ZenART's Membership Plans Terms & Conditions

(Updates effective 17/08/2020)

These terms and conditions (“Terms and Conditions”) govern the ZenART Supplies Rewards & Referral Plan as well as Subscribe & Save Plan (“Membership Plans”), and members of the programs will earn zen coins in connection with the purchase of qualifying online products and online activities that are redeemable towards the purchase of certain products online. For the re-occurring members (Subscribe & Save Plan) this includes exclusive gifts & content.


  • Free. No purchase is necessary to obtain membership in the Rewards & Referral Program, but you must establish an account at https://shop.zenartsupplies.co/account/register . Please see our privacy policy, located here, to understand how information you provide us will be used. This program is void where prohibited.
  • Eligibility. In order to be eligible for the Rewards & Referral Program, you must create an account as outlined in these Terms and Conditions. You may create an account if you are at least seventeen (17) years of age, have Internet access, and have a valid mailing address. If you are between the ages of 17 and 18, you must have your parent’s permission to register for an account. If you choose to create an account, you are responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of your account, username and password and for restricting access to your account. You are responsible for keeping such information current, complete, accurate and truthful. You agree to accept responsibility for all activities that occur under your account, username and/or password. You agree to provide only current, complete, accurate and truthful information. If you are accessing and using the Site on someone else’s behalf, you represent that you have the authority to bind that person as the principal to all Terms and Conditions provided herein, and to the extent you do not have such authority you agree to be bound to these Terms and Conditions and to accept liability for harm caused by any wrongful use of the Site or Content resulting from such access or use. You may only have one member account per natural person. Persons who are discovered to have more than one account forfeit their zen coins and will be unsubscribed from the Loyalty Program.
  • How To Enroll in the Rewards & Referral Program. (a) Create an account: Visit www.zenartsupplies.com (the "Site" or "Online") and become a registered user of the Site. Click here to be taken directly to the registration page. You will be asked for your first and last name, your email address, and a password. You will also be given the option to sign up for our newsletter. Once you have submitted the requisite information, you will be sent an email to the address you listed confirming your membership. Once you have confirmed your email address, you are automatically enrolled in the Reward & Referral Program and are a member (“Member”).
  • How to Access/Change Your Member Information. You must keep your personal information on your Account up-to-date. To do so, click on the "My Account" section and access your account by entering your registered email address and current password. From your dashboard you can access your account information; review your current and past orders; change your profile; manage your subscriptions and applications, and access your previous purchases.
  • How to Cancel Your Membership. You may cancel an account at any time. To cancel your account, please send an email to support@zenartsupplies.co and write “cancel membership” in the subject line. The email must come from the account currently listed on our servers as being associated with your Rewards & Referral Program. If you no longer have access to that email address, please email our customer service department and we will verify your status and cancel your account. Upon cancellation, you are no longer a member, and any unused zen coins accrued in your account will be forfeited and cannot be redeemed. Zen coins maintain their value only on valid accounts in good standing, and except as otherwise provided here for redemption, have no cash value outside of their redemption value on the Site.


