Five Ways Art Classes Can Benefit Your Child

Art classes are becoming less common in American schools as the focus of learning shifts to the core subjects of math, science and reading. Is this truly a benefit to our children? Many parents and educational professionals adamantly believe that the arts should not be neglected. Although many educators think the arts are a luxury, they form the building blocks of developmental skills that can benefit children throughout their lives. Take a look at just some of the ways that children gain from taking art classes.

Motor Skill Development

Children develop small motor skills as they learn to color with crayons or paint with a brush. Using scissors, drawing shapes and coloring inside the lines also helps with fine motor skills. As adults, we use these skills every day without even thinking about them. From turning the key to unlock the house to typing on the computer or texting on our phones, these skills are an integral part of daily life.

Problem-Solving Skills

One of the most sought-out skills on the job market today is problem-solving skills, and young children first begin learning these skills in art classes. As children explore and learn through art, they develop their ability to think creatively and explore solutions. These skills can help them find new ways to perform tasks and become more efficient at their jobs, no matter their field or profession.

Language Skills

As children draw and create, they talk about what they are doing. This helps them learn to express themselves more effectively with words. They can talk about what they are creating, why they are creating it and what it means to them. As adults, this exercise will help them develop oral communication skills that are critical in any job.

Visual Learning Skills

Throughout our life, we learn by seeing. On the job, we learn by watching others. We discover new ways of performing tasks. We understand by observing those who are more skilled. Children improve their visual skills by sculpting, creating art and drawing.

Creative Thinking

As children are encouraged to be creative in their art projects, they learn to explore and be innovative. Our world desperately needs more innovative thinkers. These are the people who find new solutions to old problems and invent products that improve our lives. Without creative thinkers, we would not enjoy the many technological advances in our society. By allowing children to think creatively through art classes, we help them to become forward thinkers.

Without art classes, children would miss out on many valuable skills. The core subjects are an important part of children’s education, but taking art classes can help them develop skills that cannot be learned from a book. It helps their minds grow and it helps them to become unique and strong individuals who will make our world a better place to live. Where would be we be without the great inventors and writers and artists of the world? Contact your local arts academy today to enroll your children in art classes to help them become well-rounded, creative thinkers.

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Source by Jen Stott

Koi Fish Sleeve Tattoos Designs – Meanings and Stereotypes Around This Sexy Japanese Koi Tattoo Art

Koi is a word made popular by the Japanese which means Wild Carp or Carp. Differently from the Western culture beliefs, Koi is a colorful fresh water fish usually found in public ponds, fountains and rivers which can have many different color like white, red, yellow, orange, gold and even calico-colored. Koi tattoo is very famous in the Japanese culture in which it is treasured with the love and respect of the people for thousands of years.

Koi fish is one of the most beautiful and popular tattoo symbols in Japanese and all over the world. A Japanese legend said that if a Koi climb the fall successfully at the Dragon Gate on the Yellow River, it will transform itself in to a dragon. Due to its masculine quality, the Koi tradition made it way into the family where they celebrate the son by having Koi fish flag in the house or at the Boys’ day festival. Koi fish tattoos symbolize strength, courage, determination over obstacles, and ambition for achieving high goals.

Japanese Koi tattoo tradition has put a huge mark on the western tattoo culture for its deep traditional meanings and beautiful designs. Koi tattoo art has become more popular world wide rather than just in Asia. Thousands of people decorated themselves with Koi sleeve tattoos on their arms and forearms. There are many different yet interesting opinions in the meaning of the Koi fish tattoos. Some feel that the direction swimming of the Koi has symbolism of sexual attention.

For me, finding a true meaning behind all these are difficult and the fact that most tattoos meanings are best have to do with the person who getting them. Whatever feeling you have for the tattoo is the meaning for you, not necessarily true to someone else but at the end of the day, it is your tattoos so nobody would careless. I’ve actually heard people said this about the Koi fish tattoos: if the Koi is swimming up, it’s either the person is really sexual or gay and if swimming down, it means the person wants to either give or receive oral sex. I don’t know all about this but it could be up means trying to overcome problems and down mean the obstacles has been tackled. Like I said, whatever meaning fits your lifestyle then it is the true meanings.

