at nika's my criteria for what I sell needs to satisfy three things: best quality for the cost & the most versatility of use possible. I create daily; and USE most of my products. I try very hard to understand what I sell and provide you best price/quality. I've been working on this addiction for way too many years to want to compromise!
For example, lets look at just one product - catalysing resin - why on earth would you buy it from a scrapbooking company that charges more, compromises quality, and dumps it as soon as sales flatten? It makes so much more sense to buy resin from the company that's been making it for the past umpteen years; charges less and has ironed out it's quality assurance issues. So to that end, at nika's you'll find ink made by ink companies, paint made by paint companies and so on.
Artist Stamps & Supplies ~
find a wide range of artist stamps including eclectic stamps for collaging from
various companies such as: Hand Carved Wooden Stamps, Paper Artsy,
Prima, Hero Arts, Rubber Soul, Judikins, Deep Red, Technique Tuesday,
Chapel Road, Magenta, Ryn Tanaka, Stampscapes, Frog's Whiskers, Judikins, Penny Black, My Heart Stamps For You
.... SO many many more. Find also many "hoarded" treasures from [sadly] defunt companies like Posh Impressions,
Stampa Rosa, Non-Sequitur, Sunday International, Art-Kure & more.
Supplies: embossing powders / heat tools / papers suitable for art stamping / acrylic mounts / shaped mounts etc.
Inks ~ ENORMOUS selection of re-inkers, ink pads, from chalks, to metallics, to pearlised
to dye-based, to pigmented, to acrylic. Find cool stuff like Fresco Re-inkers
and funky inking tools.
Cutting Dies & Embossing Folders ~ self explanatory, I try to choose eclectic stuff & let's face it these scrapbooking tools are so VERSATILE, make your own masks & stencils, use your embossing folders in printing making and with clays.
Printing Making Supplies~ print making inks, extenders & mediums & tools,
including gelli plates, brayers, masks, stencils, and more.
Inexpensive Oil Paints & Water Miscable Oils / Oil Pastels / Sakura Gel Pens and so on and so on and so on..
Alcohol Inks ~ could be included in the media section, but since this product
is so special, it gets its own category. Find inks from 5 companies, and
other paint products that work beautifully with these little bottles of joy.
Also find lots of selection for non-porous surfaces to work the inks on such as recycled glass, mirror card, foil board, acetate, acrylic ornaments & more...
Water Colours ~ again, this could be included in the
media section - but I carry so many varieties of
water based and water soluble media that they require
their own category: Nicholson's / Ken Oliver Color Bursts /
Magenta Nuance Pigments / Pearlised Pigments / Portfolio Water Soluble OIL pastels / Water Soluble Crayons /
Water Soluble Pencils / Kuretake Gansai / Koi WaterColours / USArtquest Mica Paints / Water Based Markers / etc.
Mediums & Adhesives ~ find pouring mediums / thickening & thinning mediums / gels / gesso / fabric, glass & tile / finishes & glazes / fibre paste / crackle glazes / liquid beads / resist / and more. Find Daniel Smith Water Colour Medium - turns your canvas surface into a substrate that you can use with your watercolours! Find adhesives such as The Ultimate WaterBased Superglue / E6000 / Diamond Glaze / Artist Glue Tape & Sheets / Fabric Glue / PVA and more.
140-200 lb card stocks for box-making / Silk based cardstocks, [linen and polished finish] / Japanese Yuzens [8.5"x11" size], handmade paper / although I'm not a scrapbooker, I love patterned papers - so find a good supply at nika's. Mounted & Unmounted Canvas / Canvas Boards / Water Colour Canvas / prepped metal stuff / prepped recycled wood, and lots of other goodies.
Sundries & Embellishments ~ metal leaf / MICA sheets / weird stuff like real clock parts / chunky acrylic beads ~ some as large as chandelier elements, bingo markers (ask me why!) / sequins / open stock jewelery elements & findings / RIBBON [yikes ~ too much!] / decent offering of wool fibres to use in mixed media - just ask me for a yardage at minimal cost / love the shiny stuff, so find lots of art-quality glitters / buttons / brads / and MORE, SO MUCH MORE!
For the most part, if the store isn't too busy, I'm happy to haul out my stuff, make my work table messy and show you at least a quick overview of what MOST of my art supplies can do.