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2015 Mystery Build Tips and Tricks

Mystery Build is about being resourceful and using your materials in surprising and inventive ways. We'll get you started with instructions and ideas for the suppies in your kit.


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Getting Started on Your Project

A good way to get started with your Mystery Build project is to just dive in and start playing. Most participants that are nervous about what to do, end up surprising themselves with what they create. The purpose of the challenge is to push you outside of your comfort zone and usual paths of creativity and problem-solving. Once you get started, momentum will naturally build.

Some people start with the theme and try to imagine what they might create if they had their choice of materials. Then they try to figure out how they can make it with the kit, like putting a puzzle together. Other people start by examining the materials and thinking about what techniques they want to use, then try to fit that around the theme. There is no right way, it's art after all, and you should approach the challenge in any way you think could be fun.

You could begin by looking through our tips and tricks, and get familiar with any materials you haven't worked with. Do google image searches for things like sculpture + (type of material), for example 'Stryofoam Sculpture'. Do some general research into techniques that may come to mind. You might consider trying to find similar materials locally, to run some tests before using the kit.

For inspiration you can look through the gallery of past projects and get a feel for how other people have tackled the challenge. You can also look through our art history image gallery for general artistic inspiration. There are about 1,000 images of great art there, from cave painting to modern works.

Ask For Help

You should not hesitate to email us and ask us questions, we get all kinds. We're not part of the judging process, so we can provide some guidance on specific or general issues that come up for you. We can help you with art techinques, materials information, and more. Contact us anytime and we'll do our best to respond the same day.