A Place to Enhance and Inspire to be CR8TiV !

Quality Just Ain’t What it used to Be … (ñ~ñ)

on March 17, 2014

12So I’ve been searching for some *NEW* Art Supplies like Markers, Coloring Pencils, and Art Paper. My dream is to own Prismacolor Coloring Pencils and Markers but I don’t have $1,000 to spend on Art Supplies. So I make due with what I can afford and in my current situation that’s generally RoseArt, Crayola, and brands I’ve never heard of.

I’ve generally depended on RoseArt and Crayola as my Art coloring supplier of choice but lately I’ve noticed that quality has really started to change in many Art products. Things that once were of high quality are now poor quality and things that used to be affordable and high quality are now priced as high as the high quality items.

For example … I’ve been looking for some Index cards to draw on and possibly sell as ACEO “Art Cards Editions and Originals”. I remember back in the day index cards were made of heavy duty cardstock. I bought a pack of index cards and the paper is the same as a medium quality printer paper cut into rectangular squares. I’ve gone to many stores searching for sturdy index cards and ALL that I’ve seen were of poor quality.

I was thinking I’ll just buy a pack of Cardstock and make my own but I was surprised that the price of Cardstock has risen and it’s not $3-4 dollars for 50-100 sheets anymore. Walmart does carry a 50 sheet pack for about $5 which I’ll probably end up buying. Buy it’s really tough to find any Art Supply in acceptable quality anymore. Even sketchbooks that say Medium weight paper the paper feels no different than printer paper. The cover says it’ll handle ink, markers, pens but the forgot to add in the fine print of … It will bleed through to the other side. (-_-) I often cut up a empty cereal box and place it behind the sketchbook paper to capture any ink bleeds so that it doesn’t go through to the brand new paper underneath.

All I can say is I’ve found a decent heavy duty paper sketchbook from my local DollarTree and some decent Markers from my local DollarKing so there is hope for finding good quality items you just have to look harder but I have to tell you it’s pretty rare to find. I hope that over time MYT CR8TiV™ can become something to where I’ll be making a steady flow of income that I can buy higher quality Art supplies like Prismacolor, Copic, Promarker, etc.

I know alot of you are saying … Shop Online !! But being I don’t have a debit card nor credit card nor any income of my own it’s kinda difficult to shop online. I get a bi-weekly spending allowance from my husband and depending on the higher priority items like utility bills, rent, groceries, other necessities the amount I’m allowed to spend ranges from $20 to $80 depends. Sometimes it’s been only $5. But I know when there’s a will there’s a way and I’ll find higher quality items at cheap prices and when I do … I’ll definitely share them with you.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: