Big Win?! Trying Dollar General’s Ridiculously CHEAP Art Supplies…

Big Win?! Trying Dollar General’s Ridiculously CHEAP Art Supplies…

* *Dramatic music* This place is a mess, *chuckles* just like my life. *Whimsical music* Hey, what’s up guys? It’s Rae here. Welcome back to my channel and welcome back to another broke art video. Before we jump into it, if you’re new here and you like broke art videos, don’t forget to hit that subscribe button and I will leave a playlist of all my broke art videos down below and y’all know I don’t like long intros, so we’re just gonna jump right into it. *Boxing ring noises* Alright, so the very first thing that every artist is gonna need is some paper. Now they did have a variety of sketchbook papers, but I chose not to get any of them because they were basically like, glorified printer paper. You know, I want something that can take a beating. And that, my friend, is where poster board comes in. See, back in the day when I couldn’t afford nice drawing paper, poster board is where it was at because it was so cheap and you can cut it to whatever size you want and to add a little texture to it, add a little grip; that way the pencil can stick to the paper. You’re gonna want to sand it down just ever so slightly, just buff it out. *Music* And BOOM! Just like that, ladies and gentlemen, you have some of the best and some of the cheapest drawing paper around. And I get it, if you don’t want to mess around with like, sandpaper and buffing out paper; alternatively, they have a variety of card stocks for only one dollar. How incredible is that? And it would work just as well and much better than any of that sketchpad paper. *Squeak* Now as far as like, the pencils go, you have an endless variety of pencils and pens here. I was actually like, taken back with how much variety they had as far as like, pencils go. Today, I’m going to be using my favorite cheap pencils. These are the Inc SoftScript mechanical pencils. I love these so much, I’ve been using them literally for years, probably about five years now. The best. *Guitar music* Now usually I’ll just like, skip through the part where I sketch out the drawing. Today I am drawing my favorite, Frida Kahlo. But I’m gonna show you guys the extra footage because I truly want you guys to see the whole entire process from the very very start of the outline all the way to the final piece. *Continues* Ta-da! Finished outline. Okay, okay. Guys, guys, guys, guys. They have a whole ENTIRE GRAPHITE CHARCOAL PENCIL SET, everything you need for ONLY FOUR DOLLARS at the Dollar General! I have been doing charcoal drawings for years now and by far, this is the cheapest set I have ever come across. Hopefully the quality isn’t as cheap as the price, huh? *Chuckles* *Music* Now I’m not gonna lie, it was actually – how do I put this? – Dollar General popped off. I was VERY impressed with how well this charcoal works, I was very impressed with how fancy the different levels of charcoal was, but I will have to say, the only issue I had was blending this charcoal, which is weird cause charcoal is usually very easy to blend. So, solution: those little makeup things that you always like, throw away when you get eye shadow palettes, you can get those for a dollar, like a giant pack of that, and they work like mind-blowing when it comes to blending out charcoal. And Faber-Castell, get outta here with your $14 eraser pencils! We have cap erasers which work INSANE when it comes to getting little tiny details, it picks up charcoal, it’s everything I could have ever dreamed of and you probably own one as we speak. Now in addition to adding charcoal, I wanted to add in some colors so when I saw this watercolor set for only four dollars, I was like, you know what? I’m gonna add it to the cart. I know I don’t have watercolor paper, but I really want to try it out and see how it works. And once I placed it in the water, it did not break down properly and it kinda looked like little tadpoles swimming in the water! That was kinda weird. But tadpoles aside, I genuinely was impressed with how well the watercolor worked. Was it the best in the world? No, but did it do the job that I needed it to get done and do? Yeah. And it did it quite well, and I had a lot of fun working with it. *”Creating