One of the greatest things about crafting is the camaraderie that you can find with other crafters. If you engage in one craft and you find others that take part in it as well, it is like you instantly have a bond. Not only that, but you have a resource in case you get stuck and need some assistance.
If your children plan on staying awake with you until midnight, you may want to prepare a few crafts to keep them busy. They can also use these crafts while the ball drops, and the clock changes to twelve.
Give each child two dessert paper plates. Place one dessert plate upright and lay some beans inside it. If you don’t have beans, use beads, rice, or dried peas instead. Flip the second dessert plate over and set it on top of the first plate. Staple around the edges so that the beans are secure inside. Allow the children to decorate the outside of the dessert plates. They can use paints, tissue paper, wrapping paper, ribbons, or any other decorative craft supplies. Once the paints, or glue dry, the children can begin shaking their new noise shakers.
That said, if you cannot borrow supplies from someone, there are different places that you can look to save yourself some money. This may be especially important if you are on a budget or if you are not sure you are going to like the craft.
Thrift Shops – Quite often thrift shops end up with craft supplies due to deaths in the family and there are no crafters in the remaining family. You can pick items up for quite cheap but you do need to know what you are looking for. If you don’t know a crochet hook from a sewing needle, you are best to go elsewhere.
Here's a list of standard types you'll find when shopping for brushes. As an artist who's worked in many mediums, I own them all. However, my favorites are flats and rounds. The art store is a wonderland for me!
Children love to help their parents create homemade ornaments for the Christmas tree that can be enjoyed year after year. This year, I decided that we should make scented ornaments. Mainly, this choice was made because we put a fake tree each year that has no joyful evergreen smell. At least the ornaments will fill the room with a pleasant odor.
Creating the ornaments is simple if you follow the directions below to create your homemade dough. Don’t worry, the dough will harden, and won’t rot when you store it away for next year.
Learning to craft can be a lot of fun but it can also be exasperating. A most important element to make learning a pleasant experience is to make sure that you have the right tools as well as the right instructor.
Depending on where you are going to learn, you can likely find out in advance what types of tools you need and where to purchase. If you are taking a class through a store, they probably have the correct tools there and they likely will give you a discount if you purchase those items the day of the class. The discount may just be on the items related to the class or it might be on everything in the store. Your class fee should include everything you need to be successful with the project and it may include the tools you will need as part of the cost. Make sure you ask when you register what you will need to buy before the class starts and what is included.
Beyond quality, however, there's even more to choosing the right brushes. Each medium - oils, acrylics, watercolor - requires a different type.
For those that are more independent or live somewhere that there are no classes offered in their chosen craft, there is no need to despair and give up. There are other options available to those that are determined. It may be a bit difficult to learn on your own, but imagine the feeling of accomplishment that will come once you have it tackled.
Of course, the first step is knowing what medium the artist prefers. That might be pencil, pen and ink, watercolors, acrylics, or oils. Beyond that, mixed media can cause a bit more confusion. Accessories are often a safer choice, especially when selecting art gifts for adults.