Tips for artists on shoestring budget

Plain white disposable platter left behind from a previous party with fluid paint!

Times are tough right now. I’m not sugar-coating most of our situations here today. With the virus still in full force, many of us are facing tough decisions with our daily budgets. What bills are going to be paid, how much is left for food and transportation, do I have enough for art supplies?

The answer is definitely yes! Let me show you how!

CREATIVITY FLOURISHES EVERY DAY

Talk about making your own stencil!

Us creative types must dust off our imagination and become more innovative on how to approach our artistic dilemmas. Let’s go way back in time…let’s think “pre-historic man.” I bet there weren’t any fabulous craft stores they could visit such as Michaels or Hobby Lobby; not even a Wal-Mart! Mankind had to make a mark in his (or her) world.

But, how? The caves in northern Spain called “El Castillo” show a definitive answer to this question. They used their hands as stencils and blew “mineral-ground” paints. No, no, I’m not saying let’s start digging in the dirt, but I am asking you to look around your home for more innovative ideas.

My grandmother back in North Texas was a share-cropper’s wife. She and my grandfather had 10 children and a small plot of land. Grandma didn’t have an opportunity to go to the closest town but every now and then. She improvised.

However, I’ve been told that “need is the mother of invention” and we must not forget that if it’s going to happen, it’s up to us! The cards are stacked against us enough (most people look at us creative types as a bit “odd.”) We must continue!

EASY ENOUGH TO SAY, BUT HOW?

Cute! Paper or fabric embellishments on a clip

Let’s take baby steps, shall we? We can do an inventory of what we have to work with firstly. Start with your home office area. So much is going on in there and you don’t even realize it! Open that desk drawer: paper clips, rubber bands, mechanical pencil and maybe even a glue stick are what you might find.

But you’re not done! Turn around to the home printer area; eureka! printer paper! Ok Corina, how can this possibly help me? Two words people: PINTEREST SEARCH. Oh my, what do we find?

Great ideas on how to make paper art using…paper clips! See this awesome tutorial below from Loopylouslens blogpost. Again, use what you have in those drawers. Check out this butterfly paperclip craft at ps://pin.it/3pYWcZL

Mechanical pencils are amazing! Get that printer/copy paper and start doodling! If you happen to have a photo you’ve been wanting to turn into a drawing, the mechanical pencil is a great tool to approach this project with.

The mechanical pencil lends itself to crisp lines that capture the contour shapes instead of focusing on “shading” and gradients. This might be a great time to do some online research on “contour” drawing.

Contour drawing allows you to really look at the item or person you’re drawing without ever lifting your pencil and more dramatically not even LOOK down at your paper or pencil. Again, explore within your home! It’s limitless! See example of contour drawing by the “Artlady2017blog”.

I prefer BLIND COUNTOUR. Go for it!

GETTING STIR CRAZY IN THIS HOUSE

Bleach design drawn on the edge of tshirt.

Keep searching, those “art supplies” are there! I open the door to my laundry room; I ask myself “Really Corina? You really think you’ll find something here?” The answer is a definite YES!

For instance, you’ve seen those CLOROX bleach pens? It’s a pen! It leaves a mark, right?! Oh wait, maybe you haven’t made it to the grocery store in a while and that’s last on your list.

Let’s make our own bleach pen with cornstarch and bleach (and of course an empty bottle if you’d like to have more control with your art project). If no bottle available, make sure to clearly mark the bowl or glass that has bleach so that no one mistakes it for water.

Safety first! Secondly, check this link out on how to create your own bleach pen. https://www.onegoodthingbyjillee.com/how-to-make-your-own-bleach-gel-pen/

Squeeze bottle for bleach mixture. This helps drawing easier.

As you can see at the beginning of this section, I found an old green tshirt and it was pretty plain and really “old” so if I messed it up, I would be ok with it. Because of the damage done by bleach, put down some plastic bags or plastic tablecloth where you’ll be working on your project.

Again, we are using whatever we have in the house. If you’re lucky enough to have some latex gloves, go for it. If not, be careful to wash your hands very well after this project.

Next lay your tshirt flat. You must put some type of non-porous layer inside your shirt so that it does not soak into the back of the shirt. Again anything plastic is fine as long as you are OK with trashing it afterwards.

Now with a pencil, you can sketch your simple design and then trace over it with the bleach pen. Practice makes perfect; so don’t be afraid to find an old rag to practice on beforehand. Viola! A cool shirt is done!

JUST A FEW MORE IDEAS

In closing, I’ll rattle off a few more things that have lots of “potential.” For instance, food coloring in your pantry, parchment paper, aluminum foil, flour, wood scraps, teabags… shall I go on?

In conclusion, I’ve reached the end of my blog time. But again, the possibilities are limitless. Don’t let that tight budget ruin your creativity. CREATIVITY FINDS A WAY!

