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Whether you are looking for Canvas, Paints, Pencils, Markers, Craft Materials, Adhesives & Tapes or other Artists' Accessories, we have it. Everything we stock comes from leading brands like Faber-Castell and Winsor & Newton - all at discount prices.
  • Adhesives & Tapes

    An artists' studio is incomplete without the essentials, and for those, we've got you covered. If you're looking for a strong adhesive to display your artwork, then choose from our wide selection of 3M sprays. We have all purpose adhesives and glues to suit all of your art-making needs, designed to fit an entire range of different techniques. At Cowling & Wilcox, we supply adhesives and tapes from some of the UK's most reputable art brands, such as Tombow and Sakura. Browse our brilliant selection of adhesives and tapes today. Shop online today.

  • Artists' Accessories

    Finding the perfect accessory can change the way you work and help improve your output. From palette knives to manikins, putty rubbers and colour wheels, with us you can find the tools you really need. Why not pick a colourful Pantone accessory to brighten up your workspace?

  • Brushes

    You can’t put a price on a quality brush, but fortunately, with Cowling and Wilcox’s excellent value range of artist brushes, price isn’t a worry. We have a brush for every need and purpose, whether you are creating a watercolour triptych or the world’s smallest oil-on-canvas. No matter your choice of surface, whether it's stretched linen canvas or watercolour paper, our brushes will help you create the perfect masterpiece.

    Natural hair brushes are great for watercolour painting – the softer the better. They hold large amounts of paint or water which is necessary for this medium. Red sable is considered to be the best choice for artist brushes, as sable hair comes to a fine needle-like point with excellent spring and resilience. Synthetic hair is now so good that many watercolourists prefer them to natural hair - particularly if price and durability is an issue.

    For oils and acrylics, we recommend bristle artist brushes as they have the ability to carry large amounts of paint and work fantastically with a heavier body. Bristle artist brushes are more likely to be used in the beginning stages of a painting to distribute the paint and establish brush strokes. They’re incredibly durable and sturdy.

    Across all of our brush types, we offer a variety of excellent value brush sets. Brush sets are a perfect option for those who are new to painting and would like to quickly and affordably expand your brush collection. Our stock includes options like acrylic brush sets, oil brush sets, watercolour brush sets and more. Our brush sets include a variety of materials, including natural and synthetic fibres and include many different sizes and uses. 

    Whatever your material of choice, we have a range of shapes and sizes of brush to choose from, with both synthetic and natural hair options available. Whether you are a professional or beginner, we have the brush for you – so start browsing now

    How do you use paint brushes?

    There are a variety of different techniques used with and without paint brushes and with different mediums. Techniques will depend on what effect you are trying to achieve and also the properties of the paint you are working with. You can paint with dry brushes, wet brushes and even with rubbing alcohol to achieve interesting effects. For more details, visit our blogs for Amazing Acrylic Painting Techniques and Watercolour Techniques To Try.

    How do you clean paint brushes?

    The quality of your brush can make or break your paintings. Maintaining your brushes by cleaning them and applying preserver will lengthen their life and make painting with them a lot easier. For best results, you should clean your brushes immediately after use to prevent paint hardening and damaging softer bristles. Don’t be tempted to leave your brushes in water for long periods, as this can be as damaging as leaving covered in paint.

    When using paints that harden quickly, like acrylic and some oil paints, water often won’t be enough. We recommend using a brush cleaner, such as Da Vinci’s Brush Soap or Daler Rowney’s Brush Cleaner, to ensure your bristles remain soft and malleable for your next painting. Following this, you can apply a brush preserver to ensure that your brushes stay soft whilst you aren’t using them. With Cowling & Wilcox, you can shop for all your favourite brush cleaners and accessories to keep your brushes in top condition for your art.

    For ideas on how to store your brushes and other art supplies, read our blog full of creative and organisational tips.

    What is better: synthetic or natural brushes?

    Synthetic and Natural brushes both have their advantages and which one you choose can have a variety of influences. 

    Just like the name suggests, natural brushes are made from animal hairs such as hog, sable and bader. These natural hairs are very soft and are great at picking up and distributing large amounts of paint. Their softness reduces streaks and their paint-pick up can speed up painting times. However, these bristles do have a tendency to shed and split, meaning that accurate and precise lines can be difficult to achieve.

