Art Supplies

Whether you are a student or an emerging artist, there are savings to be made by investing in a smaller quantity of artist grade supplies, as opposed to a larger quantity of student grade – a saving on your time and frustration levels. It will take three coats of poor-quality paint to get the desired finish you want, compared to one of a higher quality. It’s unbelievably frustrating to be at the mercy of what your cheap materials will allow you to achieve, and when learning, this can put you off advancing and enjoying the process. The learning curve from using artist-quality materials will be far steeper and more rapid and be of greater enjoyment than that of using inferior products.


Beginners often purchase inexpensive, off-brand sets of markers or coloured pencils, intending to upgrade once they learn. But cheap art materials make learning harder. They are difficult to use well and frustration leads many students to quit.

If a talented professional artist with national recognition and awards can’t get good results from student-grade colours, how is a beginner supposed to learn with them?

If you haven’t been blessed with talent or if you’re a complete beginner facing a steep learning curve, why would you add more hurdles to the learning process?

Student-grade paints, pencils, and markers are cheap because they have a low pigment load. Pigments are the expensive part of the recipe, so if a manufacturer can sneak in extra fillers at the factory, they can retail the product for less. A very top grade oil paint can contain up to 80% pure pigment. The rest will be made up with the oil added to bind the pigment. In contrast, cheap oil paint can contain as little as 23% pigment. Student-grade paint ranges will not only use a lower percentage of pigment in each tube but will also create their colours from cheaper pigments.

When you work with intense pigment-loaded inks and paints, your work will be more vibrant, complex, and sophisticated. Your layers will look much cleaner when you use coloured pencils that aren’t loaded with filler. Making beautiful lines, textures, and forms will be easier when you work with paper designed to match your medium.

Always purchase the best quality product your budget will allow, even if that means buying fewer colours.

With new advancements in technology, artist-grade mediums and paints are safer than the cheaper ones.

It’s hard enough to learn but even harder to learn when you’re in a constant battle with your art supplies!

Recommended Supplies

We recommend a start pack for different mediums that a beginner can start with. This supplies recommendations help you start your artistic journey. However, you can substitute anything with other brands but make sure to go for artists/professional grade paints only.

  • Staedtler Lumograph Pencil 2B
  • Staedtler Lumograph Pencil 4B
  • Staedtler Lumograph Pencil 6B
  • Staedtler Lumograph Pencil 8B
  • Paper Blender Assorted 3pk
  • Staedtler Eraser
  • Kneaded/Putty Eraser Faber Castell
  • Sharpener
  • Daler Rowney Heavy Weight Cartridge 220gm / Winsor & Newton Drawing Spiral Pad Smooth 150gsm
  • Artists’ Acrylic 20ml Starter 12 Pack Winsor & Newton (Includes: Lemon Yellow Hue, Azo Yellow Medium, Naphthol Red Light, Permanent Alizarin Crimson, Ultramarine Blue, Phthalo Blue (Red Shade), Phthalo Green (Blue Shade), Olive Green, Yellow Ochre, Raw Umber, Mars Black, Titanium White.)
  • Burnt Sienna 60ml Artists’ Acrylic Winsor & Newton
  • Burnt Umber 60ml Artists’ Acrylic Winsor & Newton
  • Canvas Panel 3mm A4 Size 6pk
  • Pack of Synthetic Round Brushes
  • Pack of Synthetic Flat Brushes
  • Winsor & Newton Artists Watercolour 5ml Burnt Sienna
  • Winsor & Newton Artists Watercolour 5ml Cadmium Red
  • Winsor & Newton Artists Watercolour 5ml French Ultramarine
  • Winsor & Newton Artists Watercolour 5ml New Gamboge
  • Winsor & Newton Artists Watercolour 5ml Paynes Gray
  • Winsor & Newton Artists Watercolour 5ml Permanent Alizarin Crimson
  • Winsor & Newton Artists Watercolour 5ml Permanent Sap Green
  • Winsor & Newton Artists Watercolour 5ml Prussian Blue
  • Winsor & Newton Artists Watercolour 5ml Winsor Green (Blue Shade)
  • Winsor & Newton Artists Watercolour 5ml Yellow Ochre
  • Daler Rowney Langton Pad A4 140lb 12 Sheets
  • Synthetic Round Brush 600 02
  • Synthetic Round Brush 600 04
  • Synthetic Round Brush 600 06
  • Synthetic Round Brush 600 10
  • Synthetic Round Brush 600 12
  • Colours (Faber Castell Polychromos / Faber Castell Albrecht Durer / Derwent Chromaflow 24 Pack)
  • Paper blender stumps (Assorted 3pk)
  • Sketchbook Smooth Heavyweight (Daler Rowney)
  • Masking Tape

In addition to this, to ensure that you are always prepared for your artistic pursuits, it is highly recommended that you keep some essential art supplies with you at all times.

  1. HB pencils
  2. Kneaded Eraser
  3. Ruler
  4. Rag cotton cloth
  5. Paper Towel
  6. Water Jars

Recommended Vendors

Based on our experience, we have the following recommendations for the vendors to get your art supplies:

  1. Cork Art Supplies
  2. The Range
  3. Evans Art Supplies
  4. Jackson’s Art
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