A decision has been made to explore the hobby of painting. As you review paints, brushes, and surfaces it becomes rather puzzling. My personal opinion is use acrylics as a first choice. Acrylics are versatile. They are used as watercolors, acrylics, or oils. After experimenting with this paint, you will become familiar with brush stroke techniques and assorted surfaces. This inexpensive trial and error, will help you choose your medium.
What are you painting?
Both oils and acrylics use the same techniques. One of the main differences is that acrylics dry fast and oils dry slowly. Acrylics are water based, easy cleanup with soap and water, and non-allergic.
Oil paints are oil based, clean with mineral spirits, turpentine, or acetone. Many of today’s oil paints are odor free and nonallergic, but the cleaners may pose problems for people with skin and breathing sensitivities.
Oil paintings have been around for hundreds of years and have proven to have a long life. Acrylics came into popular use in the 1960s and their longevity has yet to be determined.
Oil paints are ready to use from their containers. If you wish to paint with acrylics and create the illusion of oil paint texture. Buy the more expensive acrylic as they will contain more pigment, have a thicker texture, and will require fewer layers of paint. Use the same oil brush techniques as in painting with oils.
Oils require high quality animal hair bristles. Pigs' hair is commonly used. However, new technology has created synthetic brushes for oil paints. You may want to experiment with both. Synthetic brushes are the choice for acrylics. Regardless of which type of brush is used. I recommend separating the brushes and restricting their usage. One set for oils and another for acrylics.
Acrylics can be applied to paper and cardboard, plastics, glass, wood and wood products, fabrics, and metal. However; some surfaces may require cleaning, or other special preparations, such as a priming agent, before covering with these paints.
After completing your artwork, spray or brush a polymer varnish to seal and protect the painted surface from dust, dirt, and other unwanted damages, fading, and chipping. Varnishes are manufactured as satin, matte, and gloss. Store finished work away from heat and direct sunlight. Do not stack pictures face to face. They will tear when separated from each other. I place my work in manila folders. One picture to a file.
Craft people who use acrylics in their decoupage and scrap booking projects may use a solution of white crafting glue and water to glue, seal, or varnish their porous projects.
Watercolors have a different appearance from oil or acrylic paints. Painting techniques are unlike oils or acrylics. Artists like to apply their skills to painting portraits, landscapes, and still life with this medium.
These paints are limited to watercolor paper. The paper is heavier and stronger as they are composed of cotton, linen, and plant fibers. It does not pill or tear and absorbs water.
Acrylics reduced to watercolor consistency can be applied on watercolor paper. Colored and graphite pencils, ink, and watercolor pencils may also be used. Watercolor paper is textured. The manufacturer recommends which side of the textured paper is to be used. Keep paper towels handy to clean unwanted paint drips from this type of paper.
These paints are non-toxic and contain no caustic solvents, However; their pigments contain heavy metals which will pollute soil and waterways. Check your state requirements for proper disposal of unused paint and its water.
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ConcrreThere are legal requirements to build a shed. They include contacting your Homeowners Association (if applicable) then your local government office to apply for site evaluation, zoning clearance, or building codes and permits. After you complete legal obligations and build the woodshed, the proper authorities will inspect it.
What happens if you ignore your local laws?
Concrete slab or wood foundation
The concrete slab or wood foundation of the building may not be the most exciting part of the construction to set up, but careful leveling and correct dimensions will provide an essential guide for the remaining parts of the building.
Attach the wall framework to the foundation. The skeleton-like frame serves to add strength and support. Follow plans, regulations, measure, and check plumbing. Install window and door frames. Attach the exterior walls with your choice of wood using nails or screws.
Install ready made roof rafters or build your own. Add the fascia boards to the rafters. The fascia boards prevent water from entering the shed. Attach roof sheeting to the rafters. Finish the roof with waterproof tiles, asphalt shingles or other roofing favorites.
Paint your shed to match your house. Or use another color to suit the shed’s purpose. Use the stain to enhance the natural color of the wood. It is your choice to paint or stain.
Furniture and accessories
Wood is a natural product which anyone can use to build any article. Build a table, chairs, workbench, shelves, stools, a swing, and other shed decor.
Paper crafts diy
Do you want a more challenging paper craft hobby or interest? Have you considered making any object using paper products?
Any object originating from your imagination to copying a current object can be duplicated with a variety of papers.
partial model list
4 paper construction ideas
Paper products are available with surfaces that may be smooth, rough, painted, or decorated. There are many choices to choose from and use in the actual construction or decoration of the model or object.
Cardstock Modeling for Model Railroads
A note from Tricia Deed
You may wish to check out our recreational List for additional ideas.
An adult taking lessons in a community swimming pool.