  • General Members can earn zen coins on the purchase of qualifying online products at zenartsupplies.co. To receive zen coins for your Online purchases, you must be signed into your account. You may check at any time to see if you are signed in to the Site by looking in the upper right-hand corner of the site. Gift cards do not qualify for zen coins. Other products that do not qualify for zen coins are noted on the Site.
  • Earning Rate. Members earn 5 sen coins for every $1.00 spent on qualifying purchases (in other words, one (5) zen coins for every one dollar ($1) spent). Zen coins are based on your order subtotal, after any discounts, only. Zen coins are rounded down to the nearest whole number. For example, if you spend $9.99, you will receive 9 zen coins. The calculation is as follows: $9.99 x 1 zen coins per dollar = 9.99 zen coins, which is rounded down to 9 zen coins. This program started on August 17, 2020, and initial levels were set on the 2020 amount spent on ordering products. Note: Shipping and Taxes are not taken into consideration. If an item is return and/or price adjusted that will also be removed from your rewards calculations.
  • Gift Cards. Gift card purchases are not eligible to receive zen coins. However, once a gift card is redeemed, zen coins will be awarded to the recipient for the subtotal after any gift card values, provided s/he is logged into the account, as outlined in these Terms and Conditions.
  • Addition of Zen Coins to Accounts. Zen Coins will be added to your Account under the following conditions, and will generally show up immediately. You will receive zen coins:
    • At the time of account registration
    • During the purchase of qualifying products
    • For other activities outlined on the Site that may show up from time to time. Note that for these other activities, including “bonus zen coins” accumulations and other zen coin promotions, zen coins may show as “pending,” depending upon the activity.
    • Joining the Birthday Club. Birthdate must be entered 30 days before your Birthday to qualify.
    • For Liking the ZenART Supplies Facebook page and sharing the ZenART Supplies Facebook page with your following. This is good one time only.
    • Following ZenART Supplies on Instagram. This is good one time only.
    • Referring a friend to ZenART Supplies. Your account will be automatically awarded the discount only if the referral friend used the link sent to them from your referral account and makes a qualifying purchase. Discount will automatically be applied to account if stipulations are met.
  • Exclusions. Members earn zen coins only on the purchase price of: (i) qualifying online products. Calculation of zen coins excludes payment by the Member for shipping charges and all taxes, including without limitation, federal, state, and local taxes or use taxes. Zen Coins will not be earned on any discounts or other credits offered in connection with a product or service. For example, if a product that is normally $50 is on sale for $25, a Member will only earn zen coins on the purchase price of $25. Purchases of gift cards, redemption of vouchers, and any type of price adjustments, including merchandise returns, are not eligible for zen coins. All purchases made: (i) by a Member prior to such member joining the Program, (ii) Online without a Member being logged onto the Website with the Member's Account number linked to the Member's Online account, are not eligible for Reward & Referral Program credit. The purchase of ZenART Supplies products outside the Zenartsupplies.co website are not eligible for the Reward & Referral Program.
  • Returns/Order Cancellations. Zen Coins earned for a purchase that is then the subject of a return, cancellation, refund, declined credit card or gift card, or other credit will be deducted from your account in an amount equal to the zen coins earned for the original transaction, including any bonus zen coins that may be applicable. Any rewards discounts that are applied to the order, will be distributed equally to the applicable items in the order when completing a return. Zen Coins redeemed on an order will not be reapplied back to your rewards account for any reason on a returned order. If a return/cancellation will cause your account to have a negative zen coin balance, you will not begin earning zen coins again until your zen coins balance is returned to zero (0), by making purchases, or engaging in other promotional activities offered from time to time. If an item is exchanged (different product) any redeemed rewards on the initial purchase may be transferred to the exchange one (1) time only. Rewards used on an order that is canceled cannot be reapplied as they are good for just one use.
  • Bonus Zen Coins Promotions. From time to time, ZenART Supplies may run certain bonus zen coin promotions. Under bonus zen coin promotions, Members can earn additional or "bonus zen coins" in connection with the purchase of certain online products. When you purchase these specially marked products or make the purchase during a bonus zen coins time period, you will earn bonus zen coins on each product, as specified in the offer. Bonus zen coin promotions are subject to the terms and conditions of the offer and may be offered at any time in ZenART Supplies sole discretion. Bonus zen coin offers cannot be combined with any other offer.
  • Limitations on Bonus Zen Coins and Zen Coins, Generally. These terms apply to zen coins and bonus zen coins accruals. If you purchase a product during a promotion and the product comes with an additional, free product, zen coins will not be issued on the retail value of the free product. If you redeem zen coins towards the purchase of a product and pay a portion of the retail price after the zen coin's redemption, you will receive zen coins only on the leftover retail amount you pay, and not on any value attributed to the zen coin you used. If you redeem zen coins towards the purchase of a product in an amount equal to the full price of the product, you will not earn any zen coins.
  • Non-purchase Options for Earning Zen Coins. You may also earn additional zen coins on non-purchase activities. From time to time, ZenART Supplies may offer you the chance to win various prizes, and earn zen coins, for entering into promotions. For sweepstakes promotions, there is NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO PLAY OR TO WIN. Rules and restrictions will apply to such promotions and may be found on the entry page of any promotion.
  • Referring a friend to ZenART Supplies. Email a friend an $8 off coupon on $50 order by clicking “ Earn Zen Coins” then “ Refer a Friend”. Enter the email address of a friend who has not purchased with ZenART Supplies before (if your referral has shopped with us before the referral link will be automatically voided by the system). A referral link will be sent to your friend with an $8 off coupon on a $50 order. $8 off coupon on $50 order will automatically be rewarded to your account only if the referral friend used the link sent to them from your referral account and makes a qualifying first-time purchase with ZenART Supplies. Your Referral friend will receive an $8 off coupon on $50 order, 200 zen coins for signing up, and zen coins from their first purchase made while signed into their new ZenART Supplies account.


