UPDATED OCTOBER 14, 2020
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Amazon Prime Day, the online marketplace’s biggest sale event of the year, officially ends at 3 a.m. Eastern on October 15. More than one million deals on products of all kinds are up for grabs, and with more consumers purchasing for home delivery during the pandemic, the competition is even fiercer. To get access to the deals, however, you have to be an Amazon Prime subscriber.
Amazon Prime costs $12.99 a month or $119 a year. Its benefits include faster shipping on Amazon orders, discounts at Whole Foods, and access to Amazon’s streaming entertainment. However, you can also pick up a free 30-day trial of Prime here in time to shop the sale.
To help you navigate the sea of goods, we’re tracking some of the best deals for artists of all ages and skills and from watercolor pencils to cameras, and we’ll be updating this page throughout the day. Many of these deals are lightning deals, lasting only a few hours. A word of advice: Move fast, as many of these products will sell out quickly.
UPCOMING DEALS ON CAMERAS AND MORE
27% off Canon mirrorless camera
Looking for a camera with excellent video capability? The best-selling Canon M6 Mark II is now $300 cheaper. Enjoy perks like impressive 4K video, a 32.5 megapixel sensor with high shooting speed and resolution, and image stabilization—all in a compact and lightweight body.
DEAL OF THE DAY! 10/14/20 0:00–23:59 PDT
Purchase: Canon EOS M6 Mark II Camera, $799.00 on Amazon.
45% off Panasonic mirrorless camera
Already considered one of the best budget cameras, the Panasonic Lumix G7 now offers even bigger savings. Highlights of this easy-to-use mirrorless model include a 16-megapixel sensor, 4K video, and a swivel touch-screen LCD. It’s perfect for beginners, hobbyists, and videographers or bloggers.
LIGHTNING DEAL! 10/14/20 13:15–23:45 PDT
Purchase: Panasonic Lumix G7 Mirrorless Camera, $597.99 on Amazon.
40% off Kodak digital instant camera
This is the best time to score a deal on a Kodak Instant Camera. Save 40% off this fun device, which allows you to snap photographs and edit them on your smartphone (if you want), and print them. It runs on sticky-backed, inkless Zink paper that measures 3 1/2 inches by 4 1/4 inches—in between a standard Polaroid and an Instax mini.
LIGHTNING DEAL! 10/14/20 14:45–18:45 PDT
Purchase: Kodak Smile Classic Digital Instant Camera (Green) for 3.5 x 4.25″ Zink Photo Paper, $89.98 on Amazon.
41% on SanDisk external SSD
Snag this best-selling drive with massive storage space at nearly $200 off. Providing a read speed of up to 1050 megabytes per second, it makes moving around large files a breeze. Impressively, this workhorse drive has an extremely slim profile, with a frame less than 1/2 inch thick.
DEAL OF THE DAY! 10/13/20 0:00–23:59 PDT
Purchase: SanDisk 2TB Portable External SSD, $284.99 on Amazon.
46% off Polaroid Originals One Step 2 VF
Capture memories and print retro-toned photographs in just minutes with this classic, old-school Polaroid—one of the best deals for instant cameras under $60. It features a self-timer function, built-in flash, and Bluetooth connectivity so you can control it remotely. Note that the deal extends to only the red model.
LIGHTNING DEAL! 10/14/20 8:45–23:45 PDT
Purchase: Polaroid Originals Onestep 2 VF, Festive Red, $53.80 on Amazon.
DRAWING AND WRITING TOOLS
$2.00 off Ohuhu water brushes for Prime members, plus coupon
Water brushes from Japanese company Ohuhu are among our top picks for self-moistening brushes. Featuring a pointed brush tip and a barrel for water or diluted color, each can be used with ink, solid pigment, watercolor pencils, and more to spread color while maintaining flow control. They’re an ideal solution to water-based painting on the go—and now at less than $2 a pen, a steal.
Purchase: Ohuhu Set of Six Water Brushes, Assorted tips, $7.99 on Amazon.
