When decorating their caves, ancient man had to search the local area for their supplies. They used water, plants, clays and minerals to create pigments to color the drawings on their walls. Today’s artists hunt locally as well. They can either log onto their computer to shop online, or they can take a trip to the local art supply store. In both cases they can browse through hundreds of items to help them with their creative visions. There are thousands of ways to mold, shape, create and decorate art objects.
One art supply that is always in demand is paint. There are different types of paint. Oils have always been a staple for the serious artist. Oil paint is the most versatile because it can be blended for an endless selection of color shades. This is due to the fact it takes a very long time to dry. For people who do not need or want to wait a long time for paint to dry, there is acrylic paint. These paints dry quickly, but they can still be mixed to create many different shades and tones of color. They are very versatile, but any work done with them must be completed within an hour. For this reason, they are generally not used by professional artists.
Walking through an art supply shop is an excellent way to help creativity. Paints are only one type of supply any good shop will carry. Canvas, boards, ropes, threads and strings are just a few items available. There are generally books for beginners and advanced students in many different art disciplines. Looking at displays can spur an artist to explore a new direction in their work. A painter might consider using ceramic transfers or ceramic decals to decorate glass pieces in a new design. A sculptor may decide to try wood rather than using their normal medium of clay.
Buying art supplies locally does not mean a limited selection. Many common art supplies are shipped all over the world. Supplies are also easy enough to order through a local shop or online. This enables each artist to get what they need for their current project or order ahead for a new creation.