You have finished taking swimming pool lessons and you want to try other bodies of fresh water adventures. Swimming in a pool teaches us not to fear water. It provides a structured environment for studying and practicing strokes and kicks. We learn how to propel above and under the water. We float on water as easily as lying down on a bed to relieve tiredness or to relax with the gentle rocking motion. It is a secure environment in which to study, practice, and build up our self-esteem and self-confidence.
There are many pleasures swimming in a pool. But when the pool becomes more crowded than we wish our adventuresome self is ready to explore other options.
These options include open waters of ponds, lakes, rivers, and oceans. Nature’s ponds and lakes invite our swim-suit bodies to jump in and cool off from the summer heat. This is a lot of fun, but there are common sense rules to follow.
Wear appropriate body wear. For instance, wearing a stringed bikini is not a strong garment if you find your body snagged by weeds, grasses, fishing lines, and drifting tree branches. Lake water has the temperament to create wind blown choppy waters that may rip away the bikini top.
1. Ponds and lakes have water critters. Check with your local and state departments asking if they have conducted bacteria studies and other safety measures to guard against infections or hazards in the pond or a lake you are considering using. The state monitors a local natural springs site in our area. If you leave this safe area and swim downstream towards the river there is trouble. The stream welcomes fish, turtles, water moccasins, and alligators.
All ponds and lakes have microscopic life, plants, and animal life. Wear goggles to shield your eyes and do not breathe or swallow water to prevent bacterial infections. Bathe after being in these waters. I experienced one lake which had a soft boggy bottom; I recommend wearing lightweight shoes to protect feet from wood splinters, cracked glass, rusty metal, and other unsafe objects.
Swimming in ponds and lakes is a wonderful experience, think safety factors before entering these waters.
2. Rivers present the calmness of ponds yet may change into rough or fast-flowing waters demanding a unique challenge to swimming strokes. Check all safety factors similar to ponds and lakes. There are other things to deal with such as, Is there a waterfall or rapid waters section or other known peculiarities?
Sight a tall object to know of your whereabouts.
3. Oceans present different challenges. I recommend swimming in view of a lifeguard station. Swim in a straight line parallel to the shoreline. The life guard station acts as a marker for sighting to avoid getting lost.
Your swimming strokes will be a bit out of rhythm and irregular to swim in rough water or surviving a wave which may hit your body or slap you across the face. We need powerful arms and leg kicks for salt water propelling. Breathe when you can and remain relaxed but prepared for the unexpected. Swim with the wave, not against it. Salt can be an irritant to eyes; wear goggles.
As a child they instructed me to never turn my back to the ocean. Till today, I continue to follow this rule. The reason for this rule is to be aware of wave patterns to avoid unforeseen and unpleasant wave battering.
We can swim in any waters giving you a refreshing sport hobby. Safety first, relax, and have fun.
Tips to safely swim with waves
Operating a belly dance studio is an interesting and rewarding enterprise. However, revenue needs to support future expansion, increased rental fees (unless you own the building and have a set mortgage payment), an increase in operating expenses, unexpected expenditures, and unforeseen emergencies.
1. Filled Classroom Excellent teaching, steady enrollment, and regular attending students will provide a steady income. Provide an additional variety of interesting services and students will follow.
Structure classes with different achievement levels. Award each achievement level with a certificate of completion. After pupils graduate all levels, celebrate with a graduation ceremony and a party.
Present a show featuring graduating students. Video tape performing solos, and group dance performances. Do not allow video cameras by attendees as you will film the program and sell these videos.
2. Introduce other teachers. Your pupils will look forward to new instructors and are inspired to keep studying this dance. This is a source of additional income and advertising on your behalf.
3. Entertainment Training There are students who wish to become entertainers. Provide entertainment training. Invite students to watch your performances, review, and critique.
Provide these classes for other students who do not attend your school.
4. Private Sessions Teach private individual, or group sessions in clients’ homes, Other dance studios, and other locations. Both services offer opportunities for revenue, advertising, and enrolling fresh students.
Are you an exceptional instructor? Give instructions in workshops and seminars. These group sessions may influence fresh students to attend your classes. Advertise to teach in America or international countries.
5. Rent out space Rent your studio space by the hour to other instructors, musicians, and specialty groups’ This is another source of revenue. Select renters who can use your studio as is. Provide security for party events.
6. Retail Merchandise Arrange a retail space to sell costumes, accessories, musical instruments, DVDs and CDs, adornments, jewelry, and other miscellaneous items to students and the public.
Sell merchandise at other workshops and seminars. These are outlets to sell your merchandise and advertise and market your school.
7. Promote Shows Be a show promoter. Gain a reality check by attending other seminars and workshops. Gather information from other sponsors. Watch, participate, and take notes. Talk to attendees for their feedback. Stop, think, organize, and promote your own seminars, workshops, and retreat camps.
