Creative Starter Kits

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Trying something new in the creative realm is always a little uncomfortable. There seems to be this sense that you already need to be “good” at something before you try it, right? Therefore, really biggest challenge we face in the beginning is…“the beginning.” If you have never been to Art school, or perhaps you’re considering a new creative medium entirely, taking that first step can be a little bewildering. But hey, we all need to start somewhere, right? If you have an idea for a project that has been rolling around in your head for a while, you’re not crazy, you’re creative! And we support you. You have nothing to lose by following your creative instinct, and everything to gain. Here are a few creative launch pads to get you going!

[line]Drawing Starter Kit


If you have thought to yourself, “This pencil is just not good enough!” then you might want to consider taking your doodles off your napkins, office message pads, and meeting agendas and putting them on a nice pad of paper, with the help of some more sophisticated writing tools. It doesn’t cost much to get you started, and once you hit on a subject that you can really focus on, you’ll be happy you made the investment.

Drawing Starter Kit

Pro Art 18-Piece Sketch/Draw Pencil Set
Strathmore Series 400 Sketch Pads 9 in. x 12 in. – pad of 100
Prismacolor Premier Soft Core Colored Pencils, 72 Colored Pencils
Sanford(R) Prismacolor(R) Professional Art Markers, Primary/ Secondary Colors, Set Of 12

[line]Painting Starter Kit


You were sitting around one day, and then the thought, “I’d like to try painting” popped into your head. Just totally out of nowhere. Maybe you ignored the thought at first, but now you’re pretty sure you have a desire to paint…and you have no idea where to start. Perhaps, if you are typically a “words person” there is a little bit of anxiety to overcome. Something about putting paint on a canvas seems so permanent to the beginner. But painting is an amazing way to explore your mind, and a powerful reminder that not everything we have to express can be done with words. If your heart is suddenly tugging you towards the canvas, you should explore it, and there are a ton of affordable starter kits out there to get your Polluck on!

Painting Starter Kit

Art Advantage Oil and Acrylic Brush Set, 24-Piece
Liquitex BASICS Acrylic Paint Tube 48-Piece Set
Bee Paper Cold Press 140 Pound Watercolor Paper Pad, 9-Inch by 12-Inch
Art Alternatives Paint Tray Palette, 10 Wells with Thumb Hole
The Marquis Artists Desk Easel (13-1/4 in w x 10 in H x 2-3/4 in D)

[line]Pastry Design Starter Kit

Pastry Design

Be honest: Has your flirtation with baking taken a turn towards something more serious? Are you “casually” looking at pastry blogs till the early hours of the morning? Is you DVR jammed up with episodes of Cake Boss and Cupcake Wars? Okay, if this is you, maybe it’s time to roll the…rolling pin, and go for it! Sure, baking equipment can be expensive, but you don’t have to start off buying stuff at Sur La Table to take a stab at this delicious dream!

Pastry Design Starter Kit

Pazzles Inspiration Pastry Starter Kit
Pazzles Inspiration Replacement Blades, 2 Pack
Pazzles Inspiration Pen Tool
Pazzles Inspiration Embossing Tool

[line]NSP Clay Sculpting Starter Kit


This is an intimidating and sometimes very frustrating medium, with a lot of technical and down-right elemental factors to deal with. Namely, moisture. With that said, if you have a hankering to give sculpting a try, then that is fabulous! Working with you hands can be a very therapeutic experience. One great way to begin is to buy a small aluminum figure kit. You get all the tools you need to explore your new, 3D adventure!

Sculpting Starter Kit

Quick Start Clay Sculpting Kit – NSP Medium Brown
Chavant Clay – NSP Medium Brown – Sculpting and Modeling Clay (1/4 Case)
Chavant Clay – NSP Medium Tan – Sculpting and Modeling Clay (1/4 Case)
Vktech 10PCS Wooden Clay Sculpture knife Pottery Sharpen Modeling Tools Set
SE 4PT6 6-Piece Ribbon Sculpting Set

[line]Podcasting Starter Kit


Podcasting is great for people with a passion. Do you have a subject that you are really passionate about? Do you often sit around wishing people would take the things you love (like the history of the coffee bean) more seriously? Podcasting is a really great way to share your thoughts with the world! It’s also a really fun way to connect to or even create a community! Trust us, while you might think you’re the only person who loves model ship building, there are others out there! Podcasting can be a pricey pursuit if you aren’t careful, and there are a lot of things to learn about SEO, tagging, and RSS feeds, not to mention editing! But if you want to try it, you can start with basic equipment, and an account on a user-friendly network like Blogtalk Radio! Can’t wait to hear what you’ve got to say!

Podcasting Starter Kit

Nady MPF-6 6-Inch Clamp On Microphone Pop Filter

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Caitlin Cutt

Caitlin Cutt has been a writer and producer of successful online digital content since 2009, creating content for small businesses. She gained her spot in the world of YouTube as the voice of the successful, teen self-help web series, WellCast. A standup comedian herself, Caitlin is our director of programming, and will soon be heading up our Comedy division!