Budget DIY Wall Art Using Postcards

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A plain wall is, well, boring unless you are a minimalist. If you are looking for some ideas to liven up that plain wall, you do not have to

be a muralist to transform a plain wall; neither do you have to hire one.

To add you own personal touch to any room, here is an easy do it yourself wall art that will not hurt your pocket.

If you are a huge collector of postcards, you can use them as wallpaper substitutes sticking them on your wall with double-sided tape. However if you do not want to deal with damaging the paint when you plan to redecorate in the future, you can mount the postcards as a framed collage.

You will need:

  • Foamcore

  • Double-sided tape

  • Postcards

  • Wooden canvas stretcher bars

  • Self-adhesive felt pads

Optional:

  • Double-sided foam tape

  • Sawtooth hanger or picture wire

What to do:

1. Head over to your local art store and get yourself some foamcore. The size will vary according to your preference. You may also use other types of paper-based or wood boards. Don’t forget to grab the other material you will need.

2. Arrange the postcards to your liking. To put emphasis on your favorite postcards, or to create a 3D effect, you can create “risers” by cutting some foamcore into 2″x1″ pieces, stacking them using double-sided tape. You can also vary the risers’ thickness.

3. When you are satisfied with the layout, you can start adhering the postcards onto the foamcore by sticking double-sided tape at the back of each postcard. Using glue may warp the postcards but it can be an alternative adhesive.

4. Once all the postcards have been attached, it is now time to attach the canvas stretcher behind the foamcore.

5. Put the self-adhesive felt pads on the corners of the stretcher. This is to protect the wall from being scratched.

6. Add the sawtooth hanger or picture wire onto the stretcher. You can use other hanging methods if you prefer otherwise. Now your postcard collage is ready to be hung!

In lieu of postcards, you can also use:

Vintage book covers or pages – gives your wall art a classy and vintage feel

Polaroid photos – create a collage that is more beautiful than the timeline on your Facebook page.

Paint chips – finally those free paint samplers can finally be put to good use!

Recipe cards – another alternative that can give your wall art that antique feel that reminds you of Grandma’s home-cooked meals!

 

A Look and Interest at African Contemporary Art

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I never thought I’d see the day when I’d see contemporary African art in my lifetime. Of course, Africans were renowned for their interesting take on art itself, but being witness to a trend is something that’s more memorable than any other event. I’ve had the opportunity to attend the 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair. 1:54 refers to the one out of 54 countries on the continent and showcases the highest quality African art and brought together a host of leading organizations from the African art scene all over the world with more than 15 carefully selected galleries that represents more than 70 artists – providing visitors a glimpse of a cross sectional insight into art from another continent. The event was hosted by London’s Somerset House and took place on October 16 to 20.

 

This is a sculpture by Zak Ove titled White Magic, an adapted Madame Tussaud’s wax work former British Prime Minister Tony Blair.

The Exit Ball catches the attention of an old man. This is made from plastic and metal and is one of the features of the 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair.

The Last Judgment by Zimbabwean artist Richard Mudariki is acrylic on canvas.

African tribal art has long been an eye candy of sorts for wealthy collectors – from fertility statues to sacrificial shaman masks. African contemporary art continues to make its presence known in museums, fairs, and even auction houses. The growing trend of African contemporary art is supported by wealthy Africans who aim to make their local talents known and European collectors looking for the next big thing. London galleries have already graced African Art as part of their showcases, while the flagship Tate Modern created an African Acquisitions Committee, and this year’s sales of African art has already reached 1 million pound (US$1.6M) mark.

The Tate, home of the capital’s best known collection of contemporary art, just launched their African acquisitions committee last year to help gather African contemporary art. Frieze, another high-end London contemporary art fair, featured two African galleries.

But what makes this contemporary art “African”? It’s a question as complicated as the art and the continent. African contemporary artists live in Africa and tackle the current issues that plague the country, while there are other African artists that live outside the country but are drawing on its culture to shape their art.

 

 

 

Clean Eating a New Trend and Scrutinized

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Let us take a look at some serious facts – two thirds of Aussie adults are obese, a quarter of the children are the same, and we continue to get the same amount of our energy from junk food every day.

While we are on the topic of clean living, it’s important to know the value of clean eating. Clean eating is a term, dubbed by people found in social networking sites like Instagram and Facebook that refers to the real concept of eating. “In some ways clean eating is what eating was always about,” said Dr.David Katz, director of the Yale University Prevention Research Center. “Food that’s clean is food that’s for the most part real food and not encumbered with things that compromise health: artificial flavorings, artificial colorings, sugar substitutes,” he added.

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Clean eating is simple. The shorter the ingredient list, the better. There’s no specific food that’s considered off limits, as long as it’s honest-to-goodness food. In simpler terms, this is not a diet that restricts you from eating this and that. “I don’t think sugar makes food unclean.  Pure fruits are not unclean foods.  You can add sugar to foods, and it can be clean. … It’s not about banishing any particular type of ingredient,” said Katz. ” It needs to be a holistic concept.  There’s a real danger in placing it on just one ingredient.”

