Top 10+ Places to Buy Art Supplies and Materials

Tired of driving yourself crazy looking for just the right place to buy all your art supplies? What about finding a place that stocks some of the most elusive art supplies? Whether you're looking for an 8mm Slim Point Etching Needle or simply your next sketchbook, the MiM team’s got your canvas covered!

We’ve put together a little list to help get your next project moving in the right direction. Here are some of the best online and local art supply stores for you to check out.

Not only do they carry a vast selection of art supplies sourced from all over the world, but they regularly feature some sweet deals and discounts--and saving money is something every artist can appreciate.

Please note that this post may contain affiliate links.

Blick Art Materials

Blick Art Materials is consistently ranked as one of the largest retailers of arts supplies in the United States. It’s a family-owned retail and catalog business that’s been around since 1911 and caters to students, professional and amateur artists and even bulk orders for scholastic art programs (great for teachers and instructors!).

Flexcut Lino & Relief Printmaking Set

Flexcut Lino & Relief Printmaking Set

Among it’s massive inventory of over 90,000+ art supplies you’ll find more than enough options for drawing, papers, oil painting, acrylic paints, printmaking, books, sculpture, brushes, canvas, portfolios, framing and even ECO-friendly / recycled products.

So whether your looking for a great Printmaking Tool Set or simply another quality sketchbook, you can easily navigate and lookup products within the search bar or sort by department.

Cachet Hardbound Soho Basic Sketchbook.

Cachet Hardbound Soho Basic Sketchbook.

Make sure you check out their Hot Deals of the Week and CLEARANCE sections for deeply discounted offers, regular promotions and amazing savings on certain art products. We've seen items ranging from 15% to 83% off —That’s AMAZING!

Don’t forget, Blick has a phenomenal 100% satisfaction/365 days return policy that has not changed since 1911! The policy states, “If you are not completely satisfied with the quality of the merchandise you receive, you are entitled to a full replacement or refund.”

Physical Blick stores are currently located in many states, it’s possible that if you live in a larger city that there’s one near you so you can even save on shipping costs —here’s the current list of locations from their website. Alternatively, you could also use their convenient store finder tool and search for your nearest one.

Blick offers a Preferred Customer Program that features “Web Match Rebate” to extend online savings to your in-store purchases, a competitive “ Lowest Price Guarantee” and even a 10% Academic discount to students & professional educators.

As mentioned earlier, Blick Art Materials services many scholastic art programs ranging from kindergartens all the way up to college universities (including my own Alma mater). Educators can find an entire section in the drop down menu to the left of the website.

It’s filled with options to create course supply lists for your students to log in and order through (Blick U), special school discounts, lesson plans, a teachers news portal and even an educator forum.

There are a lot more hidden gems tucked away in Blick’s “Learning Resources” section, personally I love the “Inspiring Art Projects” tab to pick up a couple interesting ideas every now and then.

There’s even a collection of helpful product assembly and instructional videos, with further videos via their YouTube channel.

Key Features

  • Refund Policy: 365 days / 100% satisfaction

  • Payment Methods: Visa, MasterCard, Discover, Amazon pay, PayPal, American Express, Diners Club, and JCB.

  • Shipping: Regularly offers many free shipping promotions. Rates & more details can be found here.

  • Locations: approximately half of all U.S. states + Online.

Additional Resources

  • Blick Preferred Customer Program (FREE to join)

  • FREE catalogs: (also avaliable as PDF to download),

  • Newsletters, instructional YouTube videos

  • Extensive MSDS labeling (safety data sheet) on many products

Check out the website here.

(Our full Affiliate Disclosure can be found here as well)



Artist & Craftsman Supply

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Artist & Craftsman Supply is the only 100% Employee Owned company on this list. It’s been around since 1985 and has expanded from it’s original store in northern New England to over 30 physical locations nationwide, mainly along both coasts. Personally I enjoyed learning more about this company’s history, and you can find out more about them here.

Overall this company offers solid value and regularly features great deals both online and in store. Although the free shipping require is a bit hire than some of the other online art supply stores on this list ($69 at the time of writing this article), you can easily hit that minimum if you’re restocking on a couple supplies all at once.

Key Features

  • 100% EMPLOYEE OWNED

  • Refund Policy: standard 30 day policy.

  • Payment Methods: PayPal, VISA, MasterCard, American Express, Discover, Amazon Pay

  • Shipping:

    • Free Ground Shipping on orders over $69

    • $7 Flat-Rate Ground Shipping on orders under $69

Additional Resources:

  • Student kits & discount, newsletter, blog with featured artists, instructional YouTube videos.

