Jakar is a well-known manufacturer of art and educational supplies. Many schools and colleges, as well as individual students and pupils choose Jakar art materials for their combination of high quality and low price. We sell a number of their products, primarily for drawing and display; here’s an overview of what’s on offer from Jakar.
Jakar Aluminium Lightweight Easel
A lightweight easel perfect for display/exhibition purposes. The easel sits neatly on a table or window ledge to display flat work of around A3 size and a smaller. The Jakar display easel folds away when not in use and has 3 legs; a fixed rear leg and protective rubber feet. The dimensions of the easel are as follows: 3cm (1in) deep support for artwork, 50cm (20in) high when folded closed and 43cm (17in) high and 44cm (17.3in) wide when open. This easel would only be suitable for a painting easel if the work was light and small scale, and not very much pressure was applied when working as it would move around if paint was applied heavily to one’s support, i.e. it would be adequate for small indoor watercolour studies.
Jakar Compressed Charcoal and Soft Pastel sets
Jakar’s Compressed Charcoal and Soft Pastel sets comprise of 12 sticks packaged in a neat plastic sleeve which is wrapped in a cardboard box. They are very easily transported and secure so will not break easily. They are the perfect for taking to drawing classes. The compressed charcoal is available in a set of blacks and a set of greys, and the soft pastel set contains 12 standard colours. They are a long standing favourite among schools. In addition to the sets we also sell Jakar’s set of blenders which will allow you to achieve smooth gradations of tone in your charcoal and pastel works.
Jakar Erasers – Blue Putty Eraser, Mini Electric Eraser and Plastic Eraser
The 3 different erasers are suitable for 3 different kinds of erasing requirement.
Blue Putty Eraser – A soft eraser which can be moulded into various shapes, which can be really useful for detailed drawings as you can mould the eraser into a very thin shape to erase the smallest areas. The eraser for a fine art draughtsman, the eraser you take to your life drawing class. A putty eraser will easily become dirty with graphite or charcoal – in order to gain maximum effectiveness it is best to regularly remould your eraser.
Mini Electric Eraser – The mini electric eraser is battery powered and when switched on provides a gentle vibration that assists effectively in removing stubborn marks from your paper. It takes the effort out of erasing. The tips are relatively fine so you can use it for small and intricate areas – 6 tips are supplied with the eraser and additional refills can be bought in packs of 30. The eraser is powered on 2 x AAA batteries (not supplied).
Plastic Eraser – The plastic eraser is a harder eraser which is best suited to more resilient sheets of paper or card. It cannot be moulded but the corners can be used for small areas. It does not pick up graphite or charcoal in the way that a putty eraser would, but if the eraser gets dirty the graphite or charcoal can be rubbed away from its surface with your thumb or grated off with a craft knife.
Jakar Geometric Drawing Aids
We also sell Jakar’s set of French Curves and their 8-eight geometry set which includes a 0.5mm automatic mechanical pencil with spare leads, a compass, a 6 inch ruler, a protractor, a plastic eraser, a 60 degree set square and a 45 degree set square. The geometry set would be ideal for a maths student or anyone who needs to create traditional technical drawings such as architectural drawings or mechanical plans. French curves are the smart, old fashioned template for drawing smooth curves of varying radii. Again, they are very useful for architectural drawings but can also be useful for fine art drawings and paintings that demand a degree of technical accuracy.
Jakar Knives and Blades
In this section you will find affordable yet useful cutting tools such as compass cutters and spare blades (for cutting even circles from 1cm diameter – 15cm diameter in paper, film, vinyl, rubber or leather), craft knives or scalpels, utility or snap knives, cutting kits, mount cutters and a 28mm rotary cutter (for easily cutting paper in wavy or straight lines – it resembles a pizza cutter for paper!) Scalpels are best used for smaller cuts than utility knives and are better suited to cutting wavy or uneven lines as they can be more easily controlled – they can be really useful when cutting paper for collage or mixed media work and especially on a small scale, for example in the making of collaged greeting cards. Utility knives are better suited to cutting heavier weight materials (such as card or thin plywood or plastic) but are less easy to manipulate in terms of the direction of the blade and we suggest their use for straight lines. Utility knives are useful when cutting mount board to size. The mount cutting kit has both 45 degree and 90 degree blades so that you can cut your board to size and cut out the aperture with a smart 45 degree angle; the kit is well suited to light use but if you are intending on cutting lots of mounts we suggest you consider the Logan mount cutters.
Jakar Palette Knives
Jakar offer a set of plastic and a set of metal palette knives. Both are very useful for colour mixing on a palette. The blades of the metal palette knives are thinner and so maybe more useful when mixing or working with smaller quantities of paint. The metal knives are longer lasting and will serve you a very long time providing they are always wiped after use. Palette knives can also be used for applying paint to a canvas or panel or scraping of excess paint from a palette after a painting session.
Jakar Pencil Sharpeners
Jakar pencil sharpeners range from heavy weight crank handle pencil sharpeners for heavy usage (for example in a classroom) to the very clever electric pencil sharpener with auto-stop (just insert your blunt pencil into the machine and it will sharpen it for you, perfect for those with less mobility in their hands. Domed pencil sharpeners can be taken anywhere; the shavings collect in the domed vessel. Jakar offer a really good choice of different pencil sharpeners.
Jakar Brush and Pencil Holder
The Jakar Brush and Pencil holder is a handy way to transport your drawing and painting materials. Because it is a fabric wrap, it can be compressed into a narrow space if not over filled, and is generally easier to pack into a tight space than a zip up case. The wrap is made of a canvas material which will absorb any dampness in a freshly rinsed brush, however we do suggest that wet drawing and painting materials are aired or dried as soon as possible as they will be susceptible to rotting if tightly wrapped in the brush and pencil holder. The brush and pencil wrap would be my recommendation for transporting my materials when going on holiday or painting out of doors as it is relatively light as well.
Jakar Plastic Palettes
Jakar plastic palettes are ideal for children’s painting at home, watercolour and acrylic painting in the studio or at home, and great for art lessons at Art College or school or even nursery. They are versatile and long lasting if cared for with regular cleaning.
Jakar rulers range from 30cm length ruler to 100cm ruler and are available in a range of materials: wood, metal and plastic. The plastic rules have a metal edge which make them well suited for use when cutting materials in a straight line. One of their 30cm metal rulers has a groove to prevent your hand from slipping.
Jakar Sponge Tools
Jakar sponge tools are primarily designed for use by young children as paint brushes to use with poster paint. However they can also be used as painting tools by adults who like to experiment with mark making. We suggest that these sponge tools be used with water based paints such as watercolour or poster paint.
Jakar Teletube Carriers
These very useful plastic tubes can be extended telescopically. They are great for carrying rolled up sheets of paper such as large scale drawings from an art class. The tubes each include a shoulder strap.