When searching for art supplies, choices can sometimes be limited on the shelves of your local arts and crafts store. Today the Internet makes tackling art projects easy, thanks to the abundance of supply stores offering hard-to-find items. From megastores and specialty shops to sites offering discounted and used items, check out these sources in our Marketplace for finding art materials online.
New Supplies & Specialty Materials
- Blick Art Materials: Founded by Mr. and Mrs. Dick Blick, Blick Art Marterials have been considered the premiere art supply store for industry professionals, students and teachers since 1911. There online inventory is expansive and they also offer useful printable lesson plans and video workshops to help artists with purchasing decisions and techniques.
- Jo-Ann Fabrics and Crafts: With the mission to spark the creativity that lives in every person, Joann fabrics is a great one-stop online shop for various crafting needs like fabric, sewing and quilting supplies, yarn and scrapbooking needs.
- Metalliferous, Inc.: A full-service, fully stocked supplier of metal, tools and other supplies to jewelry making, this online shop carries also carries over 30,000 different beads, including unique vintage items.
- Stencil1: With his several books and lines of stencil patterns, Ed Roth of Stencil1 makes the art of stenciling easy. His online shop carries patterns and stencils inspired by graffiti and street art and the cool designs make for edgy and eye-popping projects.
- Pearl Paint Framing Shop: In addition to its five locations across the US, this art supply megastore also carries their entire inventory online. Whether you are looking for paints, canvases, portfolios or crafting supplies, Pearl Paint has all your art needs covered.
Used & Discounted Supplies
- Creative Pitch: This company coordinates with the Chicago design and marketing community to find art supplies and other materials that may get thrown out or never used and donate them into classrooms in need.
- eBay: Running a search for art supplies will turn up all kinds of good finds on Ebay. Both new and used materials are up for sale and low costs— good source for budget supplies.
- ArtStuffs: Use this listing site to find used art supplies. Post and ad, or browse categories to buy or trade with other artists looking to unload stuff they no longer need.
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