Ok, you’ve decided what you would love to do. You have recorded that desire in your journal, you have set your intention. Now it’s time for research.
Is your chosen medium practical for your life situation? It’s important to be realistic here. Do you have children at home and only your kitchen to paint in? If so, you might want to start with acrylics instead of oils. Do you have studio space but only a small amount of time? Then you might want to choose polymer clay instead of ceramics. If your ultimate medium to work in is not practical for your current situation you will meet with frustration, so for now, start small. This will only be the first step in your creative journey. Each method or medium, each process or endeavor will inform the next.
Now that you have chosen what medium you want to work in, investigate. What materials do you need, how can you get them at the best price, what are the best brands to purchase? Go to the art supply store or the camera shop and touch the materials, look over the equipment. Sometimes just being at the art store is inspiration enough! Investigate further. Are there classes you need to take? Can they be gotten online or would a local art center be better?
After your investigation, it’s time to invest. Purchase the best quality products you can afford. Student grade materials are hard to work with. It is better to purchase a little at a higher quality than to purchase a lot at a low quality.
Don’t think of it as a luxury expense. You are investing in your happiness and well-being. Your creative endeavors will help you in every aspect of your life. You can’t afford not to create!!
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