    The more modern development of synthetic brushes has fixed some of the problems associated with natural brushes: Synthetic bristles don’t shed and are great at maintaining their shape for detailed work. They create a smooth finish and are, for the most part, cheaper than their natural counterparts. Maintaining these brushes is vital as with quick-hardening paints the bristles can be difficult to clean. Synthetic fibres are a more popular choice, but when using more natural paints, such as oils or clay-based paint, natural brushes might give a softer finish.

    What are the best brands for brushes?

    There are many factors that can influence your decision on a brush - shape, size, durability. But with Cowling & Wilcox’s selection of quality brands, you’ll be sure to find the right brush for your needs. You can find discounts on all our top brush brands on our constantly-updating special offers, so don't miss out! Below are just some of the great brands we have in stock:

    • Daler-Rowney: Daler-Rowney are one of the world’s leading art manufacturers. No matter your artistic ability or your budget, Daler-Rowney offers a great brush selection.

    • Pro Arte: As the UK’s leading brushmaker, Pro Arte are one of the most recognisable brushes in the world. They offer brushes for watercolour and oil paints in a variety of materials, ensuring you can choose the right option for your style and medium.

    • Da Vinci: Renowned for being some of the best brushes in the world, Da Vinci are the masters of the watercolour brush. Made in Germany using the best materials and fine craftsmanship, you’ll notice the difference in these quality brushes.

    • Jakar: Jakar brushes are great for those who want quality brushes without the price. They are popular amongst students and people just starting to paint.

    • Winsor & Newton: For over a century, Winsor & Newton have been making the finest quality brushes. They have ranges of synthetic as well as natural brushes in a variety of shapes and sizes for any purpose.

  • Canvas

    Happiness is a blank canvas waiting for that first pencil mark or stroke of a paintbrush. Whatever your desired medium or level of expertise, we have the best artist canvas for your needs. Cotton canvas is fantastic for a wide range of purposes and is especially suited for acrylic and oil paints. For more professional use we’d recommend linen artist canvas, and for watercolour we offer a great selection of canvas board. All of our artist canvas comes in many different sizes, from some of the best brands including Winsor & Newton, Reeves and Johanna Basford. All of our artist canvas comes in many different sizes, including A1, A2, A3 and A4. Our range of artist canvas includes blank canvas boards and pads, canvas rolls, framed canvas and stretched canvas. Start browsing our artist canvases now from leading brands like Winsor & Newton, Reeves and Johanna Basford.

    Do you need to use canvas for painting?

    Looking at canvas can be daunting and it might be tempting to stay on paper or sketchbooks. However, using canvas has many benefits for your art. Canvas is far more durable than paper, meaning that you can layer more paint for a more textured composition. Your art will also last longer on canvas than paper, especially if you varnish your finished work. 

    There are of course other options depending on your preferred painting style. Read blogs on our website to be inspired and find out How To Paint On Wood and more.

    Can you paint straight on to canvas?

    Before putting paint directly on the canvas, it’s important to prime your canvas. It is recommended to use Gesso, like Winsor and Newton’s Galeria Gesso, when priming. This first layer protects the fibres of the canvas from damage and provides a base layer for your colours to stand out against. Your paint will go further, as it will not be absorbed by the canvas. Browse our vast range of primers, toners and solvents today.

    Priming your canvas can also soften the canvas surface, making it kinder on your brushes so they do not deteriorate as quickly. However, at Wilcox and Cowling we offer a range of primed canvas, such as the Cowling & Wilcox White Primed Cotton Canvas Roll, so that you don’t have to. For more details on priming, check out our Tips For Priming A Canvas on our blog.

    How do you paint on canvas?

    The first step for painting on canvas is to prime the surface and let the Gesso dry completely. It is then possible for you to inspect your painting surface and carefully sand down any unwanted textures - but be careful not to remove too much of the primer you just applied!

    After primer, many artists use a toner. This is a light wash of paint, usually mixed with a solvent, that will show through the next layers of paint. This colour can set the tone for the rest of the piece, i.e. a grey or blue backwash best suits a cold or misty landscape, however you can pick a contrasting backwash for a more experimental piece. During this step, you can also sketch the outline of any objects in your painting. 

    Next is to get painting! Visit our blogs on our website for inspiration on what to paint or more details on How to Paint on Canvas.

