Tuesday, March 17, 2009

CHEAP ART SUPPLIES

I love to peruse non-art supply stores for cheap art supplies. These are usually art products aimed at kids. I like to take products aimed at non-professionals and see what can be done with them. I recently found these at Target. They're called Elmers PAINTASTICS.
They are basically a cheap version of a japanese water brush loaded with various colors in the barrel of the brush.
Normally a decent quality waterbrush unloaded is $8 to $12. Add in a bottle of Dr. Martins dye and that's another $5 to $8. That's about $20 for one. This package of five PAINTASTICS waterbrushes was under $5. It's clearly a lower quality product, but they are pretty fun to play with. Below is a drawing I did with the PAINTASTICS. If you're bored check 'em out, they're pretty fun!






7 comments:

mattcrap said...

at least you get a unique look with them. I always blow people away with my weird off-brand pens and markers that I find.

While they spend big bucks talking about their Pitt pens and what-have-you I bust out my Tombo ABT brush pen.

andy kuhn said...

matt,

that's cool. i like to use TOMBO markers as well, although i generally find that PITT pens and TOMBO markers are around the same price.

BrikHed said...

that is funny i think i bought my 7 year old those some pens, she loves to draw and i can now tell her she uses what the pro's use

alan said...

Just goes to show, a good artist can make use of anything. Pricey stuff doesn't make you a good artist; cheap stuff doesn't thwart a good one.

marco's blog said...

i just picked these up for my boys at rite aid. I think i may have to steal them back! :)

wolfboy said...

Wow! I'm definitely going to pick those up; thanks man.

And your drawing is eerily beautiful.

cheap art supplies said...

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