Resources and Recommendations
Welcome to my Resources Page! Here, I have compiled a collection of my favorite and most frequently-used products for your enlightenment and enjoyment. All of them in the first section are products used to create projects that demand the best in materials and these have stood the test of time. Further down are products I may use more semi-regularly or were included in some of the work done for this website. After all building a website too is a creative process.
Disclosure: This page may contain affiliate links which means I may receive a commission from purchases made. These links are to products I recommend the most highly so you can be sure you are getting the straight dope!
Art, Craft and DIY Tools and Products
Quite frankly the best modeling compound out there bar none. You can get the large one-pound sizes for larger-scale projects or small micro sizes like 1 oz in multitudes of colors for small-scale projects. It’s simply amazing stuff – been using it since I discovered it in the mid to late 90s after I was having trouble with soft no-bake clay not always holding up permanently with some things I had made. All you pretty much need is some simple sculpting tools and your home oven and the sculpting world is your oyster. I’ve experimented with making everything from figurines to jewelry beads and didn’t stop there- I made gifts for people too made out of Sculpey!
You can also get Sculpey in different texture types – there is the Original which is a little stiffer, Super Sculpey which is very flexible, and Ultra Light which is great stuff at half the weight!
Read all about my Sculpey appraisal here
The craft adhesive I have been using since the Clinton Administration lol. I was seeking a craft glue that would withstand water and humidity and here it is…the best of the best. It is solvent based which makes it strong but also disqualifies it from being non-toxic – A must have for nonporous craft projects! I would not use it with cloth, fabric, felt, things like that, as it will bleed through. Leather would be an exception here – I have used it once to repair a shoe sole that came undone and worked like a charm 🙂
You can read all about my e6000 experiences here.
There are a series of brand names, including Folk Art, DecoArt, Americana, etc., but hey all have one thing in common. You need them if you’re going to do any kind of work on small-scale projects. They are dirt cheap and come in a gazillion colors so don’t be stingy 🙂 There are also metallics, neons, glitter formulas, and even outdoor-project friendly too!
You can read more about these paints here.
This lithium battery cordless drill is my go-to for lots of projects. In the past I had a craft drill that was not always satisfactory (I don’t know where I put it to this day) but this guy definitely puts it to shame. It includes an adapter, 10 bits, and a 7.2 volt lithium iron battery that holds its power for up to 18 months.
With 2 speeds, forward and reverse, you can get the right amount of control you need to do whatever is in the making.
Other Tools (Used in the Making of this Site)
Even though I usually take pictures from my Smartphone there’s been a few times that the quality comes up short (mainly pictures taken in the evening – natural sunlight works best) so that’s where this baby comes into play. I’ve had it for almost 10 years and first used it to take pictures for stuff I was listing on eBay way back when, There may be a newer model out now for that reason. I like how small it is so it’s very beginner friendly.
If you’re looking for a great image editing tool for just about everything under the sun you can’t go wrong with PicMonkey. I have the first Premium membership which removes ads, lets you do more things and also store your work in the making for easy retrieval later!
You can start from scratch or build upon your own images…the sky is truly the limit. Collages, touchups, designs, it’s all here. Caution: It can get addictive!
Bluprint (formerly Craftsy)
Bluprint is a multi-craft subscription platform. It features over 1,000 online courses on a variety of different niches, including painting, knitting, and quilting. You also have access to articles, tutorials, and materials, including bundled kits, to assist you further in taking your creativity to the next level. You will get a free trial for a week but the subscription plan is totally a steal with all you can get in return.
If there’s a new skill you want to learn, or just want to take something you love to the next level, I highly recommend Bluprint!