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The Best Places to Buy Art Supplies: (According to Other Artists)

Ever get asked, “Where’s the best place to find art supplies?” Or more likely, “Where do you buy art materials? Online? Or from an actual store?”

Truth be told, for me the answer usually depends on where the sales are. However, a few weeks ago I thought it would be interesting to find out which art supply stores other artists recommended, and I set up a poll on EmptyEasel to do just that.

So whether you’re just planning to buy a few artist pencils or a full set of oil paints, I’d suggest checking out these recommendations from fellow artists before you shop.

(By the way, this poll is still running—if you scroll farther down you can cast your own vote and see which art supply store is in the lead now.)

Here’s how the results looked after two weeks:

Art Supplies Poll

Dick Blick was the obvious the favorite, with Jerry’s Artarama in second and the Art Supply Warehouse just beating out Cheap Joe’s for third and fourth. I’m not too surprised at Dick Blick’s numbers because they do have a lot of online advertising (and they usually have a lot of discount sales, too).

And although I’d never considered buying art supplies on eBay before, it makes sense that you could find some good deals there. Maybe that’s something to check out.

So how does the poll look now? Vote and find out!

Or if you’ve already voted you’ll just see the current standings. (And who knows, down the road they could turn out to be quite a bit different from the 2-week results.)

What art supply company would you MOST recommend to other artists?
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