We’ve all probably heard the saying, “You have to spend money to make money,” right? Well, that’s not always easy to hear when you’re just starting out as an artist, especially if you are someone who is new to art or is a student trying to explore are and have very low or almost zero art sales to begin with! However, if you are able to allocate some funds to professional development wisely, it can (and often does!) end up rewarding you with more than what you put in! We have curated 5 Wise Ways for a Beginner Artist to Invest in Art Supplies! Wanna learn how? Start scrolling!
- Find your Starting Point:
As a beginner, it is common to feel like you are all over the place and just can’t find the right place to start your Art Journey. The best way to tackle this situation is to take some time to create a folder of all the artworks that inspire you. Sort them based on the medium used to create the work, such as, Watercolors, Acrylics, Gouache etc. and determine which medium interests you the most! This is your starting point and the materials you need immediately, be it papers or brushes or pencils or stencils, are related to this.
- Do your Research:
Now that you know what it is that you want to explore and learn, browse the internet to find out suggestions for the right specifications for the Basic Art Materials. You can also reach out to expert artists through emails or chats to get their opinions or even talk to us (all you need to do is drop us a DM on @zen_sangam on Instagram) and get your doubts clarified! This way, you can choose the right products to invest in without procuring the wrong products or even worse, bad quality ones.
- Finalize the Basics:
Once your materials list is ready, give it a thorough revision. Ensure that all the things you have listed are basic requirements and not something fancy that only experts use. For example, a watercolor artist will find it absolutely necessary to have 300 GSM, Cotton sheets, paints with decent pigment quality and a basic set of round and flat brushes to start off with. Similarly find your basic needs and ensure that your shopping cart meets exactly those needs, nothing more nothing less. Here are the exact links you need to buy the perfect journals, papers, sketchbook and sheets as a beginner artist!
- Finding Access to Resources:
If you have a severe budget constraint, you may not find it feasible to take up paid courses or attend expensive workshops! In such cases, find resources that are free and cater to the needs of a beginner artist. For example, Zen Sangam’s YouTube Playlist of several Beginner-Friendly Art Workshops can be a great place to start with!
- Upgrading your Materials:
Practice for a few months with your basic supplies until you form confidence and control over the medium. Ask genuine feedback for you work and find the areas where you have scope for improvement. Art isn’t an inborn talent, anyone can certainly become a great artist with the right guidance, perseverance and of course, passion! Once you are ready to take your art to the next level, you can start looking for Expert Art Materials and eventually get to the point where you are yourself eligible to provide advice and experienced enough to teach others!
We hope you found this article useful and request you to share it with a friend or family member who is looking to start on their Art Exploration Journey! Check out our wide collection of Art Paper Products for all levels of Artists here!