The Right Supplies Make All the Difference When Creating Art
Do you have a feeling or overwhelming urge to create? Having the right supplies on hand gives the freedom to act when that creative urge speaks.
Instead of becoming overwhelmed at the idea of where to begin, do some preparation that has the supplies ready to use. Most art is the result of an impulse to create but can wane if the setup and supplies are scattered or unavailable. If the right supplies are where they are needed, a masterpiece may be the result. Make sure that the items used to create are of the quality that is needed to achieve a project of high-end results. Research the brands that lend themselves to the appropriate level of skill. When skimping on quality, most likely the result will be frustrating as well as disappointing. It usually takes time to accumulate a supply base, so be patient in acquiring the supplies while keeping a feeling of excitement.
1 - Supplies To Get You Started and Set Up
If thinking of creating art, there are some basic supplies that are needed to have on hand. But first, plan a workspace dedicated to art supplies as well as having a flat surface to create on or hold supplies. The organization of supplies is key to having what is needed when wanting to create. Decide a layout that will work. The next step is to build or obtain the right type of storage for the art supplies. Having a journal to record in is also a plus.
2 - The Basics
Some tools will be needed for almost any form of art. Assign a pair of scissors that are only used in the art area. Pens, pencils, paper, and/or Post-it notes will be of use. Think about adding a set of colored markers, white glue, and tape. Hard rulers are very useful, especially when planning the project. Add a white eraser along with a cup holder or two. Create designated storage for these items in the art space.
3 - Painting
If painting is your thing be sure to acquire quality paint brushes. Each brush is designed to create a specific effect. Brushes have different types of hair bristles for the type of paints that are used. Easels are important, so buy quality when it comes to purchasing one. Getting the right type of paints for the type of painting being done is paramount. Water painting, oils, acrylics, and pastels require different types of paper, canvas, or boards.
4 - Sculpting
Clay is a wonderful medium for art projects. Having the right tools such as Calipers, Clay and Color Shapers, Trivet Frames, Needle and Sgraffito Tools, plus Loop and Ribbon Tools will give the potter freedom in design. size, and shape. Keep on hand various glazes as well as several types of clay to achieve the effects desired. A wheel is an investment that is well worth it if wanting to create functional pottery objects. Kilns come in various sizes so plan well when building a studio area. Polymer clays do not require a kiln but have tools and molds designed for that medium.
5 - Jewelry Making
Beading is one of the easiest forms of jewelry making. The beads come in a variety of mediums such as glass, metal, bone, shell, as well as plastic. It is so important to have quality tools so that the end product has a professional finished look. Quality pliers, wire cutters, and findings such as clasps, earring hooks, and jump rings is a must. If wire wrapping is on the agenda, make sure the wire is jewelry quality.
6 - Consider Your Overall Supplies
Write down what supplies that are being used and where you got them on each project. Record the results including improvements that can be made in the future. Make notes that describe the process used. This will give a reminder of the progress being made as well as how the effects were achieved. Taking notes of any reactions or comments others make can be helpful, even the negative ones. Also, make notes on any reactions while using certain tools, both positive or negative. These will be invaluable in deciding future projects.