  • Craft Materials &...

    You can create until your heart’s content with our fantastic range of craft supplies! We're one of the biggest suppliers of craft products in the UK, with thousands of lines available from beads and jewellery to decoupage, modelling, home decor and textiles. We've got everything from the basics (such as paper and card) to specialist craft materials and decorations. We also have an excellent selection of children’s craft kits to keep young ones amused and help unleash their creativity.

  • Easels

    Whether you're a wonder with watercolours or an acrylic enthusiast, you’ll need a solid and affordable easel. When finding the perfect artist's easel, sturdiness is key, which is why we supply stock from the best brands, including Daler-Rowney, Loxley and Jakar. We also offer high-quality, affordable easels from our own brand range.

    Browse our range of studio easels and table easels, perfect for your day-to-day projects. Or, invest in a portable field easel for creating artwork on location. Our range includes professional artist easels and those suitable for beginners alike. Our selection of artist's easels will also suit a variety of canvas sizes, leaving you free to create art at a number of scales.

    Artist's easels vary in cost and quality, and you'll find that our range has something to offer every artist, no matter budget, space or preference. No studio is complete without an artist's easel. Whether you prefer the highly adjustable functions of a radial easel, a sturdy H-frame easel which will accommodate larger boards and canvases, or a compact field easel, there is something in our range for each and every artist.  Get stuck in and shop our range of affordable easels today - from professional artist’s painting easels, fit for the best equipped studio, to portable sketching easels, perfect for students. 

    For more information on how to paint on canvas, including tips on priming and the best paints to use, read our blog.

    Types of Art Easel

    The main types of easels for artists include portable easels, studio easels, table easels and sketching easels. There are many more names for easels but all main types can be divided into these categories.

    We explain each of the main types of easels and which would be perfect for you;

    • Portable Easels - These are generally full length easels that fold easily and can be used if you are working outdoors or on-site.

    • Studio Easels - these come in a range of different sizes but are generally intended to stay in one studio and are not easily portable.

    • Table Easels - smaller easels intended to be placed on a table top. These are perfect if you are limited on space or prefer sketching and painting while seated.

    • Sketching Easels - These are a combination of portable and studio easels, designed for people that prefer sketching to painting.

    Painting Easels

    Easels are by no means a necessity when it comes to painting. If you feel more comfortable not using one, it is absolutely fine to paint however you want. However, it is worth trying one out to see how it feels. It may feel strange at first with your painting hand having no support, but as your painting is in a more upright position, your shoulders and arms are more free and can make your strokes bigger and more expressive. 

    When you are painting from life, an easel can be a great help. As you are not constantly looking up at your subject, your measurements and proportions can be more accurately worked out, helping you to create more realistic artwork.

    If you are looking for more details on how to start painting on canvas, check out our blog. We provide Tips for Priming a Canvas and great advice on How to Paint on Canvas.


    Setting Up an Easel

    There is no perfect position for an artist’s easel to be in. It is simply important that it feels comfortable for you. There are a few factors you should bear in mind when adjusting your easel. If you are drawing from life, make sure that your easel is angled so that you have a good view of your subject. The height and the angle at which your surface is sitting are both factors entirely up to you and what is comfortable whilst you work. Don’t forget to use your clamps to keep your surface still as you paint to give you the desired finish.


    Art Easel Brands

    The best easel for you will depend on your materials and your personal preferences. Cowling & Wilcox have a great selection, below are some excellent options from our range or brands:

    • Cowling & Wilcox: Our own range of easels offer a professional-looking affordable option. We have artist’s easels for every purpose so that you can find the right one for you. 

    • Daler-Rowney: The different ranges offered by Daley-Rowney mean that whatever medium you use to paint, you can find your perfect match. Whether you’re just starting to use an easel or you’re a seasoned professional looking to freshen up your studio, you’re sure to find a quality easel from Daler-Rowney.

    • Jakar: These super light-weight aluminium easels are super easy to transport and set up. Whilst they offer no tilt, they make great field easels for painters that want to be up-close and personal to their subjects.

    • Winsor & Newton: Made from quality beechwood, Winsor & Newton easels provide a solid surface for even the biggest of canvases. 

    • Loxley: Loxley are known for their quality easels and affordable prices. For a professional finish, Loxley is a great choice.

