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Scrapbook Ideas - Using Clear Stamps

When creating a scrapbook page most crafters will want some form of title on their scrapbook page layout that explains what the page is all about. You may decide to use an actual word that describes the day in question such as birthday, wedding, anniversary or you may choose to have a phrase that describes the emotion such as happy, sad, fun and so on.

The best way to get perfect placement of titles on your scrapbook pages is to use clear stamps. Choose a design of letters that you like and place them on the actual scrapbook page as you would like them to appear when actually stamped. Once you have decided on what looks best place your clear stamp block over the letter. Clear stamps have a sticky backing so they will stick directly to the block.

You then need to apply ink to the stamp and stamp onto your scrapbook page. You could then go on to emboss the wording if you wish.

Stamping is great for all your scrapbook ideas, you can use words, images, your own designs and parts of stamps to embellish your page and make your scrapbook ideas really come to life.

Clear stamps are a great investment because they are versatile and you can create so many different effects due to the fact they are pliable and their shape can be changed.
As an example you may have a clear boarder stamp that you want to incorporate into your scrapbook ideas but do not want a long straight image, try bending or making a wave shape when attaching it to the solid block to give it a totally new look.

You can combine stamping with other scrapbook ideas to get the most out of your stamps. Try stamping the image or wording on paper then cut out smaller shapes by using a craft punch or die cutting machine.

It is important to look after your stamps so they do not deteriorate. When you first receive clear stamps you might be tempted to go ahead and start putting your scrapbook ideas together however it is important to condition and prepare your stamps beforehand. New stamps tend to repel the ink so use a soft sand paper, a rubber or even sticky tape to remove the coating any new stamp will have.

Because clear stamps are pliable it is important to store them in your scrapbook supplies and away from sunlight as this can cause the stamps to harden and discolour.

Cleaning your stamps is also important, if using a solvent based ink such as staz on then a specialist cleaner will be required. Most other inks can be gently removed with a baby wipe or simply wash the stamp in warm soapy water.

 


Artistic Creativity - Thomas Kinkade's Intuitive Wisdom - Do Your Paintings Speak To You?

Artistic Creativity Helps You Transform Today Into A Radiant Masterpiece

Did you know that Thomas Kinkade, the "Painter of Light", wrote when paintings speak? After learning this inspirational artist had passed from this life, I remembered his book that I had picked up, "The Art of Creative Living, Making Every Day A Radiant Masterpiece". This morning, I took this book down and began to read it again. I want to share with you some of the thoughts from the chapter, "When Paintings Speak".

It surprised me to learn that at times, even Thomas Kinkade experienced some of the same doubt and frustration as I do. I expect that you share these thoughts from time to time, also.

Thomas Kinkade Shares His Thoughts.

"Too often, those aspiring to greater creative productivity feel stymied, distracted, or even a little bored as they walk into the office or workspace to face the day's demands. I know most of the typical responses and feelings...because at one time or another I've felt them myself:

* "I'd rather be out in the sunshine than here in this studio," or

* "I can always start a little later this morning or this afternoon."

He suggested overcoming this self-defeating behavior by finding a new way to go about your work. Seek a call that is so strong, it cannot be ignored.

Each Painting of Yours Can Guide You.

Do you like to work in the morning? I do. I like to enter my studio while drinking my first cup of coffee. There are always several paintings started at once. I slowly walk about, examining each one. Believe it or not, one if not more of my paintings will "speak to me". I envision the next step that this painting tells me it needs. Perhaps it's more light here. Or it needs a darker hue there. Maybe an angle I have painted needs to be corrected, or the focal point needs to be sharper.

By the time I have visited each painting, I'm so full of anticipation that I can hardly wait to get started. My goal is to make each painting, as Kinkade states, "a friend, companion or collaborator."

Here's another interesting fact from this inspiring book; Kinkade kept a painting in his studio that waited for him for 7 years without so much as a peep. It finally "announced" that it was ready to be finished. Finish it he did, and within a few weeks it became a "successful print release."

So paint while reaching deep within yourself. Let your light and your life show, and your paintings will speak to others, too.

Do you see the importance of listening to your paintings as well as visualizing them? If Thomas Kinkade sometimes thought that it would be great to be outside instead of in the studio, don't you think it's normal for you to struggle, too? His desire to paint meaningful pictures kept him on track. Your dedication can move you forward, as well.

 


A Beginners Guide To Card Making Terms

Understanding basic terms when card making or scrapbooking is half the battle.Armed with this knowledge you are well on your way to creating wonderful cards and scrapbook page layouts

Acetate - Acetate is a plastic film that has many applications. You can stamp onto it using rubber stamps, use it for making shaker cards, and use it to make an image or embellishment appear to hang independently. You can also paint Acetate with glass paints and glitter glues.

Acid Free - Anything that is acid free is perfect for card making and scrap booking as it will not deteriorate or discolour. Acid free is simply a product that is manufactured free of acid.

