What Should You Know About Art Materials ?

This article would be a layman guide to art materials and art. Art would be given various definitions according to a person’s perception. Sculptures, photographs, illustrations, installation art, applied arts, abstract art, digital art the variety in art goes beyond one’s figment of imagination. Art helps relieve stress and divert minds from useless thoughts. The medium to express your art is the art materials. The medium is never the restricting factor in art. The variety and range of art materials which are nowadays offered satisfy the quench of art designers and lovers.

Art materials could be expensive or inexpensive depending upon your research work and knowledge of art.  When searching online there are high chances of hitting up to the sites that provide the art materials at discounted prices. Knowledge of art implies the depth of information one has regarding art and their experience with creating art pieces. With that we can classify people into a beginner, transition artist, advanced artist. If you are a beginner, go for cheap art materials which come in bulk and are of low quality. If you are in an intermediate or transition stage from being a beginner to advanced level artist you might want to decide between cheap and fine quality depending on the ideas you get for your art. Advanced artists usually go for the premium quality and expensive art materials to the get the perfectionist stroke in their work.

Sometimes when ordering online and in bulk, the shipping charges are wavered off which his beneficial for the buyer. Only the person who spends a lot of time and energy in creating his own piece of art will know the importance of art materials. Getting art materials for cheap is not an easy task but is not impossible either.

One has to also protect their art and this is done with the help of framing materials and proper conservation. If you want to flaunt your art, then frame it and display it. If you just want to protect it from getting damaged, then use the proper framing materials like matt boards, mounting tools, frames, glazing materials and many more of the like.

Safety should be of high priority when you are handling art materials. Always check the expiry date of the products that you are using. Read the label properly to check the toxic nature of the materials. If the products have the warning of being hazardous on them, then keep them away from the reach of the children. Always store these art materials in a proper and prescribed manner. Use gloves or a mask while using art materials. Even though art might be for our leisure time, these precautions are must.

How to Find Fine Arts and Crafts

*Arts and Crafts
What are ‘arts & crafts’? Generally, the term ‘arts & crafts’ refers to handmade products that have been designed individually with the intent of creating a piece of artwork or a decoration. Arts & crafts are deeply rooted in regional and ethnic cultures, so the specifics of what kinds of objects constitute arts & crafts varies greatly across the world.

*How long have arts and crafts been around?
The origin of arts & crafts can be found in simple bartering transactions; expert artisans and crafters would trade their skill for sustenance. The artisans and crafters would then pass their knowledge on to the next generation through an apprentice – an assistance who grew up with the artisan for the sole purpose of learning their trade. Artisans who passed their knowledge on in this manner include ironworkers, glass blowers, weavers and blacksmiths.

*How do you find arts and crafts?
Festivals and fairs are good destinations to look for arts & crafts. Many vendors will rent booths at these events in order to reach a wide audience. In addition to shows and fairs, permanent arts & crafts malls are also easy to find in most metropolitan areas. Frequently, these malls include a collection of semi-permanent booths rented out by multiple artisans and crafters.

*’Art’ and ‘Craft’
Art generally refers to fine arts, such as glass creations, paintings and sculptures. The people behind the creation of these objects have usually received formal training at art schools or have studied art through other programs. These art objects are usually expensive.

Crafts, on the other hand, are usually considered to be smaller in scale, or colloquially known as ‘grassroots’ in their creation. Those who create crafts are generally doing so based on passed down knowledge without any formal education. This of course does not mean that they are any less talented than artists. ‘Arts & crafts’ then is the merging of these two creative trends; grassroots objects made by highly skilled artisans and crafters.

*The most common arts & crafts objects
As stated above, there are literally countless variations and iterations of arts & crafts objects in the world. Nonetheless, most arts & crafts can be fitted into a few basic categories: handmade jewelry, pottery, woodworking, metalworking, and sculpture are some basic categories into which most arts & crafts can be assembled. Other common types of arts & crafts include cross-stitch, weaving, crochet, knitting, embroidery, patchwork, quilting, macramé, and others. Still more common types include ceramics, wood, metal, needlepoint & textiles, and glass works. Still others are based on paper and paper products, including scrapbooking, calligraphy, collages, paper mache, and origami.

*How do you find other arts and crafts collectors?
There are a number of national, regional, and local arts & crafts organizations that can provide both artisans and collectors a place where they can network and gain a sense of community. Some examples of popular organizations include the American Sewing Guild, the Arts & Crafts Society, the Black Crafters Guild, the Home Sewing Association, the National Art Materials Trade Association, the Canadian Craft & Hobby Association, the American Quilter’s Society, the Craft & Hobby Association (United States).