Printmaking/ Artists Suppliers

Gordon Harris: Wellington and Auckland based supplier of art and design materials.

Takapuna Art Supplies: 124 Anzac Street, Takapuna, Auckland,; Ph: 09 489 7213;

When we purchased Takapuna Art Supplies in April 2007 our intention was to make new friends and create an environment where professional and casual artists can purchase quality supplies and receive expert service and advice. Now, our most frequent comment from customers is, "what an artist's treasure-trove!" In February 2009 we added our tasart online store and we are now giving the same service, advice and selection to artists all over New Zealand. We stock over 12 thousand products and offer over 100 brand names and we continue to grow monthly with new product additions, tutorials and consumer information. Also stock solvents.

The French Art Shop: Branches in Wellington and Auckland, NZ

The French Art Shop have Le franc Hard Ground 75ml 21.95. 250ml $54.95 and 1 litre tins $147.95. Also Le franc Black covering ground 250ml $43.50 and 1 litre $120.00. They also have powdered bitumen. The French Art shop will give a 20% discount off those prices to any of the PCANZ members.



As above. Possibly cheaper options are bitumen chassis coating from auto cheap. Just don’t buy rubberised.

The stuff used for sealing/waterproofing foundations is the equivalent or same. (Bunnings or similar). Also try Melbourne Etching Supplies.

Homeprint: John Brebner, Feilding.

Cactus Plastics: Petone based perspex suppliers.

Mico Metals: Sheet metal suppliers based in Auckland, Hamilton, Wellington, Christchurch - can only buy a full sheet I believe.

Ambro Metals: Sheet metal suppliers based in Auckland.

Blueprint Imaging: Screenprinting supplies Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch.

OfficeMax NZ Ltd: 0800 426 473,, 16 retail stores nationwide. OfficeMax has over 22,000 products available to make it easy for you to shop online, by phone, by email or in-store. We stock all of your office products, printing supplies, café supplies, cleaning and hygiene solutions, packaging and safety requirements, technology products and furniture solutions. We have everything you need, and a little bit more.’

Drypoint Etching Scriber: This ultra-sharp carbide engraver is light enough to use all day. 3mm carbide extends 15mm from the 8mm diameter aluminium grip and tapers to a 25 degree point for excellent visibility. Length overall 145mm. The maker (  will re-sharpen if it wears or breaks. Alternate point angles can be ground on it if the standard point is too fine. Click here for more details. Available at cost of $40 including p+p, from Whanganui agent, Julia Ellery, at

Mull: purchase baby muslin from the quilting section of Spotlight, , then stiffen with starch paste as described in making tarletan here:

Safety supplies: including bulk latex or vinyl gloves.

Printing presses and repairs:

Jack Thompson Engineering Services, Jack Thompson, Press maker, 107 St Andrews Road, Havelock North, 4130

Ph: 06 877 9467 or 021 1500 318;

Thompson portable printing presses are suitable for both quality fine etching and heavy wood cut prints. All presses are supplied with a durable easy to clean fibre resin bed and 5 star wheel spokes easily removed for storage or transport. Thompson printing presses were chosen by PCANZ for their loan presses and feature: 

  • heavy duty large diameter chrome plated pressure rollers

  • heavy duty low friction sealed for life ball bearings

  • full length low friction polyethylene bed plate guides

  • precision engineering

  • maintenance free operation

  • easy set up, and are

  • user friendly, ideal for professional artists or the classroom

Two models: PT 340: 340 x 800 mm and PT 460: 460 x 1000 mm

PPS, Brian Puddick, PPS, Palmerston North Ph: 06 359 4679;

Manuka Machines, Engineering Design. Edward Snowdon, press manufacturer; +64 3 389 4741 (current 2008)

Alma Products Ltd, press manufacturer;  Contact David Healy; +64 3 312 0112 (current 2008)

Print rollers: Maria Martin-Smith:; Professional printmaking rollers

Printing ink:

Takapuna Art Supplies Gamblin and FAS ink; 124 Anzac Street, Takapuna, Auckland, Ph: 09 489 7213;

Servicom NZ Ltd Toyo ink, generally 1kg tins; Averil Southon

Ph: 09 2723402, Fax 09 2723306, Mob 021862525;

Wharepuke Print Studio,  Mark Graver,  190 Kerikeri Road, Kerikeri, 0230, NZ

I have a few things that I supply through the studio here.  Mostly Akua inks and an acrylic resist I’ve developed.

