Where do you buy your art and craft supplies? It used to be such a big deal to make a trip to the art store, and I would inevitably spend 2 hours running my hands over everything in the joint, lusting after it all.
Okay, I actually still do this. But then I usually make most of my purchases online apart from whatever I happen to need right then.
I do buy plenty of art supplies on Amazon, since I am nearly always ordering from Amazon, but sometimes you can get better deals elsewhere, as well as art store brand materials. (I love Blick paints and brushes).
I thought you precious petunias might be interested in an online resource for art and craft supplies, so I just went ahead and compiled one, and there are some really, really cool places to order supplies, and there is a whole host of new items I want to buy now and I’m so excited I might pee.
Shipping prices: They all seem to compete with each other, so you’ll usually find a flat rate price and then free shipping if you buy over a certain amount of $$, which we all know is easy to do, yum yum yum. (Also bookmark this page and keep an eyeball out for sales.)
More Arty Than Crafty
Blick – (MY FAVORITE PLACE) Blick carries all of the art supplies you will need, as well as a massive amount of craft supplies and kid art supplies. You can buy the Blick brand of paints and brushes or work your way up to professional-quality materials and make art like a superstar. I like their art project ideas that link right to the supplies you will need to complete them.
Jerry’s Artarama – Besides having a cute little artist-guy icon, they also provide all the art supplies you could want. Check out their awesome art contests and free videos.
Utrecht– They keep it simple by selling just art supplies. They offer their own brand as well as the other top art material brands. Check out their sales and coupon specials.
Amazon – I’m impressed with their selection of art supplies. They sell a lot of good art materials as well as kits to get you started if you’d like to try something new. Don’t forget to throw a pack of google eyes in your cart.
Artist and Craftsman Supply – This is a new one for me since researching for this post, and they have cool stuff! They focus mostly on art supplies, but it looks like they are expanding their craft supply offerings.
More Crafty Than Arty
Simon Says Stamp – I adore this site so much. It seems like they are constantly adding new materials, and it’s all good stuff. I’m not even a stamper, but I so want to get my stamp on when I go here. They also have expanded into all sorts of inks, tapes, pens, markers, etc.
Amazon of course sells craft supplies for as far as the eye can see. Pop some of these onto your order of whatever you happen to order on Amazon, and you’ll be getting your craft on in no time. If you have Amazon Prime, you can usually get your goods shipped free and have them in 2 days. Ask me how I know. 🙂
Michaels – Crafty mecca with a smattering of art supplies. Michaels just recently started selling online, which I think is a fantastic, bold new move that maybe they should have taken 5 years ago, but what the hey. Do not forget to use the coupons you will find on their home page! (That also goes for if you decide to shop the store in real life.)
PaperMart – This site offers basic, straight-up crafty craft materials. They’re limited in what they offer, but you can see what they have quickly. They look like a good source for packaging if you want to sell some of the beautiful items you’ve made.
Etsy – I will apologize right now for the hours you will spend poking around on here. And all the money that you shall happily pull out of your pockets and throw at Etsy sellers. Not only are you supporting indy craftspeople, you also have access to some of the most unique supplies you can find, and the little section of your brain that houses your creativity will positively be glowing with excitement.
Create For Less – Ooh! Another gem. They have everything you could want for crafting, and they offer a discount for buying multiples (listen up, teachers!) Check out their clearance crafts area, and their buying guides.
Factory Direct Craft – They have a good supply of basic craft materials, plus some little surprises like tin ceiling tiles, rusty metal safety pins, and cool jars.
Consumer Crafts – They have a solid selection of craft supplies, plus a few art supplies thrown in for good measure.
JoAnn – most people know of JoAnn for fabrics, but they also sell craft supplies. You can follow their learning videos on YouTube, plus peruse their idea center.
Discount School Supply – This is the go-to place for teachers and childcare professionals to buy art materials for kids. Their prices are great, they have TONS of stuff, and their house brands, Colorations and Biocolor, are excellent quality.
Stubby Pencil Studio – If you’re looking for eco-friendly art supplies for kids, look no further. Stubby Pencil carries a fantastic assortment of the basics and some fun surprises like crayon rocks and these botanical powders that you mix with water to make paints. (I threw in the aprons because they’re adorable.)
Nasco – This is another site to get lost in, because not only do they sell all these cool materials, they also have tons of videos on their site, lessons plans, and a listing of contests. They sell everything from the smallest beads to the biggest kilns.