I was talking to a sketching buddy and he asked “Do you know about Parchemin du Roy?” I said no and he told me about a place that sold pens, sketchbooks, and pencils that he’d recently discovered. To say my interest was peaked was an understatement. That was a Sunday.
And so on Monday I hoofed my way to Parchemin du Roy, about a one-hour walk from my house. They were closed, so like a kid in front of the toy shop, all I could do was put my nose to the glass and look in. And what a view. I left with the resolve to return.
And so I did. It’s not very manly to jump up and down while giggling so I controlled myself, almost, as my eyes beheld the interior of this store. Inks, pens, books, papers, sketchbooks, notebooks, maps, pencils, watercolors, brushes, and lots of other wonderful items to look at and touch.
Maybe more important, is that while they have the more typical Paper Blanks, Moleskine, and Rhodia products, they also have some really nice high-end speciality paper products. Not only do they have J.Herbin and Pilot/Namiki inks, they’ve got walnut inks and specialized calligraphy inks. In addition to Brause dip pens, they’ve got handmade dip pens turned from hardwoods. While they stock Lamy pens and all their accessories, they also have the new Shaeffer “Ferrari” pen. Yes, I admit it. I did giggle and I jumped up and down a little. I hope Roy didn’t see me.
They offer workshops in calligraphy and you can learn to create illuminated pages. I might have to take one of those. For my first visit I bought a brush, notepad and mechanical pencil. I talked with Roy about differences between Parker and Waterman ballpoint cartridges and I looked and looked – and then I looked some more. I’m still a bit giddy from the experience.
As I left I took a couple photos (it was too cold to sketch outdoors) and ran home to do the sketch I’ve shared above. I hope you like it. Do you have a specialty store like this in your town? I’m so lucky.
I’m quite envious of you. Ottawa-Gatineau has the regular art stores – Omer de Serres, Wallack’s, and Michaels – but doesn’t have anything like you describe. My daugther is studying in Quebec and has brought me to a student co-op which had great stuff unavailable here.
By the way, what is the address of the Roy du Parchement? I may check it out the next time I visit Quebec.
Ah…the student co-op. That would be The Zone. Yes, given that all we have here is deSerres, The Zone is a handy place to buy art supplies. The address of Parchemin du Roy is:
200 Rue Crémazie
I don’t know the postal code.
Cheers — Larry