Keep you Art Affordable

Is over spending on supplies a challenge for you?

Tuesday's post Too Many Supplies received a lot of comments, ideas, and suggestions on how to save money on supplies and to keep art affordable.

Here are a few of the ideas that were shared:

Linda B has decided to focus her creative efforts to just making jewelry. Creating in just one medium is a great way to save money.

VaLon is smart about setting aside a monthly budget for her craft supplies, and if there is something she wants she saves up for it.

ReMaryd Originals watches her scraps and cast offs and reuses them whenever possible.

Christie Cottage suggests that not having all that extra stuff on hand can help with your creative process. You have to think what you can make with only the materials on hand.

Here are a few additional suggestions:

Apply the use one thing up before you buy something new plan, that will save you a little money and keep you from having more supplies then you need.

Finish projects you started but never finished - If you don't have interest in it anymore, then take it apart and recycle the parts.

Host a art swap with your artist friends - this is a great way to get new stuff without any cost.

Reinvent older items - if you have items that don't sell or you are tired of having them then come up with a new idea using all the same parts.

When you can use your craft/hobby store coupons (check online for coupons) I love the Joanne and Michael's coupons.  Keep an eye out for special deals from your favorite wholesalers.

The need to be frugal does not diminish the need to create. Finding ways to keep it affordable, so you can keep creating is an important part of the process.

Do you have a supply budget?  Have any other tips for saving money on supplies?

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  1. Love the Art Swap idea. I have been trying to get something together with my Artsy friends for awhile to do this...

  2. Being frugal can actually make us more creative, I think! I love the swap idea as well!!! I always buy in bulk to keep the costs of each finished item as low as possible. ~Val

  3. Liked the suggestion-To finish projects you have started but never completed. Happens to me so many times, I lose interest and then its just lying around. Next time before I go on a binge...will look at what is Unfinished. Thanks for the tips!

  4. New follower from UEF :) You will surely see me in here more often! Great post!

    -Tiffany with Will Write 4 Food


Your thoughts and ideas are an important part of the conversation, thanks for sharing!