It’s your little world where you’re the king! Your personal space should have everything that makes you truly happy and stress-free, from technology to comfortable furniture to your hobby items. Honestly, the possibilities are endless, but there are some elements every perfect man cave has to possess.
I am a big knitter and I have just started to branch out into bigger knit projects besides making garter stitch and ribbing patterns. I have made a shawl and learned a few things along the way.
So you're beginning to paint in oils. Yay! You're embarking on a marvelous adventure with one of the most forgiving, versatile, and historic mediums available. So far so good. But you're probably reading a bunch of those how-to books by now, which all give different advice on the supply page, and use different terms for them, and different brands, and different price points...
Crocheting is more than having the most basic materials. You have to know what you are doing, especially when you start working on patterns other people have created. Of all the patterns I've worked through, I found that there are 7 basic types of stitches that one must know before they can move on to patterns or more advanced stitches, all of which include one or more of these kinds of stitches. Before we begin, I must clarify that these descriptions are based off of American standards, not UK standards. I will do another article later on that will compare the American crochet stitches to the UK crochet stitches.
If you are just like the rest of us avid readers and design enthusiasts, we are pretty sure you, too, won’t settle for anything less than a stylish bookshelf. From DIY floating book shelves, to built-in stacks, to hidden libraries, to even classic, antique bookcases, there are various bookshelf ideas that could help you store your reading materials in style. Creative bookcase ideas help to add the much-needed excitement to your home library, and make sure that your books always find a cosy, yet enticing, home.
I first started drawing when I was in elementary school and became very good at drawing trees. When I got to middle school it was the first time I had learned that the eyes are the window to the soul. I had an art teacher who was fascinated with eyes. She was very inspired by them, so it inspired me about them. It help that she made us do several pages of eyes for homework. This was the only time I had ever seen a teacher in public school give art homework. But, she did and while everyone else hated her, I was inspired by it. So, she went on to teach about shadows and pigments. She took away our black and white, and always told us to try to use darker colors than what you were already using to darken or lighten, instead of just going directly to you black or white to mix in for shadows. Kind of like math when we are taught to not go to your calculator and do the long division instead. It does work! It kind of trains you to have patients.
As a teenager, I struggled to teach myself how to paint with oils. Its various quirks and complexities outwitted my stubbornness and eventually overwhelmed me to the point where I swore them off completely, and I did not return the the medium for several years.
Wouldn't it be bliss if creating a masterpiece was as easy as picking up a brush and laying down paint? No cleanup, no mismatched eyes, no losing bristles, no losing patience. There was a time when I thought oil painting in particular was too much trouble to bother with. I didn't realize that having the right tools was half the battle!
If you're tired of having stressful holidays year after year, it's time to break the cycle. With Christmas quite a few months away, what better time than now to get started with your holiday prep?
You've taken great care in trying to get the perfect pictures of your exploits. You got them printed professionally, and they look great. Now, you're going to need to create a scrapbook that shows off the adventures you had.
As a lover of all things artsy, I am constantly on the lookout for pieces to bring into my museum-like home, or just posting incredible artwork that I can find on my Facebook profile. Though I’ve recently been coming across articles about innovative art forms, several of which are actually centuries old and have been resurrected by some truly creative individuals. This month, I’m showcasing two such forms that caught my attention: Pooktre tree shaping and eggshell carving. They are solid proof that if you put lots of time and effort into creating magic out of ordinary objects, the possibilities are endless and rewarding.
Love reading? Love Harry Potter? Need a new bookmark while you're rereading Harry Potter? Hate when the artwork on your handmade bookmarks gets smudged? This may be the DIY for you!