Check out their website here.


Jerry's Artarama

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Jerry’s Artarama has been around since 1968, and let’s just say they know their stuff. This art supplier is still family owned and operated and not only sells supplies, they also manufacture and distribute, passing along some factory direct savings to their customers.

The site has constant promotions and sales, as well as an active blog and growing artist community. Definitely consider checking them out the next time you’re looking for some great deals. They even have a wide range of order and payment options, and FREE standard shipping on all orders $35 or more.

Note that their online store naturally carries a MUCH larger selection of materials and supplies compared to retail locations, as is the case with most stores.

Also, there is NO PRICE MATCHING between the online & retail locations (as compared to Blick’s price match rebate), so if you see a price online and plan to shop in a retail location, make sure to call ahead first to check the current price!

All things considered, this list just wouldn’t be complete without a heavyweight like Jerry’s on it.

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Key Features

  • Refund Policy: 30 days / 100% Satisfaction

  • Payment Methods: Paypal, PayPal Credit, Checks, Money Orders, Mastercard, Visa, Amex and Discover Cards.

  • Locations: “Jerry's Artarama currently has 17 well stocked local retail stores across the US. “

  • Shipping: FREE standard shipping on all orders $35 or more.

Additional Resources:

  • 2500+ Free Art Lessons ranging from all media and skill levels

  • Bulk savings center – Buy More Save More

  • Online community of artists

  • Jerry's LIVE events

Check out the website here.


Utrecht Art Supplies

Utrecht Art Supplies was started by two Brooklyn brothers in New York back in 1949. Over time, the Utrecht Professional Acrylic Gesso they developed to prime canvasses is still considered to be #1 by many artists to this day.

Utrecht quickly expanded to supply a full range of art materials at “direct-from-manufacturer” prices until they were eventually acquired by Blick Art Materials in 2013 (also mentioned on our list).

Because of this, you’ll find similar offerings between the two in terms of products, prices, shipping and return policy. Utrecht even carries the Blick private label art products as well, giving you another great way to access them if your’re close to an Utrecht store!

Key Features

  • Refund Policy: 365 days

  • Payment Methods: Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover Card, Paypal, and Utrecht Gift Cards.

  • Shipping: Regularly offers many free shipping promotions. Rates & more details can be found here.

  • Locations: approximately half of all U.S. states + Online.

Additional Resources

  • FREE catalogs: (also avaliable as PDF to download),

  • Newsletters, School Discounts

Check out the website here.

(Our full Affiliate Disclosure can be found here as well)


Soho Art Materials

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Soho Art Materials is a local NYC supplier with locations at the moment of this writing. We decided to add this store to our list for its excellent customer service, local convenience (for all our NYC readers) and great selection of products. Soho Art Materials is consistently rated for having an extremely helpful and welcoming staff, great deals and bargains, especially on their house supplies. They even have a top notch custom panel and canvas selection.

You can reach out to their well trained customer service team via call or email, both are listed on their viewing website. If you’re ever in the area, be sure to stop by and check them out at either the Brooklyn or Manhattan location!

 

Key Features

  • Refund Policy: Contact directly

  • Locations: NYC & Brooklyn

  • Shipping:

    • FedEx for most standard shipments.

    • 2-5 business days

    • Custom orders may take 10-14 business days.

    • Rush orders available upon request

Check out the website here.

 

A.C. Moore

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A.C. Moore is quite similar to Michaels (also featured on this list) in the sense that its another general craft store. They have a noteworthy deals, coupons and a FREE loyalty rewards program. There’s a weekly ad or circular that highlights the latest savings opportunities. They offer a generous 60 days return policy for both online and in store purchases AND flat-rate shipping regardless of how many items you add to your cart. You can find a list of all the brands the carry here. Also you can check out their “Projects” page for inspirational and crafty ideas.

Key Features

  • Refund Policy: 60 days!

  • Locations: Online & Regional

  • Shipping: flat-rate shipping options

Additional Resources

  • Weekly Circular

  • Email list

  • “Projects” section

  • Coupons

  • Loyalty Rewards Program

  • Mobile App

Check out the website here.


Cheap Joe's Art Stuff

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According to their website, Cheap Joe’s started back in 1987 in North Carolina. This small, family owned art supply company remains committed to offering the “BEST value” in the U.S. when it comes to supplying art materials. They pass along and savings direct to the customers (who they feel are part of the family), and even have a GENEROUS 365 day return policy, rivaling larger suppliers like BLICK (also featured on this list).