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Source by Grabriel Gonzaga

His Most Famous Painting (The Ancient of Days) – William Blake

English ‘Romantic’ painter, printmaker, and poet William Blake (1757-1827) was a radical visionary. He expressed his mystical views through paintings, engravings, and poetry. Blake was never inclined to represent the materialistic things around him. The concept of his work was driven by religious visions. Blake’s unusual capability to capture and portray a theme from just his imagination shows his sheer brilliance as an artist. One of his most amazing paintings was a relief called “The Ancient of Days,” created in 1794.

This print of 23 cm x 17 cm (9″ x 7″) in size was made from a copperplate engraving. “The Ancient of Days” was actually a cover illustration for his book of poems ‘Europe, a Prophecy,’ which Blake published in 1794. William Blake claimed to have created this alluring image based on a vision he had over a staircase while he was living in Lambeth. It may not seem that there is an obvious connection between the print and its title, however, its a known fact that in his prophecies, Prophet Daniel referred to God as “The ancient of Days.” Blake made the print with intricate detail and hand painted it using deep vibrant watercolors.

The image features an old but strong looking man sitting on one knee in a sphere bending down. The bright coloring of the sphere makes it seem like the sun surrounded by a dark cloudy sky depicted in maroons and browns. The man has long white hair and a white beard. He is stretching to bend downwards outside the sphere holding a huge compass in his left hand, as if taking a measurement. William Blake was termed eccentric, for he rejected all the conventional norms of religion and formed his own beliefs. He often conveyed his ideology through his works. “The Ancient of Days” is one such illustration where Blake portrays ‘Urizen’ (a name he had given to the creator of the universe in his writings). This magnificent illuminated print is proof of Blake’s inventive creative genius and skillful artistry.

“The Ancient of Days” was a personal favorite of Blake’s. It is currently housed at the British Museum in London. His innovative artwork may not have been well received during his lifetime, but today they are considered great masterpieces. William Blake’s artwork is deemed unique and critics have tagged him as one of the greatest artists Britain produced.

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Source by Annette Labedzki

The New Designs of Homemade Spiral Staircase for a Refined Interior Decor

The whole concept of decorating your home is to give it a new look. These changes shall not only help in maintaining the home interior but also helps in providing the inmates discover the new selves. The inmates should always feel like coming home. The home is that place where one feels like coming back to at the end of the day. To enhance the interior of the house the furniture plays an integral role. The designs and textures of this furniture are extremely significant.

The homemade spiral staircase is one of the best models provided for adding a decoration into the interiors that shall serve its purpose. The whole new catalog of wooden staircases can add an extra element into the interior décor of your house. The wooden stairs are designed in various patterns such as with fine edges, square angles, even shaped.

The quality of wood used is highly profound. The quality of wood used can range from oak, mahogany, beech, pine, maple and several more. The price range for each of these woods differs. The stairs made from this huge variety of woods are designed based on the space and the requirements of the owner.

How can you redefine the home space with spiral staircases?

The homemade spiral staircase has been a part of the vintage collection. These designs have evolved over the years. The amalgamation of traditional designs with modern ones is the new theme of the interior decorators. The spiral staircases were once upon a time made of wrought iron. These were used for garden spaces that could let the inmates climb up and down the backyard space and were also be used for getting on to the terrace. The problem with wrought iron stairs is that they might get rust because of the poor weather conditions. Therefore maintaining these iron staircases can be quite difficult and costly.

The best aspect of choosing wooden staircases is that they are highly durable and can be maintained easily. The process of cleaning and looking after these wooden ones is very convenient. The shapes and sizes of the stairs can be adjusted and made according to the order of requirement.

What are the factors that can help you choose the best design for your home?

Several factors are taken into consideration while ordering for the homemade staircases. The spirals take in less space when constructed in the interior. This spiral designed staircase can be built at the center of the room connecting both the floors. This can also be constructed in the personal library zone where the inmates can climb up to fetch the books kept in the upper compartments.

These designed stairs do not act as hindrances rather they can be treated like a piece of furniture to keep the plants or for placing any such decoration that can add an element into the décor. These spiral staircases can be made safe for children by covering them with a layering of carpet. Many factors should be taken into consideration:

  • The dimension of each stair should suit the space
  • The wood that will be used to construct these stairs should be selected according to the budget and choice.
  • The safety of the inmates is also an integral part of choosing the stair design which comes in both with and without the armrest planks.

These wooden staircases can be polished and painted according to the choices. These staircases have the arm rest portion on one side. Some of the designs do not even have that railing to support on while climbing or down of the stairs. The corner portion under these stairs can be used for putting on the paintings or even for putting books.

