The Secrets Of Accessorizing The Eclectic Decorating Style

Decorating with the appropriate decorative items for your Eclectic decorating style will give it a charming design style. You should try to add to the fun and varied charm of your unique personality by using funky and unique accessories. Your eclectic design style will really look professionally done when you add chosen matching pillows, artwork and knick knacks.

  Wall   art  is a big part of any design theme, but your room will only look decent if you arrange it correctly. A lot of people situate  wall   art  so that the bottom or top edges line up, but the proper way to situate them so that the center of the pieces line up. When working with a collection of photos, paintings or prints, try figuring out the configuration on the floor to get it most suitable before you start making holes in the wall. The Eclectic decorating style can be accentuated with funky artwork which you should plan to put in groups.

Knick Knacks add dimension and interest to your decorating approach. To pull together your Eclectic décor, be sure to go with items that have a fun and varied appeal. Adding unusual kitsch on display can produce a wonderful look and so can funky colorful pieces from local artisans. This is where you can really make the room design your own by buying decorative pieces which mirror your personal style. You don’t have to spend a lot of dough to afford the best items, try shopping at a consignment store in your town and you’ll be surprised at the fine items you can find for very little cash.

pieces that can help develop the look of your unique personality include plants, lots of color, and beaded fringe. You want to choose accessories that coordinate with your overall room design. Stick with on theme accessories purely in order to get the look you are working hard for.

Decorative pillows can add a soft touch to your room design. If you thought pillows were strictly for the bedroom, think again, they can instill a beautiful touch to any room including the living room, dining room, bathroom and kitchen. Pillows are wonderful for those who can’t spend a lot because adding them to your existing living room furniture will help give it an Eclectic décor feel without having to invest in new pieces. In the bedroom, pile them at the head of the bed. In the kitchen or bathroom, a pillow added strategically on a chair or hamper can provide an interesting touch. Decorating with pillows that use funky colors and shapes will help add interest and drama.

Displaying whimsical and unique items can add an appealing look to your Eclectic decorating style. It’s vital, though, that you have a vision of the kinds of pieces you seek so you can stick to taking home only those that suit. When getting accessories, proportion is crucial so be sure you stick with items in the sizes you need. If you decorate with these rules, you’ll be able to adorn your room design with decorative pieces that look appealing together.

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David Crawford the and Ulrich Magnus Hammer – talking for the new Culto Art TV Feature Glamour Fame and Beauty about strange colors, Andy Warhol, Studio 54 New York and Grace Jones


What Is Steampunk?

You may have heard this curious phrase bandied about in the media recently, along with pictures of people dressed in Victorian clothes and outfits, sporting all manner of unusual accessories. You may have thought to yourself what the deuce is this?

The term Steampunk originated in the 1980’s and is used to describe a subculture of Science Fiction and Fantasy with an emphasis on alternative history.

The worlds of Steampunk typically focus on the period largely known as the Victorian Era with many stories set in Britain and America, although there are a number of International Adventures and a large Steampunk following in Japan. Because many of these adventures involve all manner of strange, unusual and antiquated modes of transport, these tales can take place anywhere above, below or even inside the world!

Although the term Steampunk has been credited to the Author K. W. Jeter when coining a phrase for the books of Tim Powers and James Blaylock, you can find its early influences in the works of HG Wells and Jules Verne. The Time Machine and 20,000 Leagues under the Sea could certainly be viewed as highly influential works and references for future authors.

Steampunk isn’t reflected in any one form, there are books, graphic novels, Jewelry, Fashion, animations and clothes. You can often find Steampunk influences creeping into many art forms, as well as video games and Role Playing Games.

There are a huge number of websites dedicated to this exciting genre, with new sites and fan pages appearing daily. There are also a number of shops which carry a range of all manner of products including Steampunk Jewelry, Quill Pens, USB Drives and Goggles.

Because Steampunk is a fairly loose term, people create all manner of captivating interpretations, indeed Steampunk can often be both a fascinating, inventive and wholly eccentric genre.

Recently, the world of Steampunk has been creeping into the mainstream, through bands like Abney Park, video games and television series.

A large Steampunk influenced upcoming release is Bioshock Infinity which is a videogame set to ship in 2012. The game takes place in a city above the clouds and carries many clear Steampunk and Dieselpunk influences.

Films with Steampunk subjects include Wild Wild West, Steamboy and Laputa: Castle in the Sky. The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen also has Steampunk influences, although the film was seen by many as a disappointment and the graphic novel of the same name is often seen as superior.

YouTube also has many short films and Steampunk animations which are well worth a look.

Source by Lora Sutton

Paint by Number Wall Murals For Kids Rooms

Wall murals are a rising trend in kids wall decor. And for good reason! They look great in nurseries, play rooms, bedrooms or even school rooms. There’s a sense of timelessness that goes along with well done murals. In many ways they can grow with your children! Problem is, most of us don’t posses the artistic talent to create a stunning, timeless wall mural. And most of us don’t have the extra money sitting around to pay a professional artist to do the job for us. Don’t despair! I have the answer to your problem; paint by number wall murals.

