How To Not Be Broke

One of the best parts about being a college student (especially one that has to buy a lot of art supplies) is being in a perpetual state of near bankruptcy. Luckily, I have a few tips that you can use to prevent from becoming completely broke while still getting the art supplies you need.

1) AC Moore Coupons

Please, whatever you do, never buy anything at AC Moore for full price. All you have to do is go to, and you can find coupons for up to 50% off any item.

2) Matte Mediums

For some reason, I have only recently started using matte medium, and thus far it has been nothing less than a magical experience. Basically, a matte medium is a paint extender. That means that instead of using a giant glob of (expensive) paint to cover a section of your canvas, you can instead use a dime-size glob of paint, and mix it with the medium. The result is almost the exact same color you started out with, just a bit lighter and more transparent. Still, the transparency is a really cool effect for paintings, and the amount of paint you save is enormous.

3) Re-Use Canvases

At this point in your art career, you’ll realize that every piece you make is not exactly a masterpiece, or even that good. That is why gesso is your friend. One huge way to save money is to gesso over your old unsuccessful paintings so you can re-use your canvases instead of buying a new canvas every time you make a painting.

There are a lot of other ways to save money, of course. What are some ways you stretch your art dollars?

2 thoughts on “How To Not Be Broke

  1. So expensive. Great tips thank you! Micheal’s always tends to have great coupons (40% off one item – 20% off entire purchase) and they’re’ mobile friendly! So just search online when in-store.

    Also, ask any art store if they have college discounts or business discounts! Avg. around 10% off 🙂

    1. Glad the tips are helpful! Also, great reminder about the college discounts…I always forget about those! I wonder if art stores would be so kind to give an extra 10% off for showing a University ID. Probably not, but a girl can dream!

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