Go All Artsy Fartsy [Ready U Conquer This List]

I don’t think I would ever consider myself a “crafty” person. I was the girl in kindergarten with the art projects that only a mother could love. I also have terrible handwriting, which I chalk up to another reason why I will never be good at art. I still write like a child, and therefore, my art skills will be that of a child as well. This is kind of a bummer for me because I love to do crafty things! I love making friendship bracelets, homemade slipcovers, and wall art. I’ll spend a whole afternoon at the local craft store, winding my way through aisles and aisles of supplies, all the while knowing that I won’t actually be able to make anything worthwhile.

This past weekend, I decided to take down all the pictures that graced my wall in my room and start over. Instead of going to the store and buying some random and mass-produced piece of artwork, I decided that I was going to make my own masterpiece. I may not be the craftiest girl on the block, but thanks to ReadyU’s Conquer This List, I had the recipe to cook up something pretty crafty by accomplishing item #10 on their list. ReadyU has all the resources college students need to conquer life outside of the classroom, and, thanks to some easy crafting tips on their Facebook page it was time for me to get a little artsy-fartsy.

I decided to get my feet a little wet at first before I dove right into the craft pool. I started with an awesome project recommended by ReadyU called the “Double Crosser.” Check out the directions here! This project was the easiest and most fun for me to do! I already had all the supplies just lying around my house, so not only is this a fun project, but it’s extremely cheap too! All you need is some type of poster board or canvas, painter’s tape, and spray paint! You can make any designs with the tape that you’d like onto the board and after you spray the paint (whatever color of your choosing. I had black lying around), just wait until the paint is dry and peel off your masterpiece! I felt like a pro! My design turned out awesome, and I was super proud of myself.

I was feeling so confident in my crafting ability that I decided to take it a step further and raise the level of difficulty of my craft. The next one I took on was ReadyU’s intermediate level craft called “Dreamweaver.” This craft would go perfect on some new shelves that I just hung on my wall. Instead of just having picture frames against picture frames, I wanted to have something a little different. For this craft, all you need is some old magazines, scissors, colored paper, and tape. You can check out the rest of the directions here!

I think I had too much fun with this craft. I was mixing and matching different colored strips in an effort to make it totally unique and all my own. The great thing about this craft was that (though it took a little more work), it was completely original. I actually made three Dreamweavers and they now sit as a set on my shelf! This project is great for many reasons. Old magazines that would otherwise sit on my closet floor have now become works of art. Talk about the benefits of recycling!

Getting my “artsy fartsy” on has really opened my eyes to what I am capable of doing when it comes to art. I never thought that I could create something that I would be proud to show off and display in my home, but thanks to ReadyU’s Conquer This List and a little help from my inner child, I now know that I can create something great.

It’s time for you to get your craft on too! Try out all the awesome craft projects over on ReadyU’s Facebook Page and keep following along as I continue to check items off of ReadyU’s Conquer This List throughout the school year!

Katie is finishing up her undergrad at North Central College in Naperville, Illinois. She enjoys wasting hours on Facebook and tweeting things no one cares about. When asked the question, “Do you do marathons?” She promptly responds, “Of course! Which show?” Follow her @KatieGarrity! Or read her personal blog where she talks incessantly about Ryan Gosling and hummus here!

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  1. Alex Szoka says:

    Sounds a lot better than your generic college years tapestry hanging on the wall.

    1. Jenny University of Texas says:

      What year are you from? 1994? Go back to the Party of 5 set!

    2. Carol says:

      Party of 5??! "Tapestry" brings back like Little House On The Prairie! go back to the 70s!

  2. jkootbc says:

    That just from using tape? Need to do this tonight!

  3. Robert X. says:

    I'm not very artistic, but that looks pretty cool. Way out of my art skill arsenal!

  4. Maria says:

    god i can't wait to get all those old teen bop magazines cut up and framed!

  5. Jane says:

    Does knitting count as getting artsy fartsy? I made a couple of booties for my cats in the hurricane.

  6. tiffany-unc chapel hill says:

    Ahh that's awesome! found my craft for the week

  7. Lauren says:

    Seems like anyone with basic skills, which means me, could do this.

  8. Alicia says:

    I suck at life when it comes to arts and crafts. I get impatient and rush through it and then it looks like crap, but the magazine one I could definitely do, I have HUNDREDS of old cosmos around my house. Maybe I'll get my Pinterest-obsessed roommate to help. IT TURNED OUT SO WELL!

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  10. sammmbam says:

    That is awesome! I love being artistic and crafty…but my mom seems to have gotten the visual arts skills, and I got the musical skills. She has painted me a few things in the past year or so that are just BEAUTIFUL so I just end up hanging her things on my wall! (http://sparrows-journey.blogspot.com if you want to check her out.)

    I might try these projects out, though. The freedom of Thanksgiving Break is awakening my creativity…I'm not much of a magazine reader, but I know there's tons of free printables on Pinterest so I'll probably look there!

    Thanks for sharing! Your pieces turned out AWESOME!

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