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Source by Bozidar Vranekovic

Evaluating Gustav Coubert French Painter of the Realist School

Realist movement was a movement that appeared just after the Romantic movement. This movement was spearheaded by Theodore Gericault and Eugene Delacroix. The romantic movement concentrated on paintings that pleased the eye. Gustave brought in a fresh approach.

The world of art and painting is as old as history. From the earliest time paintings and art have dominated the ethos of man. Thus there are ancient cave paintings from the prehistoric age to the modern art of the present era. One aspect that has dominated art is painting a woman in the nude. This is one of gods greatest gift and obviously painters have tried to do justice to this aspect, by painting women in the nude.

A look at the nude paintings of almost 2000 years and even more, one can see that 99% of them were devoid of human hair. Women were presented as porcelain models who had no hair. Thus the Greek and Roman paintings including from Egypt and India depicted women without hair. The famous paintings from the Greek era show the beautiful Greek goddesses as hairless beauties. Obviously this was something unreal and a new breed of painters in France in the 19th century took it upon themselves to bring about realism in their paintings.Oone of these painters is Gustave Coubert( 1819-77). Gustav was among a new breed of painters who advocated realist approach to art. The Realist movement in art is due a lot to him and Eduard Manet who in 1863 painted Olympia. This painting when displayed in the art show in Paris in 1863 needed two guards to protect it.

What was the Realist movement? It was a movement that appeared just after the Romantic movement. This movement was spearheaded by Theodore Gericault and Eugene Delacroix. The Romantic movement concentrated on paintings that pleased the eye. Gustave brought in the realist movement where he painted nudes, landscapes and still life as seen from the eyes of man. This obviously necessitated the painting of subjects that some considered vulgar. Gustave painted the harshness of life and he also painted women as he saw them complete with pubic hair. He brought into question the age old ethics of art.

In 1866 Gustave took on the church and prudery head on by oil- painting one of his most notorious paintings. Titled the L’Oringine du Monde ( Origin of the world). The painting is presently displayed in the Musee d’Orsay, Paris. The painting is a close up view of a woman who is nude and sleeping on a bed. The painting by Gustave is a part of what he believed-realism and can be termed as erotic. Gustave used a live model for this painting, a girl named Joanna Hiffernan. She earlier had a love affair with an American painter James Whistler, but after this painting Joanna and Whistler separated.

The 19th century was a revolutionary one as art took a U-turn. The new breed of painter began to paint slums and the poor as a part of the realist movement. But we must give credit to Gustave Coubert for starting this movement. He is no more but he struck an important blow for art and truth.

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Source by Madan G Singh

Politics of Popular Culture

One cannot live on a myth in the present; the tradition is being constantly transformed; old is giving way to new in ways more than one. The new changes, or the crossover of trends and fashions, may be generating a feeling of existential urgency; the sublime seems to be melding with the trivial and the creative with the conventional. A sort of re-orientation is going-on so rapidly that the classical concepts of culture appear outdated.

It is also a fact that the greatest number of new ideas in contemporary art, literature and culture have been coming out from the West. Western artists and cultural leaders have been extending the concept of what constitutes contemporary art. It is important to take note of a convergence of new attitudes, especially as there has been a marked shift from the idealist to the materialist view.

The fabric of popular culture, now a celebratory, is interwoven with changes in the world of media, along side too much Soap Operas, MTV music, McDonald fast food, sexist jokes, designer-label jeans and aerobic sports-wear–all with a view to maintaining ‘standards’. The so-called ‘cultural industries’ have been denigrated as tools of the hegemonic classes to impose a passive subservience on the majority of people, be it Europe, America, Asia or Africa. They manipulate the multi layered site of contemporary consumerist culture as well as the emerging hybridization of cultural identity.

A scrutiny of the ‘popular’, its texts and practices, should help us in negotiating the profound shifts in culture studies as also in relating post-modernist orthodoxy to the post-Cold War developments (in the erstwhile Soviet bloc, and/or East European countries), post-apartheid developments (in South Africa and elsewhere on the African continent), post-colonial developments (in Asian and African countries), and more recently, post-Sept 11, 2001 developments (in South/South-east/West Asia, middle East, USA, and Europe).

The politics of popular culture, howsoever post-modernist or post-colonial, is essentially the politics of the ways in which we see ourselves, just as the cultural, the social, and the economic are hardly easily distinguishable from each other. The relationship between popular culture and its two arms, commerce and profit, is highly problematic. Instead of passively consuming a product, users now actively absorb it and reworth it to construct their own meaning of self, of social identity, and group cohesion.

