Crafting requires a lot of supplies and sometimes those supplies can get pretty pricy. When still in the trial stages of crafting no one wants to spend a lot of money on supplies until they know for sure this is something they are going to continue doing. Here are some budget friendly supplies I use and would recommend to other crafters. Make sure to read till the end to know other ways I say money on craft supplies.
Today I am going to share with you my budget friendly paper crafting supplies. These supplies are great if you are looking to have some fun without breaking the bank. They work great for a great price. These supplies are not dollar store supplies. They are actually what I craft with. I know they will one day be upgraded but for know I love them.
Always keep in mind that you should not let your supplies limit you. You can take some cheep craft supplies and make some amazing crafts with them. Everyone has to start somewhere and expensive craft supplies don’t make you a better crafter.
Crayola water colors are amazing! They are cheep, pigmented, and easy to use. I don’t plan to ever become a professional watercolorist but for the simple look of water color I highly recommend these. I started with the small 8 primary color set and then upgraded to have some secondary colors as well. The brush that comes with it will shed at first but after a few used it doesn’t shed any more.
The other great thing is that they are non-toxic and washable. The clean up is very easy and if you accidentally drink your paint water (yeah I have done it) you won’t die.
Not a necessity but it saves a lot of time. This style of paper cutter comes in many different brands but I really like the flip out roller on this one. It makes cutting 12 inch paper easier. Honestly after getting one of these I would recommend this to any crafter even if they don’t paper craft often. It makes cutting straight 100 times easier and faster. I even use this when I make business cards and make packaging for jewelry.
I would recommend specifically the Sakura Gelly Roll white pen. The ink pigment it true white and very opaque. The great thing is they also sell just the white packs of gel pens so if you don’t want all the other colors you don’t have to buy them. These are great pens all around and I love using them for writing, drawing, and adding highlights. The white pen is great for when you create little shapes or creatures with stamps and color them in to add back some white.
Almost every paper crafter uses Copic markers. They are great alcohol based markers. They blend easily, don’t bleed though the paper, and can be layered. I have a couple and they are great but they are $8 each. Yes one single marker is $8. I do think they are worth the $8 if you are very good at using markers and use them often. Honestly I don’t have that type of talent but I still want that quality of marker.
Ohuhu is the closest to that quality I have found for a great price. Now these markers are not your kids coloring page markers. They are a little pricer but the per marker cost is less than $1. Ohuhu has a couple different styles of markers. They also produce other art supplies that I have not tried yet.
My personal favorite Ohuhu markers are the Dual tip coloring brush pen and fine liner color pens. They have one end hat is a brush pen. This is great for calligraphy, coloring in, making fake paint parks. The other end are a fine tip pen that I love to use for line work and writing. These are water based pens. They are activated by water so they could be used to create a water color effect.
The other Ohuhu maker that is more similar to the Copic markers are the Dual Tip Permanent Markers. These markers have a fine tip and chisel tip. They are alcohol baes so they perform just like the Copic markets would. They are easy to blend, don’t bleed though the paper, and can be layered.
Yes! Simple office supply. Sticky notes are great to create masks for stamping. They also work great as simple stencils. It could be just the pop of color your looking for in a layout. They also look cool with washing tape around them to add some personalized notes to a scrap book. I personally like to have a variety of colors. These are also great to keep in the craft room for when you need to make a supply list.
Other ways to save money
Growing your crafting supplies takes time. Don’t feel the need to o out and buy everything all at once. Craft stores always have sales going on so keep an eye out for a sale on what your looking for. Something else to do is only shop from the sale flyer. I am crafting almost every day to create great content for all of you. So I look at the craft store ads and only buy what is on sale.
Another great tip is to look for coupons. Craft stores always have great coupons that are usually 40% to 60% off. Make sure to sign up for email lists, mailing list, and down load craft store apps.
I hope you enjoyed learning how I craft on a budget anomy favorite budget friendly supplies. If your interested on what I am buying and seeing more behind the scenes follow my Instagram . I post stories almost daily showing the behind the scenes of what I am working on. I am also trying to grow my following so that I can do live videos during the week.
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