I am a bit obsessed these days with small stitched collage bits. I like to start by creating large pages with collaged and painted papers, layered and layered. Then, I stitch over parts of the collage, cut it into pieces and then stitch on smaller bits. LOVE!❤️
Have you ever tried mind mapping your creative ideas? It is a great visual option for organizing information and it's fun!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ In this episode, Sandi and I talk about mind maps and ways you can use them.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Link in profile! 🎤🤗
Over the last couple of post, I've been sharing some of my favorite tips for finding and making your own creative supplies, but there are times when you will need to buy items for your stash. Don't worry, there are ways to do this even if you're on a super strict budget.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ My top tips for shopping smart:⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ •Shop at big chain stores, and rummage through the discount bins.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ •Coupons are your friend.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ •Explore thrift stores and flea markets.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ •Look online - you can often find heavy discounts on craft supplies there.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ If you really want to try a fancy new supply, buy one or two of your favorite colors to experiment with first. You can always add to the collection later.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Don't fall into the trap of feeling you need the fanciest new paint color or pencil tin before you start making art. I don't always mind that advice...it is hard when we get excited about art supplies, right!?😂
Yesterday, I sent you on a treasure hunt around your home, looking for bits and pieces you could incorporate into your creative stash. Today I'd like to share another of my favorite tips for creating on a budget:⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Make your own art supplies:⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ •Spray ink: Grab yourself an empty spray bottle and dilute ink, liquid watercolor, or craft paint. You can then use these to create fun, colorful backgrounds to work on.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ •Stamps: Carve intricate designs into wood, erasers and rubber, or snip shapes from fun foam to create simple handmade stamps. These work really well when dipped into craft paint - but don’t forget to wash them afterwards!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ •Stencils: Grab a craft knife and cut designs into pieces of card stock or acetate, then spray using your DIY spray inks.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ •Embellishments: Doodle onto scraps of interesting paper, or print using your handmade stamps, then cut around your shapes, these can then be added to your mixed media creations as embellishments.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Do you feel like you're missing an important craft supply? Yes? How could you make your own?
For the next few posts I want to share ideas about creating on a budget. I hope some of these tips will inspire you!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ •As artists, we ALL love shopping for new supplies... but that's not always doable if you're working on a budget. Over the next few weeks I want to share a few of my favorite tips for building your creative stash on a budget⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ •My first tip - look at what you already have - our homes are filled with creative opportunities!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ •Substrates: Junk mail and cardboard packaging are great surfaces for your art, as are catalog pages (I love using Anthropologie catalogs, as you know!)⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ •Collage fodder: Collect things from your everyday life. Used stamps, receipts, gift wrap, old greeting cards, leaflets, postcards, images or words snipped from packaging, junk mail, and magazines… the list goes on!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ •Printmaking: Look at the different tools that surround you that could create interesting patterns in your work. Cardboard tubes and old bottle lids are great for making circles and anything that has holes in it can be used as a stencil.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ •Textiles: Different kinds of yarn, string and twine can be great additions to your mixed media projects. You can also chop up old pieces of clothing (those that are beyond repair) for fabric.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ •Adhesives: Duct tape, electrical tape, fabric tape, masking tape, painter’s tape… it all has a different look, and could all be incorporated into your mixed-media projects.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ •Office supplies: File folders, post its, highlighters, ballpoint pens, graph paper, staples and paper clips... the list goes on and on.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Take a look around your home - what can you turn into an art supply?
I talk to a lot of artists, both online and in-person. Some are artists who see mixed media as a fun creative hobby, some are artists that use their creativity to make a living. Both camps of artists talk about the very same struggle… ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Blank page paralysis. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ That “oh no, what do I do?” feeling that hits, as soon as they turn a page and see a beautiful, blank sheet of paper. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ No matter how experienced you are, occasionally you will have that worry. But it’s okay, I have a handful of tips to help you jumpstart your journal pages. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ TIPS: •Scribble words across your page. These could be your thoughts, or your favorite song lyrics, or even your shopping list - it doesn’t matter. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ •Add random splotches of watercolor to your page, and let the different shades bled into each other. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ •Place a stencil or two onto your page and spritz with your favorite spray ink. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ •Grab a glue stick and paste down a handful of paper scraps -- one of my favorites. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ •Layer some papers together, stitch and adhere to the pages. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Have fun!
Don't let lack of experience and lack of knowledge hinder you. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Everyone starts at a point where they have less knowledge and less experience. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ There's still going to be times when you're going to say, I still don't have enough. That's the fear talking to you saying you don't have enough experience and you don't have enough knowledge. Don't let those thoughts hold you back.
Have you thought about teaching an art course online? Not sure what things you need to consider? ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ In this episode, Sandi and I discuss all the things to consider before you make that leap!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Link in profile! 🎤🤗