FAQ

A few questions which you might have, as well as their quick answers (especially if you’re too lazy to look at the rest of the articles.)

1. What’s the most common kind of paper?

The most common type of paper (especially for crafts) is copy paper. You may also hear this called “laser bond” or “xerographic” paper. Yes, it’s simple and unassuming, but you’d be surprised at what you can use it for. It works really well for origami and folded paper art. The fact that it is easy to print on also makes it a versatile option for crafting, as not all papers can be printed upon.

2. What is Kraft Paper?

Kraft paper is the stuff brown grocery bags are made out of, but you can also buy rolls of kraft paper. Kraft paper is made of the leftover pulp produced during paper making, and thus it’s not a high quality paper. But it has a distinctive look that can be appealing in a minimalist sort of way. It’s useful in the craft room for making patterns, as well as simple crafts and school crafts where paper quality is not a concern.

3. Is it true that art teaches kids creativity?

Yes. According to the International Child Art Foundation, “Research indicates that a child who is exposed to the arts acquires a special ability to think creatively, be original, discover, innovate, and create intellectual property—key attributes for individual success and social prosperity in the twenty-first century.” The world needs more and better thinkers.

4. What does it mean to be ‘prepared for a mess’?

Being prepared for a mess simply means allowing your kid to make a mess in the process of making art. Set up an art space where your kid can be free to experiment and get a little messier than usual. Quick tip: throw a drop cloth or a newspaper on top of your kitchen table or in the garage. If weather permits, let kids paint outside.

5. Where would be a good place to see some art?

At the top of the list would definitely be Florence, in Italy. What’s beautiful about Florence is that it’s a wonderful mix of the old and the new, which makes it a perfect destination for any art enthusiast who’s looking for inspiration.

6. What benefit does art have for mental health?

Art is actually a big stress buster. Essentially, it provides a distraction that will give your brain a much-needed break from all of your usual ways of thinking. Perhaps one of the most popular artistic stress relievers, especially nowadays, is coloring books, many of which have been created specifically with stress relief in mind.