Best Art Supplies - 2011
When it comes to art supply stores, size does not matter. Although the Twin Cities is home to a couple of the much larger chain stores, itsy-bitsy Wet Paint gives them a run for their money. The shop's space is used up within an inch of its life, and it's easy to find oneself very much violating other people's personal space, but somewhere in the organized chaos it has everything the artist needs—pens, sketchbooks, acrylics, stamps, pastels, spray paints, canvasses, and fabric paints. It also boasts the very best selection of art paper in the area, from gauzy handmade sheets from Thailand to stylized printed papers from Paris. Someone on staff has an encyclopedic knowledge of just about every medium, and their cheerful assistance is a big part of what makes this shop a St. Paul institution.