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INDUSTRY TRENDS
The art and craft supplies, the materials needed for crafts, can be divided into four broad categories- General Crafts, Needle & Sewing Crafts, Painting & Finishing Crafts and Floral Crafts. With more and more people getting interested in one or other kind of hobby, the industry has found new class of buyers other than the regular crafters- The hobbyists. The sales of art and craft supplies is going up. Discount and craft chain stores account for more than 50% of these sales. The overall growth rate of the industry since 2002 has been more than 2.6%. A study conducted in 2007 recorded the US craft and hobby industry at $30.2 billion for annual retail sales. About 62 million ( 57% ) US households participated in crafts last year that itself explains how much art and craft supplies are needed by its market.

Most of the growth regarding art and craft supplies was recorded in scrapbooking, which has a market of more than $10 billion. Scrapbooking now doesn't mean pasting photographs only. Beads, ribbons, laces, trims, decals, decorative tapes, stickers, threads and many other such art and craft supplies are embellishing the scrapbooks like never before. Other than scrapbooking, art and craft supplies are required in other areas too like kids' crafts, home decor crafting, wedding accessories, needlecraft, beading crafts, wearable art etc.

Purchasing patterns of the hobbyists and crafters have also been considered in many studies. These studies showed that art and craft supplies are mostly purchased by hobbyists during December, January and February with the sales hitting lowest points in the month of March. However, traditional crafters tend to purchase art and craft supplies either when they can get benefits of discount sales or whenever they start a new craft project. Also, they buy specific items that they need for their projects whereas hobbyists tend to do impulsive shopping.

MATERIALS
Making use of abundant materials to give shape to varied art & craft items, the artists never fell short of giving a diversified look to their final product. They generally use : Wood, Metal, Clay, PaperLeather, Beads.
BUYING TIPS
There are certain vital guidelines to be followed when going for art & craft shopping spree. The consumers must keep in mind the following details :

  • Must research about crafts areas in which you are interested & go for IACA's recommend books or publications.
  • Always buy from reputable established dealers or from & IACA members.
  • Do not go for stores with "perpetual" sales or unethical discounting.
  • Cross-check the materials & the production technique.
  • Go for a written description or certificate of authenticity with the final purchase.
  • Maintain written records & receipts together for any further history or documentation of the file.
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ART AND CRAFT SUPPLIES

The art and craft sector gets a new dimension due to its vast range of artistic activities & hobbies too. Mainly related with making items by skilled hand, it can be sub-divided mainly into handicrafts or "traditional crafts" & "the rest". Prevalent from very ancient times, the crafting process has definitely undergone tremendous makeover incorporating the latest techniques & modern designs.

Demanding specific combination of skill, speed & patience, these activities can easily be picked up by anyone. Every community has its specialty in a particular art & craft. With constant holding of workshops, it has become all the much easier to maintain the legacy of their art & craft. The features spread rapidly among the crafting population that emulates the first examples. Its like a cycle when their popularity wanes until a later resurgence.

Types of Art and Craft Supplies
A wide range of art & craft making inspire people, which helps in defining their community and talents. There are almost as many variations on the theme of "art and craft" as there are crafters.

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Art Supplies
Brushes
Brushes
Synthetic, wire, acrylic, brass, oil paint and more, brushes can be availed in a wide variety.
  

Craft Supplies
Beads
Beads
Beads made of sea shells, stones, plastic etc. are used in decoration as well as embellishments.


Painting Kits
Painting Kits
A selection of accessories from paints to brushes that comprises of painting kits.
  
Decals
Decals
Weather resistant and precision cut attractive decals on automobiles have become popular in the recent past.


Leather Art Supplies
Leather Art Supplies
Fine pieces of leather art supplies includes leather accessories & jewelries as well as decorative items.
  
Decorative Tapes
Decorative Tapes
Used as embellishments, decorative tapes have become popular in garment, toys making and other industries.
Markers
Markers
Fast drying attributes and variety of colors have made markers popular in stationery industry.
  
Labels
Labels
Labels in personalized designs, enchanting colors and durable quality can be availed in a variety.


Pastels
Pastels
Pastels popularly known as crayons are categorized as water soluble ones and oil pastels.
  
Thread
Thread
Basic material for textiles, threads are important element in different types of craft work.


Stencils
Stencils
Stencils for decoration are available in a flexibility of custom designs, size and plastic modifications.
  
Laces
Laces
Designer, knitted and crocheted laces for crafts have become popular in the global arena.
Colors
Colors
Water colors, pastels, fabric paints, pencil crayons, etc. are often used in making attractive artwork.
  
Ribbons
Ribbons
Satin, printed to plain ones, ribbons add a touch of sophistication to products where they are used.


Wrapping Paper
Wrapping Paper
Attractive wrapping of the products using designer paper can enhance the look of any product.
  
Tassels
Tassels
Tassels - decorative elements come in a melange of designs for garments, curtains and crafts.


Canvas
Canvas
Heavy-duty plain-woven fabric, canvas popularly finds its usage as a painting surface.
  
Trims
Trims
Trims for decorative purposes in craft industry include cords, laces, tassels, frills, ribbon and more.
Easels
Easels
Easels are designed to properly and elegantly display your art and collectibles in your home or office
  
Seashell
Seashell
Seashells have played a part in religion and spirituality, sometimes even as ritual objects



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