But in reality there are ways around this dilemma without having to give up this hobby, whether you are just getting started or are a seasoned artist.
This by far has been a wonderful way to stock up. Yes you have to dig a little and not everything you purchase will be of use especially if its a box of supplies. I found a box full of half used delta acrylic paints at a garage sale, and anything to do with art was simply dumped into this box for 5 bucks.
I figured even if only half of the paints were any good I was still ahead. Some of the brushes were in good shape too, but I simply grabbed the box paid my 5 bucks and off home I went very excited to inspect my treasures!
If you prefer not to go digging through boxes of cheap art supplies or half used anything, on a Saturday morning not really knowing what you are going to get, then take a look online. As much as I love my local art store, sometimes there are so great deals online as many offer free shipping and this saves time and money. If you try and purchase art supplies in bulk or in sets it is much cheaper. Check out this supplier below:
If you have a birthday coming up or Christmas, then come up with a list of art supplies you would like and add them to your list. If you give your family the name brands you are looking for they are likely to get the right ones. Many relatives hesitate to purchase art things as they are not sure of what to get.
Gift Cards to Art Stores or Online Stores
This is a wonderful way to get stocked up on your supplies. By receiving them as gifts you don't have to lay out as much money yourself, especially if you are just starting out.
For 30 bucks you can try your hand at everything from sketching, to paintings and everything in between. You get the sketch pads, or painting paper and everything. This is a great way to get cheap art supplies and not break the bank giving any kind of art a try especially for painting and drawing.
I have often found cheap art supplies while digging in garage sales, but then again, I love finding buried treasure but this is not for everyone.
Sometimes the thrift stores will have a craft section that I will check out. Usually they are filled with knitting patterns, and fabric, but sometimes I luck out and will find watercolors, that yes have been used a bit but still good and I often get them for less that a dollar. It is a great way to try out new colors before paying bigger bucks at the art stores.
With the internet, there are so many options. If you favor a bricks and motor store, check and see if they are also online as they may carry more stock online than in store. Amazon for me has been a great way to get cheaper art supplies especially with the name brands.
So if you are making a living from art or hope to do so, then try to keep your initial costs low. This puts more profit in your pocket and keeps you competitive. It is also a really awesome way to check out new colors, a different medium or different brushes and paper.
I have limited this blog to the art of painting, but if your craft is something more 3 dimensional such as clay or carving, you can still find some good deals in garage sales, thrift stores, or online. Get inspired and spend less money!