Beautify Your Stamped Cards with Creative Coloring

Stamping is one of the most versatile crafts around because there are so many different options that you can use to enhance even the most basic stamp. When you look at some colored stamped images, you may be overwhelmed by how beautiful they are. Some look like works of art that have been meticulously painted by tiny little brushes. For a beginner, or even intermediate stamper, they make look overwhelming. The truth is however, that coloring stamped images does not have to be difficult, and it does not require any special artistic skill. Chances are if you are already involved with stamping, you have enough creativity to color in your stamped images beautifully. There are a number of different tools …

Beads – A Brief History

What do you think the earliest recorded use of beads is – is your first thought perhaps beadwork created by the Egyptians? Yes, there certainly were a lot of beaded items in Egyptian times, but beadwork has been found dating back to the Stone Age (the Upper Paleolithic period). Beads were added to rudimentary clothing; these beads were made of shells and ivory. Of course, the beads weren’t as finely crafted as later beads, but still, they were beads. So even in caveman times, men and women were interested in improving their clothing and appearance with the use of beads. The beads that we tend to think of as traditional beadwork are called seed beads – because of their small …

Basic Scrapbook Essentials

Many people would like to get started in the Scrapbooking hobby, but a lot of them are fearful to start because they think of the costs. They look at all the embellishments, patterned papers, and doodads and think that they aren’t creative enough to start. Well, this article will prove to those people you don’t need to spend a lot to make a scrapbook. You can make it as expensive or inexpensive as you want. Here is a “Must Have” starter list. Some of these items you may want to invest the extra money into so you get a good quality product. Scrapbook Starter Kit Paper Trimmer – this tool is one you will use the most so it is …

Basic Embossing with Rubber Stamps

This is a simple technique using Rubber Stamps and Thermal Embossing that will add dimension to your cards and artwork. Nothing looks as elegant as a stamped image that has been embossed in gold and has rich color added to enhance your artwork. You can use rubber stamps and thermal embossing on many different surfaces such as paper, glass, wood, leather, tile and ceramic objects. It’s fun to experiment and create your own unique and individual sense of style. Don’t be timid and have fun. The following steps will teach the beginner where to start Embossing with rubber stamps takes practice and the more you do it, the better your results. Remember your art is unique to your personal style. …

Beginners Guide on Acrylic Painting – How to Set Out Your Equipment for Easy Acrylic Painting

OK you have all the things you need to begin acrylic painting, right? You have acrylic paints, brushes, painting surface, palette, and a container of water. Well, by taking a minute to set out your acrylic painting materials in an organized manner you will enjoy your painting session even more. Ideally when you begin acrylic painting you will have a work space that is level and in a good light. Artificial light can make the colors look different when compared to natural light. It is a good idea to get full spectrum light bulbs from an art store if you have to paint in artificial light. This is a worthwhile investment. Layout you palette, paints, brushes and water to the …

Beginner’s Acrylic Painting – Paper Painting Surfaces – What You Need to Know

Have you ever gone in to buy some paper for painting and been overwhelmed by the choice? You would think it would be a simple thing to buy a sheet of paper, wouldn’t you? Well, it can be if you know what the different choices mean and how it can affect your finished painting. Manufacturers have created a whole range of paper products for the artist. So many choices that unless you know what some of the terms mean it can be very confusing. When you want your painting to last for a long time always go for acid-free. This is the type of paper used in archives. The next thing is the surface texture of the paper, whether you …

10 Easy Tips To Refresh Your Space For Spring And Summer

Word Count: 474 Summary: It’s the time of the season, friends! 1.Time to paint those bland winter walls! Neutral tones are just fine, but add in some of the cool blues and greens that are making a statement this Spring. Pastels and Ultra Brights are the spring and summer trend for this year. 2. Clear the clutter! Time for spring cleaning. Get to those scary spots (under the bed, closets, storage) and throw away all that old junk that you don’t need. A good philosophy to follow is ‘The things yo… Keywords: cleaning tips, spring cleaning, decorating tips, art tips Article Body: It’s the time of the season, friends! 1.Time to paint those bland winter walls! Neutral tones are just …

9 Ways To Inexpensively Decorate Your Bathroom

The bathroom has evolved over the past decades from a strictly useful and functional room to one that is similar to a spa. And just because there aren’t thousands of dollars available for decorating doesn’t mean that a bath can’t be unique, dramatic and thoroughly satisfying. Here are nine frugal ways to spice up any bathroom. 1. Collections of inexpensive mirrors add both light and space to any bathroom. They reflect colors, faces and other decorations and add character and interest . Mirrors are much more effective when grouped together rather than being a scattered mass simply hanging on a wall. 2. Pictures or prints can be massed on a wall. For maximum impact hang them closely together rather than …

