The Virtual Crafting Challenge theme for April 2012 is:
Make a Wish Come True
Great I hear you say, but now what? Well for those of you who would like a few ideas to get you started, here are some ideas for where you could go with this month’s theme. Feel free to use your own ideas for this month’s theme.
Create a project
You could create a project full of all the things you would love to do, the dreams you have made happen and those you are still working on.
OR you could take a leap of faith
- What have you always wanted to try creatively?
- Want your own craft room
- Want to take a class
- Want to try new mediums or techniques
So whats stopping you? Lets take a leap of faith together and see where we end up.
Often money is the biggest stumbling block to our dreams. It doesn’t have to be, if you want to make your dream happen, you just gotta be a bit creative.
You want a craft room?
- Is there a spare room that has space where you could put a desk or table in, if you moved things around a little? Perhaps you could put a box of your favorite materials in there and call it your own.
- Perhaps you have a cupboard or drawer in your dining room that could be dedicated to your most used materials.
- How about getting one of those storage bags on wheels, or stackable boxes, so all your most used stash can be easily transported to where you craft. This could still make a big difference to you.
You want the best quality materials.
Everyone keeps telling you how great artist quality materials are, but how can you afford all your favorite colours in them and how do you even choose a pallet if you want to get better materials?
- Starter sets of colours are a great way to try a pallet out if you have no idea what colours to buy. They are often available in smaller sizes making them more affordable.
- Treat yourself to your favorite colour in an artists quality variation of your chosen material. Art stores sell colours individually so if the sets are out of budget, try getting just one.
- Ebay is a good place to find bargains and sets that people got as gifts but weren’t into. You can pick up some real bargains on the auction sites.
- Sales and special offers. If you are in no big rush, make a note of the things you would like to try, then watch the stores for specials and sales. Half terms/ holidays/back to schools are all great times to pick up a creative bargain.
Really want to learn more about a particular style/technique or artist, to take a class
- If budgets are biting you, try your local library. I was surprised to find that many of the new books from my Amazon wish list were actually available from my library. Look up your local government site on the computer to locate your nearest library, they can often get books from other library’s too.
- Try video sites. You Tube is a great place to learn. There are often lots of tutorials available for free from people’s blogs and on video sites like You Tube. Just use the search box on the sites to type in your material/technique of choice. Another way to do this is to visit artists blogs whose work you like. Sometimes they have free tutorials or online classes, so geography doesn’t have to be an issue.
The most important thing about this challenge is that you have fun and explore. Don’t feel pressured to have a finished item at the end of the month. Explore different styles and techniques either in person, if you have the supplies, or through research, looking online. I’d love to hear what dreams you are going to head towards this month.
You learn so much more when you take away the rules and just PLAY. Adapt this challenge to a creative style that interests you. Enjoy
Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon