Art from recycled products

It is great to see recycled objects being used in the creation of inspiring artwork and it is certainly a trend we are sure to see more of. As well as the benefits of helping to save the ‘planet’, using recycled objects also give artists the chance to use cheap and even free materials.

Upcycled tableIf you search the pages of the Pinterest website you will see 100s of amazing picture of ‘upcycled’ items often used in furniture or for outdoor purposes. However, in this article we have focused on recycled goods used to create pieces of artwork as opposed to useful object, although having said that, the first object (table made from recycled cutlery) could actually be used as a table. You might have problems though with jagged edges or if you were to drop anything small onto (or into) the table – a glass cover might be the solution in this case.

Recycled Art using Books

Books are another area where there is something of a trend in making sculptures and art statements. It helps that you can get hold of second hand books for next to nothing and there are endless possibilities for artists. The example shown below is where artist Aaron Packer has cut out the inner pages to make some brilliant book sculptures.

Book sculptures from recycled books

Erika Iris Simmons specialises in using non-traditional media like cassette tape to create absolutely unique and memorable works that feature musicians like The Beatles, Kurt Cobain and Michael Jackson. Two highly original works are shown below: Ghost In The Machine – Michael Jackson (below left) and The Beatles (below right) are made from cassette tape on canvas.

Michael Jackson and the Beatles recycled

Turning to the subject of food – you probably wouldn’t want to eat the following exhibit, although it is made from long grain rice and nori (seaweed paper). It is artist Hong Yi’s version of Hokusai’s “The Great Wave” – you can see this and other examples of art made from food on the Business Insider website.

One of the strangest objects to have been made into an art sculpture are workplace safety steps. British – Brazilian artist Alexandre da Cunha used them in a piece called ‘Compass’ at the National Trust’s Ham House in Richmond, near London. As can be seen in the picture below, visitors were encouraged to interact with and become part of the art by climbing the red mobile safety steps sculpture.

Safety steps
4 red mobile safety steps used at an exhibit at the National Trust’s Ham House

 

Top tips for creating a heritage-look with your arts display

You might not live in a stately home but you can still create a stylish heritage look with your arts display. The pieces you choose and the way you present them are equally important to the overall effect.

Here are five tips for creating your own home heritage look:

1. Source large prints

You don’t have to break the bank and bid for originals in order to create a strong heritage look. Buy and frame large prints from galleries, taking care to choose pieces that will fit the overall look.

2. Consider themes and periods

If you’re going for a true heritage look you might want to decide in advance if you want to stick to a certain theme, style or time period. You don’t have to stick rigidly to any theme but jumping around all over the place can be a little jarring. Retaining a theme can bring a sense of cohesion to the display.

3. Think about frames

The art itself is obviously the most important aspect of any display but the frames you choose can also have a large impact on the viewer. If you’re aiming for a heritage look you should really stick with heritage frames. Think classic designs, colours and finishes rather than modern, minimalist and funky. If you replace existing frames, old ones can be upcycled in a number of ways. Try reusing as a dried flower frame or turning into a horizontal frame tray, or experiment with different painting techniques and colours.

4. Consider the setting

A heritage display could look out of place in a room or space that doesn’t really fit. Go for a classic look in your room, from stylish georgian doors and windows to mirrors, lighting and even furniture if your display is not arranged in its own dedicated space. Light is extremely important for viewing any artwork so try to choose a space with as much natural lighting as possible.

5. Create your own pieces

If you’re confident in your abilities, you might want to try creating your own pieces using heritage paint colours. Even if you’re not the most artistically talented there’s nothing to stop you from giving it a go. Try to complement existing pieces as far as colour and composition goes but don’t feel like you have to compete with the old masters.