8 Tips To Extend The Life Of Your Carpets

Carpets are a big investment and you want to make sure they last as long as possible. Follow these 8 tips to extend the life of your carpets. 1. Vacuum Vacuum, vacuum, and then vacuum some more. It’s the easiest and cheapest thing you can do to extend the life of your carpet. That’s because vacuuming often removes the fine grit that falls deep into the carpet and causes wear. The more you vacuum the longer your carpets will last. 2. Buy A Good Vacuum All vacuums are not created equal and you need one that has enough suction to pull the grit that lays low in the carpet not just the surface debris. It’s the grit deep in the …

8 Tips On How To Collect Antique Oriental Rugs

Antique Oriental rugs have become highly sought after and highly collectable. In fact it is said the antique Oriental rugs are a better investment than investing in the stock market. These 8 tips on how to collect antique oriental rugs will keep you buying smart. 1. In the Beginning Don’t buy Now I bet your thinking that’s a dumb tip if I’m in the market for collecting antique Oriental rugs. That’s because in the beginning you have no idea what you are looking for. Take time to learn before you buy. 2. Buy Books Begin by purchasing one or more of the collecting books available. Buy as many as you can afford to buy. They are an invaluable resource when …

8 Styles of Southwestern Rugs

If you have a southwestern or Navajo decor you are going to be very pleased with the rugs that are available to complete your room. Southwestern rugs are a work of art and very affordable. They are very versatile! Here are 8 styles of Southwestern Rugs that are very popular. 1. Southwestern Handmade Area Rugs Handmade are rugs will contain Southwestern colors, designs, and figures. They may use subtle desert tones are vibrant bright colors depending on the design. These Southwest rugs are perfect for a bedroom, porch, kitchen, sun room, living room rugs, or family room. 2. Southwestern Spirit Rugs Southwest spirit area rugs draws use a wide variety of colors and design that are tied to the spirituality …

8 Reasons Why You Should Buy Wool Rugs

Wool has been around for a long time, in fact it is one of the oldest textile fiber known of. Because of its natural properties wool rugs have been known to last for generations. In our modern world there are many other textile fiber used for rugs but nothing is as durable, unique, and lasting as wool. Here are 8 reasons why you should buy wool rugs. 1. Fire Resistant Wool is a natural fiber that is very safe because it is naturally non flammable so it does not need to be treated. Although wool can burn it cannot flare up to cause a flame that spreads. So where ever the burn starts will be where it ends as well. …

10 Quick And Inexpensive Ways To Brighten Your Home For Spring!

Word Count: 738 Summary: Spring is a sign of renewal in many areas of our lives, and our homes are no different! There is something energizing and refreshing about bringing that bright, airy feeling of Spring into your home. Here are the 10 best ways to spruce up and revitalize your rooms, on a dime! 1.Add white! White with your present color scheme will both cool and brighten, adding the freshness that only white can! If your room colors tend toward the warm side, such as yellows, browns, or reds… Keywords: spring decorating, home decorating, decorating on a budget Article Body: Spring is a sign of renewal in many areas of our lives, and our homes are no different! There …

10 Home Decorating Ideas To Quickly Update Any Room

Not all home decorating ideas require a heavy investment of time and money. If you’re looking for a few affordable home interior decorating ideas to freshen up a room over a weekend, try these ten: 1. Rearrange The Furniture- Pull your furniture away from the walls. Try positioning it at intriguing angles. For example, a sofa arranged diagonally across a narrow living room will make the room look wider. 2. Paint A Wall- Paint one wall your favorite color and make it the focal point. Hang interesting art on that wall and move a nice piece of furniture there. (Note: Make sure that the color is one that is shared with several other objects and fabrics in the room.) 3. …

How To Capture Small Things With a Digital Camera

Word Count: 302 Summary: Have you ever wondered how a photographer gets such clear, detailed photos of things like flowers or insects? Keywords: digital cameras, digital photos, digital photographs Article Body: Have you ever wondered how a photographer gets such clear, detailed photos of things like flowers or insects? Capturing such close-up pictures is most often done with a setting that comes as an option on many digital cameras–the macro setting. What the macro setting on your camera essentially does is focus on a very small area. The background often appears unfocused to further bring out your intended subject. Getting in close to capture all the detail of a small object is nearly impossible with the regular setting on a …

How An Area Rug Can Make The Perfect Room Accent

If you have beautiful hardwood, marble, or slate floors, you probably want to make sure they stay beautiful. Area rugs are a great way to protect floors without covering them up completely. Of course, area rugs can be so pretty and decorative that some people also use them in a room that has wall to wall carpet just so they can add some decorative touches to the room. You can find the perfect rug for any decorating style. For a country style room, a braided rug is the perfect choice. Although it has a country feel, an oval braid rug is also slightly sophisticated. Careful vacuuming is a must with this type of rug, since a powerful vacuum can loosen …