If you are a creative person there are a few basic tools you consider essential. There are lots of want to have and extras for your creative pursuit, but the essential list is pretty small. It might be a couple of really expensive brushes, basic set of pencils, a few colors in your favorite medium, build upon fabric that every stash must have, the fundamental lens for your camera on software for writing your book. As a paper artist an essential tool is a good paper trimmer. Today my paper trimmer after over six years bit the dust. Okay, that is a little dramatic, but the arm that allows you to measure things over 4 inches snapped off. Now I am looking for a new one, as even for a card maker 4 inches is too small.
I hate spending the money and for a basic as it isn’t that fun purchase. I have also evolved enough in the art that what I bought six years ago because someone recommended it is no longer a good enough reason to buy it. I know the shortcomings of my last tool and the things I’d like to fix when I make this next purchase.
I have spent Sunday afternoon watching YouTube videos and reading internet reviews. I now know what I lust after. What that means is the bottom line thrifty model isn’t going to cut it any longer. Since paper is a recreational pursuit and not how I put food on the table, my choice is going to be something in between the basic crafter model and the professional I make my living this way model.
What tool do you consider essential for your creative artistic endeavors?