Chic Wall art displays for home renovations

Embellishing homes and personal spaces is always a fun filled activity if you are up to turning your own ideas into life. As far as wall decorations concern, wall art displays and canvases are vastly used and liked to prettify bare and dull walls. Commonly, people strive to display more expensive paintings and designer wall art to make their house look extra sophisticated. But you don’t always have to spend such lavishly on buying expensive decorations, rather utilize your self-creativity to elevate your personal grooming as well as worth of your home in matchless approach. You must have heard about printed and painted canvases, metal prints and acrylic prints to enhance the fortifications of interiors. Here we are representing several kind of canvas styles that you can use to electrify your house.

Fabric wall canvas

Fabrics are usually considered to make outfits and household stuff, but using this material for canvas display is unique in every way. Bold and dominating prints leave an elegant impression on spectator’s mind. Try them out on fixing over empty frame to shape them into canvas and adorn your walls with aesthetic demonstration of casual stuff in your home.

Printed canvas

Ideal and convenient style of wall presentations are cheap canvas prints for home renovations in contemporary designs. You can take the advantage of online printing services offering best quality in lowest prices to grab your desired photos printed onto canvas in fabulous colours. You can make them exclusive by rare and personal pictures, styles of your choice and wraps that suits your interior design.

Duck tape wall art

Duck tape comes in large range of different colours, prints and textures to help you create your own style of canvas for wall display in your personal room. People tend to use them for several kinds of purposes, to embellish their stuff, to turn their shoes and bags into funky products and even to make out dresses with these fantastic tapes. Fill a board or plain canvas with selected print of duck tape, attach wondrous fancy elements and letters of fancy foam to present your name with chic style.

Scrap book paper wall display

Scrap papers are being a very old tradition to make scarp book look amazing. Now you can try out art display with these tussled papers. Select a series of designs available at stores to bring out the transitional touch to small collage of canvas wall art for leisure zone.

Fancy stuff canvas

On special occasions and celebrations of annual eves, you need to gift your loved ones with exceptional items as well as love to decorate your home with full zest and zeal. Make use of fancy stuff and items to embellish plain, dull and ruff canvases or previous paintings to display for the occasion with a touch of glow. Button, paper flowers, beads, glitter, feathers, furs, diamante, crystals and other elaborative elements will help you to do this project.

Lace canvases

Like fabric canvases, lace canvases are also an innovative ideal to incorporate into your home settings. Elegant, fragile laces can now fill your surroundings with chic designs demonstration on your walls. You can stretch these fabulous piece of laces on plain canvas with neutral or coloured base, on the other hand you can also take advantage of amazing patterns to form spray paint designs on bare canvas to make wall hangings.

Wooden art

Wooden planks and boards are also a useable material to form DIY canvases as wall art displays. Rustic and antique styles look more fascinating on this material. Cover the wooden piece with white bases and intricate it with vibrant hues to portray abstract or elaborative landscape.

Author Bio: AtiqUr Rehman is a proficient writer and an independent information technology worker keen to Just4Canvas.co.uk. As a keen author, he provides his skillful outlook towards home decor, travelling, photography and other exciting categories.

The Art of Screen Printing

Image: Marilyn Monroe, harborgraphics.infoFrom the delicate and empyrean portraits of the Song Dynasty to Andy Warhol’s meretricious and iconic portrait of Marilyn Monroe, screen printing is a striking and beautiful art with a rich and variegated history. Furthermore it is relatively accessible, so if you are looking to try your hand at a new craft then give screen printing a go and create your own iconic images.

In the beginning

A versatile and utilitarian process that can be achieved with basic and rudimentary materials, it is not surprising that the technique can be traced back to 960 AD China. The influence of this striking and effective art form would soon spread throughout Asia eventually making its way to western countries in the 1700s (following in the footsteps of Tea). The process was revolutionised in the early 1900s and in 1962 screen printing was given a 20th century pop-cultural makeover when Andy Warhol added his famous screen print to the many immortalisations of Marilyn Monroe.

Old Chinese print

What is it and how does it work?

