Sculpture is removing nonessential material to form a person, an animal, architectural reliefs, a plant, abstract objects, and fantasy designs from natural or man-made materials.
Artists and artisans will spend their lifetime to learn, develop, analyze, and improve their knowledge and skills pursuing this form of evolving art. It is infinite.
Why Artists and Artisans Like to Sculpture
Skills and Talents
Artistic and Craft Abilities:
The Sculptors Reward:
Build Models from Throwaway Papers
Build Models from Throwaway Papers
Turn your paper trash into models of houses, animals, people, flowers, and gardening. Design and make any size objects from large to miniature with your knowledge and skills of arts and crafts.
Remove any doubts of lacking art and craft talents. You can create these items. Build something simple and use your imagination.
For instance, single out a cardboard box, turn the open top onto the floor, draw windows and a door. Wield a sharp blade or scissors to cutaway the windows and doors. It turns into an instant house that a young child loves.
This project will motivate you to study how to form other objects.
This simple project will open your arts and crafts educational journey.
Welcome to our fun world.
Make a Decision
The first step is to decide your favorite interest or specialty. There are many choices. I have introduced a sample list to motivate you.
Who are Model Makers
Architectural model makers design and make houses, apartments, and retail buildings. General model makers create replicas of any selected or original object. They may make statues, vehicles, people, mechanical devices, floral decorations, works of art, and much more.
Explore, observe, study, and build up a variety of knowledge and work experiences before choosing a favorable niche.
There is a learning curve for making paper model replicas. It will take time, patience, and perseverance. We will make errors. I believe generating models with paper a less costly medium while paying for mistakes.
The expression, ‘Learn from your mistakes’, is valuable for model makers because each mistake will enhance your knowledge and experiences.
A model builder is an asset in many industries because of their creativity, natural art talent and craft skill for making miniature models from original designs.
Model making is available as a hobby or career choice.
Read More at https://feltmagnet.com/crafts/Model-Building-With-Poster-Board-and-Craft-Paper or see our recreational list
Halloween DIY Costumes and Ideas
Adult costumes for Halloween celebrations and other costume events need not be expensive to make. Many adults have art and craft skills to make their own Halloween or special events costume. Hand or machine stitching, glue, and paste are the basic fasteners. Props and accessories may be made, borrowed, or purchased. Creativity and imagination are the magic ingredients.
Tap your talents and skills to imagine and make the costume of your choosing.
The most time-consuming step of costume preparation is deciding what to wear. Once decided, completing the rest of the design is easy and fast.
Are you confused or undecided? I recommend looking at books, magazines, and other alternative sources of visual aids to spark your creativity and imagination. Do not copy every detail.
An original costume is a one-of-a- kind fantasy. The mask disguises the wearer and provides fun for others to guess their identity.
Original and self-expressive
Individual or theme designs
Use your art and crafts skills and talents
Creature and weather comfortable
Use as everyday attire
Recycle for alternative uses
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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steps to build a woodshed
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 Usage for model building
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.
Collecting Rocks-Rock Hounds
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.