Happy Sunday! I hope everyone has had a good weekend so far! Getting things together still for my booth in 2 weeks! Anything that I have left over from my booth, print and necklace wise, I plan to add to my Etsy shop! I’ve had Etsy for a long while but it’s been a bit of a struggle marketing myself there as a painter! I feel these gorgeous prints and recycled pendants will do better on that site, and they are a much lower cost to purchase for you guys than an oil painting! Of course the originals are still always for sale! 😜thanks for looking! ❤️🎨
#arttipoftheday : Buying art supplies can be expensive. Especially if you’re wanting to work with larger sized canvases or better quality materials. But there are a few ways of #stretchingyourdollar . . .
1) MAKE YOUR OWN CANVASES. It may seem pricy to buy frames, canvas cloth, staple guns & gesso but if you plan on painting a lot you‘ll save 💵 in the long run. You’ll also get to make custom dimensions. . .
2) HOLD OUT FOR SALES. Stores often have good sales around Back To School season and just after the holidays when retail sales plummet. . .
3) COUPONS ARE YOUR FRIEND. They’re not just for lil’ old ladies. Take a peak at the next coupon flyer you get in the mail, keep tabs on Groupon discounts, sign up for membership emails to get access to exclusive coupons and sales, or just Google promo codes for the store you want to shop at. . .
4) THE DOLLAR STORE ISN’T ALL BAD. It goes without saying that you get what you pay for but there are some exceptions. Some convenience stores and dollar stores, particularly Dollarama, can occasional carry good quality materials that have either been discontinued or bought directly from the same wholesalers as big chains like Michael’s. . .
5) BUY USED MATERIALS. Whether you find stuff for sale on eBay, Kijiji, a BUNZ trading zone, your local thrift store or an end of of year sale held by FA student/the FA dept, buying second hand is easily the cheapest option. You’re more likely to get your hands on good quality supplies for cheap, sample a bunch of different brands and find out what you like best, plus you’ll be helping to reduce landfill. CAUTION: Be careful about reusing canvases that have already been painted on. If you’re planning to use oil paints you should be fine but if you’re going to use acrylic you can’t paint over top of oil paints. After a few weeks/months the acrylic will flake, crack and/or peel off of the oil and your hard work will be for nothing. I learned this the hard way when it happened to a fairy painting I was working on. This photo is all that remains.