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Watercolor Painting for Beginners

Watercolor Painting for Beginners

Watercolor is such a unique, fun way to paint. We all painted with watercolors as children. Now try it as an adult. Choose Quality Brushes Choose brushes that have quality bristles. You do not need to spend a lot of money. Choose one or two brushes of high quality instead of a large pack of brushes that lack quality. Experiment with different types. I enjoy painting with bamboo brushes. Purchase Watercolor Paper Normal art paper will bleed when you apply…

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Time Management for Creatives

Time Management for Creatives

When you’re in a creative field you are always doing a million things at once. When you run a blog you have to create content, edit content, edit images, communicate with companies, just to name a few things. Being a Graphic Designer, there are less things I have to “hire out.” That also means I’m responsible for completing more tasks on my own. How can you learn good time management skills while stretching yourself in so many directions? Set Goals…

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South Korea Architecture -Old Meets New

South Korea Architecture -Old Meets New

One of the first things that strikes you about South Korea is the architecture. In the middle of bustling Seoul lies ancient architecture juxtaposed with tall modern skyscrapers. It’s that contrast that makes the country such a unique place to visit. Traditional The image seen below shows the attention to detail given to the majestic buildings that are part of the Gyeongbokgung palace complex. It wonderfully showcases the traditional Korean home architecture referred to as hanok. The painted parts are…

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What to Include in Your Online Portfolio

What to Include in Your Online Portfolio

A few posts ago I shared tips on how to ace the interview for your dream job. I mentioned that it is so essential to have a well put together online portfolio. Now I will share what types of projects to include in your portfolio. Software Examples Think about the type of software you are most familiar with. Is it Adobe Illustrator or are you a Dreamweaver superstar? This is your time to shine. Include projects you are very proud…

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How to Design and Create Your Very Own Art Gallery Wall

How to Design and Create Your Very Own Art Gallery Wall

Surround yourself with art you love on a daily basis. That is where art gallery walls come in. They are your own personal museum you get to “tour”daily. Think about the pieces you want to include. What to Include The art doesn’t need to include priceless masterpieces. Think prints from local artists that catch your eye. If you have children, you can frame their artwork. Don’t leave out your breathtaking vacation photos. Even thrift shop finds count. Frame them or leave…

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How to Stretch a Canvas

How to Stretch a Canvas

There was nothing else to do except bring home some of the art from Haiti. I purchased this beautiful landscape painting from a street vendor. He removed the frame and rolled it so that I could travel with it on the plane.  I called a few local framing shops as well as visited Michael’s once I got back home. Many didn’t offer what I was looking for or were extremely expensive. Artist & Craftsman Supply assured me I could stretch…

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The Abundance of Art in Haiti

The Abundance of Art in Haiti

So many art forms surrounded me everywhere I went in Haiti. Artists found inspiration all around them. Boats, waterfalls, wildlife as well as the local people were displayed on many types of materials. There were artists who carved their designs into wooden bowls and urns, depicting life on the island. Wooden items, canvas and found items like metal scraps served as surfaces for paintings. Color and vibrancy filled every piece of artwork. Other artwork came from an unlikely source. Artwork…

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Spinning the Potter’s Wheel- Interview with an Art Student

Spinning the Potter’s Wheel- Interview with an Art Student

I’m back with another interview. This time I spoke with an art student named Pricile who is studying at a University here in Connecticut. Let me share her story. Keep reading to find out why she chose this path. Q: Why did you decide to study the arts? I decided to study art because every time I pictured myself,  I couldn’t picture myself doing anything else but being in a studio and working on a wheel. I love working with…

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DIY: Host a Wine and Painting Party

DIY: Host a Wine and Painting Party

  There are so many wine and painting places popping up. They are great places to get together with friends. Have you ever thought of hosting one at home? It’s easier than you think. What to buy: Wine of course (one bottle per group of three people) Appetizers Canvases in a range of sizes Acrylic or gouache paint (One or two sets will work for a pretty large group of people. If purchasing individual bottles, purchase a color range of…

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DIY Drop Earrings

DIY Drop Earrings

A while ago I made similar earrings as gifts for friends. So I decided to share how I made them. Keep reading to find out how to make them yourself. Step 1: Decide which beads to use and add those beads onto the earring post. Step 2: Slide one earring hook on top. Step 3: Position the pliers about 1/4 in (0.5 cm) from the hook, then bend at that point. Step 4: Another 1/4 in (0.5 cm) from the…

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