiday cheer!

DECEMBER 25 - Closed! - We will be closed on the 25th, but we will be open with regular hours on New Years Eve and New Years Day.


Happy Holidays from Elf Jerry & everyone at Jerry's Austin!

We liked the 3D signs that artist Scott Eastwood made for us so much, that we asked him back to make a special holiday end-cap for us. And of course, it turned out really awesome.

He created it using recycled cardboard and foamcore (for the structures & letters) and Lukas CRYL acrylics and Montana Gold spray paints. Come by the store to check it out!

Hope everyone has a wonderful holiday. Also, don't forget that we have a huge sale going on right now!
Jerry's Austin

Elf Jerry

Holiday End-cap

Friday, December 3, 2010

Joseph L. Griffiths

Joseph L. Griffiths is an Australian artist who lives in Paris and brings amazing ideas to life, like the following piece, "Drawing Machine #1 (To Your Hearts Content)".

Friday, October 22, 2010

Gregory Thielker

Rainy days - We don't get too many of those here, but these hyperrealistic paintings (yes, paintings) from artist Gregory Thielker are a pretty amazing reminder of what they're like.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Chalk Walk

Last weekend in downtown Round Rock, the first Chalk Walk Sidewalk Chalk Art Festival was held. Our fearless leader, Catherine, was on hand to take some pics of the sidewalk masterpieces!

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Practica 2-packs are back!

Great news, guys! The sought-after 2-Packs of Practica canvas are back and we have a million of them. Also, the 16"x20" and 18"x24" sizes will be on sale for another couple months. Enjoy!

Practica 2-Packs


The Stacks

Tuesday, September 28, 2010


Artist Jeremy Mayer (Oakland, CA) made this deer out of recycled typewriter parts. I know Austin is kind of a mecca for recycled & found object art, but I'm not sure that I've seen anything this stunning here (although my neighbor's front yard is a good effort). 

Also, he says that he doesn't "solder, weld, or glue these assemblages together- the process is entirely cold assembly," which to me makes it all the more impressive. Has anyone seen anything like this in Austin?

Deer III, Jeremy Mayer, 2010

Monday, September 27, 2010

Raquel Aparicio

I'm in love with these beautiful pieces by Spanish illustrator Raquel Aparicio. Such a great use of watercolor/inks and washes.

Friday, September 24, 2010


In 2007, artist Kristopher Ho began a project inspired by paintings by the Japanese painter Naohisa Inoue. Kristopher's project has clearly taken off, becoming something pretty spectacular. Here are some examples of the world that he has imagined.

Check out the rest here!

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Shuichi Nakano is "Searching for Paradise"

Check out these incredible paintings by Japanese artist Shuichi Nakano.


Saturday, September 25

This Saturday, September 25th from 1 to 4pm, Mazarine Treyz will join us in the store to provide a free demo on encaustic painting. She will be demoing the crackle glaze technique, as well as the transfer technique. If you don't know about encaustics, now is the time to learn!

Mazarine has taught encaustic art since 2007. She is passionate about encaustic and has been the student of some of the top encaustic artists in the USA, including Jef Gunn, teacher at the Pacific Northwest College of Art, and Linda Womack, author of Embracing Encaustic. She has had encaustic shows in Portland, Oregon, and Texas. Mazarine is a member of International Encaustic Artists and a member of Texas Wax, a nonprofit serving the Encaustic community in Texas.

See more examples of her work at

Tuesday, September 21, 2010


To follow up yesterday's post, here's another beautiful video making use of new technologies, but in this case an old and well-known one as well. A record player!

Light Drive from Kim Pimmel on Vimeo.

Monday, September 20, 2010


One of the most interesting things about new technologies is the direction they take when creative people get their hands on them. Here's a pretty creative use for Apple's iPad:

Making Future Magic: iPad light painting from Dentsu London on Vimeo.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Dana Brown Demo Photos

A few weeks ago, local artist Dana Brown graced us with an excellent demo on image transfers. These pictures just surfaced, so we thought we would share. Also, check out the new classroom at the store!

Dana Brown's demo

Dana Brown's demo

Dana Brown's demo


Friday, September 17

Tomorrow, Friday, September 17th from 10:00am to noon, Shelley Minnis, artist and fine art consumer specialist for Prismacolor, will showcase Prismacolor pencils, watercolor products and other artist materials, demonstrating various mediums and techniques. Shelley has worked with Prismacolor products exploring processes and techniques for the past 13 years.

Shelley has a BFA from the University of North Texas and taught art for 10 years. On a personal note, she has had the opportunity to create wall murals for clients, both commercial and private. Along with her art, she enjoys exercising, photography and traveling.

Prismacolor samples and doorprizes will be available!!! Don’t miss out!