55% off Prismacolor colored pencils
Prismacolor’s 60-piece set of their Scholar colored pencils is a smart purchase for anyone looking for a comprehensive palette. Designed for students and developing artists, the pencils are perfect for everyday use, providing smooth coverage, excellent blending capability, and vibrant colors.
LIGHTNING DEAL! 10/13/20 3:00–9:00 PDT
Purchase: Prismacolor Scholar Colored Pencils, 60-Count, $20.05 on Amazon.
***Missed this deal? You can still get these pencils for a great price here.***
35% off Faber-Castell watercolor pencils
If you’ve long been curious about watercolor pencils, Faber-Castell’s set is an excellent budget set for experimenting, and it’s now available at an even more affordable price. The lead is durable, and colors lay down smoothly when wet for seamless blending. This set of 24 pencils provides enough color to satisfy a variety of art projects, and they come in a metal tin for neat storage.
Purchase: Faber-Castell Creative Studio Goldfaber Watercolor Pencils (24 Count), $19.41 on Amazon.
55% off Castle Art Supplies colored pencils
With 72 pencils in a box, this is one of the best Prime Day deals for colored pencils under $20. Each features a soft wax core that glides satisfyingly over paper, layers beautifully, and blends well so you can create even more colors. They also look professional, with a matte black body finished with a label to identify each shade.
LIGHTNING DEAL! 10/13/20 6:45–12:45 PDT
Purchase: Castle Art Supplies Colored Pencil Set, 72-Count, $19.99 on Amazon.
***This deal is no longer offered, but you can still save 15% on the same product here.***
50% off Pilot erasable marker pens
These best-selling pens from Pilot really erase, making them a fun and forgiving pick for bullet journaling, note-taking, and doodling. Featuring 12 pens with fine tips that sail on the page, packs are now $8.50 off the regular price.
LIGHTNING DEAL! 10/14/20 16:15–22:15 PDT
Purchase: Pilot Frixion Erasable Marker Pens, Bold Point, Assorted Colors, 12-Pack, $10.83 on Amazon.
***Stocks are running low; if you order now, you’ll still get 39% off***
48% off Zebra retractable ballpoint pens
Looking for a good all-purpose, medium-point ballpoint pen? The padded grip of Zebra’s tool makes it comfortable to use for extended writing sessions. It’s reliably smudge-proof, doesn’t bleed, and writes smoothly—almost like a gel pen. At this price, you won’t have to think twice about misplacing one or giving one to a friend.
Purchase: Zebra Z-Grip Retractable Ballpoint Pen, Medium Point (1.0mm), Black, 24-Pack, $6.47 on Amazon.
***Now at an even better price than yesterday!**
69% off Sharpie permanent markers
If you’re looking for a good deal on ultra-fine permanent markers in fun colors, these from marker king Sharpie are now less than 50 cents each. The 24-count pack includes hues from a pastel pink to a dusty blue that will look brilliant no matter your working surface.
LIGHTNING DEAL! 10/13/20 7:15–13:15 PDT
Purchase: Sharpie Electro Pop Permanent Markers, Ultra-Fine Point, Assorted Colors, 24-Count, $10.89 on Amazon.
***Missed this deal? You can still save 56% on the Sharpie ultra-fine point colored markers, seen below, here.***
25% off Zebra retractable gel pen
If you’re looking for a single pen that will trump all other pens, consider this medium-point black gel pen with a not-too-fine, not-too-bold 0.7mm tip and a fashionable navy barrel. The rapid-drying ink eliminates smudging and smearing and flows from the pen tip with ease. Though you can certainly replace the pen when it runs dry, you can also refill it using the brand’s replacement cartridges.
LIGHTNING DEAL! 10/14/20 15:20–21:20 PDT
Purchase: Zebra Sarasa Grand Retractable Gel Pen, Medium Point, Black, Navy Barrel, 1-Count, $6.20 on Amazon.