    • Quantum: For fun, quality and affordable table easels, Quantum easels create a solid surface for your painting. These incredible easy-to-transport easels even make a great gift for budding artists.

    All you might need now is something to paint. Our blog is full of helpful tips and interesting articles, including How to Find Inspiration For Your Art.

  • Framing

    Displaying your artwork in the best way possible makes an enormous difference, which is why we have a range of supplies to help present your work like a professional. From hooks and picture cord to gorgeous gilding leaves, there’s no excuse not to show off your artwork in style.

  • Mediums & Varnishes

    Mediums can be a very important tool when painting, affecting many elements of the performance of a particular paint. A variety of painting styles can benefit from the use of mediums, but perhaps the most common is oil painting. Oil paint mediums are an important part of the oil painting process. While you can work with oils without using a medium, this completely changes the process and many artists find this to be a very difficult way to work.

    Depending on the item you use, the right medium can alter drying time to achieve either a slow drying time or a faster one. Mediums can also manipulate consistency and the finish of a painting. We carry a wide range of mediums including oils such as Linseed oil, varnishes, liquin, solvents, pouring mediums and more, from leading brands like Winsor & Newton, Liquitex and Schmincke. Our range will allow you to find the perfect oil painting medium recipe to create just the effect you are looking for with your oils.

  • Pads, Paper, Board &...

    Is there anything more satisfying than a brand new clean pad to start drawing on? We don’t think there is. We have an extensive collection of papers and pads, meaning you’ll never be stuck for choice in finding the best materials for your needs. Not only do our products offer excellent quality, but we also sell them at the best price. Our collection ranges from everything from sketchbooks and tracing paper to coloured cards and boards. Whatever your chosen medium, there’s plenty of choice at Cowling and Wilcox. Regardless of whether you’re working with pencil, marker pens, watercolour, oils or acrylics, we have the paper, boards and notebooks for you. We even have a fantastic array of foam and mount boards for all of your presentation needs, and all of our products offer a durable surface for you to work with, and with such a good price tag, tearing out a page to start again is affordable!

    What paper do artists use?

    It goes without saying that different artists will use different types of paper depending on their medium and style. Different paper has different textures which make it better for different fine art mediums. It also comes in different forms, with paper rolls and paper pads readily available, as well as different colours and textures.

    It can seem simple, but the type of paper is an important decision in any artist’s process. It’s important, especially if you’re a beginner artist, to experiment with different types of paper and different art tools. This is the best way to find your favourite way of creating and, in turn, to create your best work.

    What types of artist paper are there?

    With so many types of fine art paper on the market, it can be daunting to know which to opt for. There are some factors that you should bear in mind when choosing your paper. 

    • Weight - Different types of artist paper can have different weights, which are listed in pounds (lbs) or grammes per square metre (gsm). A range of 120gsm to 850gsm can be expected for most fine artist paper with a general rule of the heavier the paper, the thicker it is. Heavier paper can cope with more mark making and erasing, meaning that heavier weight paper (around 300gsm) is popular as drawing paper. 

    • Grain - Fine art paper will have grain to the paper, which is created as the paper is made. Paper can be short or long grain, referring to whether the fibres are horizontal or vertical on the pages. 

    • Tooth - The term ‘tooth’ is often used to describe the surface of the paper. The more tooth the paper has, the rougher the surface’s texture is, which is preferable for mediums like charcoal or pastels. Smoother papers are available for people looking for a smoother surface for their art.

    • Hot/Cold pressed - Cold pressed paper is popular among watercolour or drawing artists. When the paper is made, it is pressed a second time to flatten the texture a little, meaning that there is a little ‘interest’ in the surface but not huge amounts. Hot pressed paper is pressed again with a hot cylinder, meaning that it has a smoother and finer grain surface. For people who love finer detail, hot pressed paper is perfect.

    What type of paper pad should I buy?

    • Drawing pads and sketchbooks: Art paper for drawing is typically thicker than normal cartridge paper to allow for more work with tools and erasers. The Daler-Rowney Fine Grain Drawing Pad is perfect for graphite and coloured pencils as well as charcoal. Artist sketch pads are good for keeping all your sketches in one place.

    • Watercolour paper: Artists using watercolours usually opt for a paper with a little texture, usually cold-pressed paper. With pads like the Faber-Castell Watercolour Pad, you can easily use watercolour paints or pencils to create your art.

