Your coloured pencils need to have identifying marks, and if they don’t come from the factory with those marks – you need to create them yourself. Recently we wrote about the cost of coloured pencils and how you might substitute them. Reasons why some pencils are cheaper Some pencil brands are cheaper than others and are suitable alternatives to purchasing premium pencils. For example, student grade pencils are an alternative to buying premium coloured pencils. As well, some pencils … [Read more...] about 5 steps to identify your coloured pencils and why
UPDATED: MAY 2, 2020 Have you thought about the cost of coloured pencils? Have you considered why you buy the ones you do? Warning – Economics ahead! This post will show you how economics can help you in your art and craft journey. It will show you what impacts the cost of coloured pencils, and what purchasing choices you can make. First - let’s look at time and labour. Time and labour cost Many moons back, my studies taught me that time and labour is one of the … [Read more...] about What is the cost of coloured pencils?
Something big happened in the online art world in 2019, and this made us consider how artists network. What happened? In March 2019, F & W Media, Inc. former owner of Wet Canvas.com filed for bankruptcy. This process was finalised in 2019 resulting in asset sales. Peak Media Properties purchased some assets - including the large art online forum - Wetcanvas.com. It’s timely in that it led us to think how will we artists network and get advice should a major online art forum - such … [Read more...] about How would 995,981 artists network if WetCanvas.com had gone?
Have you found that you reach for an art or craft medium because of the way you feel? Perhaps you’re doing some art or craft project now but don’t know why you chose that craft. Do you wonder how your emotions affect your art and craft choices? Has this happened to you? Remember back to see if you chose an art or craft project in the past – and in hindsight realized why you chose that medium - at that time in your life. I know I have, and it was a long time afterwards that I … [Read more...] about Do your emotions affect your and art and craft choices?
The next steps in your art and craft dream journey is to learn how to set and achieve your goals. You also need to know how to achieve them quickly and easily. In the blogs ’12 steps to conduct an art and craft supplies audit’ and ‘How to use a process of elimination to find your art and craft niche’, you were shown how to sort through your art and craft supplies, and how to work through your emotional attachment to your supplies. You also considered which were practical considering … [Read more...] about Achieve your goals in your art and craft dream in 11 steps
UPDATED: June 11, 2020 Undertake an process of elimination to find your art and craft niche. You may be like me and after conducting your art and craft supplies audit, you have unfinished art and craft projects and supplies in your cupboard that you’ve gathered over the years. Now you need to do a process of elimination to sort through those supplies and find your art niche. You need to think about why you bought your supplies and why you kept them. Will you still use them? What to … [Read more...] about How to use a process of elimination to find your art and craft niche
After I conducted my art and craft supply audit, I found I had 829 coloured pencils in my stash. This post explains how I organised those coloured pencils, and how you can organise your coloured pencils by type and lightfastness. I had gathered a mix of wax-based pencils, oil-based pencils, aquarelle pencils (water colour pencils), different brands of pencils, lightfast and non-lightfast pencils. It was a whole lot of coloured pencils. Just a sample of some of the coloured pencils … [Read more...] about 20 steps to organise your coloured pencils by type and lightfastness
What are the next steps? You’re getting those art and craft projects out of the cupboard that you decided to start oh-so many years ago. Where do you start to organise your art and craft supplies? On my journey, after I left my work and started to pursue my art and craft dream, my first step was to find a space to use as a working area. You will also need to find enough space in which to organise your art and craft supplies. You may find that you have got a spare room in your … [Read more...] about 12 steps to organise your art and craft supplies