Shopping for Art Supplies

Give a child a piece of watercolor paper, a set of paints, and a brush, and they're happy. I'm usually quite happy with that combination, too. And basically, that's all you need to start painting. But when you get to the store, choosing which items to buy gets a bit more complicated. The hundreds of choices of paper, paints, and brushes can make your head spin.

The good news is that you can start out as basic or as complicated as you want. In this section, I give you a deeper understanding of these essentials so you can make informed decisions about art supplies and pick out exactly what you want.

Most beginners buy inexpensive supplies thinking that, after all, the painting won't turn out because they're an amateur. The fact is that cheap supplies can actually be so frustrating to use and of such poor quality that what you think is ineptness on your part is actually inferior art materials. One easy way to improve your painting is to purchase better supplies. So my advice is to buy the best quality supplies you can afford and upgrade your supplies as

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you can afford to do so. Reward yourself with a quality art supply every so often. You'll see the reward return in your painting.

Art suppliers are always coming out with new products, and they're usually great. So don't be afraid to try someone else's great idea. Go to the art supply store frequently for inspiration. Maybe you'll see a new tool that sparks your creative juices.

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