Personally, we haven’t shopped here yet, but they come highly recommended by many of our readers so we’ve included them on this list. We will be placing an online order on our next restock and will be sure to update you on how it all went down in a later post.

So if you’re local in NC area, be sure to check out one of their 3 locations and give us some feedback in the comments!

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Key Features

  • Refund Policy: 365 days

  • Payment Methods: VISA, MasterCard, Discover, American Express, PayPal

  • Locations: 3 Stores + Online

  • Shipping: check out their shipping table

Additional Resources

  • Catalogs

  • Downloadable mail order form (PDF)

Check out the website here.


Michaels

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Many of you reading this may have already shopped at this store before. While Michael’s is more of a general craft store, rather than full service art supplier, they have some crazy deals on supplies that’s definately worth a mention. For instance, you’ll find amazing savings on some bigger brands like Reeves, Winsor & Newton and Strathmore.

Also worth mentioning is that the main website is actually divided into 4 tabs in the upper left corner. You can shop for general art supplies on the main page or check out the “Weddings”, “Kids” or “Aaron Brothers custom framing”

The coupons are what really set’s this store apart from the rest, they regularly feature insane coupons like “40% off any one regular priced item” and “20% off the entire order“. You can even download their app to sign up, and have your discounts readily available in store on your smartphone.

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Key Features

  • Refund Policy: Online & in stores, contact a rep.

  • Payment Methods: Paypal, all major credit cards.

  • Locations:

  • Shipping:

    • Processing (1-3 business days ) + Shipping option

    • Standard Ground (4-6 business days)

    • Second Day (2 business days)

    • Next Day (1 business day)

Additional Resources

  • Option to Buy Online & Pick Up in Store

  • Weddings section

  • Kids section

  • Aaron Brothers online custom framing

  • Mobile App

Check out the website here


eBay

Let’s face it, the words “Art” and “Supplies” aren’t exactly synonymous with the word “eBay” and this gigantic online marketplace and auction site may sometimes even be overlooked by those looking for great bargains on art materials. We’re here to tell you that not only is eBay an awesome place to find deeply discounted art supplies.

It also is a great place to find rare and elusive supplies that may not be carried at some of the other retailers on this list. If you deem yourself to be the adventurous or experimental type, why not check out the “Unbranded” section. You’re bound to find some really intriguing low-cost alternatives when you’re budget is looking a bit tight.

If you’ve never shopped on eBay before there’s basically two main ways sellers list their items. You can either “bid” on items (auction style), but most listings also have a “Buy it Now” price to purchase like normal. Since eBay is such a large marketplace, you’ll definitely find top brands like Winsor & Newton, Faber-Castell and Prismacolor.

Key Features

  • Refund Policy, Payment Methods, Locations, Shipping: Varies depending on the seller.

    • Read all descriptions before you buy!

Additional Resources

  • Resolution Center

    “Worry-free shopping. Get the item you ordered, or your money back, on virtually all items.”

Check out the website here.
(Our full Affiliate Disclosure can be found here as well)



Amazon

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Well this member of the list doesn’t really need much introduction if you’re an online shopper. Amazon is an online marketplace that features an almost limitless assortment of products.

With its famous Amazon Prime shipping speeds (requires annual subscription, but really pays for itself if you shop regularly), they match any other retailer on this list in terms of selection and price point. In larger cities like NYC you can even use Prime Now and get those last min supplies within a couple hours to finish off your next project!

Items sold or fulfilled by Amazon directly also qualify for their superb return policy & customer service team. Make sure you check out the Art Supply section to scout some great deals on brushes, paints, colored pencils, canvas panels, watercolors and much, much more.

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Key Features

  • Refund Policy: 30 days

  • Payment Methods: A LOT

    • VISA, MasterCard, American Express, Amazon.com Store Card, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, Union Pay

    • Personal checking accounts, Amazon Gift Card, Amazon Payments, FSA/HSA Cards (eligible purchases), EBT card.

  • Shipping:

    • Prime 1 Day

    • Prime 2 Day

    • Prime Now

    • Prime Same-Day

Additional Resources

  • Other benefits with Prime membership. (not required to shop on the website though)

  • Customer Reviews: Many products have Customer Reviews from previous buyers to help you make a more informed decision.

  • Supplier Ratings: Art suppliers have a sellers profile where you’ll find feedback rating and comments from previous buyers.

Check out the website here.

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