Art

How To Make Pottery At Home

One of the ways to relieve stress is to do some art. It helps you to do something with your hands and also keep your mind off things by concentrating on something else. The problem at times is getting started. It seems intimidating and quite hard. But it is really not. You do not have to be an expert to do art. It will be a great hobby and as said before, it is a good stress reliever. So if you are just starting, do not pressure about it but instead, enjoy the process of it. Besides, it is not bad to have your own homemade art in your house.

Most arts and crafts can be done in the comfort of your home. That includes pottery which sounds impossible because of the materials that will be needed. But with these basic ideas, it can be done:

1. Selecting a Room

The first thing you will need to do is to pick a room around your house where is best to work. Not only that but also consider the materials such as the clay which should be stored in the right place. Be sure that it is also easy to clean and has access to water. Then, of course, you would need some furniture such as tables and cabinets that are sturdy and durable. 

2. Knowing the Right Clay

In pottery, clay is the most important material because, without it, you will not able to form anything. Because you are at home, it is important to choose the right clay, and it could be a special kind. Usually, the types of clay used at home are oven-bake, polymer, or air-dry. Then also there is also the glaze, and you should find something that will be matched with the clay.

3. Have the Right Tools

Because you are doing it at home, you would need the tools. You do not have to get all of it but what matters is having the basic ones that will get you started. First is a potter’s wheel which is available in stores in different sizes. Be sure to choose that will fit your space and meets your needs. There are also electric ones available though it will be less efficient and also not suitable for beginners. Another tool is the throwing rib which is used for shaping and smoothing the pot. Then a versatile tool called potter’s needle that is used in many ways such as cutting, piercing, scoring, etc. Another cutting tool is the cutting wire used for cutting the base away from the wheel. Then the last one is the kiln which is used for firing the clay. They are quite expensive, so you could either invest in one or rent. 

How to do pottery

Here are the basic steps in doing pottery at home:

  1. Shape and mold them in the potter’s wheel.
  2. If you are not planning to use a kiln, let it dry. You should have a proper place for this. 
  3. If you are planning to have it in a fire, place it in a kiln.
  4. After that, you can decorate your work by painting.
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How To Be Creative In Business

When we think someone being creative, the first thing that comes to mind is those who are good at art. Well, it is not wrong, but it is not always the case. Creativity can be found everywhere it could be with teaching, so the class can pay attention. It could also be with simple things such as doing chores, and how to make it easy. But one of the aspects that creativity is involved in the business.

If you have a business, creativity is a must, so that it will last. We know that business is not always the same because times are always changing, so you have to be wise about it. So, how will you be creative when it comes to business?

1. Be Open-Minded

We all know that as time passes by, everything changes and that includes the trends. So if something new comes up, always be open and ready to know and even try. Of course, you do not have to follow it always. It will still depend upon your decisions and style. But that does not mean you have to be always close-minded with them too. It just means that even if you are into traditional, you should also embrace some change or else you will be left behind by your competitors.

2. Always Learn Something

As trends are always changing, you have to be on the lookout. You should be always fast when it comes to ideas about them. A way that is studying, researching, and being aware. The internet is a great place to gather those. You can have alerts or even join a group for it. Be aware also of the current events that may affect your business. You can also read books and articles about it. When it comes to business, you should be always on the know to know that you are on the right path.

3. Strive For Excellence and Contentment

When it comes to business, mediocrity is not an option. You will always have to strive to be excellent to be ahead of your competitors. This also means that you are doing your best not only for yourself but also for your consumers. But that does not mean it has to be perfect all the time. It is alright to strive for more but also learn to be content with what you have because if you focus on perfecting everything, you might get stressed about it and will not enjoy your achievements. 

4. Take A Break

When it comes to much for you, it is always wise to step back and have a break. You can go on vacation or just simply do some things for yourself like eating out or just doing some of your hobbies. This way, your mind will not be full of worries that are a hindrance to thinking correctly. It is said that clearing up your mind will help in gaining new ideas, so pay attention to your surroundings. Sometimes we tend to be too distracted in focusing that we do not notice that some of the solutions are just around. 

