I am crazy thrilled to be sharing one of my biggest Totally Smitten With crushes, although I’m quite positive this phenomenal DIY guru needs no introduction!
Take a gander at how Mark’s online channel began + snag his top tips for refashioning & DIY:
I started my YouTube channel about 3 years ago because of my friends Rob and Corrine at Threadbanger. We were having dinner and they basically bullied me into doing it! They are amazing and I was happy for the encouragement. Also at that point I had worked in television for about 10 years so it seemed like a natural way to promote my DIY books. It all just fit together.
After a year or so I started getting hired to talk about products and I decided that I would only promote things that I really, truly loved and used in my work.
Having a YouTube channel isn’t the easiest task in the world, but it can be very rewarding.
Mark’s Top 5 Refashioning & DIY Tips:
1. Always work with things that you’re about to toss. Old t-shirts, paper, jeans, tin cans, jars…Whatever! They are a terrific point of inspiration and they are free. If they turn out great, fantastic! If you mess them up, well, they were going to be in the bin anyway. Win win!
2. Hit GOOGLE and start looking for inspiration. Artists, fashion sites, recycling ideas and anything to get your creative juices flowing. Print out some inspirational pictures and get going.
3. Don’t be afraid to mess up! You need to allow yourself to experiment and find your creative path and sometimes the most successful projects come from an unexpected left turn.
4. Learn how to sew! It’s a valuable tool and comes in handy for everything from mixed media projects to refashioning clothing. It’s also great when you have a hole in your undies.
5. Experiment with color! I love the color scheme generator website Coolors to find terrific color combinations for my projects. Color is GOOD! More color is better! I want all the colors!
A massive Canadian Bear Squeeze & sloppy creator kiss to Mark for sharing his YouTube tale and groovy tips!