Starting your new art hobby (without going broke)

Starting your new art hobby (without going broke)

Sometimes, we need time away from our 9 to 5 lives so we can shift our focus to something else and recharge our batteries.

While some people turn to fitness to get their “me time,” others look to more creative activities. Art classes draw crowds of young professionals.  Meanwhile, adult coloring books are being successfully marketed as therapeutic.

But one downside of getting into the arts from scratch is the cost. Materials can get expensive. Buying some of these items secondhand is by far one of the best ways to cut your expenses.

Here are some options you can check out so you know how much your new hobby might cost:


Sketching or Painting

sketching or painting

Have you ever seen art in a museum and wanted to try making the same thing? Maybe you can. Maybe you can’t. Either way, it wouldn’t hurt to try.

To start sketching, you’ll need a sketchbook, a sharpener, and pencils, pens, or charcoal. 

A sketchbook costs around P500 to P700 without shipping, but you can get a sketchbook on OLX for around P150. In some stores, a set of 12 Derwent pencils can go as high as P1000 without shipping costs, but there is a set being sold for P1000 with shipping.

If you’re more of the painting type, you can find your paint, brushes, and canvas at a cheaper price too. There are sets of oil and acrylic paint available at P1,500 and P500 respectively. Brushes, meanwhile, start at P140 and can go as high as P900 for the high quality variety.

If you prefer buying sets, there’s a basic one that includes several paint tubes and brushes at P1,200.



hands of potter do a clay pot

Do you want to be the next Michelangelo? Being the next great sculptor might not be easy, but you can at least try and have fun along the way.

One of the good things about sculpting is that you’re not limited to the usual granite, marble, or clay. That means finding your materials should be easier. But if you still want to try older forms, you can still buy cheap materials online.

Some oil-based clay cost P350 per kilogram. You can even find granite blocks or boulders for P500 per piece. You can also get a set of 3 chisels at P1700 for carving.


Graphic design

Graphic design

This is the most expensive of the three. Aside from the obvious—a computer that can handle the work and the software—most graphic designers use extra tools to get the cleanest-looking products.

Most designers would agree that the Apple Macbook Pro has the best specs for designing. Buying one from the store would set you back P55,000 to P125,000. On OLX, however, you can find a 15” Macbook Pro with Retina Display at P85,000.

Once you have your computer and your software, you might want to include a drawing tablet so you can hand-draw your graphics. Buying a new one can cost you from P3,400 to as high as P7,800 without shipping. The ones on OLX though range from P2,000 to P7,500.

Starting a new hobby definitely isn’t cheap. However, with this quick guide, it doesn’t have to break your bank account either.