Household

How To Make An Old House Look New

Having your own house will be a great achievement for you. It does not matter if you are the one who has it built or already had. The important thing is it is yours, and you can have new beginnings in it.

If it is old and used, it does not mean it will stay as it is. You can always make it new and yours. 

1. Renovate Rooms

This will be one of the solutions if you want some things to change within your house. Maybe you would want to merge two rooms into one or have a bigger space for your living room. You can even have additional bathrooms or bedrooms. That is what renovation is for. You can also have it styled in ways you want. You could hire a contractor to help you with it. You should also do some research about the materials and supplies that will be used. This is also the time you will need to choose wall colors and flooring and it will be beneficial to seek some advice from experts and your contractor what will be the right ones and not just of your own preference. But sometimes, you will be content with the way rooms are, but that does not mean there are none to be fixed. With age, some of the walls might need some repairing or repainting and once that is done, they will be good as new.

2. Upgrade Commodity

The house will surely already have outlets and switches and plates. But make sure to have them checked by electricians first because it might be defected because of oldness and needed to be updated to go with the time and new technology. Other things that needed to be checked are alarms, heaters, and even the fireplace. Some of them might still be in great condition, but they still needed to be upgraded. It is not just for the reason to be trendy, but this is important for your safety. Faulty commodities might be hazardous and at times bad for your health. Other things that are needed to be upgraded are some of the hardware like doorknobs and taps. It will surely have a great effect on your home because it might take easier. In addition to that, it will also give your house a modern look and not antique-like.

3. Add Something New

It is not all about upgrading and changing, you can also add something to your house that will make it look good and look new. A very good example is having modern furniture that will also make your house look modern. Then you can add in some decor that can be simple and personal. You can also add your preferred curtains and rugs that will complement the color and your furniture. You can also add in some lighting that will brighten your space more. You can add in table and floor lamps. You can also replace some of the fixtures for a more modern one.

Art

How To Start Oil Painting For Beginners

Some people would want to have a hand and try to make art. It is something that can make your mind at ease and is a very good stress reliever. The problem with it is that it is quite intimidating. When you look at other’s creations, it is inspiring but at the same time frightening to get par with them. As a beginner, you should not think that way. Everyone had a start even those artists. 

One of the forms of art that people would like to try is painting. There are many types of it but the most popular that we see at museums are oil paints, and we know a lot of artists from it. As said before, you should not compare yourself with them. Remember that everybody has a start and their own style. You can be inspired while developing your own. If you are just starting with oil painting, here are some tips for you:

1. Know the Materials

Every art is different but has its supplies no matter what it is. The oil painting has a lot of them. The first thing on the list is, of course, the paint and as the name suggests, it is painted with oil in it. Most commonly mixed in is the linseed oil to add more pigment. Then you will also need brushes and a palette to put on your paint. You will also need a surface to paint on and the most popular would be a canvas, and you could start with that. Then, of course, you would need something to clean your brushes with like a paper towel and even a thinner.

2. Start with a Few

As said before, oil painting has a lot of supplies, and they are not cheap. It will be wise for you to not get too overboard with the materials. Instead, start with the few basic brushes. As for the pallet, you can also start with few colors. This way, you could also learn how to mix them to have different colors. It is advised to have the primary colors and then a white and even a brown. You can start painting even with just those colors. 

3. Know the Techniques

There are different techniques when it comes to oil painting, and you can try them all in order to have your own and know what you are most comfortable with. Some of the techniques include:

  1. Scumbling – it involves producing a broken color effect by dragging a dry brush all over the canvas.
  2. Alla prima – it is also called as wet on wet and is a technique wherein paint is applied even if the other layers are not yet dried.
  3. Glazing – this where glazes are applied on dried top layers.
  4. Chiaroscuro – it is how light and dark are balanced in the painting.
  5. Impasto – it is adding texture to the painting
  6. Grisaille – is a painting that is monochrome which uses gray tones.
  7. Blocking in – as the name suggests, general colors and shapes are blocked.
  8. Blending in – it is when two colors were mixed while wet making them blend.
  9. Oiling out – it is when at the lower layers of the painting, the oil sinks which makes the top layers less vital.

