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Around The Arts

October 27, 2012

Dip your toe in the art world through Pinterest

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Pinterest has even sparked artistic trends. For example, melted-crayon art has really taken flight on Pinterest boards. Who knew there were so many beautiful things to make with a few crayons, a hairdryer and a hot glue gun? And, I’ve been completely infatuated with all the sophisticated ways you can paint with watercolors. My head is filled with wonderful images of things to create, and because there’s links to directions, I feel as though I could actually make them on my own. And, if you follow my column, you know that I happen to know a 6-year-old who has buckets of crayons and watercolors in her playroom.

I feel as though Pinterest has given the power of art to the masses. You can appreciate art from the privacy of your own home; it’s so easy to pin what you like and sort through what doesn’t speak to you. In previous months, Brittany, the co-writer of this column, and I have discussed how overwhelming it may feel to walk into a gallery and admire art. Well, this is the perfect way to get your toes wet. Discover, or as in my case, rediscover your artistic tastes. Then, simply click to follow the link to what may turn out to be a website offering insight and critiques both a novice and connoisseur could appreciate. And, if you feel like the artistic gene skipped you but have the urge to be creative, follow tutorials on how to re-create certain techniques and projects. 

When I’m looking for inspiration, I no longer start with Google, but with Pinterest. My favorite thing is coming across something I had ripped out of a magazine long ago. Whew, I can finally recycle that clipping! … you know, once I find it …

June Dzialo is a member of ArtsOtsego, the alliance of Otsego County arts organizations, and marketing director for The Glimmerglass Festival. Column ideas and questions may be sent to aroundthearts@gmail.com. ‘Around The Arts’ columns can be found at www.thedailystar.com/aroundthearts.

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