    • Pastel paper pads: For mediums like pastels and charcoal, artists tend to use artist paper pads with more texture to create interesting effects with the softer medium. At Cowling & Wilcox, we offer many pastel paper pads, including the Winsor & Newton Tints Pastel Paper Pads with a range of textures and colours.

    • Acrylic paper: As acrylics are heavier than watercolour or pencil drawings, artist acrylic paper is typically of higher weight. A range of textures is offered to allow you to create your desired finish. 

    • Mixed Media paper: To withstand a variety of mediums, mixed media paper is normally of higher durability for a range of wet and dry techniques. These Daler-Rowney Mixed Media Spiral Pads are suitable for a variety of media and drawing techniques.

    • Tracing Paper: For more technical uses or to create detailed and identical pieces of artwork, layout paper or tracing paper is an excellent choice. With this Daler-Rowney Layout Paper, you won’t have to compromise on price for quality paper.

    Cowling & Wilcox also offer a range of sizes of each type of paper, allowing you to create large or small drawings or paintings or to create postcards or greetings cards. We also provide a range of craft papers, such as coloured card, crepe paper and artist tracing paper, to ensure you have everything you need while creating. 

    What is the best artist paper?

    Here are Cowling & Wilcox, we stock a range of different brands to provide you with a range of different types of paper. Paper will differ from brand to brand regardless of the weight and texture listed, so experimenting with different brands is key to finding your ideal painting or drawing surface. Below are some of the professional art paper brands we stock:

  • Paints

    We’re proud to be able to bring you the finest quality paints, whether you’re an experienced artist or an aspiring novice. Whatever your chosen medium, we’ve got you covered – from the smoothest oil paints to the chunkiest acrylics and the most vibrant watercolours. Our wide selection of leading brands such as Schmincke and Winsor & Newton gives you an extensive choice over finding the perfect paint to create your next piece of artwork with. We also offer a wide range of paint sets that serve as superb gifts for artists of all ages, or as the perfect starter kit for painters looking for the essentials. Finish your masterpiece off with one of our many mediums and varnishes. Whether you’re looking to extend the usability of your paint or simply to protect and preserve your artwork, we’ve got you covered. We also stock a fantastic range of brushes, canvas and easels to help you create your next painting masterpiece.

    What different types of artists paints are there?

    The 4 most popular types of artists paint are the following:

    • Watercolour paints - Watercolours are usually made of dry pigment and a type of binder. These are best used with plenty of water and soft brushes.

    • Oil paints - These paints have a much thicker consistency than other paints and can create stunning textures in your art. We recommend using a stiff-bristled brush and painting on a canvas with oils.

    • Acrylic paints - This is a popular painting medium for artists of all levels. The consistency can be altered for different effects using mediums and thinners, and you can even paint on a variety of surfaces.

    • Gouache paints - Gouache is a vibrant and versatile medium to use, especially loved by illustrators and designers. For lovers of watercolour looking for more layers and vibrancy, Gouache is perfect.

    How do I decide what paint to use?

    The paint you decide to use is a very personal decision and depends entirely upon your personal preference. Each type has distinct characteristics that will factor into your choice. 

    • Space - How much space you have should be considered, as acrylics and oils are best used on a canvas and easel.

    • Cost - Budget is also a huge factor - though there are affordable options for most types of paint, if you have a smaller budget, watercolours might be a good choice as they are simple to use with little additional equipment required.

    • Style - You should also consider what type of compositions you are looking to create. Acrylic and oil paints are fast-drying, meaning they can be layered on top of one another to create deeper compositions, as can Gouache paint

    What paint do professional artists use?

    There is no single type of paint that is used by professional artists. Their styles and preferences dictate what type of paint they choose to use. Some artists choose a combination of paints or combine a type of paint with collage or pencil drawings. Our blog includes many Artist Features from a range of artists and styles to inspire you.

    What is the best type of paint for a beginner to use?

    Even for a beginner, the type of paint you use is a personal choice. How much time and money you want to invest in your paints and materials should be thought about before making any purchases. If this will be a part-time hobby, you may want to go for something more cost-effective and easy-to-use, such as acrylic paint. Acrylic paint is one of the most popular mediums among beginners and professionals alike, as you can develop your skill and your style further by adjusting the consistency of your paints with mediums and thinners.

