Art on a Budget: How to Create Beautiful Pieces Without Breaking the Bank

Meredith Russell

Creating beautiful pieces of art can be a fun and fulfilling way to express your creativity, but the cost of art supplies can quickly add up. Fortunately, there are many ways to create stunning artwork without breaking the bank. In this post, we'll share some tips and tricks for creating budget-friendly art.

Children's art made from repurposed materials at Craft Theory in Lakewood WA

Reuse and repurpose materials

One of the easiest ways to create budget-friendly art is to reuse and repurpose materials you already have. For example, you can use old newspapers or magazines to create collages, or use fabric scraps to make an embroidered painting. Not only will this save you money, but it's also environmentally friendly.

Shop at discount stores

Art supplies can be expensive, but you can often find great deals on them at discount stores like Dollar Tree. They carry a wide variety of art supplies, including paints, brushes, canvases, and more. By shopping at these stores, you can save a lot of money without sacrificing quality.

DIY your own supplies

Another great way to save money on art supplies is to DIY your own. For example, you can make your own paint, or use salt or baking soda to create a unique texture in your artwork. There are many tutorials online that show you how to make your own supplies, so don't be afraid to get creative.

Buy in bulk

If you use a lot of a particular art supply, buying in bulk can save you a significant amount of money in the long run. Many online art supply stores offer discounts when you buy larger quantities, so it's worth stocking up on the supplies you use most often.

Attend art supply swaps

Art supply swaps are a great way to trade supplies you no longer need for supplies you do need. I don’t know of any art swaps in our area, but Lost and Found Crafts in Olympia is a great place to trade in craft supplies and find something new to you. Not only will you save money, but you may also make some new artist friends in the process.

Use nature as inspiration

Nature can be a great source of inspiration for artists, and it's also free. Take a walk outside and collect leaves, flowers, or other natural materials to use in your artwork. You can even use dirt, sand, or rocks to create texture in your artwork.

Experiment with different mediums

Instead of investing in expensive art supplies right away, experiment with different mediums to see what you enjoy working with. For example, if you're used to painting with acrylics, try watercolors or pastels. You may find that you enjoy working with a medium that is more affordable or that you already have on hand.

Budget friendly embroidered paintings made at Craft Theory in Tacoma WA

Creating beautiful artwork doesn't have to cost a fortune. By using these budget-friendly tips, you can create stunning pieces of art without breaking the bank. Don't be afraid to get creative and experiment with new materials and techniques – you never know what masterpiece you may create.


Need help getting creative with your supplies? Attend one of Craft Theory’s trash art classes! 


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