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    Default Painting: are dollar store canvases, brushes, etc any good?

    I'm putting together a gift for a girl who is turning 11 (I think lol maybe 12). Anyway, I want to put together a kit of canvases, brushes, paints etc
    and I was wondering if anyone who has actually used real stuff vs the cheap dollar store stuff could tell me if there's much of a difference? As far as would
    matter to a beginner?
    I think i'm going with acrylic paints, as her mom is wary of oil paint due to the stain factor.
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    Go with more expensive - Michael's with the 50% off coupons are much better than the dollar store brushes.
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    Curry's art supply store is also really great--they have student quality lines there. There is a big difference between dollar store brushes and better quality ones. Also good quality paint is worth the money. It will cover in fewer coats, so even though it costs more, you use a lot less. I like Golden paint the best, but there are other good cheaper brands.
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    DD1 age 7 DS age 11
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    Baby Elaina born October 28th, 2011. Making every single day that much more special.
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