After the Sept 11 terrorist attack on American soil, there has been a greater American hegemonic political and economic presence in every country: TV programmes, newspapers and magazines have been replete with American style and vision. Gradually, the American domination here, there and everywhere, has resulted in a struggle by the subordinate and subaltern forces, even terrorist forces, to demolish it.

A slow ideological indoctrination (to sustain consumerist culture) of the masses, especially the expanding middle class by powerful interests, is going on. The middle class culture is frequently less affiliated to specific class, religion, race, country or politics, and unofficially also remains indifferent to ‘national’ questions, practicing a sort of ‘transnational’ solidarity, as far as consumerism is concerned. The American popular culture has given rise, not so much to economic exploitation as the capacity to be able to represent something, or someone, in a peculiar way: as symbolic power; as popular culture within the ambit of power. The media society – whatever its form, shape, size, or colour – articulates this power, perhaps selectively, in a contradictory fashion throwing open for others to decide with whom to associate or empathize. It exposes the mechanisms of identity-creation, participates in identity politics, creates awareness of exclusion or inclusion, and constructs counter-narratives with new critical spaces and social practice. It acts as “central political agent” of the powerful.

The politics of popular culture reveals the conditions under which relationships of power have been shaped in various parts of the world and apparently developed in an emancipating way as everyday culture, or high culture, where new things are emerging and creativity is thriving. In music, for example, since the mid-1990s, musicians have been more lucrative. Choreographers have developed a new sense of body movement and dance aesthesis. Computer evolution has already led to a ‘net culture’ which links various art forms. Literature is already rooted in this world today and trends in fashion industry are set by FTV models.

At times it may appear difficult to reconcile the various impressions, including the desire to break free of all constraints in art or destruction of its intrinsic significance. The inherent contradictions and heterogeneity of the ‘melting pot’ that popular culture seems to have turned into may not help us open the path to the human consciousness or even initiate an intellectual debate. But whom to blame when “art blends so seamlessly into the utilitarian”? To quote Hanno Rauterberg, “Art, after all, is not dead, it is in a state of self-induced paralysis.”

We are marching into an indistinct future. We experience the effects of globalization in such fields as communication, the media, and the financial markets just as we are experiencing fragmentation of politics vis-à-vis widespread religious, casteist and ethnic conflict, secular nationalism, and regional fundamentalism. At the same time, we are witnessing impoverishment and economic marginalization of a large part of the society. Almost all accepted norms and values are being called into question, just as standardization and differentiation obtain at the same time. However, the struggle continues for coexistence of the glorious past and naked modernization almost everywhere.

What appears more appropriate is the need to appreciate the emergence of a greater degree of interculturalism. The ruling politicians should respect ones right to be different and help create new cultural spaces for others to belong. They should help defuse, absorb and avoid those conflicts that result from the collision of world religions and cultures which are rigidly separated and social differences must be honoured and dogmatism must give way to dialogue. Our living together in a global civilization is not possible without some sort of global ethos on the part of our country’s politicians.


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Source by Ram Krishna Singh

Learn Ninjutsu – Japanese Titles of Teaching, Authority, and Respect Used in Ninja Training

One of the most confusing parts about Ninja training, especially for the non-Japanese student, are the terms and names for the skills, techniques, strategies, and other aspects of the art. It can be a daunting task for the Western student to have to learn the many Japanese names that naturally developed as a part of the art over the centuries.

One area of concern, especially for the respectful student, is in making sure that they are using the titles of authority and respect reserved for their teachers and senior students correctly. And, while pronunciation is a major concern for many, it would also be helpful if they knew what word or title was appropriate when referring to, or interacting with any particular person. In that light, this article highlights a few of the titles used to extend proper respect toward your teacher and seniors while involved in training.

Soke – Often mistranslated as “grand master,” this is the title for the “head-of-lineage.” Soke is a position, not a rank. In fact, the soke of any particular school or lineage is “outside” of the concept of rank, and is the person from whom rank is extended or flows. So, there is only 1 Soke within a lineage.

Sensei – This is the term that is generally used, and most readily recognized within the context of Japanese-based martial arts. The term simply means, “teacher,” and can be used to identify anyone who is providing you with a lesson.

