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DIY: Jackson Pollock Art Inspiration

DIY: Jackson Pollock Art Inspiration

Have you heard of Jackson Pollock? Maybe you don’t know him by name. But you’ve definitely seen his work. Think of paint splatters everywhere and every color of the rainbow. He is one of the most famous abstract painters and his work is so inspiring. So inspiring that you want to try it for yourself. So let’s do just that. Step 1: Purchase Your Supplies For this project I recommend purchasing acrylic paint. For a complete list of items I…

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How to charge clients as a Freelance Graphic Designer

How to charge clients as a Freelance Graphic Designer

You’re starting out as a freelance Graphic Designer. How much will you charge your clients? There are a lot of ways to calculate and it can be confusing. I’ll share what I feel is the simplest way. I suggest charging either a flat rate or a flat rate plus hourly. There may be small projects that you charge a flat rate for. For example, a simple edit to a photo in Adobe Photoshop. You know the work will not take…

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Package Design that Catches Your Eye

Package Design that Catches Your Eye

We buy things that appeal to our eyes. That’s why package design is so important. We will choose the item in the best packaging. It’s just human nature. Want to get an A+ on your package design skills? Check out the following brands. The cute bottle above is from beauty supplement producer, The Tonik. I like that they chose an uncommon bottle shape. The packaging is simplistic and cute at the same time. The next design is also simple, but…

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Skyline Architecture: that Takes Your Breath Away

Skyline Architecture: that Takes Your Breath Away

A skyline reminds us of the beauty of nearby and foreign cities. The architecture they display capture a whole moment and give us wanderlust. Take Buenos Aires (above) for example. Look at the way the buildings are are different sizes and shapes. I love that contrast. Let’s transport ourselves to nearby and far away locales. Keep scrolling and picture yourself traveling to new and interesting places. New York City New adventures await me everytime I visit New York City. It…

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Acrylic Painting for Beginners

Acrylic Painting for Beginners

You’ve always had the itch to start painting but never knew where to start. Acrylic paints are a great place to start. They create amazing results, yet are easy to use and quick drying. There is no mixing chemicals, like you do with oil paints. Some of the tools you’ll use are similar to what I talked about in my “Watercolor Painting for Beginners” post. This includes using quality materials. Choose Quality Brushes Look for brushes that have quality bristles….

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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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