When your hobby is arts and crafts the opportunities to be creative are limitless. But along with a healthy imagination sometimes you need a new medium or artistic path to go down in order to take you to unchartered territory. One way to kick start a new creative chapter in your hobby is to explore new materials and use different techniques. You may find your new favourite medium to work with or it may just give you ideas of using other materials in novel ways.
Here is a rundown or some unusual art supplies for you to try. You can get many of the products below at superb supplier www.georgeweill.com, so have a look around, order what takes your fancy and experiment on new creative pathways.
Used in the Indonesian discipline of Batik in which the artist dyes fabrics and creates patterns using wax resistance. Tjantings (or cantings) are beautiful pipe-like instruments used to apply the fine lines of the wax designs to the fabric. The width of the wax is cleverly controlled by the heat of the wax.
These templates often made of plastic or sometimes wood or metal, much like rulers, are great tools for get different degrees of curves in a picture of pattern you are producing. You can also use the tool for cutting curves in fabric or other materials with a craft knife.
Carboxymethyl Cellulose powdered granules is used in silk paper making. Silk papermaking is a more professional version of papier mache sculpture. Using silk fibres mixed with CMC, the artist can make textured paper/fabric or 3D sculptures. It’s a great technique for making tactile pieces or adding 3D details to pictures.
Felting needles create 3D objects or work to embellish fabrics during the felt making process. Needle felting is a fantastically creative hobby which involves jabbing the felting needle in wool fibres to form sculptures. You can use needle felting to create anything from puppets to details on garments.
For an interesting effect marbling paints create mesmeric effects and can be applied to card, paper or fabric. As well as the paint you also need a marbling medium such as carrageenan or methyl cellulose and a comb or cocktail sticks to manipulate the pattern.
Natural Art Supplies
Alternatively, you can use materials found in the great outdoors for your next project. There are some wonderful ideas on the world wide web to give you inspiration on how to turn nature into art. Leaves are a favourite of a lot of artists; spray paint them, collage with them or simply preserve them in wax. Some people like to paint pebbles, there are all sorts you can do with twigs or you could create stamps using potatoes.
Which art supplies do you use when crafting? Do you use specialist material or di you try to keep it as simple as possible?