Adhesive - Adhesive is something that is used to stick one material to another. Common craft adhesives include glue dots, glue sticks, double sided tape and photo stickers.

Bone Folder - A bone folder is used for scoring and folding paper and card. It is a flat piece of plastic or bone which is pointed at one end and round at the other.

Brads - Brads are available in a wide range of designs, shapes and colours. Brads have two prongs at the back which are pushed through the paper or card and then flattened to hold in place in much the same way as a split pin..

Brayer - A brayer is usually used to create backgrounds or to roll over two pieces of paper to help glue them together. A brayer is a roller that is soft and made of rubber.

Cardstock - Cardstock is a sturdy thick scrapbook paper which is available in many different thicknesses, weights and colors.

Cello Bags - Cello Bags are used to protect your cards and often used when making cards to sell. They are made from thin plastic which is transparent.

Clear Rubber Stamps - Clear rubber stamps are usually used with an acrylic block, clear stamps can be positioned how you like, and can be mixed and matched with other stamps that you add to the acrylic block.

Corner Punch - A corner punch is used for cutting corner shapes, usually to round off the corners of cards.

Craft Knife - A craft knife is an essential item for card making and scrapbooking. It is a very sharp pointed knife that has replaceable blades.

Cutting Mat - A cutting mat is used with the craft knife. It is a mat that protects the surface you are working on.

Decoupage - Decoupage is a technique used to decorate cards. It is a technique where you build up a 3D picture using several pictures as layers.

Die Cut - Is a term that means 'cut out shape'. The shape is usually cut from a metal template called a 'die'.

Distressing - Distressing is a method used to give your project an old and worn look.. This can be achieved in many ways including, stamping, crumpling, inking and tearing.

Double Sided Tape - Double sided tape is sticky on both sides and can either be flat or 3D.

Embellishment - An embellishment is used to decorate a handmade card or scrapbook page layout.

Embossing - A technique used when stamping to create a raised image.

Embossing Powder - Embossing Powder is a fine powder that is available in a variety of colors. Embossing powder is sprinkled over a stamped image and heated to create a raised impression.

Eyelets - Eyelets are metal fasteners with holes in the middle. They are attached to cards and scrapbook pages. Once attached ribbon and fibres can be passed through the holes.

Gel Pens - Gel pens come in many different colors and can be used to colour small areas in a precise color.

Glitter Glue - Glitter glue is glue that is pre mixed with very fine glitter. Glitter glue is usually white and dries clear.

Glue Dots - Glue dots are used to attach embellishments such as buttons or other heavy materials. They are extremely sticky and should not be removed once applied.

Heat Gun - A heat gun is used to heat embossing powder

Iris Folding - A technique where strips of paper are folded and overlapped to create a background in an aperture card.

Light box - A back lit box used with an embossing stencil. The light in the box transmits through the image so that it can be seen through card and paper.

Matting - Matting is also known as mat and layering. It is a technique where a layer of paper is built up to produce a frame around an image or embellishment.

Pigment ink - pigment ink is normally used for embossing because it is like a water based ink that dries slowly enabling the embossing powders to stick to it.

Rub Ons - Rub ons are transfers that are applied by rubbing with a lolly stick. Once applied they are permanent. They are commonly used on scrapbook page layouts and for card making ideas.

Scoring - A way of creating a line that can be used to fold a card.

 


How To Set Brilliant Artistic Goals Using 10 Steps

Setting artistic goals is energizing, inspirational, and so much more! When you create a crystal clear artistic intention, you step into your power. In fact, you start living as the artist you have always dreamt of being.

Don't let this remain just a pleasant pipe dream. Learn right now how to set the kind of artistic goals that enable you to achieve what you truly want from life.

Create Only Goals That Empower You

It is easy to become overly caught up in fantasies. Initial brainstorming of possible outcomes can generate unrealistic plans to reach your goals. A bit of wild dreaming is expected and can actually motivate you. But if you don't then apply a reality test to each option, you may end up disappointed, discouraged and discard your goals altogether.

Your Road to Rewarding Artistic Goals

Here are 10 success-driven steps to set winning goals:

1. Identify Your Target Market. To thrive as an artist, you need to establish a clear mental picture of your targeted market. The goal is yours alone, so be completely frank.

2. Create Specific Goals. A common goal is to paint and show your work more, but this is too general to be useful. Instead, define what you actually want: for example, "I want to exhibit in 6 shows and paint 2 pictures a month in 2012." This is an achievable and measurable artistic goal.

3. Set Short and Long-Term Milestones. Milestones serve a dual purpose. First, they motivate you with a focused target. Second, they break large overwhelming goals into smaller, manageable ones. Here's how:

* Picture your ideal long-term milestone. Make it vivid and let it energize you!

* Mark this end point on a calendar.

* Now, starting from your "due date", work backwards. Schedule each short-term milestone that leads you to your ultimate goal.

* Write it into your calendar. * Next, develop weekly goals to move you towards each short-term milestone. Working backwards helps you achieve your goals by seeing the big picture first.

