The last year has seen us spending more time than ever in our homes. This has been tough but has also presented many more opportunities to create some new art and craft projects.
It can be tricky to get started, though. You might have the enthusiasm, the intent, and a few vague ideas, but might not be quite sure where to go with it. The important thing is not to let this stop you in your tracks.
Here are some top tips for starting a new art/ craft project:
Get Inspiration Online and in Real Life
Some of the best inspiration can come from your surroundings. Why not go out for a walk and see what you can spot or find on your travels? Or even look at everyday objects around the house and see how these could spark some inspiration? Be on the lookout all the time, no matter what you are doing. Write down ideas if they suddenly come to you, and save items you come across throughout your day that you could use later on.
Obviously, you could also look online. There is inspiration for art and craft everywhere from Instagram and Pinterest to craft blogs. Why not find out how to try brush lettering? Or learn how to make Victorian paper cones?
Take on a Challenge with Friends or Family
While we might not have been able to see our family and friends as much as we would have liked in the past few months, it’s meant that we have had to turn to more creative means to stay in touch. Why not take the opportunity to combine a good catch up with starting a new craft project together?
Plan a zoom call and see what craft ideas you and others in your group can come up with. Two heads are better than one, and the more of you the better! Brainstorm ideas together and see what inspiration the others have picked up recently.
You could all decide how you are going to execute your designs, then do another group video call once these have been finished. It’s a great way to see what you have all done and ensure you have regular chats too.
Ensure You Have All the Materials You Will Need
Think about what sort of project you will be doing. Will you be painting? Knitting? Crocheting? Doing something with mixed media? The worst thing is being in the middle of a project and realizing you don’t have everything that you need.
Before you start, make a list of everything that you will need throughout the process, and check that you have enough. If in doubt, it’s always best to order too much rather than too little as there is always something you can make from any spares. Your project, though, won’t look as good if there isn’t enough to finish it!
Also, if you typically need glasses for close work, you will especially need them for your project. (If you need some new frames, why not look online and find the latest ones that everyone is talking about?)
Think About Why You Are Making Your Project
Before you make your project, think carefully about why you are doing it. Do you want something new to decorate an area of your house? Are you making a gift for someone whose birthday is coming up? Or do you just want a creative outlet to help with your mental health?
No matter the reason, think about the purpose, and think about if this will influence your work in any way. If you are creating something just for you then you can feel free to just let your thoughts and creativity run away with you. If you’re doing it for a specific someone, make sure you have them in mind throughout the process. Think of the colors, patterns, and style of things that they like and try to incorporate these.
Don’t Worry if the Project Changes Direction
When you start a project, you might have an idea in your head of where you want it to go, but halfway through find that it is going somewhere completely different. This is not a problem – you could end up making something even better than what you had planned! Have faith in your creativity and see what you end up with.
These are just a few tips for starting a new art or craft project. Remember that doing crafts is meant to be fun, so if you find yourself getting frustrated, put it down and come back to it at another time.
What will your next project be? I’d love to know!
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