With the threat of obesity lingering about, it would be no surprise that health practitioners should be accepting of this new lifestyle, but it has raised some red flags from the dieticians, who warn that it may not be that healthy lifestyle we’re going for. Amanda Lee, professor of public health and nutrition at the Queensland University of Technology, says “There are some good things about clean eating. The biggest problem facing Australian diets is our over-consumption of what are commonly referred to as junk foods – energy dense, nutrient poor foods high in saturated fats, added salts and alcohol. Clean eating diets tend to discourage the consumption of those foods.”

For Professor Lee, the trouble with clean eating is that the list of prohibited food items extends to the good ones too. While the principles of clean eating vary, it mostly involves the prohibition of meat and dairy products, which contain crucial nutrients.

Lee emphasizes that despite what clean eating instils, it’s important to cut back on junk food and increase intake of healthy food items.

A Look and Interest at African Contemporary Art

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I never thought I’d see the day when I’d see contemporary African art in my lifetime. Of course, Africans were renowned for their interesting take on art itself, but being witness to a trend is something that’s more memorable than any other event. I’ve had the opportunity to attend the 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair. 1:54 refers to the one out of 54 countries on the continent and showcases the highest quality African art and brought together a host of leading organizations from the African art scene all over the world with more than 15 carefully selected galleries that represents more than 70 artists – providing visitors a glimpse of a cross sectional insight into art from another continent. The event was hosted by London’s Somerset House and took place on October 16 to 20.

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This is a sculpture by Zak Ove titled White Magic, an adapted Madame Tussaud’s wax work former British Prime Minister Tony Blair.

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The Exit Ball catches the attention of an old man. This is made from plastic and metal and is one of the features of the 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair.

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The Last Judgment by Zimbabwean artist Richard Mudariki is acrylic on canvas.

African tribal art has long been an eye candy of sorts for wealthy collectors – from fertility statues to sacrificial shaman masks. African contemporary art continues to make its presence known in museums, fairs, and even auction houses. The growing trend of African contemporary art is supported by wealthy Africans who aim to make their local talents known and European collectors looking for the next big thing. London galleries have already graced African Art as part of their showcases, while the flagship Tate Modern created an African Acquisitions Committee, and this year’s sales of African art has already reached 1 million pound (US$1.6M) mark.

The Tate, home of the capital’s best known collection of contemporary art, just launched their African acquisitions committee last year to help gather African contemporary art. Frieze, another high-end London contemporary art fair, featured two African galleries.

But what makes this contemporary art “African”? It’s a question as complicated as the art and the continent. African contemporary artists live in Africa and tackle the current issues that plague the country, while there are other African artists that live outside the country but are drawing on its culture to shape their art.

Interior Art: A Closer Look At Unique Window Treatment Designs

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Like they say, eyes are the windows to the soul. If then, surely the windows of a house are an entryway to the essence and soul of a home. That is why the way windows are outfitted is one of the most significant decorating decisions facing the homeowner.  In fact,when you go into a house, one the first things that you’ll probably notice are the window treatments because it adds color and character to a room. Whether you use fabric curtains or choose blinds Sydney, sky is the limit to your creativity and designing. The more unique your window treatment design is, the more sophisticated your room could get.

With the right designing and styling techniques, here are some unique window treatments designs that you might want to take inspiration from:

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To warm up a room for the fall season, here’s an autumn burlap and tree branch swag by Diane Henkler. The design automatically brings more radiance and warmth to the space making it conducive for hanging out or lounging around the coming days of the chilly season. It’s really inexpensive and simple to do, the perfect treatment for a mountain home as a year round treatment.

Making Your House A Home With Contemporary Art

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As a new homeowner, you came into conclusion that your new place is just so bland and bleak. You feel like it is a total stranger to you. As much as you would like to call it home, despite of it being under your name, you just don’t have that feeling of being right at home.  So you decided to give it color and give it life by adding some contemporary art pieces that may just do the trick. After all, you love art and having a piece or two of those would make your house into the kind of home that you want it to be.

Why Homeowners Go With Contemporary Art

You may know a lot of homeowners who own pieces of contemporary art and ask them why they picked and chose to go with such to display in their homes?  They may give you plenty of reasons why they chose these artworks but one of the top reasons is usually because they believed and thought that contemporary art is the right pieces to purchase to decorate their houses to make it look better and feel better.  Contemporary art pieces are usually pleasing and soothing to the eyes that bring comfort and make the ambiance cozy just like a home should be.  No wonder, people choose to display these artworks to improve their home surroundings.

There are others who view contemporary art pieces of great value.  And for them, purchasing one or two pieces is already an accomplishment.  Purchasing contemporary art pieces is not an easy thing to do.  These artworks are quite expensive and one must shell out a huge amount of cash to bring one home.  So being able to buy one is a huge achievement and a great investment as well.  Displaying one at home will surely make an impression to your visitors.

