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Do Art Supplies Have an Expiration Date?

Kept unopened in their original packaging in the right conditions, most art supplies should stay in good condition for a few years. Non-liquid art supplies will last longer.

Liquid Art Supplies

If a cap is left off a marker it may be unusable within a few days as the water evaporated. The same concept applies to art supplies after the pack has been opened, so take care and your art supplies should last for as long as you need them.

With an unopened or well sealed pack of art supplies, liquid art supplies should last 18 months to two years. 

Solid Art Supplies

In their original factory packaging and kept out of light and oxygen, these art supplies can last 3-4 years. Keep them out of humid, hot or cold conditions, and direct sunlight. 

Once out of their packaging, the art supplies will degrade over time and with each use. 

A Drawer or Box is Your Best Friend! 

For all art supplies, a drawer, box, or cupboard will keep them out of excess light, heat, and cold.

When it comes to buying bulk art supplies from Color Swell, consider buying your watercolors, markers or crayons in bulk. You will get a lot of value for your money.