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Today is Cyber Monday, when many US retailers post deep discounts on selected wares, including art and craft supplies. To help you parse the offerings, we’ll be tracking some of the best deals on artists’ tools and studio essentials, from markers to air purifiers, to give as gifts or to keep for yourself.
We will be updating this page all today, so check in with us often. A word of advice: Move fast, as many of these products will sell out quickly. For more holiday savings, check out our Black Friday recommendations here, and here. Though some items have sold out, many are still available at discounted prices. (Prices current at time of publication.)
THE MUSEUM OF MODERN ART
Know an art lover who isn’t necessarily an artist? The MoMA gift store is a great shopping destination for worthy gifts for worldly friends. For Cyber Monday, take 20% off sitewide, plus free shipping with no minimum! Save on beautiful studio basics, like the 1970s-ish Riki Ring Wall Clock (designed in 1981); Hay storage crates in fabulous colors; and a self-heating mug for cold WFH offices or studios.
The museum store’s discount applies to books too, so go wild and refresh your coffee table’s selections. Check out the Sophie Taeuber-Arp, Cezanne Drawing, and Joseph Yoakum books, or peruse the extensive online catalog.
Take 20% off natural dye kits
Get three different dye kits for about $50 from this Toronto-based seller, herself a fiber artist and natural dye enthusiast. You get one indigo kit, one natural dye kit, and one indigo blockprinting kit—beautifully boxed up and ready to wrap! Each is designed for beginners and comes with comprehensive step-by-step instructions. If you’re interested in one box over the others, you can purchase the kits separately for the same discount.
Purchase: Natural Dye Kit Bundle, $50.36 on Etsy
Save $5.50 on a wet panel carrier for plein air painters
Providing a handy and economical tool to carry wet paintings, these panel holders make for a perfect gift for plein air painters. Made of water-resistant corrugated cardboard, each Art Cocoon features a cutout to hold your panel as you paint, and when you’re done, you can simply lower the lid to cover and protect your art. The carriers are lightweight, stackable, and fit panels in four sizes, from 4-by-6 inches to 8-by-10 inches. Each comes with its own stand for display anywhere.
Purchase: Art Cocoon Traveler 1, $16.50 on Etsy
Take 20% off handmade paper
You’ll find lots of merchants selling handmade paper on Etsy, but this product is actually made by the seller, RivalMoonBooks, or Emilio Unyezi. Sheets are made from leftovers of his bookbinding projects, junk mail, and other scraps, without any harmful additives. Choose from three sizes and three weights (20, 25, and 30 lbs), with each order including 10 sheets of paper with deckled edges.
Purchase: Handmade Recycled Paper, from $4.79 on Etsy
Save $13 on handmade watercolor paint
Here’s an excellent gift for the beginner painter that features high quality, artisanal materials. You get a mini pan palette, two watercolor brushes, and watercolor sheets—hot press, cold press, and practice papers. The highlight is the selection of paints, which are pigment rich and handmilled for consistency. Colors include Chinese Vermilion, French Ultramarine, and Burnt Umber.
Purchase: The Starter Kit, $52 on Etsy
B&H PHOTO VIDEO
For cameras, computers, and peripheral devices, look no further than B&H, which will be listing flash Cyber Monday flash deals until midnight, plus holiday deals and specials. You can find some of their handpicked deals here.
BLICK ART MATERIALS
If you are lucky enough to live near a Blick, the art supply store is having an in-store-only holiday sale now through December 24. Otherwise, do not despair! Blick is offering great Cyber deals while supplies last. Online shoppers should also check Blick’s website for daily free offers. Plus, web orders over $39 get free shipping—just keep in mind possible holiday shipping delays. (The store does offer express shipping, so you can stress less if you’re a late shopper.) Here are some supplies with price tags we love:
Save 60% on Umbra Basic Frames
It can be surprisingly difficult to find a solid but simple black tabletop frame, but these from Umbra fit the bill. Made of a sturdy plastic and featuring bold thick edges, this frame looks professional but won’t break the bank—that’s even more true now, with frames now more than half off. Choose from a 5-by-7-inch frame or an 8-by-10 option.
