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Untraditional Art Supply Ideas

Untraditional Art Supply Ideas

Posted by Stampington & Company on Aug 18th 2022

We love asking our featured artists for recommendations on creative supplies, organizational methods, advice for  overcoming creative block, and so much more. Inside In Her Studioartist Rachael Caringella shared a list of untraditional art supply ideas that make easy additions to your supply stash! 

Lead image credit: Jet Bailey from our Autumn 2022 Issue. Photography by Stoke and Bear.

Untraditional Art Supply Ideas

Makeup Sponges and Eye Shadow Applicators

Great for applying and blending chalks and pastels.

Makeup Brush Cleaners

Inexpensive and great for taking care of your nicest paintbrushes.

Old Sheets

Great for drop cloths and photo backgrounds.


For plucking pet hair or lint out of wet paintings.

Instant Coffee Canisters

Great water cups and other studio organization, especially when painted to match the rest of your creative space.

Upcycled Books

When cut into and hollowed out, they are great for storing pencils and pens.

Plastic Food Containers

Add wet paper towels and a sheet of wax paper for a quick and inexpensive wet palette.

For more creative inspiration, browse our In Her Studio library or pick up a copy at your local newsstand.

Pinecones, branches, pennies, feathers ... what other unique objects have you used to make marks, layers, or textures in your art? Share with your fellow creatives in the comments below!