Do you remember as a child, how you used to get those paint by number projects. You’d have a row of paints, all numbered, and a picture that had correlating numbered areas to paint in. I thought these were great! Well, paint by number wall murals are very similar. The amazing part is, these kits are simple enough that even children can get involved in the fun of creating a mural!

Paint by number wall murals are available in many different themes and sizes, from eloquent silhouettes for boys or girls, beach themes, jungles, pirates, princesses, woodlands… you name it, it’s available. Most of these murals are big enough to cover a good portion of the wall. You can also use sections of the mural in other areas of the room, like as door huggers or bed framers. Either way, they all serve to create a beautiful focal point to a child’s room or living space.

In this article I will uncover the simple three step process of creating a stunning chilren’s mural by using paint by number wall murals. As well, I will share some helpful hints so you are sure to succeed.

When you buy paint by number wall murals, you’ll receive panels of paper that have the printed image of the mural on it. You’ll also carbon paper for tracing and a list of paint colors to purchase at your local craft store.

The process of painting this mural is done in three steps. First: Taping. Tape the carbon paper to the back of your panels of paper. Then tape the panels of paper onto the desired area of your wall that you want to paint the mural. Its best to do some measuring first, so you don’t end up with a mural that’s off center.

Second: Tracing. Using a ball point pen, trace over the lines of the printed mural. This will transfer the image to your wall through the carbon paper.

Third: Painting. Each area of the mural is numbered, and the numbers correlate with a specific paint color. Your last step is to use the appropriate color to paint in your mural. You can use sponge brushes or art brushes. It’s that simple!

A few tips before you start your wall mural. The mural shows up best on light colored walls; white, cream, pastels. I suggest using an eggshell, satin or semi gloss finish. It’s also best NOT to trace the numbers, they may be difficult to cover up with the paint. If you want to protect your mural from fingerprints and dirt, you can apply a coat of Clear Coat for Indoor use. Apply this with a roller to the whole mural. If you skip an area, you’ll know it, because the clear coat gives the mural a darker, glossy finish. So, be careful to not make any skippers.

In order to get the biggest bang out of your buck, you can reverse the pattern to create a bigger mural. Simply put the carbon paper on the backside of the pattern, trace the outline. Then turn over your pattern and you will have a reversed copy on that side. Now proceed with the normal 3 step process. This can work great for creating door huggers or bed framers.

“So, how long does this sort of project take?” you might be thinking. This adventure is best saved for a weekend-warrior project! Depending on the size of the mural you choose, it could take you the better part of a weekend or a full day to finish it. However, the saying still remains, “Many hands make light work!” Get your kids and friends involved and you won’t only end up with a great mural but a really fun memory to last a lifetime!

I hope this article has served to open your eyes to the possibilities and inspired you to create a timeless, beautiful mural for your child! In just three simple steps you can create paint by number wall murals that will thrill your child’s heart and create an environment that will inspire them to greatness!

A Few Tips on Watercolour Papers

Probably one of the most important aspects of choosing Watercolour paper is the surface texture as this will either help you or hinder you with your watercolour painting. Watercolour paper is divided into three categories according to the surface of the paper: Rough, Hot-Pressed (HP), and Cold-Pressed (NOT).

Rough watercolor paper, as you’d expect from the name has the most textured surface, or most prominent tooth. It’s described as having a pebbly surface with a series of irregular rounded shapes just like a pebbled beach. When using rough paper the paint from a very watery wash tends to collect in the indentations in the paper, creating a grainy effect when the paint dries. Alternately if you dry brush lightly across the surface, you’ll apply paint only to the raised parts of the paper, the paint will only touch the tops of the ridges and not in the indentations. Rough paper is generally not a good paper for painting fine detail, but is excellent for a loose, more expressive style of painting.

HP stands for “Hot Pressed” and is the smoothest paper and is suitable for high detail work. Hot-pressed watercolour paper has a smooth surface with almost no tooth. Its smooth surface is ideal for painting fine detail and for even washes of colour. HP is not an ideal surface for beginners as they sometimes have problems with the paint sliding around on the smooth surface.

Cold-pressed watercolor paper is sometimes called “NOT” (as in “not hot pressed”). It’s a slightly textured paper and is the most popular as it’s suitable for most types of work. Cold-pressed paper is a medium paper, in between Rough and Hot-pressed paper and having a slightly textured surface. Cold-pressed paper is the most commonly used Watercolour paper as it allows for a good amount of fine detail work while also having enough texture to allow a more loose expressive style of painting.

The thickness of a sheet of watercolour paper is measured by its weight. So the greater the weight, the thicker the paper. Watercolour paper is measured in either (lb) pounds per ream or (gsm) grams per square meter. Most papers have both weights advertised as standard. There are 4 standard weights of watercolour paper, these are 90 lb (190 gsm), 140 lb (300 gsm), 260 lb (356 gsm), and 300 lb (638 gsm).

