Covid 19 Updates

New Hours             Mon-Sat 11-5, Sunday Closed

May special hours     Mon 17th Closed, Fri-Sun 29th-31st Closed

We are still not allowing anyone into the store. The combination of "pick up window" and phoning or emailing orders in has been working out really well. Thank you for your understanding, patience and support for the last two month of this.

Going forward we are leaning on the side of playing it cautious. Willow has been the sole person helping customers with orders while Sean is in the store to assist in unpacking orders and keeping the stock organized. It is very important that we stay healthy as even a common cold will result in the doors being closed. 

We are looking at a by appointment system that will be added to the "pick up window" starting in June. Watch for updates for info on this.

Please note that we will be closed for the last 3 days of May. As you know we are pretty hard core and work most holidays to make sure you have art supplies when you need them. But these are strange times and in order to keep Willow's strangeness at bay she is taking these days to recoup before starting the next phase of opening up.





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.