Regardless of whether you're a beginner, a hobbyist, a student, or a professional artist, quality art supplies can be expensive and difficult to source
It's especially tough if you're just starting out on your creative journey, and don't know the best places to get reasonably priced materials.
What's more, during the total lockdown, we can't visit our favourite art stores and spend hours losing ourselves in the rows upon rows of colour-coded supplies. (Yes, it's a therapeutic process for most of us.)
Hence, we've put together a list of local online art stores so you can stay safe at home and shop to your heart's content:
Stickerrific imports most of their products from Japan, Taiwan, and South Korea. They carry many general and speciality products, including fountain pens, pencils, calligraphy tools, washi tapes, branded notebooks, and of course, cute stickers by talented Malaysian designers!
Besides, they also offer watercolours, gouache, rubber stamps, postcards, and travel journaling materials. A quick browse through their (online) store, and you'll be inspired to begin watercolour painting, brush calligraphy, or even a bullet journal!
2. Salt x Paper Stationery & Gifts
Salt x Paper is a stationery arts and crafts store based in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah. They carry curated art and stationery supplies like art journals and colourful designer notebooks, cards, gift tags, wrapping paper, postcards, stickers, pens, washi tapes, inks, and more.
Additionally, they sell an assortment of accessories, bags, face masks, toys, candles and scents, and even beauty products. Although their store is in Sabah, they organise deliveries twice a week, and offer free nationwide shipping for purchases exceeding RM150.
Maycraft is a one-stop centre for all kinds of needlework projects, including embroidery, crochet, knitting, quilting and patchwork, cross-stitch, and felt craft. They also sell crafting kits and books to get you started on the basics, so you can have fun learning new skills at your own pace.
Maycraft also offers custom-made embroidery, beading, crochet, and cross-stitch work to customers. Not only that, they provide international shipping, and specialise in bulk wholesaling and distribution.
Scrap-N-Crop is a familiar art store known to scrapbooking and journaling enthusiasts. They have a myriad of curated stationery, paper and fabric craft supplies, calligraphy tools, jewellery-making supplies, quilling paper, and sewing materials.
They have been in the online business of selling arts and crafts supplies for more than 15 years. They import most of their products directly from the United States and Japan, and also provide international shipping.
Spotlight originated from a small family fabric stall at Melbourne's Queen Victoria Market. Today, you can find this red-and-blue megastore in three outlets across Klang Valley, selling a large variety of household, textile, and crafting supplies.
With colourful aisles displaying canvases and paintbrushes of all sizes, pretty scrapbook paper, affordable acrylic paints, decorative beads, macrame ropes, colourful yarn, fabrics, embroidery thread, and much more, Spotlight is truly every crafter's paradise.
6. Fabric Fanatics
If you enjoy sewing patchwork quilts or pillowcases, or even scrunchies and other forms of needlework, you'll be a fan of Fabric Fanatics. They carry imported fabric collections from Taiwan, China, South Korea, Japan, and the United States, and each one has a colourful pattern and tells a unique story. You'll find lots of animals, fairy tales, and Japanese zakka designs in their store.
In 2008, the founder of Fabric Fanatics begun sourcing rare fabrics from around the world as a part-time hobby on Etsy. A chemistry graduate who worked as a semiconductor engineer for six years, she now has a physical and online store, and provides international shipping.
Situated in Bangsar Baru, Cziplee is a well-known stationery and craft supplies store. They sell a large variety of writing instruments, and carry imported reputable brands like Faber-Castell, Lamy, Moleskine, Parker, and Stabilo. You'll find journals, rubber stamps, calligraphy pens, paint, colour pencils, and other crafts here.
Due to the total lockdown, their online store fulfilment will be closed from 1 June until further notice. In the meantime, you can check out their website for the latest updates on their store, or download Cziplee's mobile app to browse their products on your phone.
Craftiviti is a homegrown retail and online crafting store, supplying different types of craft materials like candle-making tools, bath bomb kits, silicone moulds for resin crafts, perfumery, and more. They even have their own in-house DIY personal care experience bar, as well as various workshops.
They also have tools for all sorts of craft projects, including soap and candle materials, essential oils, clay, wax, epoxy resin, liquid silicone for mould making, and liquid latex. If you're a beginner, you can pick up a starter kit for your first DIY experience. Even if you're a seasoned crafter, you'll find tons of quality materials to experiment with new projects.
Read more about Craftiviti here.
9. WRITER Stationery Store
With two outlets in Penang, WRITER Stationery Store is a fine stationery boutique and a popular name within the creative community. They carry familiar brands like Copic, Mossery, Winsor & Newton, as well as products designed by local artists.
