These easy craft ideas will help you to get started experimenting with different types of handmade items.
You probably specialize in and be highly adept at one type of medium. However, it's always fun and sometimes smart from a business perspective to build skills in other areas.
Learning to work with different types of media and possibly incorporating those ideas or techniques into your main medium can provide new inspiration for you and can help to make your work stand out from the crowd. If you are combining two or more different types of art and craft ideas into your projects, when others are not, your work will stand out from your competition. Also using two or more types of media can make your work more difficult to copy. Would-be copycats will see that they would need to master two different sets of skills in order to copy your work, and that can sometimes be enough to deter people from stealing your designs.
The art and craft ideas below are designed to give you an overview of what is required to get started experimenting with different types of crafts. You may want to try working in different media just for fun, or you may decide to incorporate some of these techniques into your items that you sell.
Melt and Pour Soap
Making melt and pour soap is an easy way to get started with soap making. Soap making is fun, and if you're a bit unsure about working with lye, then the melt and pour method is a good way to get started making soap without lye.
Making Resin Jewelry
Making resin jewelry is surprisingly easy once you get the hang of it. It may take a little bit of trial and error to work out all of the details, but once you have experimented with a few batches of resin jewelry, you'll be amazed at what you can make with just a few simple and inexpensive supplies and pieces of equipment. Here are detailed instructions for making resin jewelry.
Jewelry Resin Supplies
One of the trickier things about making resin jewelry is finding the supplies. Often the best source is online art supply stores. This article provides detailed information about the supplies you will need for you resin jewelry projects and links to online stores that sell those supplies.
Making Resin Jewelry Book Review
"The Art of Resin Jewelry" by Sherri Haab is a fantastic resin jewelry resource. Read my book review for more information about this great book.
Learn jewelry making at How-to-Make Jewelry.com
A must visit site offering free jewelry making tutorials, tips and techniques, as well as jewelry making and business related articles.
Design Unique Handcrafted Jewelry
Here are plenty of tips for designing your own beautiful and unique handmade jewelry.
Cheap Beading Suplies
Online sources for inexpensive and beautiful beading supplies.
Beads for Jewelry Making
Find great beads for jewelry making on eBay.
Baby Room Mural
Instructions for painting an easy baby room mural.
Baby Room Curtains
Here's how I made the baby room curtains for my son's room using two flat twin bed sheets and some fabric that was left over from his baby blanket to create an inexpensive but coordinated look.
Baby Blanket Pattern
Here is a baby blanket pattern for the easy crib blanket I made for my son's room.
Learn belly casting techniques, and create your own pregnancy belly cast with these simple instructions.
How to Make Candles
If you're just learning how to make candles, these tips on making votive candles will get you started.
If you've never tried felting wool, you'll be amazed at what you can make with just a few low-tech and inexpensive tools and supplies. Here is a summary of basic wool felting techniques.
Guest author, Marylou Newdigate, describes the mosaic tiling process in her article on how to mosaic tile.
How to Make Mosaics - Grouting
Guest author, Marylou Newdigate, describes how to grout your mosaics in part two of her series.
Art Made Easy
Helping you create your art! This site offers art lessons, tips, and techniques for both children and adults.
Chinese Brush Painting
Before you jump in, it is important to know that Chinese brush painting is not an easy art that you can learn in a few lessons. However, it is a rewarding and challenging discipline worth trying if you are interested in learning an elegant and beautiful way to paint.
Do be aware that Chinese brush painting supplies can be difficult to find, especially if you live in a smaller town (and I've even had challenges finding supplies in a large city). Also, you nee to use brushed, paints and paper specifically designed for brush paining in ore to get the desired effect.
Happily, there are some great online companies that sell Chinese brush painting supplies.
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