Do you use any unconventional or unexpected tools in your art? Or, do you use a tool that surprises you in its application? Please Share in the comments!
Thinking specifically about beading, I'm amazed at how often I use MARKERS when doing bead work. It seems like I am contantly reaching for my Copics to dye thread or disguise stitches or to just make the fabric background bend to my will in appearance.
Hi Beth! My brush holder is an old flower frog. Not the sharp wire frog, but this one has metal spirals going up from the base. I found it at an estate sale and knew when I saw it that it would be perfect for brushes.
I use a lot of blue painter's tape in quilting, but I think that's fairly common...
Like Beth, I use my markers a lot, but perhaps that's not too unusual. I use an emery board to test the coating on beads and to smooth edges. Oh, but my favorite and most used tools are my diver's weights. I have four 5-pound lead blocks (covered in thick paper so I don't get lead on my hands) and four, fancy, 3-pound canvas bags with lead shot in them. These I use nearly every day in countless ways... to hold electric cords in place on the floor, to hold paper (etc.) when I'm cutting with a mat knife, to hold cords while I braid them, to weight things while glue dries or to flatten things, to hold a box with a spool of cording in it while I'm winding or measuring lengths, to hold my sewing machine food pedal in place so I don't push it out of reach.... that's off the top of my head; as I said, countless ways!
Hi Beth, I too use markers at times with my beadwork, and I have several old glass milk bottles that I use to hold my paintbrushes in my paint corner, and I save the containers from the Airborne tablets to hold my small spools of thread when I take a project with me. I guess we all like to recycle.
Love making marks on nonobjective paintings, oils primarily, with alternatives to brushes. My fave? Probably the ends of chopsticks ... my fingerprints : forks, sticks ... there go the kitchen gadgets!