Though finger-painting predates most artistic techniques, it tends to leave splotchy thumbprints all over state portraits of the Queen. Invest in refined tools with today's Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of art supplies and more at A.I. Friedman's Chelsea location.
A.I. Freidman's meticulously organized shelves and displays teem with equipment and supplies for artists of almost every medium. Pick your perfect paint wand, such as a set of four Princeton natural-bristle brushes ($2.88–$21.48) and dapple canvases with rich pigments such as Winton oil colors ($3.13–$9), whose blues are bolstered by cadmium and cobalt, and greens are enhanced with kryptonite. A 12-pack of charcoal ($7.49) creates soft lines and shadows, and an X-Acto standard knife chest's three handles and seventeen blades allow precise artistic slices ($29.59). For artists dabbling in the third dimension, a spectrum of polymer clays, such as a 30-color Sculpey sampler ($20.79), molds to any artistic aspiration, such as Technicolor busts of Spiro Agnew. In addition to art supplies, A.I. Freidman offers custom framing, tabletop frames, mementos, home furniture, and more.