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15 Creative Tools That I Can’t Live Without

These are the tools and materials I just couldn’t function without in my art making.  Some are like an addiction.  I tell myself I’m not going to use them this time and all of sudden, like a drink they are back in my hand.  I would love to hear about the materials or tools you can’t live without.  By the way these aren’t in order of importance, Zac!

Letters of any kind--stencils, stamps, metal letters--they just have to show up in my work

Metals--this particular metal is from and old arm cast from the late 1800's

My mother in law's 1950's mail order fashion design book--priceless

Mix this with paint and you get a nice thin translucent layer of color

Needle and hand-dyed thread--it's my signature mark

Graphite--it's the frosting, the lipstick and the finishing touch

Pins, pins --my entire studio has work pinned to the wall and often I recommend them for framing a piece

Scissors--Don't you dare use them for anything other than fabric

A good assortment of papers are always on hand

Glue--the best I've found to replace my addiction to spray mount

Poems by my friend Zac--they inspire and complete my work

Books--you can never have enough

Pattern paper--vintage only, I love the quality, it's translucency and graphics

Coveted hand-dyed and printed fabrics from my travels around the world

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2 Responses to “15 Creative Tools That I Can’t Live Without”

  1. zac
    19. April 2010 at 08:16

    Great list, and I am proud to be part of it.
    I don’t even remember writing that poem you show there…have to look that one up and try to piece together what I was thinking/doing then….

    Great post!

  2. Krysti Kalkman
    21. April 2010 at 13:06

    You have a pretty inspiring blog!!! 😀

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