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Creating art is a way to express oneself. The benefits of creating art have been touted as decreasing stress, increasing focus along with making something beautiful. Whether one paints, sews, beads or creates pottery, there is an outlet for your inner artist. A list of arts and craft supply stores was published a while ago. Here is an updated and expanded list of some of DFW’s best art supply stores.

Asel Art Supply
2701Cedar Springs
Dallas, TX 75201
(214) 871-2425

With 11 locations throughout Texas, Asel Art Supply has everything for the artist. The art supply staple in business for over 60 years carries the tools for the beginning artist as well as for the professional. Asel goes beyond the art supply store that carries acrylic, oil paint, brushes and canvases. Sketching pads, charcoals, pastels and colored pencils don’t begin to scratch the surface of the ways one can express their creativity. Not sure what will ignite your creative fire? There are plenty of mediums to choose from like airbrushing and encaustic paint. Asel carries children’s craft supplies including Silly Putty, chalk, finger and face paints. Books and instructional videos along with a knowledgeable staff that can help direct you in the use of the supplies is why Asel is a great place for art supplies.

Kittrell/Riffkind Art Glass Studio
5100 Belt Line Road, Suite 510
Dallas, TX 75254
(972) 239-7957

One of the most beautiful ways to express oneself is with colored glass. The studio at Kittrell/Riffkind Art Glass offers classes in stained glass, fusing and bead making and carries a full line of glass and supplies. Designers, architects, builders, churches and homeowners rely on the studio’s staff of professional expertise when it comes to creating and restoring art glass pieces.

5460 W. Lovers Lane
Dallas, TX 75209
(214) 366-4220

CityCraft’s mission is to rock your creative world. It does so by inspiring the modern crafter to create one-of-a-kind handmade items. Through its thoroughly eclectic mix of classic and funky fabrics, patterns and classes, CityCraft’s staff can help you be proud of your creations. Even if you don’t have your own sewing machine, you can still create handmade works of art. The Get Sewing Beginner Basics class is a comprehensive introduction course that will get you smiling at your sewing ability. If, after taking the class, you find yourself wrapped in stitches and want to create more projects like throw pillows or pajama pants, there are more advanced classes.

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Rock Barrell
13650 TI Blvd.
Dallas, TX 75243
(972) 231-4809

For over 40 years, Rock Barrell has been the leader in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area for jewelry makers. Rock Barrell features an extensive collection of beads, findings, Swarovski crystals, stringing supplies and jewelry-making tools. It is easy to spend hours in this huge treasure chest of rocks, minerals and fossils. Rock Barrell is like a rock nature museum filled with treasures.

The American Ceramic Supply Company
2442 Ludelle St.
Ft. Worth, Texas 76105
(817) 535-2651

The American Ceramic Supply Company (ACSC) carries all things for the ceramic artist. From clays and pottery wheels to glazes and kilns, ACSC has it. Along with supplies, ACSC offers a variety of classes to help inspire your inner passion. Whether you want to try hand-building, wheel throwing or just painting pre-sculpted pieces, there are classes and supplies for you.

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Robin D. Everson is a native Chicagoan who resides in Dallas, Texas. Her appreciation for art, food, wine, people and places has helped her become a well-respected journalist. A life-long lover of education, Robin seeks to learn and
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