Getting art supplies anywhere can be tricky. Getting them online is even more so. Getting good ones online is completely difficult. Unfortunately, online is pretty much the only place we can go to now that we are sitting home voluntarily or following ‘shelter in place’ orders from our state government.
There is not a soul that hasn’t heard about corona virus by now, so we won’t go into detail about it here. We’ll only say that even if art is not your work or your hobby, it could easily become a source of income or at least entertainment while you do everything you possibly can to maintain social distance with everybody.
But let’s talk where you need to go to get needed supplies whether you’re a beginner or an expert. Many physical art and craft stores are closing or have already closed down, at least temporarily.
Most of our shopping for non-essential items is moving online and this trend will only intensify as we all will inevitably change after this world wide pandemic is over.
So what are some good places for online art supplies and why?
This website is not your usual art supply market, but rather early education and STEM related arts, crafts, and games seller. This website is mostly famous for coding toys and robots that little kids can program and play with. Those toys are award winning stuff and can put kids on track for early coding, but there more than that to this site.
See Learning Resources Discounts:
- 30% off any order with code THANKS
- Up to 90% Off Sale Items
- Free Shipping on Orders $65+
You can shop activities and supplies for drawing, shapes, beads, cutting projects, activity cards, and so much more. If you are looking for paintbrushes and paint, this is not it, but you will find toys and games that are simply not available anywhere else and can take your child further into the world of science early on.
This store is synonymous with arts and crafts, so you know you will get what you need. There is nothing you won’t find at Hobby Lobby. If you are looking for exclusive brands and names, you might not see everything under the sun, but the store has all necessities. They sell over 70,000 items online, so you don’t have to leave your house to get supplies for your art or your hobby.
Art department is further divided into sections for art fixtures, art sets, books, brushes, canvas, painting supplies, and more. Shopping online might be even better than going to Hobby Lobby stores, because shelves are empty there sometimes. Hobby Lobby is also known for offering various ways to save, which can help all new and seasoned artists.
See Hobby Lobby Promotional Codes:
- 40% OFF One Item with code 49642
- Up to 80% Off Clearance Items
eBay, of course, also has it all. Don’t consider eBay a merely a second hand marketplace, because you will miss out on a lot of deals, including on art supplies.
Sure, you can find some used or opened art products, but also lots of brand new discounted materials. In fact, eBay is a great place to get rare supplies and tools that you wouldn’t find anywhere else.
See eBay Coupons:
- Free Shipping on Most Orders
- Weekly Deals! Up to 90% OFF
Shipping is not free and return policy can get complicated, so think hard before purchasing. Ask questions, ask for more pictures, and discuss what can be done about return if needed before purchasing something.
This is obviously not just online store, but it might become one if we are to go on full quarantine. But even during normal time, Michael’s offers great shopping opportunities for shopping online.
The store is general and it does have a wide selection of common art supplies. Expect to find the most popular brands at Michael’s, such as Strathmore and Winsor & Newton, amongst others.
Michael’s always has deals and that makes ordering there a pleasure. It’s not uncommon to get 20% off your entire order, 40% off one item, and free shipping. If you don’t need something very specific and from a particular brand, Michael’s is for you.
See more Michael’s Promotions:
- 50% OFF any One Regular Priced Item with code 50HALFBDAY
- Free Shipping on Your Orders of $49
The retailer is so completely overwhelmed with deliveries of groceries and all other supplies these days that it can’t keep up with shipping. Instead of usual 2-day, expect 4-day delivery, but it still has huge variety of art supplies and it will get caught up with deliveries eventually.
If you can be more patient than usual, you can find just about anything on Amazon – pencils, brushes, paper, canvas, oil paint, watercolor paint, French easels, and more. The prices don’t bite either.
Amazon also has lots of books about art, art history, and tutorials about various techniques and training. We are talking about paper and electronic books – Amazon truly has it all, which is why we all love it.
JoAnn is known as a great source of art and craft supplies at good prices. During coronavirus pandemic some stores are closed, others reduced hours of operation, and all open ones offer curbside pickup.
But of course, JoAnn has and always had a great website and fast shipping.
See JOANN Promotions:
- 20% OFF Your Entire Order When You Sign Up at Joann.com
- Up to 60% OFF Friday Deals
The retailer has everything you need to make art – paints, drawing products, canvas and other surfaces, storage, and more.
And then there is an entire section for coupons online and for in-store purchases.
This store has everything paper related, but less supplies for real artists. You can get all kinds of products for various DIY projects, but you won’t find large canvas here.
The store specializes in supplies for kids’ art and school projects. You will find office supplies and everything for your stationery section at home or in the office.
See Paper Source Coupons:
- 20% OFF personalized stationery with code STATIONERY20
- Up to 50% OFF Everyday Gifts
Paper, watercolors, brushes are of plentiful supply, but don’t expect exclusive brands’ oil paints. Shipping is free on $50+ orders and deals are possible.
This store is one of the best places to buy anything art. You will find unprecedented collection of not only small supplies, but products for airbrushing, brushes, canvas of all sizes, drawing and illustration needs, easels, framing, and even furniture. Then you also have supplies for kids, storage, and crafting products.
Mister Art offers various deals all the time, shipping is frequently free, and VIP members get extra discounts, so become one if you are an artist.
See Mister Art Coupons:
- $15 OFF orders over $85 with code CRAFTATHOME
- $5 OFF your orders more than $50 with code CREATE5
- Free Standard Shipping on Orders over $200
Blick Art Materials
This art supply store is old and has experience and knowledge about everything art-related. They don’t only have everything, but they also carry some superb brands.
Blick is for you if you are looking for Schmicke watercolor paints and those 2×3 meter canvas for your next masterpiece. Artists also love how detailed all the descriptions and labels of every item are.
If your order is $35+, you will get the same shipping you would from Amazon, except a lot faster these days when Amazon is struggling to meet demand of all shoppers. Blick Art Materials always have some kind of promotions and deals, like 10% off.
Finally, if something is not up to your satisfaction, you can return it all for free for 365 days.