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Once you have de­cided to ex­press your cre­ative spark through up­cy­cling, what hap­pens next? “The best way to em­bark on any cre­ative project is sim­ply to be­gin,” Sarah Heeringa says. “Once you have found a piece of fur­ni­ture, an­tique pic­ture frame or some bro­ken item to up­cy­cle, the next step is to col­lect the nec­es­sary tools and equip­ment for the project at hand and set up a suit­able area to work. Al­low your­self per­mis­sion to make a mess — and mis­takes. “A lit­tle chaos is an im­por­tant part of the cre­ative process.” If pos­si­ble, find a space to lay out your project and re­turn to it as time per­mits. This avoids hav­ing to put ev­ery­thing away each time. “De­pend­ing on the size and na­ture of each project you are work­ing on, you may at times also need ac­cess to an out­door or garage area for sand­ing and a clean and well­ven­ti­lated space in which to paint and leave things to dry.”

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