With that thought in mind, myself and two aunties converged on my mother's studio a few weeks ago. We all came with our own baggage: photos, papers, maps, paints, drywall mud and ink. We also came with varying levels of art experience, none more valid than the other's. I managed to create this piece using art supplies I would never have thought of combining on my own: drywall mud and india ink.
My mom shared her expertise with textured fresco board. One of my aunties broke out the India Ink along with her ability to be fearless. She coaxed us into washing black ink over our boards (scary!). She continued by throwing in some maps and drawing her designs in an unforgiving and permanent ink. No such things as mistakes! I read once that a mistake is merely a suggestion of another way to go. At the end of the day all of our projects were wildly different and original from each other. They were also held together with a common thread: our willingness to be together and a mutual passion to be creative.
I'm thinking trading art supplies can be beneficial to any creative group. Why not trade your basket of stash yarn with a fellow knitter at your next stitch n' bitch? Or trade a quilted square with another quilter ? Share your art supplies, but also... don't be afraid to share your experience and passion with others! Throw open your studio doors, put the kettle on and say welcome!