Art is all about expression and exploration. It feels natural that an artist would enjoy exploring various materials and mediums from which to create their pieces.
As an artist, you may prefer one thing over the other, but you never really know where your strengths lie without a little field research along the way.
Take a moment now to consider a few interesting materials an artist could use, and read a little about what you might encounter during your experimentation.
Building with hay
Using hay to make art isn’t an unheard of practice. If you have a good connection with the resource, hay can be used to make a lot of things. Working with hay has its challenges, so don’t go into it without a little preparation.
First, you can’t work with hay if it’s going to take over your allergies. Also, you need to make sure to keep your hay moist so it’s not so brittle and more workable. Hay can even be used to build small structures if you’re into architectural art projects.
Art made with dryer lint
Dryer lint surely isn’t the first material that comes to mind when you’re looking for a new way to create your art, but one artist has shown it to be a highly creative medium.
Heidi Hooper has art featured in the Ripley’s Believe it or Not museum in Florida. She’s so good with the throw-away material that her work has been likened to that of Andy Warhol.
Using a popular children’s toy for art seems like a likely match. The mind of a child is just the right ingredient for the production of some one-of-a-kind art creations.
Some artists have worked their skills enough to learn how to create some pretty impressive images with a simple Etch-a-Sketch. Learning to incorporate the natural errors you make along the way could be the key to conquering the art of the Etch-a-Sketch.
Using coffee filters
Vilma Silveira, an artist on Etsy, created a whole lamp from coffee filters. She used different shades of dye to color pieces of the coffee filter.
Then she stuck them all together like paper mache to form the shade of her lamp. When you add light behind the colored shade, the results are nothing short of a masterpiece.
Sculptures offer endless options
When you’re a sculpter, anything could serve as a medium for your artistic expression. Artists have sculpted everything from ice, to sand, and even butter.
One of the more creative expressions you can find online includes an artist that creates tiny sculptures from the lead of sketch pencils. Salavat Fidai creates such detailed cuts in fragile graphite rods that some need a magnifying glass to see the finer attributes of the creation.