A man is only as good as his tools. If you’ve picked up a new weekend hobby in an attempt to be artsy, it’s time to head out and stock up your arsenal of art materials. There are plenty of places with good art supplies around the island. Wait no more, here is a list of 7 places worth visiting to get your art supplies.
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1. Straits Art Co- Affordable professional art supplies
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Straits Art Co Pte. Ltd is a 70-year-old specialty store which imports a range of products by Australian and American brands. It supplies fine art materials, graph materials, art and crafts at very competitive prices that you would not find so easily at other places! They have professional quality products for people of all levels.
2. Art Friend – Beginners to experts
You don’t have to be an artist to have heard of Art Friend. Whether it’s for a school project or making a birthday card for your friend, chances are you have been here at least once in your life.
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Established in 1981, Art Friend is located in three different locations within Singapore – Bras Basah Complex, Plaza Singapura, and Clementi Central.
You’ll be able to find everything you need for your art project here – from paint and canvasses to specialised supplies like resin and sewing items, alongside with paper products and even woodworking items.
3. Overjoyed – Art, stationery, lifestyle
Overjoyed is your art and stationery lifestyle store. Overjoyed has recently moved to the new location at the Cathay. The spacious store offers a range of art materials such as calligraphy pens, acrylic paints, brushes, and they also offer workshops for art enthusiasts!
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Their shelves are filled with acrylic, oil, calligraphy and watercolour materials. For tertiary students, you can even get a 15% off just by flashing your matric card!
4. Spotlight – A comprehensive store for beginners
From basic paper craft and paint supplies, you’ll be able to find all the tools you’ll possibly need at Spotlight. Don’t worry if you are just a beginner, you can click on their buying guide to get a more comprehensive understanding of their products. For th more hands on people, they carry a large range of materials and fabrics for your DIY project as well.
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5. Krafers Paradise – Huge collection of spray paints and painting supplies
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Krafers’ Paradise functions as a retail store, art studio and gallery all in one. They have such a wide array of colours and spray paints that you are sure to be spoilt for choice! They also carry the drawing supplies like brush pens, charcoal, calligraphy pens, and watercolour paper that you can’t go wrong with.
Bonus portion: Go budget!
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Everyone’s favourite place to go for furniture and meatballs is no stranger to art as well. Its range of craft products includes oil pastels, ink stampers with various designs, watercolour paint boxes, blackboards and nice, thick pencils.
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The $2 heaven, Daiso is Japan’s number one supplier of homewares, stationery, art materials and more. The store usually puts out seasonal products, but also offers artsy decorations for special occasions.
In fact, if you sign up for our Drawing and Painting Lessons at Pabha, you can use the art supplies that are available at the studio on your first session, saving you the hassle of purchasing materials from elsewhere.
Anyone interested to learn painting or drawing at any level is welcomed to join the art classes at Pabha. If you just started on this journey, you may join the “Acrylic Painting for Beginner” class, while those who are more experienced may join the “Painting for Improver” or “Painting with Artist” classes. Classes at Pabha are taught by professional local artist Pabhrakara Jimmy Quek with over 30 years of experience.
We hope that this article has inspired you to pick up a pencil or an art brush and get started on your artistic journey! If you would like to learn how to draw or paint better, sign up here.