Details can be found here

Homeprint Akua, water based ink, John Brebner, Fielding,

Eska board:

Gordon Harris, make sure it’s the correct thickness as they sell quite a few.

Clearview Packaging the grey cardboard 760 x 1020 x 3 mm

2 Victoria Street, Alicetown, Lower Hutt, Ph: 04 939 7273


Port Nicholson Packaging, 33 Fitzherbert St Petone, Ph (04) 568-5018 

For recycled card, try whiteware and homeware stores – they may want to pass on used packaging. Picture framers also will often have large mat board boxes which can be useful for packaging prints. 

Adhesives: PVA is available in many places, student quality is okay

A4 double sided adhesive sheets:

Scrapbook Central, Unit 8, 5 Bouverie St, Petone, Ph: 04 9395127;

We have focused on carrying the widest selection of coloured cardstock and patterned papers in store (currently 1600 approx) and will be slowly moving all these to the online store.

Paper Suppliers

Pakohe Papers: Marilyn and Marty Vreede handmake paper from 100% New Zealand flax fibres Ph: 06 344 6873;

Tenax Papers, Bulls: Andrew Reilly hand makes paper from 100% New Zealand flax fibres Ph: 027 338 3328;

Tyvek: Conservation Supplies: 12 Donnelly Street, Havelock North, 4130, Ph: 06 211 3991;

Wellbyrne 110gsm (the white paper)

Timbrel Paper Products: Owner is Terry, ring before you go to make sure he’s there; 33 Montgomery Cres, Upper Hutt, Ph: 04 526 9662;

Fine Art Papers: Christchurch, New Zealand. Contact Kay Scott. (03) 379-4410 Importers of fine art papers. Catalogue available.

Lino and Woodcut Suppliers

Hector Jones, 117 King Street North, Hastings, Ph: 0800 70 80 70, 06 878 9049 email, Attn Rowan; 

  • Dremel equipment, including a cordless engraver and other foot pedal operated engraving machines including Micro

  • high speed steel burrs in packets of 6, see Series 23 for lino carving, note that these burrs fit both Dremel and Micro dentist machines (they are also much cheaper than Dremel burs)

  • Pfeil lino and wood carving chisels with palm (L series) and straight handles (D series)

  • Advice for example the Micro machine is a little over $700 and if it experiences heavy use the hand piece will need replacing at a little over $400. If you are unsure about whether to buy one, Rowan suggests you try a nail machine (only $50 - $100) first. They recommend a wipe with sewing machine oil each time chisels are sharpened

Regal Castings, 7 Akiraho Street, Mt Eden, Auckland, Ph: 0800 881 888;

Warburton, 521A Rosebank Road, Avondale, Auckland, Ph: 09-820 0006

Carbatec, 110 Harris Rd, East Tamaki, Auckland, Ph: 09 274 9454

Carbatec also supply all the same sorts of things.

Overseas Sources: Melbourne Etching Supplies, Australia. Melbourne based suppliers of inks, materials, tools, papers, presses. Neilʼs Artstore Melbourne, Australia.  Melbourne based suppliers of inks, materials, tools, papers, presses. E C Lyons Tool Manufacturers, USA. Mezzotint rockers, scrapers, burnishers, etching tools. Woodcut tool specialist, USA. Dan Welden’s Solar Plate website with supplies available, USA based. Tool and press manufacturer based in Spain. Makes a tool that bevels plate edge. Japanese Paper Store, Canada. Au Papier Japonais also run a number of paper related workshops. Toronto based Japanese paper warehouse. Awagami Paper Factory, Japan.

