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Buy old junk from tips super cheap. Try and find a local arts recycling project, tons of free junk; The one near me makes you pay £10 a year for membership to go in and take whatever you want. Hm, use Tesco or similar packs of cheap printing paper to do 100's of cheap drawings for about £4-6 depending on how many pens or pencils you use, for all the repetitive practice involved in getting better at drawing. Steal from construction sites at night. If you have friends with office jobs ask them to keep an ear open for old technologiezz (monitors/computers/photocopiers/desks) and stuff that gets thrown out, a lot of places replace every few years and just send the old and perfectly working stuff off to tips. Read reviews and essays about art and artists free online, learn why you're make shit and everyone else isn't, and such (tate has a new video archive online which is quite good so far). Getting more skill sets just involves grabbing a book from the library or online and doing what it tells you a few times, then a few more hundred times till you mastered it. Drawing, just like the guy above said. If you go to busy libraries, over ground train stations, coffee shops, and etc, you'll find people who sit still for very long periods of time.
Depends on how you 'express your self' really. Also for more technical stuff you can usually sign up for night school, get a few lessons and access to all their equipment for very cheap. I use to do this when I was into printmaking, can't even comprehend how much a big press would be but I went to all three of the local colleges, but they might let you repeat the same ones again -I dunno, I'm not confrontational enough to let them realise I just wanted their print materials.