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Art Supplies Store in Saigon

Are you a foreigner and having trouble in finding art or craft stuff here? I was too! I like coloring and was having trouble to find some stuff because I don’t know where to get them and language barrier is real. After a few searching on google and asking my friends, I found some good places that sell art supplies. So I’m gonna list the stores I know and visited already.

  • Fahasa Bookstore &  Art Stores in Le Loi street

They have several branches in Saigon but I only visited 2 of them. The one in Nguyen Hue street is very big. That makes it harder to find something, at least for me. The other one I visited is in Le Loi street. This one is my favorite. The location is really nice and it is easy to find coloring book, pens, pencils, crayons, pastels, etc. Another plus thing about this Fahasa Le Loi branch is I can walk to its neighbors where they are mostly selling art stuff. Please be warned though that they can’t speak English and not as friendly. The most famous one is number 54 Le Loi street (but it also famous for its rudeness lol). I don’t take it personally when they do that. Not all of them are like that.

  • PNC Bookstore (Nha Sach Phuong Nam)
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Soft Pastels

This store also have several branches, mostly inside a mall. I usually visited the one in vincom mall, but the small branch in thao dien D2 is better for coloring. They have more collection of coloring book for adult. And I found a cheap soft pastels as well, with good quality. It is located on 2nd floor of AnPhu Supermarket.

  • Taipoz

I found this place when I was searching on google about where to buy for art supplies. They have website  as well but everything is in Vietnamese and no option for English. Their location is a bit far from the center (150/7/2 Nguyễn Trãi, Q.1, TP.HCM) , but it’s worth the trip. They have MANY art supplies, and most of them are the best one in their job. They have faber castell polychromos, prismacolor, copic, water brush pentel, prismacolor blender and many more! I love this store. Not good for my wallet though…

  • Vinspace

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Vinspace is an art gallery in D2 (6 Le Van Mien). My friend told me about this place. She said it is a gallery but they are selling stuff as well. I was looking for paper to print out a drawing to color. They also have watercolor paper. I bought the normal paper (Daler Rowney) A4 size 130 g/m2. It works really well to print a drawing then to color it.

 

  • Nguyen Dinh Chieu street

This one is a big discovery as well! The best shop there for me would be 134 Nguyen Dinh Chieu. They have vast range of items, including craft supplies. No artist pencil colored though, only marco, faber castell classic, stabilo, and caran. They also have a cheaper version of copic. I bought a pencil case, but it can only fit 36 pencils. Not bad though. After to finish shopping here, just continue with the street, they are all art supplies store. Last store I visited was 144 Nguyen Dinh Chieu. No more store beyond that one.

  • Art Friend
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Derwent Inktense set of 12

Art Friend is an art supply store chain. They are also available in Singapore and Malaysia. This is the only store that I found derwent pencils. I bought Derwent Inktense in this store. They also have Derwent Studio. The shop is small but the stuff is a good one. They have copic pen as well. It is located at 24 Lê Thị Riêng, Bến Thành, Hồ Chí Minh. There is a banh mi shop next to it, and it is very good, especially for meat lovers.

Do you know any other art supplies store in Saigon? Please let me know in comment!

 

 

 

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Marco Renoir fine art coloring pencil

Coloring has become one of my activity recently. From all of coloring book for adult, I like the one by Johanna Basford better than other authors. I was only using coloring pen at first, but there were times when I thought it would be nice to have coloring pencils especially for big drawings.

My hunting project for Staedtler Ergosoft has been failed.  I’ve been looking for it in all book stores in Saigon but couldn’t find it. Even when I had a trip to Jakarta, Indonesia, I didn’t find it there. Why did I want that specific type was because it was recommended at Johanna Basford’s website. I’m not an expert at this field so I thought wouldn’t hurt to follow suggestion. But I couldn’t find it in the end.

My curiousity of using coloring pencils was still pretty high, but I didn’t want to buy a bad one. I decided to look at local book store again and found one that was interesting. Marco Renoir fine art. I like the design of their pencils, and the reviews on web were not bad either, so I decided to buy it.

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I bought the one with 48 colored pencils. Even the box is looking nice, eh?

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There was a strong woody / paint smell when I opened the box for the first time. It’s a bit unpleasant to be honest. But it’s gone now as I often using the pencils.

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I made this somekind-of-color chart from each one of the coloring pencils. As you can see the colors are nice, even the soft colors can be seen nicely. Mixing the color to make color gradation also easy to do. Once again, I’m not an expert on this so what I did was only simple color mixing.

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This image I made using Marco Renoir fine art pencils and stabilo pen 68 point. What do you think?

In conclusion, I think this is a good coloring pencils. Recommended to buy. I bought this in Fahasa bookstore in Saigon for about 600k+ vnd if I remember correctly.