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Top 7 Must Haves for Beginner Artists

September 30, 2017


I often get asked by parents what we recommend they should have at home for art supplies or where they should start. So, I am happy to share my top 7 MUST HAVE art supplies at home for beginners.


First, I like to start with always remembering not to go crazy expensive! There is no need to purchase the best markers, pens or watercolors. Purchase what you can afford and learn to work with the tools you do have. Sure it's always nice to have an amazing set of Prisma color pencils, but let's get real here, we are just beginning to practice our art! :-)


Everything in this list is great for ages 2 and up. I will continue to include links of activity ideas that you can do with these materials. So do check back often!




This is my favorite watercolor set right now. Artist's Loft makes a really good watercolor set that is not only good quality, but also great with the budget. The colors are beautiful and the mess is minimal which is always a plus for any parent trying to keep things as tidy as possible. My daughter, Charley, who is 2 years old, uses it all the time at home and when she visits the studio. 


What you can do with watercolor? Paint on your new watercolor paper (we will talk about that next) or , paint on your sketch book or on your MY Chunky Pad by ALEX Toys (we will talk more about this, as well). You can purchase it on Amazon, but if you are like me and like to see things and touch things before you buy, I