After Tip #1 making a list as mentioned in the previous blog, you should have narrowed down what you need and you don’t need. Now, I know you’re excited because you know that you have the money now to get your supplies and you have a list that you are 100% sure of. But, if I were you, I wouldn’t just hop to the closest store and go on a shopping spree. If you really want to be Smart Shopper, you might as well do my
TIP #2 DO YOUR HOMEWORK.
Do my homework?! Wait, Marikit… WHUT?!
I said this before in the former blog but I mean is, do research– canvass the best prices, look at different suppliers and materials before making the grand decision. This might seem painstaking and annoying, but it will save you a lot of moolah.
Here are some of my tips on researching stuff before shopping.
There are a lot of materials that are similar and one might work for one artist but won’t for another. So check your style’s strength to determine the type of materials that you want to get. If you are a beginner, you might want to go for schoolgrade or basic since you’re still studying. But if you are an advanced artist with knowledge about your forte and the materials you are comfortable with, stick with those or find similar materials with better quality/good price on the net before setting out on your shopping trip. Here are a few things to keep in mind:
- Quality over Quantity. – materials with MORE in it, doesn’t necessarily mean it is better. Some of them have more in it because it easily breaks or is not to up to par with the quality you are expecting. So you end up not using it (which means it goes to total waste) or buying another set because it breaks so fast. Some materials may be a little more expensive, but they are WAY better and you can use them for a longer time. That is good investment.
- Invest on good basics- when I say good basics, I meant good quality for the materials you often use. If you plan to use materials for a long time, invest on good quality materials. You may want to think about this when getting things like Graphic Markers, Colored pencils and Paint.
Know your materials – make sure you know about what you are buying before you buy it. You should know the things it is made up of, what quality, what it works against etc. I personally have wasted a lot of money experimenting on materials such as paper, pens, inks and more. Things went smoother in the supply front when I started researching my materials and knowing what works with what and what works for my style.Speaking of which, here are a few things that you might want to check when buying materials:
There you go! Once you have done your research and find out what you want go ahead and buy! Check places online like Artmedia Trading ! They give great prices and excellent service! ❤
Thanks for reading and I hope you learned a lot, the next part of the series is BABY YOUR MATERIALS!