3 Hacks to Save money on Art Supplies

Ok, so art supplies can be pretty pricey. Just the other day I spent 90$ on art supplies! And I only got like 10 things, not even!

1.) Shop at Hobby Lobby during sales (DUH!) They have awesome sales, just last, or two weeks ago they had a 50% off sale on all canvases.

Also, I found an awesome pin, it’s all about how to save money while shopping at Hobby Lobby. Check it out!! >>> 26 Hobby Lobby Hacks That’ll Save You Hundreds <<<

2.) Wal-Mart. Clearance isle. Just yesterday I found a bin full of 2 oz. bottles of acrylic paint for only .25 cents! These are normally 2.00 each! I got 24 bottles. The original price for all those little bottles would have been over 50.00 with tax. But I only paid 6.00. You cannot beat that price!

Also I found two XL® Mix Media notebooks. 5.5 x 8.5″ 60 sheets. For only 4.50 each. They are normally priced at 7.00 each.

Let’s just say that for the first time in my life I was actually happy to be at Wal-Mart! I was like a little kid in a candy store!

And what if you are not a “professional” yet? Or you just want a simple project for your kids to have fun with? Or maybe you want to practice before making a more expensive painting?

3.) I suggest buying Tempera paint. It’s generally really cheap and you can get it almost anywhere. This paint is really good (In my opinion) for pouring, because they generally come in larger containers. These are the paints they give to little kids in elementary school.

  • The only trick is that you have to use paint of the same density, because if not, then you’ll just have less dense paint running right over and covering the heavier paint
  • Be warned Tempera is very different to acrylic. It is only suitable for certain surfaces, and it dries chalky and matte, not glossy. But it is a good for beginning artists who are experimenting
  • Another tip for Tempera paint users: It’s not a good idea to use it directly on cardboard. I tried this a few months ago, and the paint is cracking and peeling off.

 

Advertisements

How to Live to the Fullest

I know not much of life, for I am only 18. But I do know a few things, things that seem to be long forgotten. Especially by people of the new generation, my generation. I have always believed that I was born in the wrong time period. I’ve always wanted to be a writer in the medieval or the Victorian age. The thing is, I love life. I really do. And I want to do the most with my life, I want to grow, work, travel, meet people, fall in love and just live my life! Not sit behind a screen all day for the rest of my life looking at stupid memes. I want to actually LIVE!

So here’s a bit of advice from a green, fresh, out of high school, student. Live your life! Put away the phone. Put away the laptop. Disconnect from the technology and reconnect with people and nature.

Now, don’t get me wrong. I love my phone. I can take pictures, text with friends, and connect with my viewers and readers. But… life is so much more important than all that. I don’t want to be 60 years old and look back on my life, and the only memories I have are of me staring at my screens all day, watching TV, on my phone or my laptop. I want to look back on my life and remember all the great little adventures I had. The mishaps and ideas. Running in the back yard at midnight playing hide and seek with my best friends. Having a wall full of amazing art, created by me. Looking over to my bookshelf to find books and novels I wrote. Seeing pictures of me climbing a mountain, hiking, fishing, camping, cooking out, swimming, and laughing with my best friends.

Now that you know this, I need to break some news. I am not going to be posting twice a week, or even once a week. I am going to post hopefully once or twice a month and if not… oh well. I want to live to the max, without being stressed out about my next online appearance.

This is what I did at graduation. I left my phone inside and went to party. Once the night came to a close, I had not a single photo, but I had amazing memories that I would not have had if I were glued to my phone. And those memories will linger forever.

So here’s my tip for this round. Leave the phone, the laptop, the TV or whatever device that is holding you back, that is distracting you from living the life you want to live. Leave it all and do what you love.

The Calling: How I Found it and How You Can Too

Find your calling.png

In this journey we call life, we must find our calling, our passion, the thing that we are supposed to bless the world with.

But I can say as a newly graduated high school student, it’s hard. Really, really hard. People pulling you every which way, not only parents, but teachers, friends and other family members. They always suggest things like becoming an accountant or bookkeeper. A Doctor, nurse, lawyer or any such thing. I had many comments like “What are you going to study in college? What university are you going to? What are you going to pursue as a career?” And it all started my freshman year, and only intensified the closer I got to my senior year and graduation. And let me be honest, I had NO IDEA what I was going to do after high school, even my senior year I had no clue.

It was about 3 months before graduation. I had this in my head nonstop, “What was I going to do?”

I started thinking “What do I love to do? What am I really good at?” My mind would always wander to writing and painting. “But… how do I make a living at it?” I drew up a plan, and then another and another.

Basically what I came down to was writing my own blog, and selling my art. I must admit, since I only started about a month ago I haven’t achieved much as far as money. But I am getting there, slowly, very slowly. My blog has thankfully been getting more and more views and subscribers! (Shout out to all who follow thank you! You motivate me to keep going!) Also my Instagram is about to reach 100 followers! I am getting tons of love from my viewers and my friends too! In fact, as far as my art goes, I got my first two commissions this past week! They’re about done, so I sent pics to the clients and they loved them! Things like that just make my day!

As I said before, I have not made any money yet with my business. But it seems like it’s gonna go well.

But now, for you.

How do you find your calling?

Well, first ask yourself “What do I want from my life?” For me I don’t want to be tied down to a horrible 9-5 job filling or taking orders and earning minimum wage. That’s just not me. I’d be bored out of my mind for the rest of my life! I want something flexible, that will sustain me, help me to retire one day, travel a bit and just lead a simple life I enjoy. But more than anything I want to love what I do. I don’t want to hate my job. I am the kind of person who becomes bored easily, distracted, and I tend to lose interest if I am not doing something I love.

Now think about things you are good at. Generally if you like a certain subject/hobby you’ll be good at it, because, since you like it you put more effort into it. For me writing has been a passion since I was small, but I never really realized it at the time. I always wanted to write a book (Back then it was a pony club style book, give me a break I was like 8! I’d draw out pictures and my characters, though I never got to the writing part. As I said I was tiny, who at that age actually knew how to write well? And don’t even get me started on those book based movies, like Narnia, God I was obsessed with creating a world similar to that) Anyhow, back to the subject. Looking back on my childhood I can clearly see now I was meant to be a writer, it was always with me, just there lingering, waiting to be discovered. Same thing with art. (Even before my writing, I loved art. Art class was my favorite subject. I sucked at drawing and sketching, but painting, man I loved it!) So as you can see, I always kinda carried those things around with me, though I did not realize at the time I had a passion for those subjects.

And now, the third step. Ok, so you must have demand. You gotta have people who want to listen, or want your service or product. Because without customers, your dream job is just a hobby. So, like me, I want to be a writer, now I have to put myself out there for people who want what I can offer. What we’d call you, my readers. Without readers, a writer is nothing. We need people who want us and our product or service. So look around, where will you be needed? My books are needed on shelves, so I’ll write my book and send it to publishers to get it out on those shelves. My art needs to be on walls. I need to go find people who want my art on their walls. Where do I go? I go where the art loving people go, festivals, galleries, coffee shops etc.

I got awesome advice from an older friend named Ana she said she knew a young girl who makes her living as an artist. She told me it is possible, just that you must work hard at it. Get your name out there. And just do it! She told me what this artist did. She found a local coffee shop and asked to put up her art along with her contact info. Whenever someone likes the art and wants to buy it they take the business card and get in contact with the artist to make the sale transaction.

 

I really hope this post helped you. Remember the amount of money you have will not make you happy, doing what you love will. So find something you love and find a way to make a living from it, you don’t need globs and globs of money (Although sometimes that would be nice) to be happy, be content with what you have and do what you love.