Art” music* Oh, and by the way, I am using these Dollar General brushes that I got for a 6-piece for $3, making each brush only 50 cents. So that is super awesome! In fact, when I started using the brushes they were working so well, I kind of thought to myself like, man, Hobby Lobby is really ripping me off! Cause these brushes work really great for only 50 cents a piece. *Music continues* Okay, I blacked out the screen because *Deep breath* I’m gonna need a breather because the art supply that I found next, I could not believe the quality, how cheap they were, but how amazing they were! These Dollar General fine liners, they are on ANOTHER LEVEL of amazing, like, I was in DISBELIEF. They were only $1 cause they were SO GOOD! And they worked over the watercolor SO good! They went on the page silky smooth. These things are like, straight out of a dream. They’re INCREDIBLE! *Classical music* Now, as far as the artwork goes, you’re probably noticing that there’s a stark contrast between like, the bright cartoony colorful flowers and like, the dark realistic Frida Kahlo. And the reason I chose to have such contrast was kind of an homage to her. If you know anything about Frida Kahlo, she had a very tough life and all this pain and suffering, she managed to turn it into the most beautiful groundbreaking vibrant paintings that you have ever seen. And I just felt like that would be kind of a fun way to like, portray that in a drawing, like have the contrast of her realistically, then we have like, the fun flowers – do you see where I’m going with that? Ah! I love Frida Kahlo. *Pen scratching* I’m sorry, the ASMR on that was just too dang good. But yeah, back to the weird tadpole watercolor. It’s not the most pigmented, so I had to go over it a few times to like, build up the color because like I said earlier, I really want this to like, pop! I want all the colors to be vibrant and cool and beautiful, you know, something like you would see in a Frida Kahlo paint. And you know what? Let’s go buck-wild! Let’s go crazy and let’s add even more color into the background. So I’m just gonna pack in some blue just to kind of give it some ambience. Give it kind of like, a vignette. I’m gonna deepen up the colors of her shirt/dress thing because you know what, why not? Let’s just go crazy with it. And this is one of the very rare videos where I just go crazy with my artwork, usually I’m very precise with everything. But today? I don’t know, I’m feeling a little, a little saucy. You know what I’m saying? And now this brings us to our last products, both for the whopping price of $1. I found this chalkboard marker which is basically like, a paint pen, as well as TWO calligraphy pens. And if we’re gonna be honest here, I kind of just bought the calligraphy pens just because I wanted to buy em, they work okay. I prefer the fine liners much more when it comes to like, fine detailing, but you know, they’re made for calligraphy, I’m not doing calligraphy. So, you know, if you do calligraphy, why not? They’re only a dollar. But the chalkboard markers, that my friend, was a whole entire different story. I love paint markers, I love them for highlights, I love them to just add, just like a nice little dash of white where you know, highlights need to be pulled out, and it’s a great way to have control of that. And for one dollar you just absolutely cannot beat that. And with that being said, here is the final drawing which I posted on the ‘gram. Guys, I am so happy with how it turned out. I am so happy with the Dollar General art supplies and, just as a recap, poster board, good. Pencil selection, great. Charcoal pencils for only four dollars, wonderful. Fine liners, next level! If you are an artist, professional, young, starting out, old, whatever, go get them. They are so good for only a dollar, not even – they’re just good! They’re not even good for a dollar, they’re just GOOD! The only thing that was kind of weird was a watercolor because – *ahem!* Yeah. And yeah, honestly Dollar General, you have my approval. Ding-ding-ding! We have a winner here! So anyway guys, with that being said, thank you so much again for watching. I will leave all my links down below including my Broke Artist playlist. And yeah, I will see you guys next video. Bye!