  • How To Use Your Zen Coins. Zen Coins must be used in increments outlined in these Terms and Conditions. The maximum number of zen coins that may be used in a single transaction is 10,000 zen coins. Zen Coins may only be used Online at the ZenART Supplies website. Zen Coins towards Products: Members can use their zen coins to reduce the purchase price of a product or to receive a product for free based on the following scale:
    • 500 zen coins = $5.00 off
    • 1,000 zen coins = $10.00 off your at least $50 order
    • 1,500 zen coins = $15.00 off your at least $50 order
    • 2,500 zen coins = $25.00 off your at least $50 order

    Zen Coins can only be redeemed in any combination of the zen coin and increment amounts set forth above. Redemption of zen coins towards purchases of products is subject to product availability. Any rewards discounts that are applied to the order, will be distributed equally to the applicable items in the order when completing a return.

  • Gift cards. Once available, zen coins cannot be used towards the purchase of gift cards. Gift card redemption, however, is eligible for zen coins. Zen Coins accrued pursuant to the use of a gift card will benefit the gift card user, provided the user has an account in accordance with these Terms and Conditions.
  • To Redeem your Zen Coins. Before you begin shopping with us, sign in to your Shop account on our site. Select “Redeem Zen Coins” from the red tab housed in the lower left-hand corner of the screen and select the amount of zen coins you would like to redeem. You will be issued a custom code that you can copy and paste into the discount bar during check out (Please note - only one code can be used). Your total payment amount will be discounted by the amount of zen coins you allocate to the purchase. Note that zen coins may only be redeemed for the purchase price of the product. Sales tax, shipping, and other handling charges assessed in addition to the price of the product are your responsibility and zen coins may not be used to discount these additional charges.
  • Exclusions. Only one account per natural person. Only one discount code can be redeemed per transaction. Rewards redemption codes may not be combined with any other discount codes. Zen Coins may not be transferred or gifted at this time. Zen Coins cannot be used on past purchases. Zen Coins accumulated on different accounts by different members may not be combined or aggregated to make purchases of products or for any other reason. Zen Coins earned in a transaction cannot be redeemed in the same transaction. Redeemed zen coins cannot be retroactively applied to any past order or receive a price adjustment on any order where redeemed zen coins were not applied. Zen Coins have no cash value outside of the ZenART Supplies website and are available only to members in good standing.
  • Zen Coins Expiration and Time Lapses. All zen coins acquired, whether standard zen coins or bonus zen coins, shall expire 180 days from the date the zen coins are added to your account. Zen Coins expire 180 days from the date in which they were assigned to your account. Specific onsite activities in which zen coins will be awarded are set to accrue zen coins based on a time-lapse at the discretion of ZenART Supplies.
    • Sign up: zen coins are added to your account instantly
    • Order: zen coins are added to your account when your order is placed.
  • Once zen coins are redeemed, a discount code will be assigned and we are unable to cancel the discount code and reapply the zen coins to your Reward & Referral account. Discount codes generated by redeeming zen coins do not expire until used. They are a one-time use code, so once it is used it is gone. If an order is returned zen coins will not be reinstated.

