Art supplies can certainly add up, and to me, art stores are like the candy store, you find things you really wonder just how you managed with out them and spend way too much!
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:
For 25 bucks you get this entire set of a name brand. If you are just starting out, you pretty much stock yourself up with all the colors. I have even found many a time if I was just looking for individual colors it was a better deal to simply buy a set like the one above. Click on the link or picture to find out more from Amazon.
For 18 dollars you can get this 18 piece set of acrylic paints from Apple Barrel if you prefer the bottled paint. There are so many options online for anything you need.
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.
If you are just starting out or even seasoned it is quite often a super good deal to by a gift set or art kit such as the one above. Just click on the pictures or the links to see them on Amazon.
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.
Watch Your Bottom Line
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!
I have just added this new painting to my store. It is a 7 x 10 inch ink and watercolor that has been matted to fit a 8 x 10 inch standard frame.
I created this from a photo I took while visiting my niece and her horse Aldo. I realized just how special the relationship is between a girl and her horse, and I hope I captured this. For any horse lovers out there, I am sure you understand the true meaning of a girl and her horse.
This painting will be matted also with a backing board ready to frame. I have signed and dated it. Enjoy!
As a self taught artist that is fairly new to watercolor painting (I always used acrylic paints before) I was totally inspired by the talent out in the world!
One thing I have learned about watercolour is that it can have a mind of its own when it hits wet paper, and it takes some practice to control where it goes or the depth of colour as it dries lighter than when you first drop the colour on the page.
There are a few basic rules to follow if you want to try a starry night, and that is to build on the colours, and start with the lightest color first and then work your way to the darkest. Check out the video below to get you inspired to take a stab at watercolor painting and try this beautiful starry sky. There are no intense details to worry about and it is all about the right colours and effects. Check it out.
I think the black mountains and trees really set the colours and mood for this painting.
A couple of things worth noting:
To take color back off of a watercolor painting - As long as it is still damp you can remove color or the depth of the color by using a clean damp brush and gently but firmly go over the area you wish to lighten or remove and the damp brush will absorb it.
Starry NIght - Keep an old clean tooth brush around for the stars. Using acrylic white paint dip the damp brush into the paint and then spray for the stars. Practice on a bit of paper first to get the right technique. This artist above does a beautiful job of the night starry sky. The colors are beautiful.
Next time you are out walking at sunset, take note of the sky. See where the dark and the light are, and take a mental picture or use your phone if it will pick it up to make your next starry night watercolor painting realistic. You could do tops of houses too for a different look instead of the trees and mountains.
The trick is to PRACTICE PRACTICE PRACTICE and have fun with it.
Hi there! My name is Diane Palmer, and I love to draw and paint. I love to try new things, and in this blog and my website you will see the results of my artistic endeavors!