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Maturity has dampened my "oooooh shiny" reaction enough to help keep me in check, but being broke probably has more influence on that part of my personality. In today's post, I will share some tips that I have learned through the years, sometimes the hard way. Maybe it will help you stay under budget next time you browse in your local arts and crafts supplier or, better yet, preclude your need for the trip altogether.
You Cannot Buy Talent or Creativity
Learn About Color Theory, Pigments, and Color Mixing
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Try Mixed Media
No, it doesn't mean giving up your favorite medium, and yes, it can save you money. If you are like me, then you have a stash of various artist supplies, many of which you have forgotten about. Chances are great that you have a substitute somewhere for the medium you think you need and cannot afford. Many of us equate "mixed media" to collage, but the term just refers to artwork accomplished with a combination of different mediums. The mediums do not have to differ greatly, and it does not have to be obvious that you used mixed media in your work.
For example, when my joint pain began to interfere with my colored pencil art, which can require dozens of layers of colored pencil and heavy burnishing, I began to use watercolor paints and water soluble colored pencils for the initial layers. Not only did this save my hands, but it also made my colored pencils last longer. Furthermore, I didn't have to buy new watercolors because I already had them in my stash. I didn't have to buy toned paper because I made my own. The quality of my paint was not that important because no one can see the initial layers. You can apply this concept to any number of mediums.
You can also venture into the world of collage, using bits of unfinished or "failed" artworks to make something new. Don't throw away your less-than-stellar impasto paintings just because you cannot cover them with gesso. My daughter's kindergarten teacher used to say, "If you mess it up, dress it up" to keep her pupils from abandoning their projects. You may be able to achieve with glue and found objects what you could not accomplish with paint alone.
Recycle and Up-cycle
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**BTW- I will be able to try some Nitram charcoal soon, so I will tell you if I think it is really worth the extra dollars-maybe in my next post!**