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Friday, September 30, 2011

Five on Friday - Interesting Facts about 5 Famous Artists

Today's Five on Friday offers some interesting facts about five famous artists, which include a few of my favorites.  Leonardo da Vinci, Michaelangelo and Vincent van Gogh.  There's also a little (easy) quiz at the end, just for fun! 

If you don't see the information below, look for the "Read More link!

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Green, With Envy! Exploring the Meaning & Symbolism of the Color Green.

Green, as I am sure you already know, is a color. It lies between 520 - 565 nanometers (nm) on the The Visible Light Spectrum. Our eyes are sensitive to light which lies in a relatively small region of the visible light spectrum. This visible light corresponds to a wavelength range between 400 - 700 nm, this is a color range of violet through red.

Have you met my friend, Roy G Biv? 

Friday, September 23, 2011

It's Five on Friday - Five Crafty Coupons!

It's crafty coupon time.  For this weeks Five on Friday we're offering you the following discount coupons for five etsy stores.  Here's your chance to aquire some Jewelry, Wine Charms, Fabric bags, Reed diffusers, or other great hand made items.  It's Friday, so why not go shopping?  Remember to share the love - get some for yourself, get some for a friend.

If you don't see the links and the coupon codes, look for the "read more" link below.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Understanding Jewelry or Craft Wire

What does it mean when someone says they used gauge wire to make something? What does it mean when instruction refer to half-round wire? Isn't all wire round? What is dead soft wire? What the heck does it all mean?

When wire is referred to by its gauge, it is a reference to the diameter of the wire. There are two standards of gauges generally used in jewelry to state the size of wire. American Wire Gauge (AWG, also known as Brown and Sharpe), and Standard Wire Gauge (SWG, also known as Imperial or British Wire gauge). The smaller the diameter of the wire, the bigger gauge number. For instance, a 20 gauge (AWG) wire is 0.0320 inches or 0.812 mm, and 12 gauge (AWG) is 0.0808 inches or 2.053 mm. AWG is slightly larger in size than SWG. 20 gauge in AWG is 0.0320 inches and 20 gauge in SWG is 0.036 inches.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Great Creative Spaces - Art Studios and Craft Rooms.

Five on Friday!

Looking for inspiration for creating your own art studio or craft room?
Check out these five wonderful rooms perhaps they will inspire you to create your own.

Here are five I liked...

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

What is the Difference Between Art and Craft?

When I am writing a blog, web page content, item description, or some sort of bio statement, I sometimes find myself stumbling over the choice to use the term, art or craft, or perhaps both.  For the most part I tend to use both terms interchangeably.  Partly because there are many who think the two indeed refer to the same thing. If the majority of my audience are likely to use both, or either terms in a keyword search, so too must I use both terms in order to be found by those who seek.

I use both art and craft interchangeably also because I have never really been able to definitively decide which term I should be using. I never know from day to day if I feel like I should describe my own work as art, or craft, especially since I do not create just one type of work.  Am I am artist? Am I a crafts person?

And so again I have come back to the same old question.  What is the difference between art and craft?

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Five On Friday! Unusual Items Made with Chainmaille.

The invention of chainmaille is attributed to the Celts over 2000 years ago and was the armor of choice. Chainmaille armor quickly fell out of favor and use in the late medieval period, with the discovery and use of gunpowder. Today chainmaille is used by divers to help protect them from shark bites, as cut resistant gloves for butchers and woodworkers, and by re-enactors.

Chainmaille today is quite often found in the form of jewelry such as bracelets, necklaces, and earrings. Today I want to show you five of my favorite unusual items made from chainmaille.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

How to Clean and Store Your Art Brushes

Quality paint brushes are an investment. If cared for properly they can last for many years.  Here are some tips to clean and care for your brushes to help them last.
  • Always wash your paintbrush thoroughly after use. Water based paints can be cleaned with warm water. Oil based paints will require paint thinner.  Begin by wiping excess paint from the brush with a rag or paper towel.  Next clean by using the appropriate cleaning solution for the type of paint you have been using (water, or paint thinner, etc),
  • Be sure to get all the paint out of the bristles otherwise the paint will dry in the brush and stiffen it. Take care to get the last little bits out of the bristles near the ferrule. (The ferrule is the metal band that binds the bristles of a brush to its handle.)
    Be careful not to bend the paintbrush back and forth too much. Let the water run over and through the paintbrush.

Friday, September 2, 2011

Five On Friday!! for September 2.

It's Friday and the start of another month.  I have decided that Friday, being the gateway to the weekend and generally considered a good day by most people, should be a day of fun and relaxation.  At least, where possible anyway.  So, with that in mind, I offer you "FIVE ON FRIDAY".  A collection of 5 of my favorite things from around the web, for your to peruse and entertain your eyes with.  Today's list are all from  Listed in no particular order, and with no further adieu, I give you today's' Five on Friday.   Read on and enjoy...


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