Few artists create great works of art without any preparation. The reason for this is that a stroke of creativity may not come fully formed. Part of learning to create art is nurturing these visions until they are formed well enough for the artist to see a finished piece. Artists that simply begin working, without waiting for their vision to solidify, often end up with a chaotic piece that does not work well for them. Preparation is one of the more important keys to creating art.
Artists use tools to impose their vision on a material. Some use colored pigments such as paint to turn a blank canvas into a story. Other artists may begin with a gray lump of clay and transform it into a beautiful vase, plate or figurine. Wood, metal and glass are also popular materials for artists to use. Each one must be prepared before the creative vision is transferred to the chosen medium.