Do you need more tips? Visit https://toughnickel.com/starting-business/Belly-Dance-Studio-How-to-Increase-Revenue.
Rockhound, a Collector of Rocks, Minerals, Gems
A geologist is a professional rockhound. Amateurs or hobbyists who collect rocks, minerals, gems, and whatever mystery a rock unfolds is also known as a rockhound.
The pursuit of collecting rocks is a physically demanding hobby requiring outdoor investigations of climbing, walking, or digging into mountains, earth slides, forests, river beds, mines, caves, seashore, desert, volcanoes, and in the ocean. The second pursuit is research and record keeping.
There are many outlets for finding rocks, minerals, and gems. It is difficult to know where to start or how to become a rock hound. Each person searches for their own personal reasons. Interest ranges from educational to treasure hunting for profits.
Before Picking Up the First Rock
The Collection Kit
The Rock Collection
Splitting and Cutting Stones
There are mechanical and electrical equipment for breaking or cutting rocks.
The electrical wet saw is the preferred tool for cutting rocks apart.
We received a gift of an orchid plant from friends. Orchids represent flowers of love, beauty, and luxury. That one orchid created a hobby passion.
We got caught up in the beauty of these flowers and kept buying without thought to their maintenance. This reckless purchasing style created problems in orchid care.
Our purchasing may have been haphazard, but we learned about all the things that one should not do. These were costly mistakes, but we learned valuable lessons.
Other orchid enthusiasts introduced us to orchid shows. These shows allow people to take advantage of on-site knowledge work shops. The classes help to become familiar with the different orchid plant families and how to care for them.
We kept speaking with different vendors at these shows gathering more tips for plant care and for building a greenhouse.
We also visited commercial orchid houses to get their ideas for our backyard orchid building.
There are many assorted types of greenhouse plans. We have found that after you build the first one there will be changes for future buildings.
As you gain knowledge working with your orchids, the building will need to suit the plant types and your personal needs for a sturdy, friendly, and workable building that suits both plant interests and personal working habits.
There is the option of ordering manufactured greenhouses or building your own. It is a personal and financial choice.
Eleven Tips for Raising Orchids:
Orchids are naturally found growing in rain forests around the world. However, conditions can be created indoors, outdoors, or in greenhouses regardless of where you live.
There are thousands of species. Most people will specialize in one category, possibly another two or three. Orchid growing interests are determined by affordable artificial setups and availability of supplies to keep plants happy and thriving.
South America is known to be the largest arena for a variety of orchids. Many of us are familiar with tropical islands having many varieties. Tourists are welcomed in Hawaii by receiving orchid leis. Leis are necklaces of fresh flowers placed around the neck of visitors to the islands.
Our favorite vendor brings orchids from Thailand. We always look forward for her supplies at the orchid shows.
Selling Arts and Crafts
Most artists and craftsmen have a general idea of where to sell their works of art. But a list would be helpful to refresh or learn new markets. The best list is to identify target buyers for your product line. Target buyers are excellent as long as this list never ends. Another helpful outlet is for customers to order their products before production. This list foretells the exact number of buyers who like your product and will include a deposit or a down payment.
A business person is always looking for other outlets to maintain an ongoing business and to provide future customers. Never assume that regular customers or repeat customers will be with you for the length of your career.
Another important consideration for other markets is to research trends and keep ahead of competitors. Artists and craftsmen never depend on one product. Producing a variety of products is essential for success.
Three research considerations for future products include:
American Tribal Style and American Tribal Fusion have been developing since the 1960s in America.
American women wanted something different from traditional Egyptian and Turkish styles of Middle Eastern dancing known as belly dancing.
Another reason for designing these newer dances is the many folkloric and ethnic public performances. Renaissance festivals inspired belly dancers to make costume adjustments to fit in with the medieval theme.
The original Medieval gypsies were street dancers. However; their costumes of black and white or shades of gray is boring to an audience. Dancers made their costumes more colorful and created original designs to attract interest for their stage performances.
Costume style, dance steps, and body movements are the main elements of ATF. “Fusion“ is the key word in ATF. The dominant movements of the borrowed movements of a dance are combined or fused to belly dancing movements. For instance, the characteristic flamenco movements are merged or fused with Turkish style belly dancing. Asian influences are integrated or fused with Egyptian style belly dancing movements. In each of these examples, choreography is interesting and challenging for dancers. The audience finds the performance interesting and entertaining. Audience reactions are mixed.
Music and dance are living arts and change as people’s interests evolve. It creates other changes from other world dance styles and American women make changes as needed.
The creators design and incorporate the new style arrangements into folkloric or ethnic dances that attract women of all ages and sizes who feel comfortable wearing the new costumes and dancing to their favorite music. There are influences from Spain, India, Asia, Africa, Middle Eastern countries, tropical islands, and more.
