Sure, youd like to be more creativebut sometimes your wallet just doesnt agree with you. Art supplies can become a major investment, and sometimes the price of starting an art hobby is more than you can afford. But what if you could spend less than $5 and walk out of an art store with all the materials you need for a new project? What if it didnt cost anything at all? I recently sent myself on a mission to find projects that produce great results with little cost. Here are a few already-assembled projects that will help you incorporate creativity into your everyday life, without having to become a starving artist.
Send your friends homemade postcards from an imaginary vacation spot
- Dick Blick Pointed Scholastic Round Watercolor Brush (No. 4), $6.75.
- Hake Flat Wash Brush (1 inch), $1.55.
- Yarka Student Pan Watercolor Set (10-color set), $2.59.
- Strathmore Blank Cards, Palm Beach White (no deckle, box of 10), $4.80.
- Pigma Micron Pen (size 01, 0.25mm), $2.69.
Make a book worth filling with your thoughts
- Dick Blick Blank Book Journal Kit, $17.50.
- Gelly Roll Metallic Dark Marker Set (six-pack), $6.45
Paint a still life using objects from around the house
- Reeves Acrylic Painting Set (12, 4-ounce tubes), $6.95.
- Alvin Oval Plastic Palette, (seven-well palette), $1.90.
- Genesis Gesso (4-ounce jar), $6.69.
- Masterpiece Vincent Masterwrap Canvas (6×12), $7.30.
- Princeton Acrylic Set Natural Bristle (round No. 2, flat No. 4, filbert No. 4 and bright No. 64 brushes), $5.99.
Jennifer Ball is an assistant editor for The Artist’s Magazine