  • Pastels & Charcoal

    Both pastels and charcoal are ideal for that immediate, hands-on approach to creating artwork. There’s nothing quite like using your finger to blend pigments together and create beautiful pieces that make fantastic use of colour and shade. Whether you’re using a wax, oil or soft pastels, charcoal or carbon pencils we’d recommend that you use a good fixative to preserve your work and ensure it lasts for as long as possible.

  • Pencils

    The pencil is the most traditional and essential tool for artists the world over. They are ideal for creating intricate and detailed pieces as much as they are for creating a rough sketch or draft. A good pencil has to be able to stand a lot of punishment and make it easy for the artist to execute an idea as quickly and as smoothly as possible.

    In manufacturing a pencil, clay and graphite are mixed in varying proportions to produce the various degrees of hardness: More graphite gives a Blacker result and more clay gives a Harder line. These degrees vary from, 9B which gives the softest and blackest lines to 9H, which is very hard but paler in colour. HB is halfway with 50-50 clay and graphite.

    We have an extensive array of sketching and drawing pencils and sets, as well as a whole host of coloured pencils from long-established brands such as Faber-Castell. Whether you’re a sketcher, doodler or colourist, we have you covered. Just don’t forget your sharpener, erasers and to shop our range of pads, paper and board

  • Pens, Markers & Inks

    The very best pens are comfortable to hold and effortless to use. With our vast range of pens, markers and inks you’re bound to find the right fit! Fulfil your writing needs with one of our fine liner, gel or calligraphy pens, from big names such as Staedtler and Sharpie. For drawing, we have a whole host of markers to choose from, allowing you to produce a wide variety of colouring techniques. Try something new with one of our many sets or stock up your existing collection with some brand new colours from manufacturers you can rely on, like Winsor & Newton. Just make sure you have plenty of paper!

  • Presentation Portfolios

    We’re responsible for creating the very first artist portfolio in the 1960s and understand exactly how important having the right portfolio is for displaying your work. We have the widest and most exciting range you'll find and are at the forefront of seeking out the very best products on the market to add to our collection. As well as our large range of presentation portfolios and archival boxes we also offer customised products and a complete design-your-own service, giving you that extra special professional touch. Choose from a whole host of names synonymous with quality, including Pina Zangaro, Prat Pampa, Mapac, Permajet and more. Shop online today.

  • Stationery & Digital

    Stock up on the essentials with us and get excellent value for money in the process! Whether you’re looking for a brand new stapler or simply for a trusty and reliable new notebook we’ve plenty to choose from, from trusted names like Moleskine and 3M.

  • Technical Art Tools &...

    All of our technical tools and accessories offer everything you need for precise technical work. Our cutting mats, compasses and array of cutting tools go hand-in-hand for practical endeavours including paper crafts and the like. Choose the perfect ruler or French curve for creating top notch technical drawings, whether you work as a student or professional, and make the most of our Rotring sets to help you put together those fine and intricate pieces that can really show off your skillset.

  • Gift Vouchers

    We know it can be difficult choosing the right gift sometimes. Cowling & Wilcox Gift Vouchers allow you to show your appreciation for someone by allowing them to pick their perfect present. It's easy to do - you can buy a voucher online bewteen £5 and £250 and instantly send to your loved one.

    Recipients can check the balance of their Gift Vouchers by registering online and entering the voucher code. If you would like to buy Cowling & Wilcox Gift Vouchers for use in store please visit one of our shops and ask a memer of staff for details.

    Please Note: Our online Gift Vouchers may appear differently to the preview shown on the website and can only be sent and received via email. We are unable to physically send online Gift Vouchers.

  • Special Offers

    Don't miss out on our special offers on a wide range of products from leading brands including Daler-Rowney, Winsor & Newton, Liquitex and more. Keep up with our current special offers and benefit from even further reduced prices. Huge discounts are available all year round!

    If there is something you like on our special offers page, make sure to grab it quickly so you don’t lose out. Once our discount artist brushes, paints and other professional art supplies are sold out, it could be a long wait until they are back in stock again. Equally, if nothing takes your fancy right now, don’t worry! We update our discounted art supplies on a regular basis so there will be something for you very soon. 

    How can I buy art supplies on a budget?

    Budget is a very important thing to factor in when you are buying art supplies. There will be quality brands available at every budget level, so you don’t need to splash out on the most expensive paints, brushes and easels. 

