Choosing the Right Art Materials

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Remember when you were bored in class and started doodling on your paper? We all have that artist in us who urges to randomly start doodling when we are bored. As the popularity and availability of different types of art materials and craft kits increase, more and more people are taking up art as a hobby or career. Drawing and painting have been around since ancient times. Evidence of ancient art can be found in the records of the Indus valley artifacts and the pyramids of Egypt. Previously, not many people had interest in drawing and painting due to the limitations on art materials. But as time advances, different types of art materials have been developed that can be used very easily.

If you are interested in a certain form of art, you should not hesitate to take it up more seriously. The first step should be determining what type of art form you prefer, be it painting, sketching or drawing. Once you have that settled, you can start researching on the types of art materials available for that art form. Never hesitate to try anything as you would not know what you might be good at if you do not experiment. Some people are simply gifted about being artists, but that does not mean only they can draw or paint. If you feel like you are not gifted, frequent practice and patience can turn you into a good artist.

If you are planning to take up sketching, you do not need to use very sophisticated drawing material. A pencil, sketch pad and eraser are all you need. Start by sketching simple things and as you practice more often, you can go on to sketch anything that you want. You can even look up at the internet to watch tutorials and learn the right techniques. As for painting, you would want to purchase water colors, paint brushes, easels, drawing boards and any other type of materials that you would require to paint. The steps again are simple, start out easy and as you progress, you can try anything you want. You can visit art galleries or surf the internet to get inspiration. Drawing is similar to painting besides the slight differences on the tools. There are unlimited techniques one can use when making art pieces. You can even merge sketching, painting and drawing if you want to. It depends up to your creativity and the possibilities are limitless.

If you are a parent and planning for your child to take up art; make sure you understand what form of art your child is interested in. If you are not sure, you can let the child experiment and focus on one when he takes his pick. Ensure that the materials you buy for him are safe and wouldn’t pose any threats to them; such as sharp edges of easels. Children sometimes end up biting their art material. So, if you can’t keep a watch on them all the time, make sure you buy materials that are non toxic.

The art materials that a person uses can lead to the success of a person. It must be the one fitting to the skill of an individual so it is best to give each one a try and see which art material suit you the most.



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