Yesterday, I posted about the art site eatsleepdraw. While viewing art on eatsleepdraw, I noted repeated references to ArtSnacks, an art supply subscription service. Artists love art materials but perhaps hate the hours spent in art supply stores or online suppliers sites searching for just the right tool.  ArtSnacks feeds that love of the hunt but helps you cut down on time waste with monthly sampling of artist materials

. How clever! ArtSnacks subscription service delivers art supplies to your studio door!

Normally, I receive offers of blog posts in exchange for art products, but this time I bypassed that and went ahead and subscribed to ArtSnacks.

Success! Thanks so much for subscribing to ArtSnacks!

Here are some questions you might have:

I just signed up for a ArtSnacks subscription – what will I receive?

Each month you’ll receive a box full of 4-5 art products to enjoy. Each box will include a different mix of goodies like pens, pencils, markers, inks, brushes, paints, and more.

When will I get my first ArtSnacks box?

If you signed up before the cutoff date (the 20th of each month) you’ll receive your ArtSnacks this month! We ship ArtSnacks on the 1st of each month and you can see details on shipping below. If you signed up after the 20th, you’ll receive your first box next month – and we promise it will be worth the wait 🙂

When will my ArtSnacks ship?

ArtSnacks are sent every month, like clockwork. We’ll start sending out boxes on the 25th(ish) of each month.

Will you tell me what is coming in my box ahead of time? Can I choose?

No, we won’t tell you, we like surprises. But we definitely want to know if you have ideas for future boxes. Send us an email with a link to a cool art product and well consider it for the future.

Whats your cancellation policy?

You can cancel your subscription via the account page at any time. To cancel your subscription, just login to your account, click on Manage Membership and hit Delete Account. You will still receive the ArtSnacks you have already paid for but your subscription will not be renewed the next time it expires.

For any other questions, or to get in contact with us, please feel free to email us directly at

Part 3: On Saving Money in the Studio

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My previous two posts, How To Save Money By Making Your Own Paints, and More Tips On Saving Money in the Studio brought such enthusiastic comments from artists on Google + and other social media sites that I decided to write one more–Part 3: On Saving Money in the Studio.

Buy fine art paper in bulk 

Did you know that you can get many fine art papers directly from paper manufacturers at greatly reduced prices? For instance, Thai Unryu paper, (25 x 37 inches) sells for $4.00-6.00 dollars per sheet at this US artist supplier and this artist supplier.  I purchased the same Thai Unryu paper (25 x 37 inches) in packages of ten sheets, and paid about $00.25 cents per sheet purchased directly from paper manufacturer in California. ( I calculated the shipping cost and added it to the amount I paid per sheet for the price I mention above.)

As you can probably guess, that paper manufacturer had other fine art papers including fine drawing papers and print-making paper such as Coventry Rag, as well as digital print papers at low prices. Check their overstock store. Not all papers are available at all times so check back often.

In the book, Living The Art World Dream, Alternative Strategies For Working Artists, written by sculptor Eric Rudd, the author includes a page or two on buying paper in bulk from paper mills. He suggests taking a tour of a paper mill, if one is nearby, as an “eye-opener.” Rudd said that he purchased 1,000 sheets of drawing paper for as little as $100. Since he lives in a large warehouse studio he had space to store large quantities of paper. He also makes the point that artists may be more cautious and less productive when working on paper that they purchased for $1.00-5.00 per sheet. That having so many low-cost sheets of fine art paper in his studio made him much more productive–he did many more drawings!

If you belong to a group of artists, you may be able to jointly divide a large paper purchase. Research paper manufacturers in your region. You may be surprised at how many such companies exist! Not all produce fine art papers but some make acid free papers also used by artists.