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Planning a Seaside Garden

Update on House Planning: The builders are asking me to outline just where I would like the garden beds to go on our block. Already? I thought to myself. Before the house has even started and before the final plans for the house are even drawn, I have to envisage and draw up a garden… Continue reading Planning a Seaside Garden

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Kicking out Plastic – Tutorial Signature Shopping Bag

Ten minutes to a pretty Environmentally friendly solution? I will take that! Anyone can try this embroidery hack, and it is a great activity for children. All you need is a calico bag and a fine tip permanent pen.

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Traditional Art – DIY Hallingdal Rosemaling

Ever heard of Hallingdal Rosemaling? Did your family come from Southern Norway? Rosemaling is the traditional decorative art that is timeless, and unique. Hallingdal is but one of the various styles with a long history.

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How to Design your own Artwork – Week #1 Design Challenge

There are a variety of elements used in every artistic design or piece. Principles applied to the elements bring them together in an eye-pleasing cohesive unit. Knowing this can make the difference between being able to produce an attractive or disjointed piece. A design challenge can improve your skill level, inspire you to extend yourself, and give you confidence in your designing skills. My focus is on traditional art but this challenge could apply to any artistic pursuit.

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Traditional Art – Boleslawiec Stoneware

Now situated in modern day Poland, Bolesławiec was once part of the Prussian empire, and the centuries long tradition of painting earthenware, with traditional patterns, is very much tied to the cultural history of the town.

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WP Photograpy Challenge Monochrome Art Project

Wedgwood and Sons, produce Wedgwood, fine china, porcelain, and luxury accessories. The company was founded on 1 May 1759, by Josiah Wedgwood. It is not my favourite thing but I do admire the artistry in its production. I used wedgwood and the Moravian designs frrom the Czech Republic for inspiration for this jewellery box. A… Continue reading WP Photograpy Challenge Monochrome Art Project

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Good Design Balance – A matter of Maths?

The Elements of Design Rhythm and Repetition. Rhythm is the repetition of design elements at regular intervals. This helps to give a composition visual harmony by creating unity in a layout.Examples include the repetition of similar shapes, colors or textures. In the above design, you can see some various lengths of stylized acanthus leaves, in… Continue reading Good Design Balance – A matter of Maths?

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Rangoli – What is it? (Women in Art)

Rangoli is a traditional women’s art form common in Hindu households throughout southern India. Designs are drawn directly on the ground and entranceways as part of a ritualistic religious practice. The front steps, entrance, and walkways of buildings are properly cleaned and then decorated with designs and patterns made with chalk powders. There are a remarkable variety of styles and motifs which vary according to the tribal groups and festivals.