You’ve been looking online trying to figure out your thing, your hobby, your craft. You’ve searched different types, and you’re still a little leery as to what you would like to pick and run with in terms of crafting and hobbies. Everyone has that one thing they do well, but you’re beginning to think it may have skipped you. You’re in luck, my friend. It hasn’t skipped you. You just haven’t found it yet. I hope these tips will help you on your way to a new outlet, and who knows, a new way to make some extra money, too.
What are you most drawn to?
What fascinates you? By this I mean, when you look at a finished piece, do you find yourself in utter awe, or are you asking yourself how they did that and trying mentally to deconstructing it? Then chances are you’ve found your niche and just don’t know it. When your mind not only admires the pieces you’re looking at but also tries to figure out how it is done, you’re mind is telling you that you’re ready to start learning it.
Start with the basics.
We all have to walk before we run. Look online for tutorials. Look in craft and book stores for books on the basics to get you started. You can also look for groups online. There are tons of groups out there willing to help new people into the craft world with tips, tricks, and techniques to get you started on the right foot. They can also recommend suppliers to make sure you yet quality materials starting out.
Find Classes in your area.
There are craft stores and specialty stores in your area that teach classes to help you get started. They will give you the hands-on help you will need to get a head start.
Start small and then go big with it.
Start with basic materials. Silver plated wire or basic thread/cord, if you’re interested in making jewelry. Don’t go for the high-grade sketch pads and pencils when first starting out. This is so if you change your mind for some reason or another, you’re not out a ton of money.
Keep it simple…
This should not be mentioned, but start with simple tutorials to build up your confidence and skill base. Starting out with the complex patterns or artistic techniques when you’re still mastering the basics can make you discouraged in a hurry.
Don’t worry about other people.
Just. Do. You. It’s easy to feel as if you’re not improving when you start comparing your work with that of the multitudes of people out there. You have to keep this in mind:
They all started where you are. No one was born creating masterpieces.
We all started with reading, practicing, and doing the same techniques over and over until we had them down and were ready to go to the next level of our craft. If you want to see how far you’ve come, keep a piece from each of the stages of your learning process and compare them to your more recent pieces. You’ll begin to see you’re improving and how quickly.
It’s not a race.
Take your time. Be patient. All crafts take time to do and master. The Sistine Chapel was not painted in a day. The Thinker was not carved within hours of starting it. Set aside a block of time each day to sit and practice in piece and quiet.
Until next time, stay crafty!