I live in the Pittsburgh area and there are some wonderful local places to find inexpensive or unique supplies. Here are a few of my favorites.
- Half Price Books – I don’t subscribe to magazines so when I need to replenish my stash this is where I go. A giant Vogue or In Style magazine is 50 cents and provides lots of photos to used for collage and art journaling.
- Thrift Stores- I feel much better about using a hard cover book for a journal if someone else got rid of it and I am not paying much if anything for it. Many times you can find bits and pieces at the thrift store to use in mixed media, journaling, bookmaking and more. I have gotten fabric, buttons and yarn on the cheap!
- Pittsburgh Center for Creative Reuse-When you are looking for lots of weird supplies this is the spot to go to. I have gotten slide frames, tubing, fabric, funky papers, and lots of little bits for my canvases. You can get items by the bag or as single items. It changes regularly depending on what has been donated to them. Fantastic resource for everything from Cosplay to Art.
- Top Notch Art Supply– They are small, but the supplies are fantastic! They have the best price on Copic Markers anywhere! I love finding oil pastels, gel pens, markers, charcoal, funky paper, specialty paint brushes, paint sticks and calligraphy supplies. They have the best ink choices of the area!
- Garage Sales – This is the perfect time of year to scour yard sales! You may find something that was really expensive in the store for pennies. Old jewelry, beads, craft supplies, machines, utensils you can use to make marks, crafting tools and even children’s games. Puzzles are wonderful for mixed media.
Those are my top 5 go to places for finding unique items to play with in my art.
Finding time to paint, create, sew, scrapbook, knit or crochet can be difficult. You may think to art journal you need to set aside an entire day. Here are ways to squeeze in that much needed play time.
- Take 15 minutes in the morning or after dinner and use it for your project. That is enough time to paint 3 or 4 pages or knit a few rows. You can bullet journal in 15 minutes. If you choose that time just for you everyday it will become a habit!
- Pick a day each month to devote to crafting. We are all busy in this fast paced world. Having that one day to work on your craft is a fantastic way to unwind. You’ll be surprised what you can get done in an hour or two, let alone an entire day! Schedule yourself a craft day.
- Make a choice. If you are anything like me choosing one craft or medium to work in is difficult. I love so many different things. I tend to do a lot more papercrafting in the spring and summer months. Sewing, Knitting and Crochet seem to be more Fall and Winter months. I also find if I spend a day painting lots of pages in my art journal to prep them for future use I can spend 15 to 30 minutes a day adding collages or word art.
- Get together with friends. I love having other people around to bounce ideas off of and share enthusiasm with. Especially if I get to teach them a technique or something they have been wanting to learn. I get to practice what I teach and get better at it each time.
- KISS–Keep it Sweet and Simple. If you are just beginning don’t bog yourself down with a lot of inventory. Pick your craft, get a handful of items for starting and keep it to a minimum till you know if you really enjoy that craft. Nothing is worse than getting a lot of something you never ever use again. Simplicity will save you money and time!
Let me know what crafty things you have wanted to try but never got around to. Are there projects you started and didn’t finish? Think you want to try and finish them now? Or are you off and running to the next thing? I’m off to work on my Junk Journal! Join me Saturday to see how the cover is coming along!
Go make something!