4. Subscribe & Save Plan

  • Re-occurring purchase. Purchase is necessary in order to participate in this plan. The plan is worth $6.95 and will be charged to your account on the same date of the month that you purchased the plan, i.e. if you purchased the plan on 19th of January, you will be charged for the plan on the 19th of each month you are a Subscribe & Save Plan member.
  • 15% re-occurring discount. As a member of the subscribe & Save Plan, you are eligible for a 15% discount every time you put an order in place. You are qualified for the discount as soon as you purchase the plan.
  • Cancellation. After a purchase made with a Subscribe & Save Plan, you are not able to get a refund for the plan for the month the purchase was valid for but you can cancel for the following months.
  • Free samples & accessories. These are included for members of Subscribe & Save Plan only. These are not included in each order but the member will be informed when they will receive "extras" in their order.
  • Access to exclusive content. Exclusive access to tutorials, guides, tips & tricks in video, pdf, or audio format will be part of the membership program. Not all exclusive content is available but what is and will be available is up to ZenART Supplies sole discretion.


  • By registering with Zenartsupplies.co and joining the Reward & Referral Program, you agree to be bound by the terms and conditions set forth in these Terms and Conditions, as well as any other terms that may be associated with the Reward & Referral Program. ZenART Supplies reserves the right to cancel, modify, suspend or restrict the Reward & Referral Program, your account, the redemption of zen coins, or any aspect of the Program, including, without limitation, the zen coin conversion ratio and the zen coin expiration policy at any time. Any changes can be made without advance notice. ZenART Supplies may make these changes even though such changes may affect your ability to use zen coins already accumulated. You are responsible for remaining knowledgeable about the Program Terms and Conditions. A Member's zen coins balance, as reflected in ZenART Supplies records, shall be deemed correct. ZenART Supplies reserves the right to determine the amount of zen coins in any Member's account based on ZenART Supplies' internal records related to such Member's account. In the event of an inconsistency between the amount accrued in a Member's account as stated on any Member's receipt and ZenART Supplies internal records, ZenART Supplies internal records will control. ZenART Supplies assumes no responsibility for errors caused by incorrect Member information. Your right to transfer zen coins earned or granted under the Program is strictly limited. The sale of zen coins is prohibited and may result in the confiscation or cancellation of your zen coins as well as suspension or termination of your membership, which in each case shall be final and conclusive. All transactions involving zen coins and all Member accounts are subject to review and verification by ZenART Supplies. The zen coins balance in a Member's account may be unavailable for use when an account or transaction is under review. ZenART Supplies may revoke any Member's membership in the Reward & Referral Program at any time if such Member engages in abuse of the Reward & Referral Program or fails to follow the terms and conditions of the Program. Fraud or abuse relating to the accrual of zen coins or redemption of rewards may result in revocation of membership in the Program and may affect a Member's eligibility for participation in any other ZenART Supplies program, present or future. Zen Coins are non-transferable and cannot be redeemed for cash. The interpretation and application of the Program's Terms and Conditions are at the sole discretion and determination of ZenART Supplies. For more information or other questions, click on Contact Us.
  • The Terms and Conditions of the loyalty program are subject to change at ZenART Supplies’ sole discretion at any time and without notice to customers. Upon customer’s at-will termination of their Zenartsupplies.com registered account, or if a customer is termination for violation of these Terms and Conditions or other activities in violation of the intent and good faith intended use of this Site, all zen coins will immediately be forfeited and will no longer be redeemable. ZenART Supplies will make reasonable efforts to award zen coins as outlined above to all 1. registered and 2. qualifying Zenartsupplies.co customers but is not responsible for any technical or unforeseen errors that may occur.
  • Zen Coins are nontransferable, nonredeemable for cash, are nonrefundable and are not valid outside of Zenartsupplies.co. Purchases made outside Zenartsupplies.co are not valid for zen coin accrual (this includes, but is not limited to Facebook resell groups, Ebay, and Amazon).
  • Employees of ZenART Supplies are not eligible to participate in the Reward & Referral Program.

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7 Types of Paint for Art

7 Types of Paint for Art

Painting can be both quite fulfilling and frustrating at times. Getting properly acquainted with the different types of artist paints is a good foundation to have. Having a little background on how each one works will help you choose the most suitable medium for your style and personality.

As a child, I got to use cheap watercolor and poster paints, and later some oil pastels. In art school we started with watercolor, followed by oil, then acrylic. I’m quite grateful that I was able to study them in-depth. Until now, I switch between them depending on what kind of style and finish I want to achieve. So I highly recommend that you try each one out because you never know which will spark joy within you. And also so you won’t be limited when it comes to your ideas. Each type of paint has its own unique pros and cons that are quite fun to explore!