Purchase: Umbra Basic Frames, from $3.99 on Blick
Save 41% on Daler-Rowney Cotton Canvas
Blick is having a close-out sale on 16-by-20-inch stretched canvases from Daler-Rowney, made from 100% cotton that is acid free and seep-resistant. The triple-primed canvas is prestretched over a wooden frame with a deep edge to create an enhanced, dramatic 3D look. Featuring clean and neat sides, thanks to the back-stapled finish, it’s ready to hang once you’re done painting.
Purchase: Daler-Rowney Simply 3D Stretched Cotton Canvas, 16 x 20″, $9.99 on Blick
Save 33% on Winsor & Newton Cotman Watercolor Set
Winsor & Newton’s Cotman line of student-grade watercolors features bright and lightfast paints. This portable set includes one pocket brush and eight half pans in Cadmium Yellow Hue, Alizarin Crimson Hue, Ultramarine, Sap Green, Yellow Ochre, Raw Umber, Burnt Sienna, and Paynes Gray. The box doubles as a palette with plenty of space for mixing these useful colors. Perfect for taking with you on roadtrips!
Purchase: Windsor & Newton Cotman Pocket Watercolor Set of 8 Half Pans, Landscape Colors, $15.99 on Blick
Take up to 46% off Winsor & Newton Promarker Watercolor Markers and Sets
These are fabulous pigment-based markers that are compatible with watercolor paint. More lightfast than dye-based markers, they can be quickly revived when dry with the addition of water. Each dual-tipped marker is comfortable to hold and dispenses vibrant color worthy of your best work. Buy them by the color or in sets of 6 and 12.
Purchase: Winsor & Newton Promarker Watercolor Markers and Sets, from $4.03 on Blick
Save 40% on Winsor & Newton Designers Gouache
If you use gouache primarily for illustrations or commercial art, this line from Winsor & Newton is an excellent option to try. Used out of the tube, these colors are super-opaque and creamy, and they dry to a streak-free, flat matte finish, making it easy to achieve consistent, bold coverage. Check out the “introductory” set that features 10 colors in 14-milliliter tubes, including ultramarine and ivory black.
Purchase: Winsor & Newton Designers Gouache, from $6.77 on Blick
Save 50% on Derwent Metallic Mixed Media Set
Add some sparkly media to your arsenal with this set of colored pencils and paints from Derwent. You get a dozen pencils in colors like silver rose, rose gold, and silver mint, each featuring a soft core to make blending a breeze. Use these alone or try pairing them with the creamy paint pans in six colors, which dry to a gorgeous, twinkling finish.
Purchase: Derwent Metallic Mixed Media Set, $32.50 on Blick
Take 15% off sitewide, PLUS free shipping on orders over $50 from the stationary and gift store. If you spend $75 or more, you’ll save 25%! Stock up on craft paper, including beautiful handmade papers, now.
If you’re designing your own cards this year, you get double savings with 30% off custom holiday cards in addition to 25% off with the code CYBER 25.
Those who want to make their own cards should stop at the Paper Bar, which is offering 40% off all products. Standard greeting cards (A7 flat cards) measure 5 by 7 inches and are sturdy enough for printing, collaging, and even painting—no need to fret about buckling or warping. You can pair them with A7 envelopes.
We are loving these deals from the art and craft supply company’s Cyber Monday Sale:
Get 50% off Derwent graphite drawing pencil sets
British manufacturer Derwent makes quality drawing pencils in a range of hardnesses. Choose from a set of six (2H, HB, 2B, 4B, 6B, and 8B) with a sharpener, or a complete set of 12 (6B, 5B, 4B, 3B, 2B, B, HB, F, H, 2H, 3H, and 4H). Both sets come in protective tin storage cases.
Buy one Strathmore or Canson pad and get one 50% off
Michaels is offering a great deal on Canson and Strathmore products. Dozens of artist’s books, sketch pads, and more are essentially three for the price of two (or 25% off).
Purchase: Canson and Strathmore Drawing Pads, various prices from Michaels
Save 25% on Copic markers and sets (online only)
Save on these covetable (and pricey) markers, originally developed in Japan for manga artists. The sale extends to individual markers as well as sets.
Purchase: Copic Markers and Pens, various prices from Michaels
Take 37%-50% off all Prismacolor Premier colored pencil sets (online only)
Treat yourself with these high-quality pencils, whose rich pigments offer a superior blending, layering, and shading experience.