When you use a thinner paper it needs to be stretched, this is done to prevent the paper from buckling or warping when you paint on it. How thick the paper needs to be before it will start buckling does depend on how wet you tend to make the paper as you paint. The best way to decide which is the best weight of paper for your painting style is to experiment with different weights to see, but it’s likely you’ll find that paper with a weight of 140 lb (300 gsm) or less needs to be pre-stretched.

How to pre-stretch Watercolour paper: If you have chosen a paper of 140lb (300gsm) or less then the chances are you will need to pre-stretch your paper. The reason for pre-stretching is with the lighter weight papers when you apply water it moves and buckles, or “Cockling”. This happens when the application of water when painting, will cause one side of the paper to expand slightly, the other side will remain dry and due to the sizing contained within the sheet will not expand. To counteract the papers movement on the wetted side, the paper buckles and warps. This then causes the very unsightly effect of buckling which is not ideal for the finished painting, and is also quite difficult to work with.

1. Immerse your sheet of paper either in a bath of cold water or under a tap for approximately 1 to 2 minutes, this is to allow the fibers in the paper to expand. Take care when handling your paper, ideally before you start wash your hands thoroughly and don’t touch the area you intend to paint, this is because the paper is fragile when it’s wet and also your finger marks will show up in your wash due to the grease on your fingers.

2. Carefully place your soaked sheet of paper flat on a board.

3. Using gummed tape, stick down all four edges of your paper, you can also staple down your paper but don’t use heavy duty staplers as it will be hard to get the staples out which may result in you damaging your paper.

4. Blot any excess water from your paper, ideally use a clean sponge and leave to dry on a flat surface, a flat surface is preferred otherwise the water will drain to one edge and the paper will dry unevenly.

5. Leave your paper to dry at least for a couple of hours, but ideally over night. When your paper is completely dry it will be stretched tightly on the board and when you apply your wash the paper will not move or buckle again.

All Watercolour paper is made with a difference between the two sides, one side is usually slightly smoother and the other side has a slight hairier texture to it. There isn’t a right and wrong side because which you use would depend on what you require from your watercolor paper. The smoother side of a paper is better if you’re painting a lot of detail, while the hairier side is better if you want to build up colour by using lots of glazes.

The colour of watercolor paper varies from manufacturer to manufacturer and even between the different types of paper made by the same manufacturer. Watercolour paper doesn’t just come in white it can range from a warm, rich cream to a cold, blueish white. The difference in colour tones can sometimes be easy to see, but at times it can be so slight that it is hardly evident even when you have two different sheets of watercolor paper next to one another.

One thing to consider when choosing your watercolour paper is that the different colour tones of paper will affect your paintings, as basically your starting your painting with a glaze, so this will have an impact on your painting. A watercolour paper with a slight cream colour can make your colours appear muddy or dull. A watercolour paper with a blueish tint can give your yellows a greenish appearance. When you are buying your watercolor paper, take its colour tint into consideration just as much as you would its texture and weight.

Source by Dave J Hayes

Historia parásitas para el tiempo de la fragmentación

Estos son fragmentos de historias que se comen asi mismas, una sobre otra se comen el mismo cuerpo que parasitan. En este caso, las imágenes textuales presentadas en este video convergen en otras micro historias que aparecen sin razón aparente pero son el compendio de todo el universo hipervisual de la señora “G”, quien a sus 30 años empieza a experimentar fuertes ataques de ansiedad que la llevan a recobrar el tiempo perdido en el sentido de Proust. No es una magdalena la que despliega los recuerdos de un pasado remoto, sino que es la presencia constante de la muerte que exteriorizada en forma de déjà vu, deviene todas esas trazas de recuerdos que se mezclan con historias del cine, pedazos de la historia política y social de Colombia que de una u otra forma han conformado la historia de su porvenir. La señora “G” murió un sin número de veces durante mas de seis años, esas muertes son el resultado de su vida fragmentada que se presenta como una sesión Vj donde como dice Peter Grennaway: “ Las imágenes no se sustentan sobre texto, si no sobre música. En cierto modo se produce una nueva relación de esclavitud, pero me parece que esta relación ofrece más libertad, te ahorra involucrarte en temas, de principio, nudo y desenlace…. Hay una especie de vibración asociada a nuestro propio cuerpo” ( Grennaway, 2010). Por otra parte es necesario recalcar – según el fragmento anterior – el espacio sonoro de la investigación y que en este caso se ha propuesto dentro de la historia como el silencio de negra. El silencio de negra es la historia contada por su hermana, personaje de la historia que construye por medio de sonido y paisajes sonoros capturados en el pueblo que ellas visitaban de niñas; mezclas de sus propias narrativas de ficción desde su relación con la música y el espacio sonoro. Asi constituye entonces este capitulo de la investigación, un capitulo que se sustenta en remixes de la historia, un capitulo que como lo diría Paul Miller “ La herencia de muchas cuestiones artísticas, si miramos la historia del collage, o la de los objetos encontrados de Marcel Duchamp o lo que hacía Andy Wharhol con la apropiación de imágenes. Ahora todo eso pasa a formar parte de la idea básica de la cultura más joven. Asi, el arte del siglo XX, se convierte en la imaginación del siglo XXI” (Miller, Aka. Dj Spooky. 2007).


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