Shidoshi – This is a teaching title, used especially with Ninja training. One possible definition is that of “teacher of the warrior ways of enlightenment.” However, if you were to look at the base components of the word – “SHI” & “DOSHI” – you find a meaning of “teacher’s teacher,” or a teacher of teachers, rather than the common idea of a teacher of students – as the word “sensei” implies.

Shihan – This is not an official rank or self-imposed title, as many believe, but rather an honorific used to identify someone who is an excellent “role model” and worthy of following. You would no sooner call yourself a shihan, as I would introduce myself to someone as “Role Model Miller!”

Kansho – While there may be several Shidoshi or sensei within a given school, there is only one at the head of the group. So, just as Soke is the “head-of-lineage,” a Kansho (sometimes written as “kan-SHI”) is the “head-of’-the-‘school” or “head-of-the-dojo”).

Sempai – Contrasted with the word “KO-hai”, which means “junior student,” the sempai refers to any student senior to you in rank. Kohai are the junior, or “newer” students, and sempai are the seniors. But, again, this term is relative to YOUR position relative to the other students within the dojo setting. When you joined, all of the students already members of the dojo were, by default, your seniors – regardless of rank. Just as you will be the sempai, or senior, or anyone who joins after you.

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Source by Jeffrey Miller

The Benefits of Martial Arts Training

As any martial artist will tell you, there are multiple benefits in martial arts training. Of course, the most obvious benefit is a knowledge of self defense which is one of the major reasons why systems were developed in the first place. Knowing how to defend oneself and loved ones in a potentially dangerous situation is an asset in today’s world just as it was hundreds of years ago. Unlike often portrayed in the movies, training is not just about fighting. Many people take up martial arts for the fitness benefits as well. Training in karate, tae kwon do, kung fu and other styles will improve one’s cardiovascular fitness as well as tone the muscular system. Strength will increase from the calisthenics usually employed within training but perhaps not to the same extent as working out with weights. But overall power of one’s body will definitely increase since the techniques teach how to use strength effectively.

Most people will also improve their flexibility significantly while training since entire ranges of motion from the body are exercised. This is especially true with styles such as tae kwon do, Thai kickboxing as well as some schools of karate and kung fu where high kicks are used. All martial art styles will result in an improvement of one’s coordination as well.

Unlike many other forms of physical activity, martial arts also have a mental and sometimes spiritual element which not only improves the mind’s focus but also helps in self control. Emotions such as anger and fear are better controlled through training. Many martial artists can find an inner peace through their training. In today’s hectic world, these particular benefits translate into one of the most effective stress management tools available. When training in a session or in a group class, all the day to day troubles of the world seem to be forgotten. People come out refreshed, energized and ready to tackle the big world out there.

Training in martial arts usually involves many little steps and progressions. As one advances, the feeling of accomplishment comes with added confidence. This is especially beneficial for children who were not very confident in the first place. An increase in self confidence for kids (as well as adults) will have a cross over effect in other areas of life such as in other sports and general self esteem. Other challenges in life, both physical and mental, will be met with much less fear.

An important benefit of martial arts training for parents to note is that children will generally become more disciplined from the unique formalities of martial arts classes. This is one benefit that is often lacking in other sports. Former ‘problem’ kids with bad attitudes could become well behaved and respectful as a result of taking classes a few times per week. Respect is something that all instructors place great importance in during their classes. Martial arts kids are often very well behaved children no matter what social economic backgrounds they come from.

Martial arts training has so many great benefits covering physical, mental and emotional aspects that it’s no wonder why it has become one of the most popular activities for both adults and children. However, it is important to point out that not all programs will produce the range of benefits discussed. Programs that teach just combat fighting techniques may not result in the desired mental and spiritual benefits so it is important to search around for the right school that will offer the benefits one wishes to achieve.

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Source by Clint Leung

Japanese Symbol For Strength – A Great Japanese Tattoo Symbol Choice

Choosing a Japanese symbol for a tattoo design can be a hard choice. There are so many characters to choose from, it is worth taking the time to look into and understand all of the choices. There are a number of tattoo designs that are always seem to be popular. One of these is the Japanese symbol for strength. This article will tell you more about this Japanese character and popular Japanese tattoo symbol.

Strength in Japanese, when used for a tattoo is usually written in Kanji. If you have not studied Japanese, you may not be aware that there are three Japanese alphabets. These are called hiragana, katakana and kanji. Although it is possible to write the word strength in all of the alphabets, most people will choose to write it in Kanji. Kanji is usually used for concepts and Katakana is usually used for Names and foreign words. Kanji is the word in Japanese that is used to refer to chinese characters. These characters were originally simplified from characters brought to Japan from China.