43% off Uni-ball 0.5mm roller pens
If it’s a roller pen you need, consider this instrument from Uni-ball. As opposed to gel pens, roller pens use liquid ink similar to the ink in fountain pens, giving them a more tactile feel. Perfect for journals, this 0.7mm pen comes in a pack of five.
LIGHTNING DEAL! 10/14/20 16:20–22:20 PDT
Purchase: Uni-ball Vision Needle Rollerball Pens, Fine Point (0.7mm), Black, 5-Count, $16.25 on Amazon.
29% off Pilot Frixion erasable gel pens
These erasable gel pens write smoothly and still give you the option of changing your mind. This pack of 16 assorted colors includes the standard red, blue, and green, but also brighter tones like neon pink, turquoise, and lime. The smooth-flowing gel ink ensures that you can write for hours without discomfort.
Purchase: Pilot FriXion ColorSticks Erasable Gel Pens, Assorted Colors, 16-Pack, $20.66 on Amazon.
PICKS FOR YOUNG ARTISTS
43% off Pencil Grip ergonomic grippers
These rubber grips are a quick and effective way to add more comfort to your pencils, pens, crayons, and other writing tools. Each features indents to guide your fingers into the best position to eliminate strain and build better writing habits. Now’s as good a time as any to buy a set, which features 12 pieces—enough for all your pencils, or to share with family members and friends.
Purchase: The Pencil Grip Ergonomic Gripper for Righties and Lefties, Assorted Colors, 6-Count, $5.54 on Amazon.
73% off Elmer’s clear glue sticks
Elmer’s glue sticks, which come in a generous six-pack, provide a mess-free way to adhere light materials. Perfect for crafting, they allow for adjustments before drying to a firm and clear seal.
LIGHTNING DEAL! 10/13/20 16:30–22:30 PDT
Purchase: Elmer’s Clear Glue Stick, 6-Count, $3.12 on Amazon.
***This offer is no longer available, but you can still get 57% discount on the same product here.***
32% off Dab and Dot washable markers
Designed with creative kids and anxious parents in mind, these nontoxic markers are perfect for rainy day projects. Their colors are vivid, yet are easy to wash out of skin and clothing. And right now, you get eight chunky markers for less than $2 apiece.
LIGHTNING DEAL! 10/13/20 8:15–14:15 PDT
Purchase: Dab and Dot Washable Markers, 8 Colors, $13.59 on Amazon.
***Missed this deal? If you are an Amazon Prime member, you can get almost $5 off Chalkola’s set of 10 dot markers, seen below, here.***
52% off Makeblock educational robot
Suitable for kids ages four and up, this little bot is one of the best toys to buy on Prime Day to enhance at-home learning. Not only is it adorable, the interactive toy also illustrates stripped-down coding concepts in an engaging way. Using a remote, children control the panda to work through games while building logical thinking skills.
LIGHTNING DEAL! 10/14/20 17:15–23:15 PDT
Purchase: Makeblock mTiny Early Childhood STEM Educational Robot , $119.99 on Amazon.
71% off Penguin chalk markers
These markers feature reversible tips for using with both round and chisel points. They’re perfect for smooth writing and doodling on myriad surfaces, from windows to chalk boards to mirrors, and cleanup is easy with soap and a damp paper towel. Right now, the set of eight markers (which come with two dozen stickers) are on sale at an amazing 71% discount.
LIGHTNING DEAL! 10/13/20 7:25–13:25 PDT
Purchase: Penguin Liquid Chalk Markers, 8 Colors, $7.20 on Amazon.
***Missed this deal? Get a 37% off plus a coupon for another 20% off on Crafty Croc liquid chalk markers (one of our favorite chalk markers, seen below) here.***
FOR THE WELL-EQUIPPED STUDIO
58% off Bostitch electric pencil sharpener
Bostitch’s pencil sharpener takes the stress off your hands, whether you’re sharpening regular pencils or colored pencils. Although it’s compatible with only one pencil size, it checks off all the boxes for home or classroom use: It’s sharp, fast, and easy to empty.
