EBSQ 1:1 – Where do you shop for art supplies?

Catherine Darling Hostetter

My favorite shop for arts supplies is the one that I can get the best deal at. I live within 8-10 blocks of a Michaels, JoAnns, and an Utrecht art supply, and I always go armed with coupons. I love that most of these stores have apps and I can access them from my phone, because too often I run out the door without the paper coupon.

Frida by Catherine Darling Hostetter
Frida by Catherine Darling Hostetter


My community has a really neat, unique resource here in town, called the “I.D.E.A. Store.”  It’s essentially a resale shop….for gently used art and craft supplies and all kinds of assorted donated odds and ends intended for recycling and reuse.  It’s a mixed bag every time I go in there — never quite know what you are going to find….but I’ve purchased (at crazy low prices) tubes of paint and jars of gesso and mod podge with plenty of product still in them, paint brushes, brayers, art books, stamps,maps and sheet music for mixed media projects, yarn, frames, and more.  Staffed by volunteers, all proceeds benefit a local school districts.  So indeed — pretty cool, and something every community should have!

Ain't Nothin' But by Patience
Ain’t Nothin’ But by Patience

Misty Benson

I always love to dreamily float through Michaels Stores (Arts and Crafts Supply) for inspiration and quick fixes. Since it’s in so many states, I can even pick up emergency supplies (yes, an art emergency!) when I’m traveling to and from art shows. For items they don’t stock, I buy from various online sites for items such as my favorite  clay for making Skellies and stretcher bars for limited edition canvases of my Big Eye Beauties!

Morbidly Adorable Tarot Sun by Misty Benson
Morbidly Adorable Tarot – Sun by Misty Benson

Two days left to give the gift of EBSQ + Permanent Account SALE


Give the gift of EBSQ this holiday season!

Who says it’s too late to purchase gifts online in time for holiday delivery?  Support your favourite artist by gifting them with a membership to EBSQ. Available as a one-time fee for an annual, biennial, or permanent account. (This is also a great option if you’d like to purchase an account for yourself without an automatic recurring payment.) And what’s better, we can deliver TODAY.

Plus, by popular demand we’ve back our half-off permanent account sale. You’ll be able to purchase a permanent account now  through December 23, 2009 for just $325.  A permanent account means you’ll never have to pay dues again.  Ever. That’s a pretty good value for an unlimited-upload art portfolio! 

With prices scheduled to go up for new memberships in 2010, this is the ideal time to lock in at 2009 rates.

So–finish up your holiday shopping with EBSQ. The artists in your life thank you in advance 🙂