There are many theories as to why art materials are so expensive:

  1. Manufacturing costs are high.
  2. The higher the quality, the higher the cost of production.
  3. The more popular the item, the cheaper it is.
  4. Market forces influence prices.
  5. There is a huge variation in the quality of art materials.
  6. Sales tax inflates the real price of art materials.
  7. There are too many ‘middle-men’ (wholesalers).
  8. There is such a demand that people are prepared to pay any price.
  9. A high price has elitist status.
  10. Cheap art materials cost too much in the long-term.
  11. There is little competition among some manufacturers.
  12. A ‘good name’ means that you can charge what you like.

I’m sure that the answer lies somewhere within the list above.

Have you noticed how dear paper is getting lately or is it just my imagination or the fact that I don’t buy paper that regularly.

Not all ‘cheaper’ quality art materials are rubbish. You don’t have to have state-of-the-art materials.

What you need is:

  1. A passion for creativity.
  2. Enthusiasm.
  3. Self-discipline.
  4. An imaginative mind.
  5. A few blacklead pencils and some paper.
  6. A subject or a theme.
  7. A plastic card or a healthy wallet.
  8. A discerning eye for value.
  9. Self-confidence.
  10. The ability to plan ahead.

One cost that I have not mentioned is that of framing your artwork. I will leave that for another day.


About artkleko

artist, art curator, art teacher, art judge, art critic
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  1. I think if you are a serious painter then you have to invest in good art materials. Although I think the best painters have been poor.

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