Papers, pens, colors, inks, stamps, beads, threads and more and some more..As you start out, the sheer abundance of stuff that is available makes you go crazy!! For example, for a complete novice, paper may only mean the routine copy paper (me!!). But that’s not true. There are multiple options in terms of brands, textures, thickness, content. Same for pens that maybe water-based, solvent based, refillable, twin-tipped, ordinary markers, brush pens, shimmer pens and maybe many more. You name it and you will find it.
There are so many things that its easy to get confused and pick up everything or just nothing. There are immensely talented people out there who take the effort to review various products that companies have to offer and give you their best suggestion. Watch them. Learn from them. Visit the websites of the companies dealing in crafty stuff. Gather information. It does help.
The important thing to keep in mind is what you need for your art and craft pursuit can be best understood by only you. And as you start your research, the urge to buy new things or products is hard to resist (personal experience;-)). But you know that you don’t need everything at once. Sometimes, financially its not possible. That’s alright. Take that humble copy paper and make a list of items that interest you and which you would want in your stash. Build up your stock gradually and once you do so, use it generously. Enjoy the things that you purchased with your money to the fullest. Don’t bother if your favorite ink pad will run out of ink or fret over the last sheet of watercolor paper that may be used up. Use it create beautiful cards and be satisfied that it has been put to the best possible use. Until next time, Hobby crafting!!