Others, on the other hand, are more attached to the culture, tradition, and history of the art piece and bringing one home and displaying them, is more about incorporating the art’s culture and carrying on tradition to their homes.  These art pieces for them bring inspiration, beauty, and legacy to their homes that are priceless.

Hunting Sydney’s Great Residential Property Deals

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Property investment could be the toughest and most tricky decision you will ever make in your life. Even at your 20s or 50s, the decision to put your heard-earned money in some prime real estate property may reward you with a more stable financial status and more secure retirement plan. On the other hand, making the wrong real estate investment might cost you your life savings and financial security, considering the years of tax and mortgage payments that it will put you through. One thing about real estate deals is that it is something that you cannot simply return to the store if you are unsatisfied. So if you are planning to buy your own house in the bustling city of Sydney, you need to take it slow, sit down and think about some important considerations to make sure that you are signing up for the residential property deal that you can afford and that you will be satisfied with.

Real estate giants like the Markham Corporation have spent years understanding the climate of the real estate market of Australia’s most diverse state, New South Wales, to provide sound investment advice to their clients. In this progressive state lies your beloved city, Sydney.  If Sydney is where everything in your life is happening right now, think about your property investment options. Before you jump into buying residential properties, it would be wise to keep these factors in mind:

Pick The Right Fabric To Bring Art To Your Quilts

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Quilting fabrics is an art and to fully understand it, you need to see the world through the eyes of an artist and communicate your vision through fiber.  Many have limited quilting as a hobby but in the earlier times, quilting is a common social activity.  These women in the past congregate to do quilting activity, which they see as an opportunity for them to retreat from their straining physical chores of farm life and do something light and useful.  Today however, quilting is no longer practiced to satisfy economic and social needs but for expression and enjoyment.

Traditional quilts remain to be valuable as it effective in giving everyone warmth and comfort during cold weather seasons. Some quilts are kept as attractive art and are showcased to others as a representation of the talents and skills of the creator.  The art of quilting does not require you to be an expert sewer; if you can sew a button or mend a hem, you can certainly make a quilt.  It is simply the use of a technique to stitch together layers of fabric using a decorative pattern to create a variety of beautiful and practical objects.

Choosing fabric for a quilt is a different story though; it is more than just putting together a stack of fabrics that you love.  It can be a challenge for both new and experienced quilters.  The right fabric for quilting determines how comfortable the quilt will be, how well it will hold its shape, and how many washing it will withstand.  Here are some guides to help you in this creative process:

Personal blog of Frank, a contemporary artist

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How many times have you dreamtof having your own piece of heaven? That place that you can call your very own? You have probably spent numerous times day dreaming and that is why you have gone through the years saving money so that you can buy a home that you can call your own. There will be no more living in a small pad or paying rent monthly in a crowded space with your buddies.  This time, you will have your own place without the hassle of monthly payments or roommates.

However, think for a moment and ask yourself if your house now is really the home you have envisioned it to be? Is it really the same as you have imagined it in broad daylight?  Have you actually done anything to make it close to what you have dreamt it to be?  Or even do some home designing that is pleasing to your eyes to make it a place where you can really relax and feel your own personality and character in it?  As an artist, it is a very important thing that you know how to make your house into a place that is yours. A home should be a place where you feel like nothing would ever matter and it should reflect who you are as a person. You can make this possible with your talents and skills.  All you need is the right combination of items that will help you do the job, either you use your own art works or choose to decorate with contemporary art pieces that best represent yourself, you have the choice.  What matters is that you have turned this bare and unattractive house as an extension of yourself.

Through the Lens: Photography As Contemporary Art

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Photography as contemporary art remains a debate even up to this date.  Nobody can seem to put an end to it; many have embraced the evolution of art over the years while some remain skeptical to the idea of still images in 2D backgrounds as art.

Exchanges of reasons and explanations were thrown out, but looking through the lens of truth points us back to the fact that most good art was or is not created by the artist with the intention of making “art”, rather it was made to please the individual making it.  It was the critics or fans who intellectualize the final product and labeled it as such.  There’s no formula in creating art for if there were, it wouldn’t be art anymore. Edward Weston explained it best; he said that several hundred years ago, there was an argument that painting was mechanical because it was done by hand, and is therefore was not art.  We waste our time in arguments every time there is a new mode of expression revealed to us and it’s been going on and on for 180 years and now, we’re wasting yet precious times as it applies to photography.

On the contrary, true artists create work that is referential but independent in spirit no matter what mode of expressions they use.  In fact, the use of the camera obscura as a preparatory tool for artists dates as far back as 1490 during the renaissance period, when Leonardo da Vinci wrote the first detailed description of the camera obscura in his “Atlantic Codex“.Some of the contemporary art’s inspirations and influences were born from the platforms of photography and the possibilities of how an artist can appropriate and re-contextualize a photographic image into a distinct conceptual perspective using various media are endless.

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