Monthly Archives: January 2014

Arts And Crafts Advice You Will Benefit From

Arts And Crafts Advice You Will Benefit From

Arts And Crafts Advice You Will Benefit From

Have you ever admired a piece of artwork that someone had created, and wondered if you could do the same? Arts and crafts are enjoyed by millions of people at all levels of skill. It is not hard at all to get started. Read the following article for some great ideas.

Keep a library of your arts and crafts books. There are so many things that you can do if you are a crafty person. And that means a lot of people write about the subject. You’ll have craft book after craft book available to you. Your library can grow very quickly. Keep it organized and you’ll really enjoy looking for new crafts to try.

One of the best places to find crafting materials is Amazon. By signing up for an Amazon Prime account, you can get free shipping for an entire year. Additionally, many of Amazon’s sellers offer Free Super Shipping items. To qualify for Free Super Shipping you must spend at least $25 dollars in merchandise. Continue reading

Simple Steps To Help You Better Understand Arts And Crafts

Simple Steps To Help You Better Understand Arts And Crafts

Simple Steps To Help You Better Understand Arts And Crafts

Many crafts have a history that goes back centuries and keeps evolving. Learn everything you can about your craft to get the most enjoyment out of it. Keep reading for more information.

Incorporate recycling into your arts and crafts activities. No matter what you are into, from ceramics to oil paints, there are many ways to involve using objects and supplies that you would have otherwise thrown away. Save paper, tinfoil, aluminum, cardboard and more and stash it away for your next project.

Get your kids involved with your next arts and crafts project. Kids love to play and learn, and a cool family project will do all that and more. It makes for an exceptional bonding experience between you and your little one. The child gets to learn from you, and you can have some smiles and laughs along the way! Continue reading

Tips and Advice for Bringing your Rainbow Loom Birthday Party to Life!

Not surprisingly, most kids would be absolutely ecstatic to have one of these for their birthday! This colorful crazy is a creative, fun and focused activity. Kids really take initiative to be independent learners with Rainbow Loom, making it a fairly kid-run activity.  At the same time, we all know that party hosting takes some organizing, time and effort to be a success. This mini-guide is full of tips and things to keep in mind to make sure that your Rainbow Loom party is fantastic!

Prep and plan!

-        Prepare your materials. With this activity, there aren’t a whole lot of supplies needed which makes planning a breeze!

  • Make sure you have enough looms, plenty of bands, C and S clips, and hooks for everyone.
  • Then add a few extra, just in case!
  • It’s a great idea to pre-sort the bands by color beforehand. That way everyone can easily choose their colors and start.
  • White board/YouTube videos/printed instructions easily available for guided instruction. Some of your loomers may have a range of skill levels. It will be helpful to have some resources ready to explain different weaves and patterns – a few for each level (beginner, intermediate, advanced). The Rainbow Loom YouTube channel has TONS of videos available.

-        Be creative with your space.

  • Create a clear and well-lit work space.
  • Maybe you’ll have a station for learning new loom techniques and another where the bands are organized.
  • Also, think of where you want things to be after the event. The kids can help during clean up – and they will love having that responsibility! This is especially helpful with a large group of kids.

-        Keep time in mind. Kids love looming, and depending on the focus and age of the group, you could plan between 1-3 hours.

-        Decorations.  Add some rainbow colors to the room to go with the Rainbow Loom theme! There are some great ideas to browse on Pintrest!

-        Party favors ideas.

  •  Little bags to bring home their new loomed creations
  • Gifting some bands and a hook to take away
  • Some little charms to add to their pieces


Party-time Tips!

-        Create a positive and relaxed atmosphere.  Name games are always a good intro to make sure everyone knows each other. Everyone should be so excited to start! Encourage them to be positive and supportive of others and their creations. We’re all different, like a rainbow!

-        Set guidelines.  Along with emphasizing positivity, explain what they’ll be doing and what it should look like. For example:  first we choose the bands and sit down over here, then work on our cool creations, etc.

-        Teach another. If there are some advanced loomers, ask them if they would like to teach someone else for a bit. They will feel special you chose them and proud to help! Plus, it will free you up a bit


Weaving it up!

-        Warning and clean up. With about 10 minutes left, let them know to start finishing up projects. Demonstrate what you’d like to happen for the clean-up. Everyone should put away/sort the bands, stack looms, and make sure the area is clean.

-        Share. Take a minute to share the rainbow looms, an appreciation, or something they loved!


Have a colorful celebration! If you’re interested in help hosting your Rainbow Loom party, professional jewelry party throwers like Dragonfly Designs are always more than happy to make it happen.

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Benefits of Golden Acrylic Medium

plaza1Golden has a reputation for excellence in the world of fine art supplies. It makes an exceptional line of acrylic paints, as well as the accessories needed, such as Golden acrylic medium and other blending gels. If you aren’t already using the Golden line of products, you should consider giving them a try. The Golden acrylic medium is one product in particular that can take your painting to the next level and help you achieve results that you never thought possible.

Here are a just a few of the benefits of Golden acrylic medium to consider:

It Provides a Smooth Surface for Paint

You can use Golden acrylic medium to pre-treat the surface for the paint. Cover the area you want with Golden acrylic medium, then start painting. You can let the medium dry first, if you like, and you’ll still have a smooth surface to work with. You can also allow it to remain slightly wet, giving you more options for blending as you work.

Add Golden acrylic medium to your painter’s toolbox and start getting the results you want for your paintings. You’ll be amazed at the effects you can achieve and how effortless it is to achieve them. It will also make your whole working process a lot easier. You can buy it at places like Plaza Art or hobby shops.

It Helps Paint Go on Smooth

Acrylic paints dry much more quickly than oil paints. It’s one of the reason why many artists prefer to work with them. The faster drying time allows them to implement a variety of techniques to get different results. However, the faster drying time can also make the paint difficult to work with at times. For example, the paint will start to form a “skin” and harden on the palette after a short period.

Adding water to the paint can help, but that often dilutes it. Instead, you can use Golden acrylic medium to keep the paint smooth and wet. It will slow the drying time, allowing the paint to go on smooth every time and to blend more easily.

It Provides a Longer Working Time

Because Golden acrylic medium ensures that your paints won’t dry as quickly, they also give you a longer working time. You can continue to work with the paints for a longer period after they have been transferred to the canvas, allowing you to employ more blending techniques. You’ll be able to achieve more effects and create the painting that you want.

Creative And Practical Tips For Sharpening Your Photography Skills

Creative And Practical Tips For Sharpening Your Photography Skills

Creative And Practical Tips For Sharpening Your Photography Skills

Many people take pictures. However, most do not know the proper techniques needed to go from just taking pictures to making stunning photographs. Anyone can take a photo, but to take great photos you need the right skills. Here are some tips to improve your shots and your skills.

With the ease of cameras today, it is very easy for a novice person to take some great pictures without a lot of knowledge. Having a high quality camera is the first step. Make sure that the camera, lens and equipment are all from a reputable company who makes quality photographic equipment.

Make sure you taking lighting into account when you’re taking your photos. Will there be shadows cast upon your subject? Is your subject squinting into the sun or other bright light? Try moving around to find the best angle in the lighting to get the best photo. Try taking your photos at different vantage points so that you can see what works best. Continue reading