Welcome to Australia’s newest old art store.

Dear friends,

We hope you are keeping safe and well.

While we gradually transition to this new reality, if you’d like to support a long time, locally owned family business, we’d love to hear from you.

Bondi Road Art Supplies is currently trading by email orders only.

Pick up can be available from the eastern suburbs of Sydney.

You can email us at stephenlenn AT hotmail.com with what you’d like and we’ll get back to you with what we have. Please include your phone number.

You can also give us a call on 02 9387 3746.

And yes, after 51 years on Bondi Road, we have closed our physical storefront (as of 1st July 2020).

We’re also looking to cut down on some of our ranges and quantities, so if you’ve ever thought, “Hey, I’d like a small mountain of paper” or “How about that lifetime supply of pastel pencils?” or “What can I do with a collection of random watercolours?”, just ask!

We look forward to continuing on your visual and artistic journeyings with you.

Stephen and Susan

Belgium handcrafted, artist quality, watercolour paints.
Only available online.
The world’s first Double Phthalo Green.
Flat-rate Australia-wide shipping.
Curate your own sets and large orders from the paintmaker.


The word canvas is derived from the 13th century Anglo-French canevaz and the Old French canevas. Both may be derivatives of the Vulgar Latin cannapaceus for “made of hemp,” originating from the Greek κάνναβις (cannabis). One of the earliest surviving oils on canvas is a French Madonna with angels from around 1410 in the Gemäldegalerie, Berlin.

Artists’ Stretched Canvases.
Heavy Duty (3.8mm frame) and Thin (1.9mm frame) profiles.
Cotton, Linen (Primed + Clear Primed) and Polycotton.
Almost all sizes available.


Australian made Air Drying Clay:
10kg white or terrocotta block – $25
2kg block – $15

Large Pencil Sets

All items as shown.
1 only – 72 Derwent Artists’ Pencils, Wooden Box, $259. No external box.
2 only – 72 Derwent Watercolour Pencils, Wooden Box, $259. External box worn.
1 only – Derwent 24 Coloursoft and 12 Drawing, Cardboard Flip Open Box, $89. External box worn.
2 only – 48 Prismacolor soft core in a reusable, hand-crafted, top-grain, genuine leather pencil case. $139. Also includes neons, decos and a bonus black and white (but no browns or greys).
4 only – 120 Prismacolor soft core in a reusable, hand-crafted, top-grain, genuine leather pencil case. $259. There are small variations in each set – usually 1 to 3 different blues / purples and sometimes a different green.



Our pigment blends have been used in the restoration of the ceiling of the Sydney Town Hall and in the construction of the new wing (Kaldor Gallery) at the Art Gallery of New South Wales.

Stretcher Bar

Lightweight (8 inches to 120 inches) – 19cm profile.
Heavyweight (12 inches to 84 inches) – 32cm profile.

Used to construct a wooden stretcher frame to mount canvas.



  • Watercolour.
  • Oil / Acrylic.
  • Fan.
  • Bristle.
  • Hake.
  • Tacklon.
  • Nylon.
  • Sable.
  • Squirrel.
  • Calligraphy.
  • Sign writing.
  • Liner.
  • Mop.
  • Spotter.
  • Sets.
  • Holders and wallets.

Ideal for application of material, such as paint.

Brushes are also ideal for removal of material for teeth, floors, shoe-polish, curling, nails, milk-churn, vacuum-cleaner, archaeology, lavatory, clothes, car-wash, gun-barrel, wire, typewriter eraser, dandy for horse grooming, dishwashing, beekeeper’s, bench-grinder, rotary, flue, chimney, bottle and broom (long-handled brush). Alas, we don’t sell these types of brushes.



  • Watercolour.
  • Gouache.
  • Oils.
  • Oil sticks.
  • Water soluble oils.
  • Face and body.
  • Childrens.

Matisse Structure (75ml, 250ml, 500ml, limited 1L)
Mattise Flow (75ml)
Pebeo Studio (100ml)
Liquitex Heavy Body (59ml) – limited end of range
Derivan Student (75ml, 250ml, 1L, 2L)

Cave paintings drawn with red or yellow ochre, hematite, manganese oxide, and charcoal may have been made by early Homo sapiens as long as 40,000 years ago. In 2011, South African archaeologists reported finding a 100,000 year old human-made ochre-based mixture which may have been used like paint.

* Answers: 1 = A. 2 = B. Question? Printmaking.