So many types of teas with so many different staining abilities

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Tips for artists on shoestring budget

Plain white disposable platter left behind from a previous party with fluid paint!

Times are tough right now. I’m not sugar-coating most of our situations here today. With the virus still in full force, many of us are facing tough decisions with our daily budgets. What bills are going to be paid, how much is left for food and transportation, do I have enough for art supplies?

The answer is definitely yes! Let me show you how!

CREATIVITY FLOURISHES EVERY DAY

Talk about making your own stencil!

Us creative types must dust off our imagination and become more innovative on how to approach our artistic dilemmas. Let’s go way back in time…let’s think “pre-historic man.” I bet there weren’t any fabulous craft stores they could visit such as Michaels or Hobby Lobby; not even a Wal-Mart! Mankind had to make a mark in his (or her) world.

But, how? The caves in northern Spain called “El Castillo” show a definitive answer to this question. They used their hands as stencils and blew “mineral-ground” paints. No, no, I’m not saying let’s start digging in the dirt, but I am asking you to look around your home for more innovative ideas.

My grandmother back in North Texas was a share-cropper’s wife. She and my grandfather had 10 children and a small plot of land. Grandma didn’t have an opportunity to go to the closest town but every now and then. She improvised.

However, I’ve been told that “need is the mother of invention” and we must not forget that if it’s going to happen, it’s up to us! The cards are stacked against us enough (most people look at us creative types as a bit “odd.”) We must continue!

EASY ENOUGH TO SAY, BUT HOW?

Cute! Paper or fabric embellishments on a clip

Let’s take baby steps, shall we? We can do an inventory of what we have to work with firstly. Start with your home office area. So much is going on in there and you don’t even realize it! Open that desk drawer: paper clips, rubber bands, mechanical pencil and maybe even a glue stick are what you might find.

But you’re not done! Turn around to the home printer area; eureka! printer paper! Ok Corina, how can this possibly help me? Two words people: PINTEREST SEARCH. Oh my, what do we find?

Great ideas on how to make paper art using…paper clips! See this awesome tutorial below from Loopylouslens blogpost. Again, use what you have in those drawers. Check out this butterfly paperclip craft at ps://pin.it/3pYWcZL

Mechanical pencils are amazing! Get that printer/copy paper and start doodling! If you happen to have a photo you’ve been wanting to turn into a drawing, the mechanical pencil is a great tool to approach this project with.

The mechanical pencil lends itself to crisp lines that capture the contour shapes instead of focusing on “shading” and gradients. This might be a great time to do some online research on “contour” drawing.

Contour drawing allows you to really look at the item or person you’re drawing without ever lifting your pencil and more dramatically not even LOOK down at your paper or pencil. Again, explore within your home! It’s limitless! See example of contour drawing by the “Artlady2017blog”.

I prefer BLIND COUNTOUR. Go for it!

GETTING STIR CRAZY IN THIS HOUSE

Bleach design drawn on the edge of tshirt.

Keep searching, those “art supplies” are there! I open the door to my laundry room; I ask myself “Really Corina? You really think you’ll find something here?” The answer is a definite YES!

For instance, you’ve seen those CLOROX bleach pens? It’s a pen! It leaves a mark, right?! Oh wait, maybe you haven’t made it to the grocery store in a while and that’s last on your list.

Let’s make our own bleach pen with cornstarch and bleach (and of course an empty bottle if you’d like to have more control with your art project). If no bottle available, make sure to clearly mark the bowl or glass that has bleach so that no one mistakes it for water.

Safety first! Secondly, check this link out on how to create your own bleach pen. https://www.onegoodthingbyjillee.com/how-to-make-your-own-bleach-gel-pen/

Squeeze bottle for bleach mixture. This helps drawing easier.

As you can see at the beginning of this section, I found an old green tshirt and it was pretty plain and really “old” so if I messed it up, I would be ok with it. Because of the damage done by bleach, put down some plastic bags or plastic tablecloth where you’ll be working on your project.

Again, we are using whatever we have in the house. If you’re lucky enough to have some latex gloves, go for it. If not, be careful to wash your hands very well after this project.

Next lay your tshirt flat. You must put some type of non-porous layer inside your shirt so that it does not soak into the back of the shirt. Again anything plastic is fine as long as you are OK with trashing it afterwards.

Now with a pencil, you can sketch your simple design and then trace over it with the bleach pen. Practice makes perfect; so don’t be afraid to find an old rag to practice on beforehand. Viola! A cool shirt is done!

JUST A FEW MORE IDEAS

In closing, I’ll rattle off a few more things that have lots of “potential.” For instance, food coloring in your pantry, parchment paper, aluminum foil, flour, wood scraps, teabags… shall I go on?

In conclusion, I’ve reached the end of my blog time. But again, the possibilities are limitless. Don’t let that tight budget ruin your creativity. CREATIVITY FINDS A WAY!

So many types of teas with so many different staining abilities
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