In its most basic form screen printing is the process of printing an ink based image onto material (including canvas) using a screen, mesh, ink, a stencil and a squeegee. Companies using screen printing on a large scale will use big, specially-designed machines for effective printing en masse, but for your small-scale home use the process is relatively simple.

Sounds great! When can I start and what should I do?

You can start right away, but start small. Think cushion covers, tea towels or T-Shirts. You should begin by making a stencil for your image, and remember that the quality will need to be good – this is the image you will see in print. Then you will need to purchase some specialist screen printing ink (available on-line or from most art and crafts shops) and a mesh screen – or alternatively you could make your own screen by stretching and stapling mesh onto an old wooden canvas frame (if you have any unused cheap blank canvasses or old shop bought canvasses that you are planning on throwing out this would be ideal – and cheaper). Make sure the mesh is as tight as possible or you could end up with a badly distorted image. For a relatively cheap price you can purchase a squeegee from an arts and craft shop. This is the instrument you will use to pass the ink across the mesh, but if you have a flat, square piece of plastic or Perspex with a smooth, firm edge this could work just as well.

Now to apply the ink

Screen printingApply masking tape around the edges of the underside of your screen. This should be the side touching the fabric, because when you lay your stencil on top there should be no mesh visible around the edges. Position the stencil on the fabric and place the screen over it, but make sure the stencil (which shouldn’t be fixed to the fabric) does not move. The quantity of ink you will need to use will vary depending on the size of the stencil or the density of the material you are using. For a relatively small image on a cotton T-shirt or tea towel the amount of ink you use should fit in the palm of your hand (but please don’t measure it with your actual hand!) Place the ink at the top edge of the screen and use one hand to secure the screen. Then use the other hand to drag the ink (with the squeegee) at a slight angle across the mesh.

When you start your little screen printing enterprise make sure you stock up on a good quantity of cheap fabric – there will be a lot of trial and error involved. It is an easy craft to take up, but perfecting it may take a little longer. However perfecting these basics will give you a solid base to start experimenting with more complicated and sophisticated methods. Persevere with it though because the rewards will be worth it; unique, haute couture items that no one else will have – and you will never have to buy another Christmas or birthday present again.

Vicky Dean works alongside www.stuartmorris.co.uk, a screen-printing studio in Suffolk. She is an avid arts and crafts lover and enjoys painting with watercolours, making greetings cards and sewing with vintage fabrics!

The World Is Your Canvas – 4 Interesting Surfaces To Paint On

When you think art and paintings, probably the first thing that comes into your mind is a pristine white canvas or a sheet of paper, isn’t it? Well, this article is about some other infamous unconventional surfaces for you to chuck some paints at and make it look as creative and interesting as the painting itself. If painting is your thing and if you take it as a serious hobby, painting on different surfaces can give you a brilliant opportunity to experiment and come up with something extraordinary. Glass painting artHere are a few such interesting surfaces for you to dab your brushes at:

Glasspainting

Glass can prove to be a fantastic surface for you to showcase your creativity. Be it your bedroom window, a bottle or a vase made of glass, a glass cabinet, a lampshade or simply a sheet of plain glass that you wish to get framed, glass paintings can look amazingly beautiful and can make your home look aesthetically brighter. However, you will have to make sure you use glass paints which are specially meant for making glass paintings. So next time you visit a stationery shop, don’t forget to pick up a few!

Art painted on rocksRock painting

Rock art is by no means, a contemporary concept. In fact, rock art can easily be known as one of the oldest forms of art known to mankind. There are rock paintings, rock carvings, inscriptions, and sculptures that date back as early as the Upper Paleolithic period, i.e., almost 50,000 to 10,000 years ago. All these forms of rock art created by our ancestors, have led to the concept of modern-day rock painting. So as long as you have a smooth rock to paint on, a handful of acrylic paints and some brushes, you are ready to paint! You can also try painting some cute designs, prints, cartoons etc. on pebbles or stones in your backyard, for a start.

