I think I’m an art supply hoarder

Posted on Sep 11, 2014 in Behind the Art
I think I’m an art supply hoarder

I used to work at an art supply store while I was in college. And an art student with an employee discount at an art store? Like a kid in a candy shop. And I had no will power. Especially when there were clearance or sale items.

I minored in Printmaking at SCAD during which I acquired a bookbinding interest. One project in my screenprinting class was a handmade book. With these two interests I ended up buying a lot of paper. I was partial to Rives BFK for my prints. At the store we had drawers and drawers filled with nice decorative paper. I liked looking at them…I may have had a problem…


I also bought a lot of Utrecht (the store I worked at in Atlanta) brand paints in acrylic, oil, and watercolor. The paint purchases are totally justified though. Prior to college I didn’t really have much in the way of art supplies. What I did have was cheap and low quality. It was a revelation when I used artist quality watercolors after using a Koh-i-noor pan set all through high school.

The purchases that I’m slightly ashamed of are the canvases. Before I moved back home the store had a big overstock canvas sale. And I couldn’t help myself. They were so cheap compared to their usual prices! I ended up buying some large canvases.


The reason I’m slightly ashamed is that I don’t work this big. I’ve never worked this big (besides a large pastel painting I did in Drawing II). I still have no idea what I’m going to paint on these canvases. The size alone is a bit intimidating. Whatever I paint on them has to be good, right?

Any ideas what I could do with all these canvases? Let me know in the comments.

1 Comment

  1. Terp V.
    September 11, 2014

    Whenever I run into a situation like that where I have an art thing that I knoooow I’ll never use despite how much I would like to think I would, I sell them, either to friends or on Craigslist. There’s always someone who absolutely uses that thing and could really use a deal, and if you got them super cheap you can make a little profit on them.

    Of course, the issue is, once they’re gone, you start getting greeeeat ideas….

    Also working larger is kinda fun once you try it. I have a little artograph projector I use to blow up my little confident drawings onto big canvases, it seems daunting but it’s actually easier to put the detail in.