A lot of people are under the mistaken impression that artists supplies are expensive. This is not always true and it really does depend on what category of art you are purchasing supplies for and what stores your purchase from.
Aside from this, there are available art supplies at online auctions you do not need to pay top dollar for, but are just as good. The variety of sources that are available for you today will be sure to give you the supplies you need within your allotted budget.
If you are involved in painting you do not have to spend very much to complete your collection of supplies. You can get second hand easels, palette knives and palettes at affordable prices both online or at garage sales or flea markets.
You can even ask you upper class men or students that are a few years ahead of you if they have any art supplies you can purchase or have for free. Most students do not need a lot of their old supplies and will gladly give you theirs for free.
Ideally, it pays to get good quality supplies that are made to last. You may be able to find brands of tool boxes, easels, paint brushes or palettes that are top quality without the costs in your community bulletin forums especially if you put the word out that you are looking for certain brands.
The reason that it is okay to buy these supplies within your budget is because most paint supplies can be cleaned using paint thinner. For this reason, no matter how many splashes an easel has, it will most likely work very well after a coating of paint or after you scrub the easel with a thinning solution.
This is especially true for stainless steel easels or for easels that are made of varnished wood. You can strip the paint of an old wooden easel and repaint it according to your own preference.
This is why a fluctuating economy is not really a good reason for you to be putting off your painting attempts. If you have been using the reason ‘expensive supplies’ for putting off your hobby or interest in painting, you will most likely change your mind when you see that supplies do not need to cost very much. All you need to do is be a little creative in hunting for the top quality supplies you need without the top quality cost.