Because the nearest art supply store is so far away, I have often had to purchase my art supplies from online retailers and art material catalogs.
I have compiled a list of some that I have used at different times. If there is no art supply shop near you, one of these sites may be a good place to buy your art materials.
When shopping online, please pay attention to shipping. If you live in a different country, shipping charges may be too high.
The way I solve this problem is to order in bulk. Overall, you will save a lot more than ordering in separate shipments.
Also, the larger online art stores have many free resources for artists, including art tutorials, articles, tips, free newsletters, and much more. I also use online art supply websites to learn what new materials are available, and find reviews and feedback on a variety of art products.
Ways to Save Money With Online Art Supply Retailers
- Signup for their newsletter. You may periodically receive coupon codes, special offers, and discounts. It is a great way to get cheap art supplies!
- Search for a discounts page such as Deals of the Week or Clearance.
- If they offer a free catalog, apply for it. I know websites have replaced catalogs in many ways, but in my mind online shops do not have the same visual appeal that catalogs have. I love to flip through the pages of my free Blick catalog anytime. Its a great way to find out what art products are available.
7 Places Online to Buy Art Materials
- North Light Shop
You will find a wide range of products here, including art videos, digital downloads, courses, books, paints, brushes, drawing materials, print making, mixed media supplies, reference guides, easels, encaustic supplies, and much more.
Check out the Deals of the Week page, which lists weekly deals on all types of art materials, such as brushes, drawing supplies, art books, and more. They also have a great selection of art books and instructional videos, including many on art marketing.
Free Shipping on Orders over $25
Newsletter – YES!
Refund Policy – 100% “no frills” return policy
Payment Methods – Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover (check or money order for mail payments)
VIP Program – A yearly membership gets you a 1 year subscription to the Artists magazine, exclusive savings, and access to many art resources, including The Artists Brain and ArtistNetwork TV.
- Dick Blick
Blick Art Materials is one of the largest online retailers of art supplies, with over 60,000 available products. They carry paints, canvas, brushes, ceramic materials, easels, portfolios, sculpture materials, drawing, print making, and much more. Products are easy to find by doing a search, or by searching by department. Check out the Hot Deals of the Week and Clearance items to receive great savings on certain art materials. They also have free lesson plans, which are great for educators, and free art instructional videos.
Special Time Limited Deals such as 15% off on orders $99 or more, and FREE shipping on $160 or more.
FREE Catalog – They offer several free catalogs, which may also be downloaded by PDF, including the Blick School Catalog, Blick Studio Catalog and K-6 Classroom Catalog.
Newsletter – Join their email list to ne notified about specials, sales, news and events.
Refund Policy – 30 day return policy
Payment Methods – Paypal, Mastercard, Visa, American Express, Discover, JCB, Diners Club, and Optima.
Amazon.com has over a million results for the search term art supplies, sold by different retailers. There are several things about Amazon that I like.
Customer Reviews – Many times previous buyers write a review of the product. This helps to hear about other people’s experience with the product.
Supplier Ratings – Click on the name of the art supplier to see their sellers profile, which includes feedback rating and comments from previous buyers.
Items are easy to find. - Just type the search term in the search bar above. Use the menu at the left to narrow down your search by brand and price.
- Jerry’s Artarama
Jerry’s Artarama is a huge online art supplier. They carry a wide range of art materials, including oil paint, artist canvas, framing and matting, pastels, paper, and much more.
They also have an extensive resources section, with online art contests, art tips, product demo videos, product reviews, and more.
Newsletter – To receive discounts and promotions
Return Policy – 30 Day Refund Policy
Payment Methods - Paypal, Checks, Bill Me later, Money Orders, Visa, Mastercard, Amex and Discover Cards.
I haven’t yet purchased anything from them. Any experiences with Jerry’s Artarama?
Currys is based in Canada, and carries over 20,000 fine art materials. I find it a little more difficult to find what I’m looking for here, but if you are a Canadian, I recommend this site over the others, mainly because of what you will save in shipping charges and customs fees.
Newsletter – Free Artwise E-Newsletter
Return Policy – 30 Day Return Policy for damaged items and those shipped in error
Payment Methods: Visa and Mastercard
- Daniel Smith
Daniel Smith has a huge selection of artist materials, including watercolor, oil, acrylic, brushes, pastels, drawing, printmaking, art books, and much more. They also have an extensive resources section with art tips, articles, tutorials, etc.
Art Contest – Daniel Smith holds an annual art contest
Newsletter – YES!
Return Policy – 90 Day Refund Policy
Payment Methods: Visa, MasterCard, Discover Card and American Express
Ebay is a great place to search for art supplies. I receive much of my oil paint from there. Recently I ordered 53 tubes of Rembrandt oil paint from Ebay and only paid $193 plus shipping. I speak about my experience in this post: How to Use Ebay to Find Great Deals on Art Supplies
Have any of you purchased anything from these online art suppliers? How was your experience with them?
Would you recommend an online art retailer not listed here?