    It’s also important to consider your motivations for starting to paint: If it is something you will dedicate a lot of time to, it’s worth investing a little more into your equipment. However, if it is a hobby you would like to pick up on the side, maybe consider smaller purchases. 

    To help you budget for everything you need, we have written some advice on the equipment required to begin painting.

    • Paints: Both watercolour paints and acrylic paints can be great for people on a budget. Watercolours are great as they require very little other equipment, you can just use your brushes and plenty of water to create art. Acrylics can also be very affordable and allow you to layer your compositions further. 

    • Brushes: Deciding what brushes to purchase is not only dependent on your budget but also on what type of paint you will be painting with. For example, there are distinct differences in brushes that are best for watercolour and acrylic paint. At Cowling & Wilcox, we even have a page dedicated to great value brushes to highlight the best option for you. 

    • Canvases: Making the most out of your paper or canvas can help to save you money, so re-using your painting surface can be a great way to save your budget for other elements. Buying a canvas roll and stretching and priming your own canvas can save you money and also add that custom element to your art. Cowling & Wilcox offer a range of sizes and textures to suit your painting style and medium. 

    What are affordable brands for Art Supplies?

    • Daler-Rowney: Daler-Rowney is a very popular brand among student and beginner artists. They are known for being an economical brand, with great quality paints and brushes without a huge price tag. If you’re looking for affordable brands for paint, this is a great option. Brush sets, like this great value Daler-Rowney Simply Acrylic Brush Zip Case, typically come with everything you need to get started. The System 3 acrylics from Daler-Rowney are great for both beginners and professionals looking to purchase large amounts of good quality paint at an affordable price. 

    • Liquitex: Liquitex are expert paint creators, and have ranges to suit your level of skill and budget. Liquitex Basic acrylic paints are a great option for beginners and expert artists wanting a more economical choice. The consistency and pigmentation of Liquitex paints are great for practising mixing and learning colour theory, so are also great for use in educational contexts like schools and colleges.

    • Winsor & Newton: Winsor & Newton are a reliable and established creator of a range of high-quality fine art supplies, including acrylics, oil, watercolour paints, brushes, canvases and more. You can be sure to find what you are looking for with Winsor & Newton, with many multipacks to get you started on your art journey.

    • Jakar: For good quality brushes without the price tag, Jakar is a great supplier of brushes for people of all skill levels and budgets. 

    How can I save on art supplies?

    While choosing affordable brands and checking our special offers page are good ways to make sure you’re saving as much money as possible, there are tips and tricks to use when it comes to making the most of your art supplies.

    Use a Paint Tube Wringer - Your hands are sometimes not enough to get that last little bit of your paints out of their tubes. A paint tube wringer, or a homemade equivalent, will squeeze your paint tubes far more tightly than your hands can. This is a great way to make sure you’re getting the most out of your supplies.

    Store your supplies correctly - This is another way to ensure you’re not throwing away any paint that you don’t need to. Acrylic paints, in particular, can dry up in their tubes if they are stored incorrectly. Temperatures that are too high, too low or overall inconsistent will affect the shelf-life of your paints. Dried paint around the lid can also prevent the lid from sealing properly, so clean your paint lids regularly to avoid this. Equally, washing your brushes, palettes and palette knives after you have used them will ensure they last as long as possible, removing the need to buy more.

    Save on canvas - There are many alternatives to using canvas, such as properly prepared paper, wood, glass and more. You might find that anything primed with Gesso, or another primer, is a good painting surface. Furthermore, buying canvas rolls in bulk and re-using canvas when you don’t like your art are both good ideas when it comes to saving money. Many artists choose to stretch their own canvas to avoid higher costs of ready-stretched alternatives, and priming your own canvases will save you from buying pre-primed surfaces.

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We carry the highest quality art products and supplies from top brands like Faber-Castell, Winsor & Newton, Daler-Rowney, Reeves and more. At Cowling & Wilcox, our mission is to supply artists of all levels with the best products available for their creative journey. So, whether you’re a master oil painter or just starting out with watercolours or pastels, we stock everything you’ll need at affordable and competitive prices, from the early stages of sketching and planning through to finishing touches and presentation. Browse our range of vibrant paints, pencils, brushes, artist accessories, craft products and so much more.