Painted body artBody art

Body art is manifested in many creative forms. Some enjoy painting their faces for a fancy dress party, some might go in for a henna print on their hands, some fancy getting their entire body painted while some go on to get their bodies inked permanently, in the form of tattoos. Body art is also used popularly by artists, dancers and performers. Like rock painting, even body painting has been around for a long time. Long before the concept of modern body painting came into existence, tribals of almost all communities around the globe have used natural colors, clay, mud etc. to paint their bodies as a part of tradition or culture.

Wall graffiti artGraffiti – art on public walls

Graffiti is essentially a form of art which involves drawings or messages painted on walls or surfaces in a public place. Graffiti can range from detailed wall paintings to simple words or messages. Graffiti is known to have existed since ancient times, with a few paintings dating back to Ancient Greece and the Roman Empire. Though there are countries which appreciate and allow graffiti art, there are some countries where graffiti on public walls is considered illegal, while some countries have designated walls and areas exclusively for graffiti artists.
These were some remarkable examples to prove that indeed, for a true artist the world is a canvas. Literally, as long as you have your paints, your brushes, and the desire to paint, you’ll automatically find a surface.

Author Bio:

Alex Hales is a sketch artist and runs an art gallery by the name of Bradshaw Rock Art. He conducts frequent exhibitions of his work and is extremely good in his craft and has won many honours and titles for his exemplary work.

 

Places For Designers to Sell Their Products

It is very interesting to see trends in society behaviour change. Over the last couple of years it appears that people have been reverting back to how things were done in the past. For example, growing your own vegetables is popular once again, as is adopting old craft and design techniques. I know that here in Ireland handmade gifts and products are more popular than ever before. In this technological world it is great to see such a huge demand for handmade and natural products. This is a good thing and we have the advantage of using modern knowledge and technology to compliment these old fashioned methods and techniques.

Designers, artists, jewellery makers and crafts people of all types create wonderful products but how and where do they sell these products? Below are a few ideas of where to sell your products.

Market Place Websites

Nowadays there are loads of handmade market place websites that offer great facilities for crafts people to sell their products, for a small commission of course. There are so many sites offering this service it can be hard to decide where to start. There is obviously ebay, but this is not specific to designers etc. Amongst my favourite are Etsy and The Design Basket. They are easy to use and provide you with a platform to showcase yourself and your products.

Your Own Blog Or Website

Selling products through your own blog can be very successful; however you do need to have a great blog with a large number of followers to make this work. Setting up a blog tomorrow and expecting to make sales immediately is not realistic.

In an ideal situation you would have your own dedicated website to sell your products. This can be expensive, not only to get built and maintain but also to optimize, through search engine optimization, so that potential customers can find you. This is an option that should be considered and it can work very well if there is a large existing client base or if you are in the process of building a good client base.

Local Market & Craft Fairs

This is a great place to begin selling. It will give you a real feel of how the general public respond to your products and also a way to make a name for yourself. Be sure to select a market that suits your goods, this is very important and will be vital in your ability to make sales. Choose a fair where the other vendors’ products are of similar quality and price to your own. For example, there is no point selling funky jewellery at a market that is attended by pensioners or selling $200 bracelets at a fair where the average product costs $5.

In local Stores

This is a great way for your product to be seen regularly by shoppers. It is also a good way of selling large quantities to one person/business in one go, instead of just one item at a time. However, the downside to this is that a lot of stores buying products wholesale will expect at least 50% of the retail price. Is this an option for you taking into consideration your costs to make each unit?

Consignment

This is a slightly different method of selling your product in shops. You display your product in a particular store and when one is sold, you get your cut and the shop gets theirs. Their cut will generally be a lower percentage, about 20%-40%, than selling into a shop wholesale as mentioned above. The downside of this option is that you have to provide your product upfront without receiving payment until units are sold.

Conclusion

If you are a jewellery or clothes designer or an artist or crafts person why not try to develop your business through one of the methods I have suggested. It will take a bit of effort and time but it can make all the difference.

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