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Friday, May 16, 2008

5 Ways Art Can Save You Money in a Recessive Economy

Art is synonymous in our minds with luxury and expensive tastes, but I beg to differ from this image of art. I have been an artist for many decades now and have afforded art as a loving companion by my side in good times and bad

This article is to give very basic ideas on how including art in your life in the current times of economic recession can help to save your money and provide stress relief. Whether you live alone or have to sustain the costs of a family there are many ways in which you can use art to provide quality time for yourself as well as your loved ones and also reduce costs

Tip no. 1 - Creative entertainment instead of expensive pastimes

The most common way to spend weekends outside is either watching a movie or sharing a meal with friends and family at a good restaurant, this can average a good deal of money per outing.If you convert even one such weekend outing into an art project you will add to your savings.

Families can spend quality time together to paint projects like a canvas painting made with hand prints of the entire family on one canvas with every member of the family picking a color of their choice. Friends can do the same to create a masterpiece to match the decor in your home. In any case the resulting masterpiece (or not) can always be refined/refinished by coming up with a few ideas together. This results in spending time creating your own entertainment instead of passively sitting in front of a screen and is also much cheaper in cost

Tip No. 2 - Make instead of buy

Every time I buy a greeting card I regret not having made one instead. Simple stamped images that are easy to fill in can result in beautiful handmade cards that are appreciated by the receiver.You (and your family) will spend time in creating original artworks that will not only provide quality time but also save on buying cards. You can get several ideas for making cards on the internet that can be extended to kids and adults alike

Tip No. 3 - Recycle

Recycle older items with art instead of buying new. How many times have you looked at a pair of jeans or a top that is almost new but you don't know what made you buy it? Or an item that you have used and are now bored with. Collect all such items from your closet and decide to have a 'Refinishing Day' with friends, ask them to do the same with their clothes. Sit down together with each garment and come up with simple ideas on how it can be given a new look with a little fabric paint and a few embellishments. The result will be a few pleasurably spent hours and a new wardrobe. You can extend the ideas to many more objects like handbags etc, Double savings and more fun!

Tip No. 4 - Create gifts instead of buying

Create gifts and gift bags and you won't have to spend a bundle on every occasion. You can create many unique gifts like hand painted mugs, candles, painted birdhouses, aprons, tote bags planters etc.

There are many ready to finish gift items available in Art stores that can be finished into beautiful gifts. This is an opportunity to nurture your own creativity and also make someone feel special. Hand made gifts are very special and endearing to those who receive them. My friends no longer accept store bought gifts from me; they always insist that I give them something that I have created or recycled with art. My gifts are treated as unique and always given a special place in their home. This is a result of the tradition that I have created over time of making small art objects for my friends and it is a great tradition

Tip No. 5 - Nurture a culture of art in your household

Educate yourself about different ways in which art can find a place in your home and spread this art awareness to your kids. You will be amazed at the different and numerous ideas that kids come up with to recycle objects and create gifts once their creative instincts are awakened. Keep basic art supplies available in your home so that quick little impromptu projects can be finished in whenever time permits

Art can be a great savior of money and a stress reliever in the current times of tight budgets and uncertain job scenarios if you make it a part of your everyday lives. It gives a constructive direction to your mind and helps to nudge you to think positively in a negative environment. The habit of art if inculcated into children can help to equip them to live in good and bad times with the same alacrity.

For more info email at anudarbha@paintandcraft.com

An artist by choice and a market researcher by profession, I love all things creative that set you free and liberate your soul. Please visit my art related websites http://www.paintandcraft.com and http://www.artseden.com to know more

I also teach art to kids and blog at http://www.kidsartclasses.blogspot.com

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