10 Arts & Crafts Hacks You’d Wish You’d Known Sooner
Do you ever wish that you had all these fancy pens to create beautiful hand-lettering, but did you know you can actually use almost any pen for that?
#1 Brush Lettering Alternatives
For example, you can use crayons, Sharpies, Crayola pens, and even highlighter pens. To create this type of lettering, all you need to do is press on the tip of the pen onto the paper to create thick lines when you move the pen downwards, and then move it slightly up again so only the thin part of the tip touches the paper while you move the pen upwards again. You can test out your pens that you have at home and see if it works, and just experiment by writing single letters.
#2 Magical Pen
This type of lettering is more about playing around and practicing the technique. And did you know that you can actually kind of hack your simple felt pens as well so that they actually erase ink?
For this hack, you will need simply felt pens. I got a whole pack for just one euro. Carefully remove the tip, and then remove the inside of the pen as well. Now, take an old bowl and put in a little bit of bleach inside. Be careful and be sure to wear gloves for that. Mix, place it inside, and also the tips of the felt pen inside the bowl to completely remove the ink.
You can press down the refill part to get rid of any ink inside. Once everything is free of ink and turned white, you can put the pen back together and use some tissue paper to dry everything. And now the pen is ready to be used. You can use it as a magic pen and create patterns, write something down, and just make the pain go away, and you can even use it for adding details to your dark fabric because it will just bleach the color and make it brighter.
#3 Cling Film for Keeping the Palette Clean
Is this how your mixing palette looks like after painting for a while? That you don’t even see where you added the new paint? Don’t worry. All you actually need to do is place some cling film on top of your mixing palette before you start working on your art, and then you can just remove the film once you’re finished with your painting and used up all your paint.
#4 Ice Cube Tray as a Palette
And if you don’t have a mixing palette, it’s okay. You can also use a cube tray. You can also add some cling film inside to protect the surface and then remove it once you’re done, or if you need a break from painting, you can just put the cling film on top so the paint won’t dry out.
#5 Cutting Broad + Cling Film As a Palette
And if you don’t have anything like that, you can just use a simple cutting board. Add the cling film on top as well, and use your normal cutting board as a mixing palette. So easy.
#6 Candy Tin Box Palette
But if you want to reuse the colors and take them even on the go with you, I have an awesome tip for you. You can actually use a metal tray with plastic lids where you can add your paints inside, or even just a tray and a few lids of some plastic bottles. You can place them in a circle if the tray is round, or just however you can fit them inside.
And then you can just close the lid, and you can carry the tray around and the paint won’t even dry. This acrylic paint has been in the tray for over two weeks, and it’s still in perfect shape.
#7 Art Supplies Travel Set
And if you want to take some additional art supplies with you, like brushes, pens, razors, just like a travel set, you can use these simple plastic containers where everything can fit in. I got the box for just one euro, and look how versatile it is. You can add acrylic paint or even watercolors inside, and just use it as your travel set.
#8 Eraser For Details
Do you struggle with erasing very tiny parts of your drawing because your eraser is just way too big for tiny details and you don’t want to buy an extra eraser pen for that? You actually don’t have to. All you need to do is cut off a small part of your eraser and use either the edge of the bigger part of the small piece you just cut off.
#9 Plastic Bottle As a Water Container
Have you ever wanted to start painting but when you sat down, you realized you forgot that you just accidentally threw away all your glass jars that you could have used as a water container, and now you don’t really want to use your teacups or some other household items?
Well, this might be obvious, but have you ever used one of your plastic bottles for that? All you need to do is cut off the plastic bottle in half or at the height you prefer. Be warned you can also add tape around the edges so there is nothing sharp sticking out, and you get a water container for your brushes. Hold on.
#10 Binder Clips as Brush Holder
What were you doing, girl? Don’t you know you can’t keep your brushes in the water container just like that or you will destroy them? If you want your brushes to last a long time, use binder clips and add them with the bristles downwards so they can dry. Otherwise, the water will drip inside the metal holder and the bristles will slowly start falling apart. Yes, that’s so much better.
See you again in the next post! Goodbye.