If you are a beginner painter and are worried about the cost of art supplies, don’t be! There are so many affordable art supplies that you can buy.

Beautiful art does not have to be made with expensive paint or canvases. It can be made with cheap paint and brushes and still turn out just as amazing!!

Y’all! I’m so excited to share with you what art supplies are needed for a beginner painter. I get asked this question a lot and frankly coming up with a dollar amount was something that always baffled me. I can’t remember a time not having art supplies, so it took some time before I realized how much of an investment it is (or isn’t). But don’t worry- if you’re just getting started, there are plenty of inexpensive options out there that will still allow your creativity to thrive!

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Cost of Art Supplies

The cost of art supplies might seem steep, but believe me, there are cheap options out there!

You do not have to pay an arm and a leg to make beautiful art, you just don’t! And here are some cheap supplies that you can buy to get started right now!


Canvases are a very important item for a beginner painter, especially if you would like to eventually start a paint party business! The cost of art supplies can be pretty steep when it comes to canvases, but there are a few affordable options.

Hobby Lobby has an amazing selection of canvases of all kinds that range from as little as $5 to $30. I recommend waiting until the value packs canvases go on sale and stocking up on them!


Paint just might be the most important art supply for a beginner painter! And paint can be pretty expensive if you are looking in the wrong places.

Again, Hobby Lobby is a good place to find paint since they have brands as cheap as a few dollars. This is a place where there’s a lot of variation on price, as other higher quality brands can be as much as $20. Personally, I lean on the inexpensive side and use Deco Art craft paint almost exclusively!

Michaels and Amazon are also places where you can find cheap paint.


The cost of art supplies can be overwhelming when you are just starting out. Paint brushes, for example, can be very pricy! In fact, paint brushes are one of the costliest items out there. In order to get a decent brush, you’re going to have to spend about $15 on a pack of six or more!

Amazon is one of the best places to get packs of cheap brushes for as little as $5. They won’t be as high of quality, but they are a good place to start. Hobby Lobby offers good brushes as well if you can pay a bit more.

Paint Palette

You will need to buy a paint palette to mix your paint on. Both Amazon and Hobby Lobby both offer very cheap plastic palettes. Or, you can do what I typically do and just grab a pack of cheap paper plates! They work great and you can toss them when you are done.

Paper plate filled with colorful paints

Do You Need Expensive Art Supplies to Make Good Art?

If there was one thing that I wish I could tell all budding painters, it is that they do not have to rely on expensive art supplies!! It just isn’t necessary, and for most of us, it isn’t even an option.

Don’t get hung up on the belief that you can’t make good art with generic and cheap painting supplies. Because you can!

Art isn’t about the supplies that you use, it is about how you use those supplies. Even the most expensive paint in the world can’t create something beautiful without your help.

So, don’t worry if you can’t afford high-end painting supplies, because they really don’t matter that much. It all comes down to what you do with the art supplies that you have access to!

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Where Can I Buy Inexpensive Art Supplies?

I use cheap art supplies just like anyone else, and I like to buy supplies from craft stores like Hobby Lobby and Michaels.

These are two places that not only offer a wide selection of affordable art supplies, but they also have sales and coupons!

Keep an eye out for sales in your local Michaels or Hobby Lobby or for coupons on art supplies. Just doing these two things can save you so much on items like paint, canvases, sketchbooks, and paintbrushes.

I also like to order off of Amazon because Amazon has everything! And some of their art supplies are considerably cheaper than in stores.

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