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Blind Drawing: Good Practice

Tapping into the creative or right hemisphere of the brain can allow us to visualize and draw shapes, contours and lines better. This exercise helps do all of that. Continue reading

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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. Continue reading

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Sorbian Inspiration – Traditional Tuesday

Traditional Tuesday is a way to highlight the sometimes forgotten artwork. Continue reading

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Traditional Tuesday – Gzhel Porcelain

Traditional Tuesday examines a beautiful old porcelain technique developed near Moscow in the 1800’s. Although Stoneware had been produced in this region since the 1400’s, it wasn’t until 19th century that the Russians perfected Chinese porcelain techniques in Gzhel. This traditional legacy continues today. Continue reading

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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. Continue reading

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Easter Eggs – Traditional Art in Eastern Europe

Easter has been an auspicious time for many countries and traditions. This festive time of the year is marked by a a different kind of egg – one that has a long and interesting history. Continue reading

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Spotlight on Traffic Lights – Traditional Art – July

What is better than a boring grey steel box? A bright colourful one, of course! It might be a little distracting to drivers, but when sitting waiting for the traffic lights to change at an intersection, it chases away the boredom. Continue reading

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Why Make it Yourself? Travel theme – Handmade

When it comes to darning socks, almost no-one does it anymore. Cheap items and time poor couples with high disposable income, have relegated simple repairs to low priced essentials, to the pages of history books.

Shouldn’t we be overjoyed that we are freed from the yoke of menial tasks? Continue reading

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Photo Challenge – Vivid

Vivid

Street photography makes vivid the boring neighbourhood scene Continue reading

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What’s on the Wall-y? Daily Prompt – Wall to Wall

I’m a pretty private kind of person so for me to share my wall is special, but oh, gosh it has to be done in the name of Rosemaling…. Which is? ….. (you might ask)… The traditional folk art of … Continue reading

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Traditional Art – Polish folk art

The beauty of the traditional arts is that they are by ordinary folk, untrained and unskilled. The techniques used, are taught, from family to family, father to son, mother to daughter. Their charm and naivete belies the history, long tradition and meaning in the work.

The vibrant colours and cheery designs are a way for the peasants to brighten up their daily lives. Continue reading

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Traditional Art forms – The Omnipresent Tulip

No matter where you travel, in the world, within each region you will find examples of  innovative forms of folk art. These are not completed by the skilled artisan, but rather by the common person, often with little training and … Continue reading

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Tree Painting Tutorial from Zachary Rau

Blog – Reform School — Zachary Rau. If you want to make your own Christmas decorative pieces for next year, here is a guide to painting a coniferous Christmas tree Blog – Reform School — Zachary Rau.

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Tutorial – Simple Telemark Rosemaling with Bird

Telemark Rosemaling is the most beautiful of Rosemaling  designs or Norwegian style of folk art, of all. It is dynamic and appears to move. One  motif less commonly seen in Telemark style is Birds. Traditionally birds when used as a … Continue reading

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