My fellow mixed media artists will certainly understand this post, how an image of brand new art supplies can make you smile.
A brand new pile of assorted creative possibilities, colourful tools for character creation.
I have tried A LOT of art suppliers over the years, I much prefer to shop online for convenience – however will also lose hours in a well stocked art supply store.
My fave online stores:
Craft Online – Oh boy what an insane selection of goodies!
Craft online is SO chock full of supplies its almost too good to be true.
Prices are amazing, and shipping is cost low (Australia wide delivery free on orders over $50).
Although, I have to admit Blue Bazaar beat them on shipping time.
Lu Lu Art – Customer service is amazing, Lisa is a dream – friendly service goes a long way with me! I will often find Lu Lu Arts $1 or so cheaper on certain items than the other stores.
Institute of Cute – Art Supply Junkie and Australian Mixed Media Guru Jane Davenport owns a small mixed media supply store (mainly to feed her own addiction). I go here often to check her ‘newly listed’ section for the latest and greatest supplies to try. Jane will only stock THE BEST supplies.
Jane will also give you the option to buy ‘The whole shebang’ (all colours in the series) something I like to do when she recommends an item (cause you know it will be awesome).
If you haven’t taken one of Jane’s art courses yet DO IT – it will change your life!
Artified – Great selection of stencils, I have received many boxes from this store over the years.
Eckersleys Art and Craft – I can never resist stopping into Eckersley’s when I am in Sydney, a great place to visit when you want to kill some time. They have a great selection of Copic markers and Liquitex paint markers – two of my most favourite supplies in the world.
Although their prices are high, I never leave the store empty handed.
Riot Art & Craft stores have popped up in regional areas lately, I have picked up a few good sale items here.
Spotlight – Don’t forget good old spotlight for supplies, they are often on the pricy side, but you can get some good deals when they have a sale.
If you have a fav art supply store, please let me know in the comments below.
I will make sure I try them out and give a review here.