  • Visual diaries and journals.
  • Drawing and sketching pads – assorted qualities, weights and sizes.
  • Watercolour sheets – 185gsm, 300gsm, 640gsm.
  • Watercolour pads.
  • Sheet and pads for acrylic and oil painting.
  • Cotton print making.
  • Rolls for watercolour and drawing.
  • Cards and envelopes.
  • Individual sheets and packs of coloured for various purposes.
  • Japanese printed and rice.
  • Tissue.

Produced by pressing together moist fibres (typically cellulose pulp derived from wood, rags or grasses) and drying them into flexible sheets, paper, and the pulp papermaking process, was said to be developed in China during the early 2nd century AD by the Han court eunuch Cai Lun, although the earliest archaeological fragments of paper derive from the 2nd century BC in China.

Easel, Box, Table


  • Studio easels.
  • Table easels.
  • Childrens easels.
  • Toolboxes.
  • Table top drafting tables.

Handmade in Australia from solid pine.

Easel is an old Germani synonym for donkey (compare similar semantics). In various languages, its equivalent is the only word for both animal and apparatus, such as Esel in Afrikaans and earlier ezel in Dutch (the easel generally in full schildersezel, ‘painter’s donkey’), themselves derived from Latin Asinus (hence ass). However, in other languages the two words are not related, for example Danish word is staffeli and donkey is æsel.



  • Sheets.
  • Dowels and sticks.
  • Packs.

Ochroma pyramidale, commonly known as the balsa tree (also O. lagopus), is a species of flowering plant in the mallow family, Malvaceae. Balsa trees are native to southern Brazil and Bolivia north to southern Mexico. It grows extremely rapidly, up to 30 m in 10–15 years and trees frequently do not live beyond 30 to 40 years. The speed of growth accounts for the lightness of the wood; balsa wood has a lower density than cork.



  • Paper (terracotta and white).
  • Air-drying.
  • Polymer.
  • Modelling.
  • Plasticine.
  • Tools.
  • Sponges – sea and cosmetic.

Associated with the Jomon culture, some of the earliest pottery sherds have been from central Honshu, Japan – the deposits from which they were recovered have been radiocarbon dated to around 14000BC.



  • Crayons.
  • Soft.
  • Water-soluble.
  • Oil.
  • Pencils.

The word “crayon” dates to 1644, coming from (chalk) and the Latin word creta (Earth).



  • Graphite.
  • Solid graphite.
  • Charcoal.
  • Carbon.
  • Coloured.
  • Grease.
  • Watercolour.
  • Pastel.
  • Case / wrap.

Around 1560, an Italian couple named Simonio and Lyndiana Bernacotti made what are likely the first blueprints for the modern, wood-encased carpentry pencil. Their version was a flat, oval, more compact type of pencil. Their concept involved the hollowing out of a stick of juniper wood. Shortly thereafter, a superior technique was discovered: two wooden halves were carved, a graphite stick inserted, and the halves then glued together—essentially the same method in use to this day.



  • Pigmented.
  • Calligraphy.
  • Acrylic.

Ink can be a complex medium, composed of solvents, pigments, dyes, resins, lubricants, solubilisers, surfactants, particulate matter, fluorescers, and other materials.



  • Pigmented.
  • Paint.
  • Gold and silver.
  • Copic markers.
  • Brush markers.
  • Overhead projector.
  • Calligraphy.
  • Bamboo ink.
  • Glass.
  • Chalk.
  • Holders and nibs.

Ancient Indians were the first to use the pen. According to ancient text the earliest of pens made in India used bird feathers, bamboo sticks, etc. The old literature of Puranas, Ramayana and Mahabharta used this kind of pen roughly 500 BC. Ancient Egyptians had developed writing on papyrus scrolls when scribes used thin reed brushes or reed pens from the Juncus maritimus or sea rush. In his book A History of Writing, Steven Roger Fischer suggests that on the basis of finds at Saqqara, the reed pen might well have been used for writing on parchment as long ago as the First Dynasty or about 3000 BC. Reed pens continued to be used until the Middle Ages although they were slowly replaced by quills from about the 7th century. The reed pen, generally made from bamboo, is still used in some parts of Pakistan by young students and is used to write on small boards made of timber.



  • Acrylic.
  • Oil.
  • Watercolor.
  • Gesso.
  • Spray – matte, gloss and satin varnishes for oils, acrylics, drawings and pastels.
  • Speciality.

