Meet a Crafter – Ty from Know and Tell Crafts

April 8, 2013Allison Murray
Meet a Crafter - Ty from Know and Tell Crafts

Meet a Crafter - Ty from Know and Tell Crafts

Today I’m so excited to bring you an interview from one crafty dude. Ty from Know and Tell Crafts is young and crafty and I’ve been admiring him from afar for some time. Not only is this kid incredibly well spoken and in posession of some amazing photography skills, he’s only in the 8th grade which totally had me suprised. Perhaps I’m reaching an age where anybody under 20 looks like “a kid” but by the way Ty handles himself, I was pretty sure were we dealing with at least a high school kid. Not quite yet.

You’re quite the budding photographer. How have you learned your skills? 

Photography was not something I grew up around. After getting my first camera, a point and shoot, I was hooked. I took that camera to its limits trying every little feature and button of it. I learned the basics of photography through a lot of experimenting. After getting a DSLR at the end of last year, my love of photography really grew with the new world of options and ideas. I am still getting used to carrying around the big camera but the biggest help for the sometimes-confusing Canon menus is online research and sometimes actually having to read the manual.

Meet a Crafter - Ty from Know and Tell Crafts
Click the pic above to visit Ty’s excellent Perfect White Balance tutorial.

What would you tell new photographers to help them up their game and take better pics?

One of the biggest challenges for me when starting photography was over-editing things or getting overexposed shots. There was a period of time where I would underexpose shots and later lighten them on Photoshop. This didn’t work well. After a while I had to learn how to get my ISO under control and keep my shutter up (my 2 biggest problems).  White balance was another big one. I have found some pretty good “cures” for a bad white balance such as “custom white balance”  and of course the other presets that might come in a camera.

If you could only craft with one medium for the rest of your life, what would you choose?

I couldn’t give up being able to simply draw, doodle, sketch on paper (or digitally). Graphite is the only medium I have used as consistently as I do.

Do you have any tips for working with a particular medium?

The first thing that came to my mind was clay. I used to work with clay a lot and wish I would’ve used gloves in more of my sculptures to get rid of fingerprint marks, etc. I also wish I would’ve bought the pearling and rolling pin tools sooner.

Is there a new type of craft that you’re dying to check out? What is it?

I always thought that super detailed paper craft, origami, and paper cutting were things that I have barely touched when it comes to experimenting with mediums.

Meet a Crafter - Ty from Know and Tell Crafts
Click the pic to get Ty’s deets on how to make your own faux taxidermy!

What craft project(s) are you most proud of? 

I can’t pick a favorite but some top contenders are my DIY Deer and DIY Rock Necklaces only because it was the first time I felt like I took a decent and shareable photo of something I made.

What do you do when you aren’t crafting?

I’m still a student in 8th grade at our local school (:

Why do you craft blog?

I had started blogging when I was looking for feedback on the many projects I was always busy making.

Any advice you can give to aspiring craft bloggers?

The presentation and content of your blog is a big factor on what people will pay attention to it.

Besides crafting, what are your other interests?

Photography, Photoshop, art-making, and many sub categories of the three.

Do you have any pets? If so do you craft for them?

I do have 4 pets. 2 dogs named Sophie and Josie, and 2 cats named Agatha and Burton Guster. Unfortunately they don’t get crafted for due to the fact I think its kind of creepy.

Do you feel that you follow trends or set them?

That’s an interesting question and I can’t specifically answer. I have noticed small things in my life and blog have grown to something I could have been the start of.

Meet a Crafter - Ty from Know and Tell Crafts

What are your favorites?

MOVIE: Hot Rod, Rear Window

TV SHOWS: Psych, White Collar, Thursday nights on NBC…

MUSIC: Janelle Monae, Deep Cotton, Best Coast, Young the Giant, The Bird and theBee are a couple of bands I’ve been listening to recently.

ARTIST: I’ve recently learned that I’ve been super underexposed to artists so I’d say Andy Warhol or Keith Haring just because they are really the only two more modern ones that I know of. Hope that makes sense.

COLOR: Ever changing but some favorites right now are teal and bright yellow – green.

Anything else you’d like the readers of Dream a Little Bigger to know?

Hope you enjoyed my interview and it wasn’t to painfully uneventful (:

Thanks to Ty for a wonderful interview! And thenk you, readers, for checking out today’s post. I’ll be seeing you over to KNOW AND TELL CRAFTS!


Comments (6)

  • Ty

    April 8, 2013 at 4:02 PM

    Thanks again Allison! Super happy to be featured (:

  • Allison Murray

    April 8, 2013 at 10:35 PM

    It was a huge pleasure having you, Ty!

  • Lauren @ The Thinking Closet

    April 9, 2013 at 5:04 AM

    I have happed upon Ty's blog in the past, but thanks to this formal introduction, I'm going to have to add his blog to my bloglovin' queue. He is extremely talented and ambitious, and I can only imagine what he'll be up to in 10 years. Taking over the world, perhaps! ;-) Great interview, Allison!

  • Allison Murray

    April 9, 2013 at 1:55 PM

    He is very talented! Who knows what kind of creative genius we'll have on our hands when Ty grows up :)

  • Amy Anderson

    May 27, 2013 at 11:36 PM

    I absolutely LOVE Ty! I actually found his blog through StumbleUpon and have been hooked ever since. He's so talented!

  • Allison Murray

    May 28, 2013 at 1:05 AM

    I know, right? I wish I had as much vision and drive when I was in junior high! Such a great guy in so many ways :)

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