Where should you purchase your art supplies? The answer will surprise you. It turns out that artist supplies are a market commodity and as such charges are established at what the market will bear. In other words, if you fancy yourself a great artiste with a high SQ (snob quotient) you will not be interested in greater purchasing power. But, if you are interested in purchasing the identical quality, and sometimes superior quality materials for a tenth, a twenty fifth, a hundredth of what you are asked to pay in an iconographer’s supply catalog, then using my super human librarian powers and skill as a lab technician in a former life as well as au courant phD in eBay, I will share my findings with you:
titanium dioxide 20gr 1kilogram (2.2 1b =2,200grams) 99%pure $7.00 + ship VS food grade particle size 0.15um iconography supply catalog $18.95 free ship laboratory supply
ok Grocery store shoppers…do your math… compare the price per unit cost here… and it is…TA-DAH!!! 35 cents per gram VS 2 cents per gram, an astonishing 1,750% savings if you buy the kilo. Can you use that much? Heck, ye-ah. Titanium white is the number one pigment I go through, and…you’ll never have to buy it again. ps–can be used to tone down any latex or acrylic craft or house paint since that is one of it’s many registered uses. But I digress…
linseed oil, denatured alcohol, floetrol, some varnishes and brushes, low tack tape: all of these items can be purchased in small bottles for big dollars from all the art supply stores OR they can be purchased in big sizes for small dollars at the hardware stores like Home Depot. I even was able to purchase a one foot square granite tile grind my pigments upon. The tile cost $6.00 compared to $70 or $80 dollars I could have spent for glass !
30 ml porcelain mortar and pestle:
$19.99 +Shipping VS $3.99 in Kitchen supplies art supply TJMaxx
Wooden Hand Helper (Bridge) VS FREE !! HOLY Cow!!! anywhere from $45-$69 Scrap wood with 2 Jenga pieces glued to the bottom
I have many more ways of bringing the costly nature of iconography more within the common person’s reach. Let me know if you would like to know some more.
Very truly yours, the frugal iconographer
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