Here is a list of the must have and the get later Arts and Craft Supplies. There are a lot of useful things you can acquire, to clutter up your craft room in a big hurry. Ask me, I know!
The #1 arts and craft supplies to start with, can be very basic.
The must haves are: Craft paints, brushes, scissors, masking tape, white glue, hot glue gun, old rags, tin foil, small plastic containers and skewer sticks. Although the skewer sticks may sound like an odd choice, they can actually come in pretty handy for a number of projects.
The supply list will vary depending on your interests but the basics can be used with a variety of craft projects. Some other things that are useful are wire, wire cutters, a hammer, scraps of material, sewing needles and thread.
I have a notebook and pen to keep track of different ideas when they pop into my head. I put tabs on the pages and divide the subjects into categories. Yes, I know they have computers for all that, so I can save paper, and save the environment. It just isn't the same. I don't have one of those fancy iphones, so I can't pack my computer wherever I go. When I think of something, I write it on my to do list under the correct category. Yes, on paper because that is the way I like it. At THIS point I'm sure I will have to live to be at least 150 to get everything done. Note to self: *Stop adding to the list! Someone needs to hide my pen!
If you have a lot of different interests, your list of arts and craft supplies will grow, sometimes to gigantic proportions! Even if you have a single interest, like scrapbooking for example, the supplies can be endless. There are papers, inks, embossing powders, stamps, felt pens and various scissors.
If you want to try some polymer clay projects, you can start out with a few packages of clay, a couple sculpting tools and then use things around the house. For example: skewer sticks, toothpicks and tinfoil. As you become more interested in using this medium, you can add to your list.
After getting sculpting tools and a clay slicer, the most useful tool is the pasta/clay machine. It makes color mixing and millifiori much easier. The more involved you become, the more you will want to add.
There is a clay extruder and also different molds and texture plates available. Just a quick note on clay extruders, don't get the one with the handle that pushes in. You have to be Hercules to use that thing. The crank one is better and also can have an adapter attached so you can use your drill. Much easier on the hands!
You may even want to try making your own molds using a silicone and cornstarch mixture.
Color can be added with alcohol based inks, chalk pastels, perfect pearls powder and even makeup.
Needle felting requires fairly limited supplies. it is a good craft to get into if you don't have a lot of room for storage. You will need a foam block about 4 x 6 x 4 inches, some needle felting needles and some wool roving.
Paper mache is one of the most inexpensive crafts to do. Most of the arts and craft supplies required, can be found around your home and are very basic. The paste is made from flour, water and salt. You can add white glue if you have it, for extra strength. You will also need a bowl, newspaper and cardboard. Paper mache projects can be painted with dollar store craft paints.
Whatever craft you decide to try, start out with the basics and go from there. These basic arts and craft supplies will be used for most projects.
Once you have decided on what interests you most, you will then want to expand on your arts and craft supplies. Later, you will also find that you may need to get special storage and where space permits, design a work space, just for crafting. Don't put this off until too much later though or organizing will take days, instead of a few hours!
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