Shopping for Art Supplies

James S February 12, 2020
Shopping for Art Supplies

Get in touch with your inner artist! Creating art is the best way to express yourself. Whether through video, photography or canvas, art is something anyone can pick up and do. All you need is a vision, and of course, the right supplies can help too. Of course, the starving artist trope has some truth to it, mostly because art supplies can be exceedingly expensive. However, by looking for great deals on art supplies, you don't have to burn a hole through your pocket. To help you get started on your artistic endeavors, check out this guide. Read on to find out what art supplies should every home art studio have and where to get the best deals on art supplies.

Whether you are going off to art school or creating art yourself at home, you are going to need to get the proper supplies. First and foremost, you are going to need something to create designs on. The Strathmore Series 400 Sketch Pads are made of durable, high-quality paper. Each pad comes with 100 sheets. The basic pencil drawing pad is perfect for pencil sketching, while pads for pen, watercolor, pastel, charcoal and other art mediums are available as well. It's important to choose the right pad, of course, because using watercolor on the pad designed for pencil will result in a straight-up mess. You can find Strathmore Series 400 Sketch Pads for as low as $11.68 on Amazon. However, you can save more by buying more. For instance, if you choose the four-pack for $37.69, that's less than $10 for each sketch pad. Most painters though, prefer canvas because it's a lot sturdier than paper. You can find low-cost canvases at arts and crafts stores like Michael's, where you can get a five-pack 16" x 20" Super Value Canvas by Artist's Loft for only $19.99.

After you've chosen your paper or canvas, it's time to choose the medium which you will use to start creating your art. If you are doing pencil drawing, don't just grab a number 2 pencil, you'll need a true artists pencil like the Staedtler Mars Lumograph Graphite Pencil for only $1.99 at Michael's for a single pencil or get a pack of 12 for $11.49. Get with that a Prismacolor Premier Kneaded, ArtGum and Plastic Erasers three-pack and you can effectively erase any errors you make during your process. You can also find the Prismacolor Quality Art Set with Premier Colored Pencils 48 Pack, Premier Pencil Sharpener and Latex-Free Scholar Eraser for only $42.99 on Amazon. For Charcoal drawing, the General 33-Piece Classic Charcoal Drawing Set is only $30.84.

Other popular mediums include oil pastels and acrylic paints. For affordable oil pastels, the Van Gogh Oil Pastel, Round Full Stick, 24-Piece Set is your best bet. Get them for just $22.15 on Amazon. There's also the Crayola Portfolio Series Oil Pastels, 24 Pack for $18.99 on Michael's. You can save an additional 20% off with an available coupon code on the website. The Staedtler Acrylic Paints Set Of 24 is just $22.89 at Staples. The Color Splash 8 oz. Metallic Acrylic Paint Set is $24.49 on Staples as well which is perfect if you plan to create abstract art. Arteza makes some of the best paints around and they aren't too expensive either. The Gouache Premium Artist Paint, 12ml Tubes - Set of 60 is just $39.99 and comes with free shipping at the Arteza website. Plus, enter your email address and get another 10% off. Of course, you'll also need paint brushes and the Super Value Brush Pack By Artist's Loft for$5.99 at Michael's is a great value.

Once you've gathered all your art supplies, there's only one thing left to do: make some art!

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