Types of Art Supplies


Hundreds and maybe even thousands of arts supplies are available in craft boutiques and stores that sell office supplies. The types of art supplies that you can find differ depending on the kind of artwork that you do. Whether you like to draw or create pottery, the types of art supplies that are available can help you with your creation.

Painting Supplies

  • Different kinds of paints are used for painting such as watercolor, tempera and acrylic paint. These paints come in different forms including tubes of paint, bottles of paint and even watercolor pencils. Brushes, sponge applicators, easels, color mixing palettes, canvas and paper in different shapes and sizes are all used for painting. Paint thinner, undercoats and mediums and varnishes such as sealer and gloss coatings are also used in some painting projects.

Illustration Supplies

  • The different mediums used for drawing include graphite pencils, colored pencils, crayons, markers, chalk pastels, oil pastels, pens and charcoal. Artists can draw on different kinds of paper including charcoal papers, drawing and sketching pads, newsprint, pastel papers and paper for pens and markers. Other drawing supplies include inks, blending stumps, erasers and sketch holders.

Sculpting and Modeling Supplies

  • Supplies for sculpting include different kinds of clay including air dry clays, modeling doughs, firing clays, modeling clays, oven-bake clays and polymer clays. Sculpting tools include calipers, hammers and mallets, and modeling tools such as wood, clay, was and plaster carving or ceramic tools sets. Modeling compounds include silicone rubber, decoration powder, paverplast powder and silicone. Moldmaking and casting materials include epoxy, latex, polyester, polyurethane, silicone and wax.

Crafting Supplies

  • Crafting supplies vary depending on what you're making. Craft supplies include scissors, construction paper, tape, white glue and glue sticks. Almost anything that you can use to create crafts are considered art supplies such as yarn, felt, scraps of fabric, thread, toothpicks, popsicle sticks and string. Other crafts supplies include straws, stencils, different kinds of beads, ink pads, rubber stamps, glitter, sequins and feathers. Furthermore, cotton balls, colored tissue paper, wiggly eyes, contact paper and appliques are all crafting supplies.

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