What kind of paint do artists use?

There are actually quite a number. But instead of covering all of them, I’ll focus on the ones popularly used by most artists nowadays. I highly encourage you to try them out for yourself. Don’t let the fears of others stop you from exploration and discovery.

The thing to keep in mind is to be kind to yourself and have more patience. When first trying out a new medium, there will always be mistakes, trials, and a learning curve that you need to get through. So instead of dreading the process, try to enjoy it and fully explore the characteristics of each one. There are oil-based, water-based, acrylic polymer-based, and other more paints waiting for you to give them a go.

Types of Artist Paints

Let’s start with the most classic of them all that’s still a favorite these days…

Oil Paint

Essential Palette oil paint set from ZenART Supplies.

Oil paint has been used by artists for centuries and is still highly popular to this day. From its name, you can already warrant a guess as to what kind of paint it is — pigments are mixed with an oil binder (usually linseed oil) to produce this paint.

The drying oils used dry through the process of oxidation and this takes a bit of time. Thus, oil paints’ drying time is quite slow compared to other paints in the market, which is a good thing if you want to take your time when painting. There are also a number of oil painting mediums that you can add to your paints to change the drying time, viscosity, and surface finish. Another thing that I personally like is the thick consistency, allowing you to create beautiful textural effects quite easily and straight from the tube.

It’s not as difficult as you think. In fact, I find it very forgiving compared to watercolor. All you need is just a solvent for thinning paint and/or for cleaning brushes and an oil medium for adjusting the viscosity and luminous intensity of your colors. Read through our oil paint mixing guide to have a better understanding of the painting process.

Having oil as the binder also makes the colors richer and the glazing you can achieve is just amazing. I especially favor it for painting skin tones, the luminosity you get is on a different level. Here’s an in-depth guide to oil painting skin tones, the principles discussed there will work across various mediums as they are heavily based on color-mixing, source and temperature of light, and other techniques.


This type of paint on the other hand has acrylic polymer as its binder and this makes the paint dry very quickly. So you need to take that into consideration when painting. Don’t squeeze out too much because once it dries, it stays dry. The good thing about acrylic is that it’s water-based. You basically just need water to thin down your paints or for rinsing your brushes in. Though there are already “open” acrylics available nowadays that have a longer drying time.

I reach for acrylic paint when I need to finish a painting quickly and don’t have the time to wait for the paints to dry for days. It’s also more reliable when it comes to experimental applications. The paint dries into a flexible film and this allows the paint to expand or contract instead of cracking right away. You can also achieve crisper lines and edges if that’s a painting approach you find yourself gearing more towards.

Read more about the main differences between acrylic and oil paint and see which one is more to your style.


Art Nomad Palette, 24 half-pans of artist-grade watercolor paints from ZenART Supplies. An all-in-one set that comes with 7 tools, a sponge, and a generous mixing area.

Watercolors are also water-based and unlike acrylic paint, they’re rewettable (and reusable) even when they’ve dried. You can find them in the form of pans, tubes, sticks, brush pens, pencils, and inks — from what I currently know of. The magic of watercolor paint is its unmatchable translucency. You can have the most beautiful layering by playing with how transparent or opaque the colors are.

To lighten any color, you simply add more water. And you use the whiteness of your paper as the white. Because of the transparency, the color of the paper will also affect the colors. Artists who want colors to appear more vivid use “bright white” watercolor paper as the usual ones are usually a bit off-white in color.

Watercolor is the type of paint that will always be one of my go-to paints for quick painting as you only need a few things to start painting. There are also a myriad of watercolor techniques that you can play around with to make things even more interesting.

Find out the key differences between watercolor and acrylic paint to better understand when to use which one.


B6 Artist’s Sketchbook and brushes from the Verbena brush set of ZenART Supplies.

Gouache is a cross between watercolor and acrylic paint. It’s water-based and rewettable just like watercolor. But it’s opaque like acrylic (because of the added chalk to the mixture) and dries with a matte finish. Such properties make it a favorite amongst illustrators and designers.

