• Glossary: Different Types of Paint and Painting Materials

    Glossary: Different Types of Paint and Painting Materials

    Learn all about the most popular tools and types of paint If you’re about to start painting for the first time, you might be feeling slightly overwhelmed by all the different materials you can choose from. Or, maybe you simply want to learn a little more about the tools you already use. Whichever category you fall under, this glossary of basic painting terms will serve you well. Acrylics Acrylics were developed during the first half of the 20th century due to a need for a type of paint that would stay vibrant outdoors. It is made by mixing pigment with acrylic resin. Being water-soluble, acrylic paint dries quickly (drying occurs when water evaporates). If you want to slow down the drying process, you can add a retarder.

  • Basic Materials for Textile Painting

    Basic Materials for Textile Painting

    Find out what materials are needed to start creating unique pieces painted on fabric Like it or not, the way we dress reveals a lot about us. It is a way of positioning ourselves, of showing, even in silence, our references and passions. And, for those who value originality, nothing better than a personalized garment that sets them apart immediately, right? Painting on canvas is one of the best ways to achieve this effect. Check below the list that specialist Ana María Restrepo (@anamaria_10), designer and textile artist behind the Amarpo brand, who has collaborated with brands with Levi's or Andres Pajon, prepared with the basic materials for those who want to start in the world of textile painting.

  • Materials: Paper Flowers

    Materials: Paper Flowers

    Discover the materials you need to create a wide range of flowers and incredible botanical art with artist and maker Eileen Ng

  • Materials: Botanical Illustration with Watercolors

    Materials: Botanical Illustration with Watercolors

    Find out which materials you’ll need to start creating botanical illustrations with watercolors Designer and illustrator Paulina Maciel (@pau_maciel) has made a career of botanical illustration with watercolors. She has worked on projects for brands such as Palacio de Hierro, Desigual, and various creative agencies. To capture a flower’s beauty or the intricacy of its filaments, not only will you need an understanding of color and botany, but also the right materials. In the following video and the guide below, Paulina shares which materials she uses every day and explains how she works with them.

  • Materials: Beaded Jewelry

    Materials: Beaded Jewelry

    Discover which materials you can use to create original pieces of jewelry with Daniela Le Feuvre, co-founder of Fatto–a creative space dedicated to making accessories Beads are one of the most versatile items you can use to make jewelry. Thanks to their varying shapes and infinite colors, you’ll be able to find beads for all different designs. Elsa Amigo and Daniela Le Feuvre are experts in jewelry making. Together they founded Fatto–a creative space dedicated to making accessories out of beads. In the video below, they explain which materials you can use to create original beaded pieces.

  • Basic Materials to Start in Woodworking

    Basic Materials to Start in Woodworking

    Patricio Ortega shows us how to execute a home carpentry project using basic tools and materials Patricio Ortega is the founder of artisanal furniture workshop Maderística (@maderistica), where art and design come together to create unique pieces. He teaches the Domestika course Professional Woodworking for Beginners.

  • Materials: Needle Felting

    Materials: Needle Felting

    The designer Maria Filipe Castro, as known as droolwool, shows us the extensive list of tools and objects that she uses to make dolls with felt, wool, and lots of creativity Maria Filipe Castro is a toy artist, specialised in the design and production of characters and figures made with textile materials like felt and wool. She regularly exhibits her creations and sells them on her online store. In her Domestika course, focused specifically on the manufacture of toys and animals through needle felting, this designer, as known as droolwool (@droolwool), uses different types of needles, brushes, wool, cutters, scissors, and other tools. In the video below, droolwool shows us these materials in detail:

  • Materials: Crochet

    Materials: Crochet

    Steel & Stitch gives beginners a primer on the different types of crochet hooks and tools One reason why crafting can be intimidating is that it’s difficult to know where to begin. Before you can make your first stitch, it’s important to have selected the correct materials and tools since these elements will greatly impact the process, and result, of your project. The tools you use in crochet can do more than shape the yarn itself. As a repetitive physical motion, crochet can put stress on your wrist or tire your hand if you don’t pick wisely. In the video below, crochet and upcycling expert Emma Friedlander-Collins, also known as Steel & Stitch (@steelandstitch), gives a primer on the pros and cons of different types of crochet hooks, as well as other tools you can use to take your projects to the next level.

  • Cyanotype: Simple Materials to Print Images with Light

    Cyanotype: Simple Materials to Print Images with Light

    Learn about cyanotype, a low-cost, creative, and beautiful printing process that lets you print any type of image from scratch and the surprisingly simple materials and method to apply it Cyanotype. Sounds cool. But what is it? Cyan, as in the shade of blue, and type, as in printing: cyanotype is a printing process which has been used by artists, botanists, and architects for almost two centuries. A photosensitive solution that dyes objects blue when it comes into contact with light is used to develop images onto a whole range of surfaces, from paper to fabric, wood, and ceramics. For this article, Xavier and Gabriela from the design workshop Fábrica de Texturas (@fabricadetexturas), who teach the course Cyanotype: Printing with Light, have shared the materials and tools you need to embark on your own blueprint journey.

  • Materials for Building Scale Models

    Materials for Building Scale Models

    Find out what materials are necessary to start building your own models with Julieta La Valle Whether it’s for an audiovisual project or an architectural one, models are one of the best ways to visualize a space. By reproducing an idea in three dimensions, even on a small scale, we can give form to our imagination and better understand the textures, proportions, and other elements of our concept. Sculptor, director, and art director Julieta La Valle (@julietalavalle) specializes in making miniature models for video and art projects. Below, she lists the materials you will need to make your own models.

  • Basic Engraving Tools

    Basic Engraving Tools

    Pablo Salvaje lists the tools you need to start engraving Artist Pablo Salvaje (@pablosalvaje) mixed his passion for ink, paper, and illustration with his family's old printing press business, focusing on engraving, design, illustration, and screen printing techniques. With nature as his muse, he aims to leave a mark, literally and figuratively, with each of his pieces. To encourage you to try some of his methods, Pablo Salvaje shares a list of 22 basic tools that you need to start engraving. They are all easy to find and work with, so you can get down to business with the ideas you already have in your head.

  • Store Window Dressing: The Materials

    Store Window Dressing: The Materials

    Kiosko Creativo takes us through the materials you’ll need to bring a concept for a store window to life Window dressing is a fusion of lots of different disciplines: art direction, crafts, architecture, sculpture, installation, and, of course, design. It involves experimenting with colors, materials, perspectives, and depth to create optical effects that attract the attention of passers-by.

  • Origami for Beginners: Materials and Basic Folding Techniques

    Origami for Beginners: Materials and Basic Folding Techniques

    Discover the basic materials and folds to get started in this ancient technique with endless possibilities This traditional and peaceful Japanese art is directly linked to the Japanese mentality regarding reconciliation between countries at the end of World War II. Origami is the art of folding paper without using scissors or glue to obtain figures of various shapes, many of which could be considered sculptures. “We associate origami with a children's game but it is also a contemporary design technique that inspires functional and decorative products in fashion, furniture, architecture or jewelry", explains Estela Moreno (@cartoncita), an artist that excels at giving modern touches to traditional artisanal techniques. Estela Moreno shares with Domestika some of the secrets that you should keep in mind when you start out in this ancient art: from the most appropriate materials to basic folding techniques that will help you start building complex creations in paper, like the great masters do.