100 thoughts on “Big Win?! Trying Dollar General’s Ridiculously CHEAP Art Supplies…

  1. Dang.. your dollar general has so much art stuff,, the one within walking distance from my house only has a really small amount of art stuff.. just like stencils, markers, paper, and exact-o knives

  2. those watercolours being put into a puddle of water gives me so much anxiety the water is meant to be added with a brush your way is basically like using brush cleaning water to paint with

  3. I’ve been debating getting the brush pens from dollar general. You had some in the video but you didn’t mention them at all? How did they work? Are they worth it at all?


    The works is an amazing place for cheep art supplies. You can find a lot of what ray uses in this video over there for a similar price. I personally use their brushes and their paper palettes.

    You can find the card, canvas boards and detail brushes (7 pack nail brushes) in the poundshop.

    I know ray loves these, but do not use crayola. We got better options. My personal favourite cheep colouring pencils are the Lakeland, and the WHSmith ones. (Lakeland can be found in the range, WHSmith in WHSmith).

    You can find a 3 pack of decent blending stumps in the range for £1, and they sell these small bottles of acrylic paint for £1. You can even find the signo white gel pens there.

    For anyone attending college or uni, go to the art area of your school, and track down the art shop. They will most likely sell student grade art supplies for dirt cheep. Like I purchased a pretty good A4 sketch book for £1.50


    there are like four/five dollar generals in my area, and of all of them that i’ve been in the art section of, there aren’t as many amazing things…

    mine don’t have these things(of what i noticed):

    chalkboard and calligraphy markers
    graphite/charcoal set
    the watercolors (they only have crayola)
    and the fineliners

  6. My teacher squirts the paint out of the tube, let’s it dry over night and uses the water color like a pallet…if that makes sense? It works wonders and I would definitely recommend it if you prefer solid water color 🙂

  7. I bought that White Chalkboard marker thing a while ago and that works SO bad like seriously I don't recommend it 💀

  8. I would go nuts working at a Dollar General. They're incredibly under staffed and it would drive me crazy for my store to look like that all the time.

  9. I’ve been doing acrylic painting for like 3-4 years now, and I only use apple barrel paint from walmart (50c a bottle) and cheap paint brushes from the dollar general

  10. I love your videos! One critique though, is that youre not supposed to put watercolor directly in the water. You're supposed to put the pigment one a palette and then add a small amount of water to get the desired effect…

  11. I hope that one day I’ll be a good enough artist that i can make cheap art supplies look expensive.🤷🏽‍♀️ if that makes sense. Thank you Rae for the inspiration

  12. Hey i had a video idea go to your local walmart or any other store that has food , furniture , toys, etc and then go home and draw it thats not all YOU CANT DRAW IT REALISTICALLY pls do a video like this like of i want to see this video and thumb down if u dont

  13. Hi Rae… just FYI, your supposed to add water to the watercolours until they reach a nice consistency, not making colourful pools of water lol 😝

  14. This video is amazing! I love how you spread the message that you don’t have to have the best and most expensive art supplies to produce amazing art. I think you are very talented.

  15. I found these markers but can’t get them and I was wondering if they were good or not. It’s a video idea for sure.

  16. Hey, uh did you find any james charles palettes there? I need one because im gonna use it as w a t e r c o l o u r

  17. I always feel weird when someone mentions my name (Frida) and what’s crazier is that i’m mexican AND I am a young artist…

    So that’s that

  18. If you read this, you might wanna know a youtuber artist Jazza is holding a contest so other youtuber artists can take over his channel for a day. Hope you're interested, and good luck!

  19. I love how Rae always tries her best to prove you don't need 1,000 dollar copic markers to make something beautiful 🙂 love her

  20. Pretty much any artist: Don’t buy cheap art supplies. Your art is what you pay! (Or whatever)”
    Ray: Hold my cheap Charcol kit and makeup eyeshadow blenders

  21. I like shiny printer paper for graphite. It's slippery and blends really well but still holds harder pencil strokes for contours. I just spray the final work with several thin coats of matt water based acrylic varnish using an airbrush. The same varnish makes a great matt medium for acrylic paint.

  22. 4:10 I’m starting to realize the only somewhat nitpick problem. The dye in those cap erasers could transfer on to the paper, sometimes leaving stains.

  23. oooh i have a dollar general literally across the street from my house i’ll have to go see what art supplies they sell at mine

  24. Idea: do a sharpie challenge, no pencil. no construction lines. just ink on paper.(you can use but show my comment)

  25. I work at a Dollar General, and our district manager would kill us if our store was that much of a mess. 😃 DGs are always really understaffed though, and it's hard to stock and get everything done that needs done, and keep the store looking nice on top of that. Also your Frida art is absolutely gorgeous! 💚

  26. if you haven’t already, you should do a review on the 52 piece prismacolor gift set! you can find it at costco for $40 😀

  27. I think you live near me?
    Cause that is exactly what I see in my dollar general. Even that red and blue acrylic paint there on the shelf at 1:43

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