Creating a mosaic out of broken glass turns trash into art, much like compiling a rubber-band ball or throwing rotten fruit at the television. Reuse and rearrange with today's Groupon: for $20, you get $40 worth of art supplies at National Art & Hobby.
National Art & Hobby arms aspiring artists with fine-art supplies, jewelry-making materials, and hobby and crafting products. Shoppers can purchase a 12”x16” watercolor pad for colorful portraits and landscapes ($26.75) or a 5-ounce tube of Golden acrylic to paint impressive GPAs across college cardigans in large, shiny letters ($15). A natural oil-paint cleaner and conditioner ($18.99) grooms paintbrush hairs or mustaches, and a Montana Gold acrylic spray turns tired convertibles into celestial chariots. A Speedball No. 1 lino-cutter assortment ($13.79) cuts cardboard, paper, or styrofoam materials for precise designs. National Art & Hobby also stocks a variety of supplies for Mardi Gras–costume creation, listing local Mardi Gras Indians among its frequent clientele.
National Art & Hobby
The vibrant mural stretching across the side of National Art & Hobby’s building serves as a symbol of the creativity-fueling items held inside. The shop’s cozy interior is packed with shelves of fine art materials, craft supplies, and jewelry-making equipment, as well as an extensive collection of glitter, sequins, rhinestones, and feathers often used by local Mardi Gras Indians to decorate their ornate costumes. Owner Nat Ward and a friendly staff stand by to answer customers' questions and shed artistic advice, from product suggestions to thoughts on which nontoxic paste is the tastiest.
5835 Magazine St.
New Orleans, Louisiana 70115