Hey!! Maybe you've answered this before and I just haven't seen it but do you have a masterpost for cheap art supplies?? I'm trying to gather things for my design 1&2 class for when school starts and things like prismas and copics aren't available to me. Thanks!!
Just a small note, for some things, like painting, where you can fully mix colors, it’s sometimes better to buy a very small higher quality set (even like 3 colors is good), versus a larger, but less quality set. If the prices end up being similar–the big, cheaper brand set is close in price to the tiny, high quality set, definitely go for the smaller, higher quality set. However, there are also a ton of great value art brands out there, but not all of them.
Personally, I avoid artist’s loft, for example. Those are a bit frustrating.
Micheal’s, Blick, & Jo-Ann Fabric/Arts Stores often have great sales, so check them out too.
@hazmatt86 also recommends signing up for Hobby Lobby’s email list and getting a 40% off coupon.
Note: The following links to Amazon are affiliate ones, if you buy off these links, you can help support Art-Res & also help me pay for college! These are also hand picked recommendations by me.
Affordable Art Supplies – Tried & Liked
Koh-I-Noor Progresso Woodless Colored 24-Pencil Set - $16 (Also available in a $9 set of 12)
These are really awesome because they don’t have a woodcasing, just a protective laquer and color. They blend surprisingly well for the price and have vivid colors. I find them great for covering large areas and underpainting.
Prismacolor Premier Colored Pencils, Soft Core 24 Set is $10 on Amazon. Not too expensive, and I know you said Prismas are out of price range, but this set is pretty darn cheap. Prismas blend really well, so you can get better results with a small set like this than say, 100 from crayola.
Crayola Colored Pencils set of 50 - $6.97 however, crayola rocks and these pencils carried me for a while before I was able to upgrade (For Christmas/Birthday presents, I asked for art supplies instead of clothes/tech lol)
> Note, do NOT buy Roseart. You will be frustrated, and the extra $1 you save will not be worth it. Trust me, I’ve tried it.
Winsor & Newton’s Cotman Line, I personally own their Water Colour Sketchers Pocket Box, $12. Cheaper on Amaxon than Blick, but if you can afford it, go shop at Blick because it really is an amazing store.
These watercolors are pretty great. Not as saturated as professional/artist grade, but quite serviceable, especially if you layer them. Good coverage and smooth. Not grainy, which is great. Quite long lasting as well. I’ve used these in combination with my colored pencils for a long time, and I love them!
Royal & Langnickel Essentials Sketching Pencil Set 21 pieces, $4.24
Very affordable and they’re pretty nice! You get a nice, wide variety of graphite grades to experiment with. I don’t really oil paint that often, but their oil painting set is pretty high quality for the price as well. Here’s a link to more of their products.
Sketchbooks & Paper - quite cheap on amazon, but Micheals often has great sales & buy 1 get 1 free deals, so I also recommend checking out the prices/sales there before looking at Amazon. Below are a list of my personal favorites.
- Strathmore Series 400 Sketch - $4.67- $11 (depending on size) - I used watercolor & colored pencil on this paper and it didn’t wrap too much, which surprised me. I like the toothy surface.
- Strathmore STR-362-5 40 Sheet No.90 Mixed Media Pad, 5.5 by 8.5" -$7.78. One of my favorites. A smallish size makes it portable. Vellum surface is smooth, which is great for blending and a less grainy look, but also holds on to colored pencil & watercolor. Completely filled mine and plan to buy another!
- Strathmore STR-642-111 No.100 Wind Power Vellum Bristol - $10.64 - Super nice smooth texture, also eco friendly. Similar to the paper above.
- Not on Amazon, but Blick’s line of sketchbooks/paper rocks. I love their mixed media drawing pad. I filled it up completely.
Affordable Art Supplies – Not Tried, but Highly Reviewed (Comment below if you have any recommendations, I’ll add, credit you, and reblog)
Ohuhu 40 Colors Dual Tips Art Sketch Twin Marker Pens - Amazon’s Choice, $20. 40 is enough colors to have a few base & shade tones, which is what you need for markers.
Faber-Castell Grip Colored EcoPencils - 24 ct, @12.99. I have a medium sized set of the polychromos & albretchd durer line, which I love. I have not tried these, but I read a few art supply reviews praising these for their quality for the price.
Prismacolor Scholar Colored Pencils, 48-Count - $11.75 is pretty cheap and their scholar line is pretty nice, from reviews I’ve seen! A good middle ground, like the faber castell pencils above, between crayola & expensive pencils.
Amazon list of products under $25.
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