WRITER offers a wide range of imported stationery like fountain pens, Traveler's notebooks, stickers, washi tape, rubber stamps, planners, watercolours, wax seals, postcards, and more. You can shop their online store, and get free shipping for orders above RM50 to Peninsular Malaysia, or RM150 to East Malaysia.
10. Art Friend
Based in Singapore, Art Friend is a popular arts and crafts store that has been in operation since the early 1980s. Whether you're an art and design student, crafting hobbyist, or professional artist, you'll be able to find almost anything you need from this store.
They have a comprehensive catalogue housing all kinds of paints, canvases, clay, sculpting sets, beads, markers, boards, paper, sketchbooks, and basically anything you'll need to start your next masterpiece! There are also tons of child-friendly materials for your kid to get creative at home!
The Curve Shopping Mall
Lot 245B, 2nd Floor,
6, Jalan PJU 7/3, Mutiara Damansara,
47800 Petaling Jaya, Selangor
168, Bukit Bintang Street, Bukit Bintang,
55100 Kuala Lumpur, WPKL
The Gardens Mall
T-213 Third Floor, Lingkaran Syed Putra,
Mid Valley City, 59200 Kuala Lumpur
10am - 10pm (Daily)
WestStar is well-stocked with plenty of quality stationery and arts and crafts supplies. With over 11,000 products in their stocklist, you can find almost anything for your crafting needs. This includes paint and paint mediums, canvases and easels, stationery, sculpting tools, architectural modelling materials, and more.
They also have office supplies and child-friendly crafting materials like clay, plasticine, crayons, and pastels. Their products are affordably priced, and they ship nationwide if you need to pick up something quick.
9171, Jalan Negara, Taman Melawati,
53100 Kuala Lumpur, Selangor
Pusat Komersil, XG 7,9, 11,
Jalan Plumbum X 7/X, Seksyen 7,
40000 Shah Alam, Selangor
9am - 8pm (Monday to Saturday)
10am - 6pm (Sunday)
10am - 8pm (Monday to Friday)
10am - 7pm (Saturday)
10am - 5pm (Sunday)
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12. Le Art Shop
Le Art Shop is an online art store startup by Cassie Wong, a self-taught artist who offers curated mid-range art supplies. She has personally tested and used many of these products, so her customers will have the assurance that these are quality pigments.
Some of the brands you'll find here include Daniel Smith, Renaissance, Mont Marte, Van Gogh, Holbein, Talens, and Princeton. The store also carries designs, prints, and merchandise from local artists.
13. Malaysia Clay Art
Interested in starting your first clay project? You can pick up a starter kit from Malaysia Clay Art, which includes several packets of colourful air dry or polymer clay, as well as various sculpting tools. Besides that, they also have materials for resin projects, such as epoxy and UV resin, UV curing lamps, colour pigments, various jewellery charms, silicone moulds, miniatures, and much more.
They have everything you'll need to begin your clay art adventures, and every DIY enthusiast will find something here to experiment with for their next project.
14. Premier Art
Premier Art sells a range of high-quality fine art supplies for both students and professionals, including brands like Winsor & Newton, Jo Sonja's, Liquitex, Old Holland, Reeves, Alpha, and Caran D'ache. With watercolours and pastels, charcoals, markers, paints, sketching materials, and more, Premier Art is every artist's haven.
Visit their online store, and sign up to receive 10% off your first order. Besides, they are offering free delivery within West Malaysia for orders exceeding RM100.
15. Craft Haven
Artists may recall Craft Haven's iconic turquoise-coloured store in 1 Utama Shopping Centre. Customers will remember seeing beautifully painted wooden trinkets, glass, mugs, and sculptures on display behind the shop's window. Sometimes, passers-by would notice children gleefully painting all sorts of craft projects under the guidance of the shop owners.
Unfortunately, they closed down their physical store in 2019. Not to worry, for they have transferred their business to their online platform, and continue to provide an abundance of sketchpads, watercolour products, beads, painting tools, face and body art sets, decorative craft papers, and glass etching to their loyal Malaysian customers.
Multifilla has been around since the 1980s, and has a reputation as a leading arts and crafts supply warehouse in Malaysia. They specialise in sourcing supplies that are hard to come by, and are well stocked with a diverse range of materials.
From clay crafting, batik making, engraving, woodwork, weaving, sand art, ceramics, bookbinding, decoupage, and even taxidermy, there's something to intrigue every kind of crafter. You'll spend ages browsing through their catalogue, and check out more items than you initially planned to!