Are you feeling a bit lost when it comes to figuring out the best and most affordable art materials for your kids, especially if you are not arty yourself?

Don’t worry, navigating the sea of options is tricky, even for seasoned artists!

My ‘Art Supplies List’ provides a breakdown of what I use in studio as well as my various video art lessons and after years of practice. But here’s the scoop: it’s not mandatory to have everything right away.

Encouraging your children to explore and experiment with lots of different materials is key to your child growing as a young artist.

The materials I suggest are easy to find and fairly inexpensive. You don’t need to splurge on pricey supplies for budding artists. It’s all about practice, not the cost of the tools. I do like to recommend what I know but there are a lot of great art materials now available so other brands may be just as good.

If you’re in Australia, places like ‘Reject’ shops, Officeworks, or Kmart are goldmines for basic art supplies. Mont Marte is my go-to brand for beginners, and even Kmart is a great option for painting/drawing pads and visual diaries.

Quick Tip: While you can be flexible with most materials, using the correct paper is crucial for durability. Watercolour on copier paper? Not a good mix, as it’ll swell and warp, so please do be aware of this as the paper/surface can greatly affect the outcome.

For those outside Australia, Amazon is a treasure trove of economical art supplies. Look for at least student-quality acrylic and watercolour paints, and I would recommend splurging a bit more on high-quality coloured pencils for richer pigments—the results will speak volumes!

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My Art Supplies List