4. Generate small, reachable artistic goals. These will maintain your enthusiasm and momentum.

5. Expect setbacks. To expect that you will not experience any disappointment during your journey is simply unrealistic.

6. Protect your focus. Determine how you will handle interruptions, unexpected events and low creativity, before they come to take a bite out of your productivity.

7. Have confidence in your dream. Affirm that it's OK if others lack the time or energy to encourage you. The one who needs to be fully committed to your dream is you. So go full tilt!

8. Reevaluate your intention over time. It is okay and often necessary to periodically assess your initial goals. So conduct a review at regular, realistic intervals. Is this goal still valid?

9. Revise your goal as needed. Rather than cling to a goal that no longer suits you or seems viable, update it so that it remains workable and compelling to you.

10. Modify your strategy to fit changing times. Sometimes the goal works well, but you need to change your steps to achieve it. Shifts in your life situation can challenge you to become more resourceful. Welcome this as a chance to grow!

Artistic goals are yours. You can do with them as you wish. So bring to them the dedication they deserve. Then, you live your life with passion, conviction and success!

 


How To Choose Fine Art Paintings By Realist Painters

Realism in art is defined in the same way as it would be in literature; it is the rendering of the subject matter as it really is without being embellished or putting one's personal influence on it. The whole emphasis with realist painting is to portray the scene or the person as is in a no frills and unromantic fashion. What is sought in realism is to relay exactly what the artist is seeing to the future viewer of the painting without adding to or taking away from the subject.

Many of the paintings done my realist painters tend to deal more with situations or subjects that are a little abnormal or even sordid. Realist photography is the same way, for example some of the photos from Vietnam portraying an actual shooting, while shocking, were also very real. The idea of realism is to say this is all I know, what I see with my own eyes, whereas idealism is more concerned with a philosophy that our world is just a reflection of something greater.

Realist painters are more likely to work in subject matter that is commonplace and everyday such as farming, fishing, and other normal everyday pastimes as well specializing in painting the elderly. The colors chosen are completely non embellished and even border on being drab compared to other styles of painting.

In the 1500's mannerism was probably the most practiced from of art in Europe and depicted figures that were exaggerated and abnormal appearing in unrealistic positions. The work of Caravaggio changed all of this when his paintings of average everyday people involved in the doing normal activities became popular. All of his paintings were simply like photographs or snapshots of real events of everyday ordinary people.

The Dutch were famous for embracing realism and the detail of the paintings from the Dutch Masters is unsurpassed. Rembrandt was one of the most famous of these realist painters whose works are admired and studied to this day. I look at these paintings and am amazed by the attention to detail that they were able to show.

Today, realism is still a major force in art as well as all other forms of media. Some of the largest draws at museums are the realist photographers who are portraying subject matter from the Gulf War and other similar tragic landscapes in a way that tugs at the heart. Realism can make you feel like you are there and at the same time, glad you are not.

 


Why Some Glassware Is Considered To Be Collectible And Valuable

When it comes to art, you never know what they're going to call the next Mona Lisa. Art encompasses such a variety of forms of expression that you can't really say what is art and what isn't. Moving away from the past, we no longer equate art with fame or school taught skill. During earlier times, art was considered to be the product of those who presented attractive pieces from the knowledge and skills gathered from well established institutions. The artist would have to be well recognized by a high amount of people and the artwork had to highlight some sort of beauty.

This former way of thinking was a sad affair for painters and other creators of art because fame and recognition usually did not come until after they had died. Old perceptions of art also ignored pieces that may not necessary look the best or display outward beauty, but made you think and draw from its meaning. Today, art is whatever you believe it to be, from a splatter of paint to a graffiti riddled boxcar to a crystal or glassware creation. Many of these artworks become collectibles because they are something that you enjoy looking at, as well as possessing.

For those interested in collecting glassware, there are a few requirements that the rest of the world takes heed to in this respect. For a glassware piece to be considered a collectible, an artist that is well known most likely created it. When an ordinary piece of glasswork is hard to find because there were a limited amount of originals produced, this enhances its appeal to the public. This is what collectors from across the globe thrives on: finding that unique, sought after glassware creation. As with many collectibles, the less available the item is, the more valuable.

Once you have acquired a collectible piece of glassware, you will want to secure it in a place where it can stay in one piece. Often, a collector will invest in a decorative glass cabinet to keep their treasures. What is kept inside cannot fall to the ground or be touched by others. A piece of glassware placed on a bookshelf is just asking to be broken. When it comes time to clean your glassware, keep in mind the delicacy of this task. Regular detergents cannot come in contact to a piece of glassware that possesses painted details. Most often, a regular dusting is all the maintenance it will require.

For avid collectors, you most likely have a few favorite artists or designers in mind when you seek out a new purchase. These are the people you look out for in gallery showings and when new pieces become available. When you do not know where to look for your next collectible, the Internet is the perfect place to start. This is a great way to compare artists, as well as prices.

 




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