Bookbinding Suppliers

Association of Book Crafts (NZ) Inc:

Resource Manager: John Sansom

You need to be a member to borrow from the library and obtain bookbinding supplies.

Conservation Supplies: 12 Donnelly Street, Havelock North, 4130, Ph: 06 211 3991

Conservation Supplies has been supplying specialised products for archivists and conservators. Our continuing aim is to source and supply museum-standard products from around the world, in order to meet the preservation, conservation and storage needs of all our valued clients.;

Covertech Limited:  19 Lyttelton Crescent, Tamatea, Napier, Ph: 0508 895 432, Mobile: 021 2777 010

Specialist supplier of both book covering material (including Acrolin) and ancillary equipment for the book binding industry

Gibson Pacific Printing Supplies (for Acrolin):  

1/22 Industry Road, Penrose 1061, Auckland, New Zealand Ph: 0800 657 890, 09 525 5490, Fax 09 525 5495;

Awls: you can make one with a long sharp needle and a cork


Pete’s Emporium, 2 Parumoana Street, Porirua Ph: 04-237 9860;

Linen thread: 18/3 Linen Thread comes in white and natural

Sewingtime (NZ) Ltd, 23 Fairfax Ave, Penrose, Auckland, Ph: 09 522 0863

8 Stanley Street, Sydenham, Christchurch, Ph: 03 366 1112;

Dyes: buy the powder dyes as it’s cheaper in the long run to mix your own

Pete’s Emporium, 2 Parumoana Street, Porirua Ph: 04-237 9860;

Letterpress Suppliers

Letterpress ink: Dave Robison in the USA supplies letterpress ink in tubes.

Letterpress tuition:

Cobblestones, Greytown:

Tony King at the Printing Works offers letterpress tuition. The workshop is situated in the Museum’s handsome village setting of 13 heritage buildings, including six registered with Heritage New Zealand.

Graham Judd, GTO Printers

Owner of GTO Printers, and qualified letterpress machinist, Auckland;

Homeprint: John Brebner, Feilding,

Waiteata Press:  Sydney Shep, Waiteata Press, Victoria University of Wellington;

Wai-te-ata Press offers a number of teaching and learning opportunities to suit your interests. A range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses and supervision options are available. Community courses are run through the Centre for Lifelong Learning as well as through the Press. Community groups are welcome to come for tours and demos as well as short, intensive sessions. There are also teaching opportunities for secondary and tertiary institutions on request. The professional design community is particularly encouraged to arrange sessions for team building, creative retreats, and work-related projects.


The Printing Museum, Mangaroa, Upper Hutt.

M & H Type, San Francisco, USA.

Linotype: John Nicholson,

I have four Linotype machines and one Ludlow. My oldest Lino turned 100 years old last year and the youngest is 49 years old. I also have an Elrod strip caster for casting spacing materials. I did my apprenticeship (4 1/2 yrs) in the printing trade as a Linotype Mechanic. I started at the Waikato Times in 1967 and took early retirement after almost 43 years. We had 20 Linotypes including 3 at the Commercial Print plant.

Magnesium plate makers: Inline Graphics Ph: 09 820 0706;

Pica poles: Gibson Pacific Printing Supplies: Sue Green, Ph: 0800 657 890;

Polymer plate makers:

Christchurch Photo Engravers, Graham, Ph: 03 366 8229;

CPE Imaging and Platemaking is a privately owned and operated business specialising in producing high quality magnesium and photopolymer printing plates. Since 1937 we have been building on our expertise and knowledge using a mix of traditional and new methods for the printing and allied industries. Our clients are predominately those who are looking for a high quality printing plate for either the letterpress or flexographic printing industry where detailed images need to be reproduced for quality print including embossing, hot foiling and print imaging that needs to make a statement.

Moana Road Press, Dan Tait-Jamieson,

Moana Road Press has invested in the very latest platemaking technology which, when combined with the highest quality silver-based film negatives and Toyobo Printight® photopolymer, enables letterpress printers to reproduce a myriad of fonts, designs and line art - perfect for creating crisp impressions onto soft cotton papers.