Did you know that linseed oil is obtained from the dried ripe seeds of the flax plant and classical world painters used materials like egg, wax, honey, or bitumen as binders to mix with pigment in order to hold the pigment particles together in the formation of paint.

You did? Go you!



  • Pencils.
  • Water soluble graphite sticks.
  • Woodless.
  • Powder.
  • Sets.

Invented by Nicolas-Jacques Conté in the 1700’s, the graphite that is used in pencils is most commonly a mix of powdered graphite and clay. Low-quality amorphous graphite is used and around 4% of the 1.1 million tonnes of natural graphite produced in 2011 was used to make pencils.



  • Plaster bandages.
  • Pottery plaster.

A large gypsum deposit at Montmartre in Paris led gypsum plaster to be commonly known as…



  • Willow.
  • Compressed.
  • Powder.
  • Pencils.
  • Sets.

Usually produced by slow pyrolysis (the heating of wood or other substances in the absence of oxygen), charcoal is the dark grey residue consisting of carbon, and any remaining ash, obtained by removing water and other volatile constituents from animal and vegetation substances.



  • Armature wire.
  • Metal sheeting for embossing – gold, silver and copper.

While it makes up about 8% by weight of the Earth’s solid surface, aluminium metal is so chemically reactive that native specimens are rare; instead, it is found combined in over 270 different minerals.



  • Dutch metal (transfer and loose) – gold and silver.
  • 23 carat gold leaf, silver leaf.
  • Gold size.
  • Japan gold size.

A gilded object is described as “gilt”. Do not confuse with the other spelling.



  • Polypropylene.

Modern supported Ziegler-Natta catalysts developed for the polymerization of propylene and other 1-alkenes to isotactic polymers usually use TiCl4 as an active ingredient and MgCl2 as a support. The catalysts also contain organic modifiers, either aromatic acid esters and diesters or ethers. These catalysts are activated with special cocatalysts containing an organoaluminum compound such as Al(C2H5)3 and the second type of a modifier. The catalysts are differentiated depending on the procedure used for fashioning catalyst particles from MgCl2 and depending on the type of organic modifiers employed during catalyst preparation and use in polymerization reactions. Two most important technological characteristics of all the supported catalysts are high productivity and a high fraction of the crystalline isotactic polymer they produce at 70–80 °C under standard polymerization conditions. Commercial synthesis of isotactic polypropylene is usually carried out either in the medium of liquid propylene or in gas-phase reactors.

Honestly, we don’t exactly understand what all of this means.



  • Beeswax.
  • Bleached beeswax.
  • Paraffin.
  • Shellac.

All waxes are organic compounds, both synthetic and naturally occurring.



  • Paints.
  • Loose.
  • Pigments.

An assortment of very small (roughly 1 mm²) pieces of copolymer plastics, aluminium foil, titanium dioxide, iron oxides, bismuth oxychloride or other materials painted in metallic, neon and iridescent colours to reflect light in a sparkling spectrum.

It is not to be confused with confetti, which contains larger pieces, and should also not be confused with sequins, which are larger yet.



  • Glue – Water based PVA, UHU glues, Elmers, Crafters Pick, Zap-A-Gap, acid free glues, super glues, rubber cement, glue sticks, balsa wood glues, Japanese rice glue.
  • Tapes – double sided, acid free, masking, cloth.
  • Spray.

The oldest known adhesive, dated to approximately 200,000 BC, is from spear stone flakes glued to a wood with birch-bark-tar, which was found in central Italy. The use of compound glues to haft stone spears into wood dates back to approximately 70,000 BC. Evidence for this has been found in Sibudu Cave, South Africa and the compound glues used were made from plant gum and red ochre. The Tyrolean Iceman had weapons fixed together with the aid of birch-bark-tar glue.



  • Plastic.
  • Wooden.
  • Ceramic.
  • Disposable.
  • Palette knives.

In the original sense of the word – a rigid, flat surface on which a painter arranges and mixes paints.

From the original, literal sense came a figurative sense by extension, referring to a selection of colours, as used in a specific art object or in a group of works comprising a visual style.

We bring the former, you bring the latter.



  • High polymer.
  • Gum.
  • Kneadable.
  • Rubber (genuine).

