Some amazing people make art by upcycling furniture or reusing items that they already have. If you're able to produce all your art that way, that's a fantastic feat. For the rest of us, there are art store which sell supplies. Here are some art stores I've shopped in. It's difficult to come out of any of these stores without feeling a twinge of inspiration.
Eckersley's Art and Craft is a store that boasts tenure in the market, having been around for over fifty years. Eckersley's has stores in almost every state – ACT, NSW, QLD, SA, VIC and they even have a New Zealand online store. The NSW locations are Bondi, Brookvale, Caringbah, Chatswood, Erina, Macarthur, Newcastle, Oxford Street, Parramatta, Penrith, St Leonards, Sydney CBD and of course there is an online store. From art supplies to education kits, Eckersley's Art and Craft has a lot of different stuff for everyone. If you have an artistic soul in your life, you can buy them a gift card as a present online. I like Eckersley's because it has a focus on kids and education.
If you're looking for something smaller, perhaps you'd be more satisfied with a family owned business like The Sydney Art Store. Located in Zetland, you can of course buy your supplies online as well. The Sydney Art Store also sells gift vouchers, which is helpful if you're looking to give someone an artspirational present from there. This store has a lot of beautiful looking supplies available, including brushes, tools, canvases, surfaces, drawing supplies, easels, furniture, mediums and grounds, paints, paper and pads.
Kadmium Art Design Supplies is a store located in Broadway. What is unique about Kadmium is that it has many different types of modelling materials in addition to typical art supplies. As with the others, you can purchase a gift certificate for your artistic friends. Kadmium has a large supply of canvases, books, journals, drawing materials, paints, paper, printing supplies, stationery, brushes and more.
A good way to get a good deal is to check the specials at each of them. Each of the stores has its own sales and specials happening all the time, so be sure to look for what you need and see if you can save some money that way.
If you are looking to save money, it's always worth checking out Gumtree for some free or very cheap art supplies and items. I think if you're looking to make sculptures or are interested in art out of recycled materials, collecting items from Gumtree would be a fruitful venture for you.
Another place I've seen inexpensive art supplies sold at is in some of the smaller markets, where you can often find specialist supplies. Occasionally, I've seen some high-quality expensive art supplies sold for much less at op shops as well. It's definitely worth checking out a variety of sources if you're looking to get a good deal. eBay is one such source, but beware that you may not be able to control for quality in the same way as if you are in a physical store.
As you can see, I've stayed away from some of the major art store chains in this article because I was hoping to give you a different twist on where to buy art supplies from. Where do you get yours?