We are firmly over the threshold for the new year and I have a strong desire to jump head first into making to do lists, gym work out plans, finally tackle the house projects I have been putting off and of course spend oodles of time in my studio creating! I know I can't do everything right out of the gate and no matter what things you would like to tackle in the new year I bet taking a bit more time to be creative and find a quite moment in your day for yourself is probably somewhere on your list, I know it is on mine!
Since I like a fresh start in the new year, I thought it was the perfect time to talk about creating on a budget so you can start that new creative adventure but not break the bank doing it! Check out the latest episode of Coffee Tea & Art as well as all the art supply details below!
Top 7 (plus a bonus item) must have creative items that are good quality and at a good price point. These items will get you started on your creative journey for about $20 bucks! So lets get to it!
1. Liquitex Acrylic Gesso - 4oz White $5.92
A ready-mixed painting ground, Liquitex Gesso can be used with any kind of paint. It covers in one coat and remains brilliantly white, flexible, and non-cracking. Gesso provides the perfect "tooth" and adhesion to a wide variety of supports and surfaces such as canvas, paper, and wood. It can be thinned with water.
Gesso is great because it can be used as a replacement for white paint and it can make almost any surface artwork ready!
2. Blick Matte Acrylics 2oz bottle for $2.19 (You need Red, Yellow and Blue) Total for 3 primary colors $6.57
Blick’s opaque, matte-surface acrylics are water-based, quick-drying, and permanent, yet non-toxic and safe for everyday use. Formulated with the highest-quality pigments in an exceptional range of colors, they're extremely affordable. They pour readily and consistently, apply smoothly, cover well, and can be applied to almost any surface — including paper, wood, fabric, ceramic, glass, metal, and some plastics.
These are my go to paints in my art travel kit the colors are great they are lightfast and I love the matte look and price point. Get the primary colors and mix all the colors you need!
3. Pioneer Glue Stick: The Embellishment Glue Stick - $1.89
This glue stick from Pioneer® is uses an extra strong adhesive that bonds permanently. The multipurpose adhesive works on plastic, wood, fabric, felt, light metals, paper, cardboard and photos, so you can add embellishments to scrapbooks, arts and craft projects, gifts and more. The acid free, nontoxic glue dries clear for a clean look.
My FAVORITE glue stick ever! A little goes a long way and I am always looking to glue things down for added texture or color!
4. Bic Extra Smooth Pen - $0.37 each ($3.75 for a pack of 10)
The Cristal Xtra Smooth Ball Pen is The Pen America Grew Up With. It has proven reliability, writing up to 35% smoother than BIC's traditional ballpoint ink. It features a roll-proof hexagonal-shaped barrel so it won’t roll off surfaces. The clear barrel offers a visible ink supply. Available in 1.0 mm medium point in black, blue and red ink.
A basic pen can do so much, you can sketch, jot down ideas, capture moments of your day to use later and of course use it for mark making in your work!
5. Loew Cornell 4136 White Nylon Paint Brush Set - $4.29
Loew Cornell 10-Piece White Nylon Brush Set is perfect for beginning crafter painters and beginning fine artists. Set includes brushes liner 1, round 2,4, shader 2,8, glaze 3/4, angular shader 1/2, 5/8 and filbert 2,4. Brushes have short acrylic handles and are for use with acrylic and watercolor.
I use cheap brushes for my mixed media work they take lots of abuse and keep going this is a great set because you get lots of brush variety for painting, mark making and detailing!
6. Faber-Castell Pitt Artist Pen Black, Brush Tip Nib - $1.99
Faber-Castell Pitt Artist Pen has Pigmented India Ink and comes in multiple nib sizes and 58 colors brings great versatility to pen-and-ink drawings requiring lots of intricate details. Pitt Artist Pens are great for sketching, journaling, cartooning, and drawing. The Superfine, Fine, Medium, Bullet and Brush nibs not only replace ink bottles — they're instantly available for work. The ink is waterproof, unsurpassably lightfast, acid-free, and pH-neutral. The nib size is prominently displayed on the end of the cap.
I keep a jar of these on my art table at all times but I find myself reaching for the brush tip the most you can get an amazing variety of marks and lines with this one marker!
7. Junk Mail and found paper $Free
(OR grab one of my junk journal packs all ready to go for you for $5.00)
This is the fun part! Start collecting “stuff” if you don't already, this can be used for ephemera, it can be painted on, used to protect your work area, made into junk journals and more! Collect all the stuff that gets sent to your home such as advertisements, postcards, envelopes, junk mail and also collect stuff while you are out like free postcards laying around at museums and events, coasters from restaurants and paper bags from grocery stores! Go wild here it can all be used again and brings personality and a personal touch to your work!
GRAND TOTAL: $21.03
I have added one more item to the list in case you are looking for some nicer paper to work on or a spiral sketchbook for a good price.
Bonus Item: Strathmore Art Journal Kit 6.5”X8"- $11.47
The Strathmore Art Journal is a collaboration between Artterro® and Strathmore Artist Papers they created a book to help artists explore their creativity through art journaling. Learn fun doodling drawing and collage techniques with inspiring materials Kit Includes Spiral-bound (6.5 x 8) journal with solid book board cover to personalize 14 inspiring project pages 5 pages of beautiful handmade decorative papers 6 solid colored papers artist-quality drawing paper and pocket folder to store pictures scraps and found images.
If you want some nicer paper to work on or to slip into your handmade junk journal this is a good one, it has a decent size page with quality paper that takes multiple mediums and extra bonus it comes with some extra fun hand made papers and artist grade colored paper sheets of paper for you to use!!
SO there you have it art CAN happen on a budget and these supplies will get you started! I created the sketch at the end of this episode of Coffee Tea & Art using this kit as an example. Now get out there and start creating!!
* Special shout out to Glenda Hoagland and Ambie Kraftsreads for the idea for this episode of Coffee Tea & Art make sure to share your ideas on drinks, art supplies and topics for future episodes! We would love to hear from you!
Until next time keep creating!