Before rubber erasers, tablets of rubber or wax were used to erase lead or charcoal marks from paper. Bits of rough stone such as sandstone or pumice were used to remove small errors from parchment or papyrus documents written in ink. Crustless bread was used as an eraser in the past; a Meiji-era Tokyo student said: “Bread erasers were used in place of rubber erasers, and so they would give them to us with no restriction on amount. So we thought nothing of taking these and eating a firm part to at least slightly satisfy our hunger.”



  • With and without carry sleeves.
  • With and without ring binders.
  • Carrying cases.
  • Sizes from A4 to A1.

Briefcases are descendants of the limp satchel used in the fourteenth century for carrying money and valuables. It was called a “budget”, derived from the Latin word “bulga” or Irish word “bolg”, both meaning leather bag.



  • Lino squares.
  • Vinyl squares.
  • Etching needles.
  • Styluses.
  • Lino and wood cutting tools.
  • Easy carve printing blocks.
  • Plastic etching / zinc plates.
  • Silk screens.
  • Squeegees.
  • Screen printing paint.
  • Stencil paper for silk screens.

Match these 2 printmaking techniques:

1 – Relief.

2 – Stencil.

to their descriptions:

A – Where ink is applied to the original surface of the matrix – techniques include: woodcut or woodblock as the Asian forms are usually known, wood engraving, linocut and metalcut.

B – Where ink or paint is pressed through a prepared screen – includes: screenprinting and pochoir.

Answers? Paint.



  • Ruler – Stainless, non-slip safety with fingerguard, plastic, wooden, t-square, triangle and flat scale, flexible curves, set squares, adjustable set squares, rolling, templates and architectural templates.
  • Paper – Foamcore, screen board, box board, drafting film, butter paper tracing paper, graph paper and pads, bond, bank and bleedproof pads and a large selection of drawing and pastel papers.
  • Pen – Rotring and drafting pens.
  • Pencils – Mechanical, clutch and a large selection of leads.

People who communicate with technical drawings, (those who design and those who are tradespeople), may use technical standards that define practical symbols, perspectives, units of measurement, notation systems, visual styles, or layout conventions. These enable a drafter to communicate more concisely by using a commonly-understood convention. Together, such conventions constitute a visual language, and help to ensure that the drawing is unambiguous and relatively easy to understand. This need for unambiguous communication in the preparation of a functional document distinguishes technical drawing from the expressive drawing of the visual arts. Artistic drawings are subjectively interpreted; their meanings are multiply determined. Technical drawings are understood to have one intended meaning.



  • Scissors.
  • Stanley knives.
  • Snap blades.
  • Mount board cutters.
  • Precision cutters.
  • Pencil sharpeners.

It is most likely that scissors were invented around 1500 BC in ancient Egypt. The earliest known scissors appeared in Mesopotamia 3,000 to 4,000 years ago. These were of the ‘spring scissor’ type comprising two bronze blades connected at the handles by a thin, flexible strip of curved bronze which served to hold the blades in alignment, to allow them to be squeezed together, and to pull them apart when released.



  • Wooden
  • Canvas

The technique of panel construction and preparation is known to us through Cennino Cennini’s The Craftsman’s Handbook (Il libro dell’ arte) published in 1390, and other sources. It changed little over the centuries. It was a laborious and painstaking process:

  1. A carpenter would construct a solid wood piece the size of the panel needed. Usually a radial cut piece was preferred (across rather than along the length of the tree; the opposite of most timber cuts), with the outer sapwood excluded. In Italy it was usually seasoned poplar, willow or linden. It would be planed and sanded and if needed, joined with other pieces to obtain the desired size and shape.
  2. The wood would be coated with a mixture of animal-skin glues and resin and covered with linen (the mixture and linen combination was known as a “size”); this might be done by a specialist, or in the artist’s studio.
  3. Once the size had dried, layer upon layer of gesso would be applied, each layer sanded down before the next applied, sometimes as many as 15 layers, before a smooth hard surface emerged, not unlike ivory. This stage was not necessarily done after the 16th century, or darker grounds were used.



  • Art.
  • Children.
  • Colouring in.

Words and pictures. Pictures and words.



  • Embellishments.
  • Felt.
  • Feathers.
  • Foam.
  • Glitter.
  • Paper / Board.
  • Pipe Cleaners / Chenille Stems.
  • Polystyrene.
  • Pom poms.
  • Ribbon.
  • Stencils.
  • Wood.
  • Scenery, grasses and people.
  • Kites.
  • Specialty.


With thanks to Unsplash and Wikipedia.