Art Supplies That Are Worth It and Not

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Hi, my name is Julie and I’m the illustrator behind Art Discount. I blog about art supplies that are worth it and not. On my blog, you can find reviews on products, tutorials and giveaways.

I love art and drawing, but I don’t want to buy cheap art supplies that break or don’t work.

There is a lot of cheap stuff out there, but some supplies are really worth the money.You can find reviews for those products here on my blog.

I hope you enjoy your stay and find what you’re looking for!

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We love to save money and we also love to be creative. But often times, the items that we need for creating our art work can become expensive. If you are like me and have a limited amount of funds to spend on art supplies, it can be frustrating when you find a beautiful paper, but it costs $15 a sheet. Or maybe there is a wonderful set of colored pencils, but they cost as much as buying a new pair of shoes.

Trying to figure out what art supplies are worth the price can be overwhelming. There are so many different brands out there and it can be difficult to know which ones are truly worth the money and which ones aren’t. I am here to help! I will tell you which supplies are worth the price and which ones might be better off not being purchased at all.

I will review different types of art supplies such as drawing materials, paint & paintbrushes, paper & pencils etc. I will also share tips on how to use some of these supplies in order to keep from spending too much money or from purchasing products that might not be best for what you are using them for. If you have any questions about any of these products please feel free to send me an email or leave me a comment below

The basic art supply list is not that long. It includes:

-Drawing paper


-Black pen and an eraser for it

-Colored markers, sharpies and pens.

The last one is the most important. The black pen has to be a good one, otherwise you’ll be frustrated with your drawing quality, and the colored markers have to have all the colors so you won’t have to mix them all the time. Any brand will do – just not the cheap ones.

Since you can get any of these supplies as part of an art kit, I would advise against buying a kit unless it’s one of those expensive ones that comes with canvases and some paintbrushes or pastels. If you’re going to spend more than $20 on a kit, make sure you know what’s in it!

The good stuff is not more expensive, it’s just better quality. The difference between artist grade and student grade pencils is not the same as the difference between a Honda Civic and a Ferrari, it’s more like the difference between a Honda Civic and a broken skateboard.


One of my favorite places to buy art supplies is Utrecht Art Supply. They have an excellent selection of materials at reasonable prices. They also have an online store that lets you browse their selection. I’ve found that their customer service is excellent, too. If you have any questions or need help picking out supplies, give them a call or shoot them an email!

The next time you’re in the market for art supplies, remember that there are many different brands of materials, and it’s worth your money to invest in quality craft supplies if you want your work to look good.

I’m a big fan of the arts–I’m a visual artist myself–but I’ve always felt frustrated by the fact that most art supplies are just crap. Cheap mechanical pencils break easily, cheap acrylic paints dry up quickly, cheap brushes fall apart after one or two uses.

And then I stumbled upon this little gem called Art Alternatives. They sell all sorts of good quality art supplies, but even more importantly, they sell them at a price that is actually affordable. A typical set of watercolors might run you $15.00 at the local craft store (and trust me, you don’t want to know how many times I’ve bought something like that and then returned it, because it was crap). But at Art Alternatives, I can get that same set of watercolors for $10.00.

I love their philosophy: “We believe in quality over quantity and value over volume.” And I love their customer service: they’re friendly and they ship really fast. So if you’re looking to spend some money on some good art supplies instead of buying ten cheap sets that will wear out quickly, check them out!

They have an online store as well as a physical store in Lincoln Square in Chicago.*”

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