As an avid crafter and artist, I love shopping for and trying out new art supplies! There’s just nothing quite like opening a fresh paint palette or testing out a new set of markers. I shop at my local JOANN and Michaels all the time, but they don’t always have new things or exactly what I’m looking for—which is where Amazon comes into play! I love the variety of supplies that Amazon offers (from small and big business) along with the affordable pricing. Are you interested in trying some Amazon Art Supplies? If so, read below for a few of my recent and long-time faves!
Amazon Art Supplies
When it comes to Amazon art supplies, I have a few different methods for discovering new items. Sometimes, the artists I follow on Instagram will make suggestions. Other times, I see Instagram ads (Amazon has my number!) of items I might like. And lastly, I will sometimes search Amazon for specific items that I’ve seen other artists use on social media, or I will search for things I’m interested in like “gouache paint.”
I’ve been wanting to experiment with gouache paints for years now, and finally took the plunge and bought a set with lots of colors after seeing a recommendation from a fellow artist on Instagram. Each HIMI set comes with several brushes, a reusable paint palette, and a sealing lid to keep the paints fresh. Some versions also come with a handle so you can take your paints on the go!
This type of gouache is considered a “jelly gouache” and is nice and creamy, easy to blend, and fun to work with. I went with the set of 24, but they also offer smaller and larger palettes of 18 and 56.
Another item I picked up on the recommendation of a fellow artist on Instagram. I was able to snag these KingArt Studio tempera paint sticks at my local Home Goods + T.J.Maxx. That can be hit or miss though, so I found them on Amazon for you for the same price.
So what’s the hype about? Well, the colors are bright + fun and there’s no mess because the paint sticks aren’t actually wet but more the consistency of gel crayons, so they make crafting on the couch a breeze! Over the last few weeks, I’ve been cuddling up on the couch and sketching with these and the mixed media gel sticks featured down below while watching TV.
If you’re interested in trying a new medium for loose art and mark making, might I suggest these? The nibs are large, so detail work is tough, but I love practicing looser and more abstract scenes, flowers, etc. with the tempera paint sticks.
Markers & Crayons & Pencils
If you’ve been around for a while, then you know how much I love brush pens! I first saw the Marvy Uchida Le Pen Flex on Instagram a year or two ago and had to have them. The only problem was that they weren’t available at my local crafts stores, so Amazon to the rescue!
One thing that sets these brush pens apart (and makes them a must-have) is the nib size! It’s a nice medium that I think is pretty hard to come by. The color selection is fun too! They come in a full set of 18, or three sets of six primary, pastel, or jewel colors.
If you ask me, I think these pens are a must-have for anyone who enjoys hand lettering.
As I mentioned above, I’ve enjoyed adding these mixed media gel sticks to my couch crafting routine over the last few weeks (and Parker has been loving it too!). Similarly to the tempera paint sticks, I picked these up at Home Goods + T.J.Maxx, but found them on Amazon for you.
The tempera paint sticks above and these mixed media gel sticks seem similar but actually are quite different. The tempera paint sticks are more opaque while the mixed media gel sticks have a transparent quality to them that makes them easier to layer and a little easier to blend with one another. If you were to only pick one to add to your craft cart, I would go with the mixed media gel sticks. The blendability is what sets them apart.
Another craft item that I discovered on Instagram and just had to have! And yet another item that wasn’t available at my local craft stores. Now, Neocolors are on the pricey side, but they are fun to have and fun to use. (I realize that might not be a justification for you, but I’m a bit of a collector, so it works for me!)
From my understanding, fine art stores like Blick sell Neocolors open stock, which makes it easier to build your collection a little at a time. Since I didn’t have that option, I went ahead and bought the set of 40 off Amazon. If you’d rather dip your toe in with a smaller commitment, they also have a 24 pack and other lower count options as well.
So what’s the hype about? Well, Neocolors are what I would consider to be fancy crayons. When used dry, they are great for adding texture to journaling and papercrafting projects without causing any paper ripples. On the other hand, the water-soluble Neocolors can be dipped in water and then used on paper for a rich, opaque look. I’ve not yet tried the wet technique myself, but see it all over Instagram and love the look!
I don’t own these pencils myself but they’ve been on my wish list for months! Stabilo makes fantastic products, so I know these watercolor pencils will be top notch.
I’ve been a Rhodia Dot Pad lover for years now! They’re the absolute best for practicing hand lettering. The paper is nice + smooth and the dots help with composition without being overwhelming like some graph paper can be.
I’ve found the 6 x 8.25″ wire bound dot pad notebook to be my favorite, but Rhodia has tons of other options if you’re looking for something larger or perhaps with blank or graph paper.
Another item that I don’t own yet but is on my wish list! I love hardcover water color sketchbooks, and these Arteza watercolor sketchbooks look fantastic! The 8.25 x 8.25″ size is perfect—not too big, not too small, just the right amount of real estate!
Affiliate links are in use in this post, however, I own and enjoy each of the Amazon art supplies listed or have plans to purchase the items on my wish list soon.