We all like things that are free. Free is good. Free means no money taken out of my wallet. If you live far away from a major urban center or simply do not have a lot of time to spend on art and craft classes, the blogs of your favorite artists can be a great way to learn new techniques and organizational tips as well as become inspired.
Many well-known scrapbookers, collage artists, stampers, and art journalists maintain active blogs. Plug the name of your favorite artist into a search engine, and you are almost certain to find an official website, a blog, and perhaps several social media pages. I have found that most artists enjoy sharing their methods online. There is a sense of camaraderie between artists and regular followers of their blogs. Artists are very willing to answer questions and give advice. Some of my favorite artist blogs are those from Julie Fei-Fan Balzer, Traci Bautista, and Pam Carriker. You probably have your own favorites. If possible, sign up for to receive e-mail alerts whenever the artist makes new posts.
While there is a wealth of information available for free on artists' blogs, it is a good idea to do something to support your favorite artists when you can. Sign up for a class. Purchase a book or DVD. Sign up for an online class. Buy an original piece of art from the artist's Etsy shop. While artists offer tips and videos on their blogs for free, their paid workshops and will provide you with instruction that is much more detailed. Perhaps it seems that I am contradicting myself, but I am not. If you really like an artist's work, enjoy as much as you can for free, but keep in mind that one of the best ways to allow an artist to keep producing blogs and free videos is for people to buy their products. Save your pennies if you have to, but do what you can to support your favorite artists.