Guest Post by Victoria Rose Martin
Is one of your New Year’s resolutions to try new things? Perhaps you want to clean out a closet or two? Or maybe you want to put more money into your pocket? I have five creative things to try that might help you do all of the above.
One: Do you admire those artists who effortlessly make random patterns and doodles? (Me too) And are you constantly tripping over kid’s toys? Well, get ready for inspiration. Make a DrawBot.
With little more than a paper cup, Duct tape, markers and a toy motor you can make a crazy little drawing robot. Finkbuilt.com has complete instructions on how to make one yourself. The random marks left by the markers could become patterns for embroidery or set them loose on a blank canvas for cool abstract art.
Two: Got some old broken down paintbrushes you’ve been meaning to toss into the trash? Before you do, check out the work of artist Rebecca Szeto. She turns old, beaten up brushes into masterpieces.
Three: You know that old picture frame stashed in the back of the closet? Why not turn it into a chalkboard?
Go to your local hardware store and ask them to cut a piece of Masonite or cabinet grade plywood to fit into the frame opening. Paint with chalkboard paint and wire and you’ve got yourself a gorgeous DIY message board.
Four: Got a bunch of stubby, little graphite or colored pencils rolling around in your junk drawer? Why not turn your burned-out drawing tools into attractive jewelry? You can slice them into little segments or just take off the points and resharpen. Drill holes and string them to make fun baubles.
If you don’t have a drill press you can put the pencils into a clamp so you can keep your fingers safely out of the way.
Five: And last but not least, I think most everyone has “that chair”. You know what I mean; it’s the one that gets jockeyed from room to room. It’s beaten and battered and looks a bit neglected. Sand it down, re-glue it if needed and give it a fresh coat of fresh paint. Find inspiration in tribal textiles, party favors and candy bowls.
And the best part is if you wind up making something really cool you could post images on your blog or social media and maybe even sell what you repurposed online. Sometimes we overlook the hidden gems right underneath our noses. So Happy New Year and be sure to be creative and have fun.
Victoria Rose Martin is an artist and designer currently living in South Florida. She is the Department Chair for Fine Art and Graphic Design at Palm Beach State College in Lake Worth, Florida. You can visit her website at: VictoriaRoseMartin.com.