Purchase: Prismacolor Pencil Sets, various prices on Michaels
***Today, Michaels is also offering up to 80% on custom framing, 35% off prints on canvas, wood, acrylic, glass, and metal, and a 50% discount on photo prints.***
This company, which specializes in sustainably manufactured ergonomic furniture, is offering 15% off its entire inventory through through the end of the day. Though Fully markets its wares as office furniture, many items in its catalog are equally useful in the studio. Save on top-rated products like the Capisco chair (easily turned into a drafting stool by adding a foot ring).
Amazon’s Cyber Monday Deals are live and include discounts on paper, pens, craft supplies, and studio equipment. We’ll be sifting through the offerings to find you the best of them. Don’t forget that Amazon Prime members get access to daily deals and free shipping. Get a 30-day free trial to Amazon Prime here. Here are deals we’ve already spotted on some of our favorite products:
Take up to 45% off Blueair air purifiers
For artists who use fume-emitting paints or solvents, an air purifier is a must. It can also be a game changer for those working in wood, plaster, or plastic who might release fine particles of material while crafting their projects. And no matter what media you use, if you’re an artist with allergies or sensitivity to airborne pollutants, focusing on your work can be hard if you can’t breathe. Blueair makes great purifiers, and they are all on sale today.
Purchase: Blueair Air Purifiers, $33.99 on Amazon
Take 32% off Castle Art Supplies Graphite Drawing Pencils and Sketch Set
Castle Art’s affordable drawing set is even more affordable this shopping day. If you or someone you know is looking to start drawing this winter, this set provides everything you need for photorealist sketches, including 8 premium graphite pencils, 1 ultrasoft all-graphite woodless specialist pencil, 3 graphite and 3 charcoal sticks, 4 charcoal willow sticks, 4 pastel pencils and sticks, 2 erasers, and more. You also get a handbook filled with demos and tips to learn various techniques.
Purchase: Castle Art Supplies Graphite Drawing Pencils and Sketch Set, $33.99 on Amazon
Take 31% off Wagner FURNO 500 Heat Gun
Capable of heating to temperatures between 150˚ and 1200˚ Fahrenheit, this gun is an excellent option if you want maximum temperature control for small projects. You can use it for a wide array of tasks, from embossing to melting resin to setting paint. The compact design features two nozzles and two airflow speeds so you can adjust for the job at hand.
Purchase: Wagner FURNO 500 Heat Gun, $37.77 on Amazon
Save 30% on Canson tracing paper
Here’s a superb deal on a generous amount of 18-inch-wide, acid-free tracing paper. You get 50 yards of the stuff for under $17—perfect for architects, classrooms, and high-volume tracers. Despite its size, this paper resists annoying curls; it is also sturdy to prevent bleed-through with inks, yet provides excellent translucency for overlays.
Purchase: Canson Translucent Sketch Paper Roll, $16.30 on Amazon
Take 25% off Fiskars Crafts Cutting Mat
Quilters, take advantage of this discount on a large, smartly designed and self-healing cutting mat. Measuring 24-by-36 inches, this gridded surface features three bias lines as well as a square grid to help you confidently measure and steadily cut out triangles, stars, and square blocks. Plus, you can fold it into a third of its size for storage and transport.
Purchase: Fiskars Crafts Cutting Mat, $50.50 on Amazon
Take 30% off Pentel Arts Sign Pen Brushes
Though marketed differently, these are the same pens as famous Fude Touch pens—a classic Japanese disposable brush pen designed for kids and students. Great for brush lettering, these Pentels feature a flexible brush nib that is user-friendly and capable of creating different line widths for down- and upstrokes. The set of 12 provides a useful assortment of colors.
Purchase: Pentel Sign Pen Brush, Assorted Colors, $17.62 on Amazon
Save 22% on Strathmore watercolor paper
Made of wood pulp, Strathmore’s 400 series watercolor paper is affordable, acid free, and does nearly everything you need watercolor paper to do. Pigments flow well on the clean and even surface, which measures a handy 11-by-15 inches. Since this is 130-pound paper, you would typically have to stretch it to avoid warping, so watch those wet-in-wet washes. Still, the wire-bound pages are perfect for casual or practice plein air painting, with the backing doubling as a portable easel. Purchase: Strathmore Watercolor pad, $11.24 on Amazon
Stay tuned for more recommendations as the day progresses.