It can be used thinned down with water ala watercolor or very thick like acrylic. Many artists use it alongside watercolor for their mixed media paintings.

There’s also the acrylic gouache variant that becomes non-rewettable once dry due to the acrylic binder in the mixture. Learn more about this medium in our gouache techniques and painting tips article.


Untitled (2019) encaustic painting by Ayna Paisley, one of ZenART Supplies’ Brand Ambassadors. Check out our ZenARTist of the Month feature on her for an inspirational read on her journey into becoming a mixed-media artist.


Encaustic paint is a type of paint made from beeswax, damar resin, and color pigments. It has been around and used since ancient times. It has found popularity again in recent years as artists favor it as a medium for contemporary art.

To use encaustic paint, the wax and resin mixture is melted and then applied to a surface, such as a wood panel or canvas, using a brush or other tool. The paint can be layered, sculpted, and manipulated while it is still warm, and it can also be fused to the surface with a heat source, such as a heat gun, iron, and even a torch. This process allows for a wide range of effects, from translucent layers to thick impasto textures.

You need to be extra careful with this type of paint as it utilizes heat. It can also be messy and a working space with proper ventilation is a must. Melting the wax also releases fumes. Just make sure to follow safety precautions.


Sandro Botticelli’s The Birth of Venus (1484–1486). Tempera on canvas.

Tempera paint is made by mixing pigment with a binder that’s usually an egg yolk or egg white. It has been used for centuries, as far back as the ancient Egyptian times, and is known for its smooth, matte finish.

Tempera paint is water-soluble and dries quickly, making it a popular choice for artists who want to create detailed and layered works of art. You can get very precise and crisp edges. It is often used on paper, cardboard, or wood. It can be easily applied using brushes, sponges, or other preferred tools.

It comes in a wide range of colors and can be easily mixed to create your own shades. Being non-toxic, it’s a popular choice for children to use both in school and at home. Find out what the difference is between tempera and acrylic paint to see which one you’ll prefer to use for your future projects.

Spray Paint

Spray paint comes in a pressurized aerosol container. It’s composed of a mixture of pigment, solvent, and propellant. Once sprayed onto a surface, the nozzle creates a fine mist of paint.

Artists use spray paint in a variety of ways. Some use it as their main medium, creating highly detailed works using stencils and masking techniques. Others use it in a mixed media style, for adding extra texture and depth to their works. It can be easily layered with other media such as acrylic paint or markers. Spray paint is also commonly used in graffiti art and street art, artists use it to create large-scale murals and colorful tags.

Spray paint is so versatile, it allows you to create so many fun effects, from fine lines to broad, sweeping strokes. It can be used on a wide variety of surfaces, such as on canvas, paper, metal, wood, and plastic. You can also control the opacity and intensity of the paint by simply adjusting the pressure and distance of the spray can from the working surface. Different nozzle types can also be used for even more added control and techniques. It’s a quick and easy paint to use for creating bold and expressive works with an impact.

Just like any other types of paint with solvent and fumes, make sure to work in a well-ventilated area. With spray paint, the fumes are propelled into the air with great pressure. Make sure to keep the cans away from the heat as they are pressurized. You can also wear gloves, a painting mask, and safety glasses for added protection.

There are of course other paints and painting mediums available, but these are the most popularly used ones at the moment. I hope this inspires you to try your hand at some of them if you haven’t yet. You might be surprised at what catches your painting fancy! Exploration is key!

We’d love to hear from you!

What types of paint have you already tried out? Which one did you like the most? And which one was the most challenging? Any of the above mentioned paints you’re looking to try out soon? Let me know in the comments below! Join our friendly art community Painting Inspiration Daily on Facebook. You can share your art and ideas, watch LIVE tutorials, and be inspired to paint!

Have fun exploring the different types of paint and don’t be afraid to make mistakes - you will learn from them!


Kathleen is the Wordsmith at ZenART, resident artist and art editor. When God sent a shower of talents, Kathleen made sure she got a basketful of them! She's a visual artist with practical knowledge on various fields from painting and sculpture, to costume and set design which comes in very handy when writing about various art techniques and theories. She also shares her passion for the arts through teaching. She runs her own brand of handmade wirework jewelry designs.

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