The Japanese symbol for strength is drawn with only two strokes or lines. Some characters can be much more complex and made up of multiple strokes, so the symbol for strength is one of the most simple characters to learn and draw. When you see it, it may remind you of an arm muscle bulging with strength. The Japanese word for strength or power is Chikara. It is pronounced Chi Ka Ra.

Some of the other Japanese symbols that are always popular for tattoos are also related to the strength or power theme. These include spirit, warrior, courage and bravery. If you have looked at all of the Japanese symbols related to family and still can’t decide, then you could always go for a universally popular character, the character for Peace. In Japanese the word for Peace is ‘Heiwa’. It is a great choice if you are looking for a symbol with a powerful yet simple meaning in one character.

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Source by Emily Kato

10 Tips for Painting With Acrylic Paints

Acrylic paints are water based and toxic free. The manufacturers have many premixed colors or you can choose to mix your own. These liquids are available in spray containers, tubes, and different sizes of bottles.

Brushes and a variety of objects may be used to apply these paints to any surface. But, as with any product you can achieve better quality, longevity, and refinement by preparing surfaces before paint application, adding fixing agents for thickening or texture, and applying protective agents after the project is completed.

Tip #1

Will this project be an indoor or outdoor product? Acrylics are water based and the surface needs to be protected from moisture, heat, mold and mildew. Select surfaces and acrylics supplies designed for either environment. Do research and ask the art clerks to learn which products to use on wood, glass, clay, paper, textiles, metal, and concrete or stone.

Tip #2

Plan your work and work your plan. Knowledge is key. Know exactly what you are creating. Select the correct tools. Determine which products will satisfy the desired outcome. Know how to safeguard or preserve the finished masterpiece. Avoid making mistakes by making a list or constructive notes before starting.

Tip #3

Consider the size of the project. As a beginning painter or craftsman start with small projects. You may not like the larger project and getting rid of it may be a problem. Starting small or making a sample can be considered a draft or a practice project before constructing a large project.

Tip #4

Familiarize your self with acrylic paints and know how to apply them.

  • Ink Acrylics have a fluid consistency and can be applied with an ink pen or brush on any surface which requires a drawing, finite painting, or projects such as rubber stamping.
  • Soft Body Acrylics are thicker than ink but lighter than the heavy body acrylics. This paint may be used on any art or craft project.
  • Thick Body Acrylics have the consistency of oil paint and will create the textured appearance associated with oils.
  • Student Grade: This is recommended for beginning artists as they will produce many paintings in order to learn and refine their skills and techniques. This paint may be thinned to create water-color effects or layered many times to have the thick texture of oil.
  • Professional Grade: Designed for the experienced artist and is more expensive. The higher the pigment content the more expensive the tint becomes.

Tip #5

Use different types of acrylics. fixing agents, and techniques to prepare surfaces, create assorted textures, or to finish the painted surface. Gesso, sealers, paint, additives, fixing agents, finishing sprays, and varnish may be used to prepare or finish the surface or the painting of any arts and crafts creation. There are also products which will help to prevent or retard mold or mildew damage.

Tip #6

Experiment with different painting themes or crafts. Try a variety of acrylic brushes and tools. Learn to mix your own tints as this will broaden your rainbow of colors. Make a sample card of all tints with portions to keep a permanent record. Experimentation will help to improve your skills and lead you to your specialty niche.

Tip #7

Attend classes, workshop, or watch videos to learn new techniques which others offer. Try to learn and practice at least one technique each week. Keep your knowledge of acrylics and their techniques updated.

Attend arts and crafts shows to view the various colors, themes, mediums, and techniques which other acrylic artists and craftsmen use.

Tip #8

Copyright your arts and crafts projects. Photograph and/or write down every paint, technique, brush or tool that was used to support your arts or crafts project. This information will be valuable should you need to duplicate original works or start mass production.

Tip #9

When experimenting or practicing, buy cheaper products. Overall this is a money-saving tip but more importantly you will learn using actual hands on experience. Your creation will be the results of using one type of acrylics or a mix of several types.

Tip #10

These paints in any form are easy to work with and produce excellent results. Relax and enjoy the journey of painting. Technology has made the process of mixing and application on any surface that the amateur or professional artists and craftsmen can enjoy and love what they do.

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Source by Tricia Deed

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