Where Can I Buy Art Supplies?

If you are new to the type of art supplies you need and want of personal assistance, or wanting just a few things, these are my personal recommendations.

Local Orange County Art Suppliers

The absolute best is:

Art Supply Warehouse
6672 Westminster Blvd.
Westminster, CA 92683
Hours: Mon-Fri 9:30-8
Sat-Sun 10-6

Art Supply Warehouse has the BEST local prices around. They carry just about everything. Their people are extremely knowledgeable and very helpful. This is a great place to save money - especially if you are purchasing a lot of supplies. (Brushes are hard to find here though)

Another NEW option is:

Utrecht / Dick Blick
601 North Placentia Ave
Fullerton 92831-3207
(714) 528-8790
Hours: Mon-Fri 9:00-7
Sat 9-6
Sun 11-6

Utrecht Fullerton in Fullerton is now owned by Dick Blick.They don't carry all of the art supplies that Dick Blick does because they are a small store, but you should be able to find many items there. Brushes will probably have to be ordered online though.

Michaels Arts & Crafts
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Michael's is convenient but their "Artist's Loft' brand of supplies is extremely poor quality and not worth the money. Buy the middle quality oil painting brushes rather than the student grade and only the brand of paints I recommend. Their prices are average to high and staff knowledge is just okay.

Aaron Brothers
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Aaron Brothers is convenient, but has less supplies. Their prices are average and staff knowledge is fair. Returns can sometimes be a hassle.

Places to Order Art Supplies Online

Nowadays, prices for art supplies are BETTER when you order them online - especially if you are ordering a lot of supplies. I've found that Dick Blick and Rex Art seem to have the best online prices. It usually takes about 10 business days to get your order.

Dick Blick
www.DickBlick.com - Online Art Supplies

The BEST Art Supplies, at the best discounts. Dick Blick carries the Loew Cornell #7020 Watercolor Brushes that I love and recommend (excellent quality and price). These are low-cost brushes that wear extremely well and will last you for years.

Rex Art

Rex Art has super great prices and just about everything you could want.

Cheap Joe's Art Supplies

Cheap Joes has great prices. They usually carry their own brand of supplies and are continually adding more, so it is difficult for me to say that their brand is as good as name brands I know and trust. They also carry the Loew Cornell 7020 brushes, but their prices are a little higher. Request their free catalog.

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