Iron Oxide Covid Update

As of March 21st we are implementing a new open door/closed door policy. Which means our door will be wide open but you will not be able to pass it. We will be able to chat and show you items you are interested in. And take payment with our wireless debit machine. Which is being disinfected immediately after every use. We feel this escalation is necessary to keep everyone safe and appreciate your patience and support in this trying time. We are also taking orders over the phone, via email and through our Facebook page which you can see many current photos of inventory to help with purchase. 

Thank you for your support and patience during this trying time.

Be well and Be good to each other.




In the historic Old Firehall Building across from the Port Place Mall.

We carry a large selection of art supplies such as; paint brushes, canvas, birch cradle boards, canvas boards, raw canvas, oil paint, acrylic paint, goauche, watercolours, varnishes, painting mediums, coloured pencils, chalk pastels, oil pastels, charcoal, screen printing supplies, sketchbooks, calligraphy supplies, inks, chalk paints, watercolor paper, printmaking paper, drawing paper, tracing paper, easels, modeling clay, textile paints and dyes. Please see our supplies section for full details.  


Pencils, charcoal, graphite and tools for drawing small or large scale…


A great selection of watercolour, oil and acrylic paints and mediums.


Acrylic, Oil and watercolour brushes in synthetic and natural hairs. P…


Surfaces for Painting, Drawing, Printmaking, etc for making art on.


Easels from table top to h frame and everything in between.


Find a wide selection of books from creative how to's to elaborate art…


A wonderful selection of stencils & stamps


Iron Oxide Art Supplies first opened it's doors in January of 2014 in the historic #2 Firehall building in downtown Nanaimo but it's roots go back much further as the proprietor, Willow Friday, opened her first store, House of Indigo Boutique, back in 2002. 

Iron Oxide carries a full spectrum of art supplies including acrylic paints, oil paints, watercolor paints, spray paints, pastels, polymers, stencils, screenprinting supplies, inks, pencils and pens, markers and more!

If we don't have it, please ask and we'll likely order it in.