LIGHTNING DEAL! 10/14/20 6:10–12:10 PDT
Purchase: Bostitch QuietSharp Electric Pencil Sharpener, Black, $13.82 on Amazon.
33% off Ohuhu adhesive-backed vinyl sheets
If you’re seeking glossy vinyl sheets for making custom decals, this bulk pack offers a great deal. It includes 60 self-adhesive, 12-inch squares in 30 colors as well as 10 reusable transfer tapes sheets to help you position and place your final work. Stock up now while saving.
LIGHTNING DEAL! 10/13/20 7:05–13:05 PDT
Purchase: Ohuhu Adhesive-Backed Vinyl Sheets, 60 12-by-12-Inch Sheets, 30 Colors, $23.99 on Amazon.
***This discount is no longer available, but you can still get a great deal on Viseman’s adhesive-backed vinyl sheets, seen below, here.***
15% off Frogtape painter’s tape
One of our favorite masking tapes, Frogtape’s tape helps ensure clean and straight edges when painting. Standing out from the competition, it’s finished with a special absorbent polymer to safeguard against paint bleed. Save $5 when you buy the 1.88 inch-by-60 yard option, which comes in a three-roll bundle.
LIGHTNING DEAL! 10/13/20 6:50–12:50 PDT
Purchase: Frogtape Multi-Surface Painter’s Tape with Paint Block, Medium Adhesion, 3 Rolls, $19.97 on Amazon.
43% off on X-Acto knife set
Perfect for light-duty work, this compact kit comes with three durable knives and 10 assorted blades, all packed in a wooden storage box. It’s currently on sale at more than half off its regular price, making this convenient, well-rounded set a smart investment.
LIGHTNING DEAL! 10/13/20 10:15–16:15 PDT
Purchase: X-Acto Basic Knife Set, $14.99 on Amazon.
***This item is no longer discounted. But you can get the same set in a soft case, seen below, for 38% off here.***
74% off Mont Marte acrylic paints
This paint made our round-up of the best paints for leather, standing out for its smooth application and quick-dry formula. But it’s compatible with a range of materials, including canvas, fabric, and even rocks. Already a generous kit, comprising two dozen 36 millimeter tubes, this deal offers unmatched value at just over $15 on Prime Day.
LIGHTNING DEAL! 10/14/20 15:55–21:55 PDT
Purchase: Mont Marte Acrylic Paints, 36ml Tubes, 24 Colors, $15.16 on Amazon.
27% off Gorilla super glue
This popular glue for precise applications is super sticky and compatible with materials from plastic to wood to ceramic. Boasting industrial strength, it can handle simple craft projects or tough outdoor jobs, with no clamping required. Buy two for less than $5 a tube.
LIGHTNING DEAL! 10/13/20 15:20–21:20 PDT
Purchase: Gorilla Super Glue Gel, 2-Pack, $8.70 on Amazon.
***Missed this deal? Get 25% off this two-pack of Gorilla super glue, seen below, here.***
44% off Arteza sketchbooks
Now’s the time to stock up on these good-quality, spiral-bound sketchbooks, which are sold in a three-pack. While their relatively thin pages will have bleed-through with thick, inky pens or markers, they’re ideal for casual sketches and exercises. Plus, they’re the perfect size for carrying with you on the go.
LIGHTNING DEAL! 10/13/20 11:10–17:10 PDT
Purchase: Arteza 5 1/2 x 8 1/2″ Spiral-Bound Sketch Book, 100 Sheets, Pack of 3, Spiral Bound, $12.86 on Amazon.
***This deal is no longer available, but you can buy a hardcover version of it, with twice the number of pages, seen below, for 20% off here.***
45% off white kraft paper
Save $10 on this top-rated kraft paper, which—being food-grade—can be used in both the studio and the kitchen. Durable, opaque, and smooth, it comes in an 18-inch-wide roll, with 176 feet to last you a long time.
LIGHTNING DEAL! 10/14/20 16:50–22:50 PDT
Purchase: White Kraft Butcher Paper Roll, 18 x 2100 inches, $11.89 on Amazon.