Paint pens and glue guns and sponges, oh my!
This week I will be sharing some of my favorite crafting supplies I always make sure I have stocked in my room. These are items that are versatile and worth the splurge if you are planning on becoming an avid crafter, like myself.
When it comes to acrylic, my motto is “just buy it.” I use acrylic paint for every craft I do, whether it’s canvas or cardboard or wood. So when I’m at the store deciding between two colors, I just get both, because I know I will use them at some point. My favorite brands are Liquitex and FolkArt.
I keep every piece of scrap ribbon I find. Even if it is 2 inches, it could come in handy for the next bow or canvas you craft. Take advantage of the cheap ribbon near the cash registers at craft stores. I almost always pick up a spool of ribbon for a dollar as an impulse buy. Also, Christmas is coming up so don’t throw away the bows your relatives took the time to wrap up your gifts with.
When I did my first craft, I thought I would be able to use a black Sharpie marker to trace the letters on the canvas, and boy was I wrong. It looked cheap and thin. So when I went over it again with a nice, black paint pen, the craft was much better. I suggest picking up paint pens in black and white for sure, and it wouldn’t hurt getting one or two in a color you commonly use.
Hot glue/ Mod Podge
The hot glue might be obvious to some but you would be surprised at how many people try to attach ribbon to a Mason Jar with Elmer’s glue. It’s just not going to work if you want it to last more than a day. I am also a huge fan of Mod Podge. This magical adhesive can glue paper to multiple surfaces without it wrinkling and it dries clear. Just be sure to apply it with a sponge brush.
OK, I might have more glitter than the average person needs, but I can give a solid argument for every rhinestone or glitter glue I own. In my experience, every craft looks better with a little sparkle. The trick is just to know when to stop, which is hard for me sometimes. But if you aren’t a glitterholic like myself, I do suggest at least getting clear rhinestones and fine craft glitter you can sprinkle over your creations. It’s a necessity, I promise.