By Nicole Tinkham
Fun fact that you may not know about Keeton’s: We provide both office supplies and quality art supplies. Most people think we do one or the other but we’re actually very passionate about both areas. First of all, who says an office worker doesn’t have a creative side? And who says office supplies can’t be used by the artist?? To prove our point, we’ve created this list of 18 office supplies that every artist needs and how to use them in your next project.
Masking tape works wonders for holding down your watercolor paper.
Every scrap booker knows that quality scissors are a must!
These make life so much easier when working on paper art.
Super glue, glue dots, glue sticks, rubber cement, spray adhesive, and hot glue can all be helpful in your art projects.
With SO MANY colors, why are these even considered an office supply?? In the art world, they are solely for the purpose of creating 🙂
A heavier paper is ideal for handmade cards.
7. Colorful paper
Brightly colored paper makes any stamper or paper crafter happy.
8. Pencils (& sharpeners and erasers)
You may not have as many options (HB is the standard) in office pencils but erasers and sharpeners are also a must!
9. Bulletin board
Instead of office memos, use a bulletin board to post all of your creative ideas.
10. Rolling storage crate
Business professionals use these to lug around catalogs and samples. You can use them to easily transport your supplies to workshops and art shows.
Some artists love using a planner and others don’t. We think it’s a great way for anyone to keep track of their daily tasks and be more productive.
12. Thumb drives
Whether you’re a computer artist or hands on, you’ll need at least one thumb drive. Use it to store creative inspiration and photos of your artwork.
13. X-ACTO knife (& cutting mat)
If you’re cutting any type of heavier paper, an X-ACTO knife is essential.
Notebook, sketchbook, or journal.. No matter what it is you use, it’s important to get your ideas on paper.
15. Packing supplies (boxes, tape and bubble wrap)
You may not think of these supplies but what happens when you sell a piece and have to ship it?? It never hurts to have packing supplies on hand.
16. Sticky notes
We cannot stress how important it is for EVERYONE to use Post-it Notes! As ideas pop in your head, write down little reminders. Get assorted colors to make it fun.
17. Photo paper
You can get quality prints with your home printer and quality photo paper makes all the difference.
A basic ruler is a must for every artist whether it’s used for measuring or for creating straight lines.
Here’s a little tip for you. Sometimes you’re better off getting certain supplies through an office supply store (like us) rather than a specialty art store. You’ll get a much better deal on masking tape through office supplies than if you were to get art specific tape that does the same thing. This is why we love having the best of both worlds. Are there any non traditional “art supplies” you use in your work? Let us know in the comments!