These two styles of dancing are still changing as they attract other sub-culture groups. Examples like underground, dark side, burlesque, and tattoos are finding comfort in the new styles.
American Tribal Style (ATS) ATS:
ATS vs ATS Dancing
ATS or American Tribal Style, developed by Carolena Nericcio and Fat Chance Belly Dance, is the first tribal dance invented by American dance artists.
These ladies perform duets or troupe choreography. Solo performances are rare. Public performances welcome their presence for their colorful modest costumes and upbeat troupe dances.
American Tribal Fusion or ATF by Jill Parker and Ultra Gypsy followed ATS, but it permits other dance cultures, thus the word fusion.
They draw attention to their bodies as they perform their dance movements. Tattoos are popular among American Tribal Style Enthusiasts. The majority performances are solos. Performing as a troupe is rare.
Students have a choice of learning two different American tribal originals. The ladies enjoy this style of dancing for group fun, exercising, dance interest, and social activity.
Teachers, performers, and students borrow music and costume inspirations from the Middle East, India, Asia, Africa, Spain, and many other countries. The creative imaginations of the participants are endless.
There are many peoples in America with many ideas of dance and it is these elements which are entering the “fusion movement”. Many music types such as jazz, electric, and pop, are being added. There are seven types of popular styles in the tribal category.
Read more about 3 styles of belly dancing.
Sensual and Sexy Belly Dancing
The words sexy and sensual comes to mind when speaking of belly dancers. Both words may mean the same to some people and others define these words individually.
The word sexy refers to sexual stimuli and the word sensual refers to human senses. Each of the audience members would classify the performer from their individual viewpoint.
Let’s visit the beach scene for a moment. There are bikini-clad ladies strolling along the shoreline. One person may say “She is hot and sexy”. Another viewer may say, “The bikinis look great on their figure types.” And the last person may say two of those ladies are sexy and one is sensual; look at how she carries herself and glides along the shoreline.” “She is more than her bikini.”
The belly dancer is also more than her appearance and her costume. The manner in which she moves her body with her attitude and emotions combined with her senses makes her both sexy and sensual as she interprets the musical rhythms.
Fit Mind and Body
Everyone who takes belly dancing does not become a public entertainer. There are many reasons women take belly dancing. The primary interest is exercise. It is a pleasant method of maintaining a fit mind and body. Thousands of women worldwide take lessons for personal reasons.
Other reasons for taking classes include:
Sixty years have passed since marketers and promoters of belly dancing introduced this dance to Americans. Many dancers became famous during these years and the dance continues to be popular.
People have some strange ideas of what belly dancing is all about. Sub culture entertainment industries portray this dance with an attitude not desired by most women. This has been detrimental for artists who wish to advance this dance to a higher level of art.
Different styles of this dance are learned everyday in private sessions, small classes, seminars, and workshops worldwide. It has become a dignified outlet for those who enjoy dancing. There are few dances which do not require a partner. This is another advantage and benefit for those who love to dance.
If belly dancers are labeled sexy, then this term reflects our feelings of passion, desiring challenges, and an overall sensitivity to the excitement for the dance, its costumes, the music, and performances that makes people feel happy.
The audience admires beauty, athletic abilities, and enjoys relaxing to an assortment of slow, medium fast, and fast movements by the entertainer.
Both the dancers and the audience find this art form intriguing and appealing to our senses. I guess we can also label the audience as being sexy.
The dancer experiences sensuality through her natural senses. The dancer feels through her mind, body, and soul. The physical senses of seeing, hearing, touching, and feeling are arousing. A person may also experience the senses of smelling and tasting while dancing.
Middle Eastern music rhythms causes the human body to move. Sounds and emotional vibrations from the music stimulate the mind. Sensations of “at one” with self elicits euphoria while dancing.
A dancer may experience a spiritual state while performing. As the audience embraces the performance they may also experience a spiritual state of being. I would describe this state of mind as being euphoric and at one with the universe. It is a world onto itself wrapped in love and warmth.
Hobbies are Pleasurable
Human beings are sensual creatures. We use all of our senses to survive and enjoy life’s pleasures. No one should feel guilty about experiencing pleasures from their selected hobbies.
Those women who feel self conscious about their bodies or their appearance learn to overcome these self defeating thoughts or abuse from others as they feel comfortable and beautiful with the gifts of this dance. It builds self confidence and self esteem. As the inside beauty of an individual is changed so will her attitude outward appearance.
Many women do not put the emphasis on feeling sexy while dancing as they are having fun moving their bodies to music. The dancing environment allows freedom to experiment with their creative self and focus on moving their bodies to the assorted rhythms. They are lost in self. It is a dance exercise in self awareness.
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