Additional Tips:

  1. Once you learn about the techniques, always practice until you discover your own. Then after you have discovered it, master it.
  2. Famous oil painter Bob Ross always advised to keep the brushes clean, and it is important to do so. This will avoid having a mess with both your space and also your painting.
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How To Be More Creative In Writing

Being creative can be shown and taken out in many ways. It can be through painting or crafting. It can also be through writing. Some will have it with music. During times at school, it is actually practiced and being developed. There are arts and crafts and some creative writing. Through an early age, they would be able to discover their gifts or develop it.

You can still do it as an adult though. It is said that it is never too late, so why not start now? If you are thinking of writing, here are some ways you can develop and get it interesting:

1. Have some exercises

You can write some short stories or essays every time you would have an idea. If you are having a hard time to come up with one, you can have some prompts. There are various categories for it, and you can have some books or even just look up on the internet. It will be up to you if you want more challenges such as word count and time. But the important matter is that through this, you can develop your style and even your vocabulary.

2. Read more

For you to have more ideas about different things and style writing, you should read more. It does not matter if it is a short story, essay, novel, or even articles, what matters is you have broadened your horizon. You should not also stick to one topic or genre. You will be able to know your interest and would be able to develop your own style because of these different ideas. In addition to that, your imagination will also be developed. 

3. Write it down

Wherever you go, it is a great idea to have a notebook with you. This way, when inspiration strikes, you will be able to write it down. Not as a whole per se, but the idea of it. It could happen anywhere. It could be while doing some chores or during a vacation or while having a night out or eating outside. It could also be while doing simple things like cooking or watching TV or listening to music. No matter how and when always be ready to have it jot down so that you will not be able to forget them and may even start right away while the inspiration is still fresh.

4. Always learn something

It is said before that as a writer, you should always read. This is a good way for you not to only learn about different styles but also learning something in general. It is not only through reading. It can be by watching movies, shows, or documentaries or even by listening. You can just go out and observe your surroundings, and you will be able to learn something new. As for improving your writing, what will help is for you to attend some lectures or workshops that teach different kinds of techniques. You may also meet other writers that will give advice and even some critique. The endpoint for this does not stick with what you know and what you used to, but be open with new opportunities and insights.

Household

How To Make Your House Look Nicer

Home is said to be the place where you belong. That will say much about your house too. Truly, the things that you own will show some of your personality. If a person likes things to be simple, they would go for things like. Sometimes, people with the free spirit would go with bolder patterns and colors. But no matter what category you are in, it is important to have them nice.

And as said before, your house is one of your belongings. You do not have to spend too much to have it look nice. With these tips, your house will truly be your home.

1. Be Clutter-Free

It is said that clutter is one of the sources of stress. Because of that, one of the important things to do is to make your house clutter-free. That way, even with all the stress you experienced outside, it would go away once you have gone home. To do this, you just need to have some proper storage with your stuff and will be very helpful for you to be organized. This way, you will also be less stressed about misplacing your stuff. It is also not about clutter but also having your house clean. If you think you are too busy for that, you can hire someone or have a schedule for general cleaning at least twice a month. 

2. Do Not Be Bare

Another way to have your house look nice is by the furniture and color you will add to it. You can make things simple but not boring. You can have your rooms painted with your preferred colors and comfortable furniture that are not only functional but also makes your room look good. And of course, to make it more fascinating, decors like artworks, sculptures, etc. are to be added. If you want your room to have more life and color, putting in plants is the answer. You can also make it more personal by hanging your pictures or some things you have created like artworks, sculptures, or any other crafts. Shelves are can also have dual-purpose and not just for holding your book collection, but you can also put some decorative statements on it. If your walls and furniture are in neutral colors, you can add in a pop of color by your accessories such as pillows, curtains, rugs, etc. that are bold in color.  

3. Lighten Up

To make your house to be seen, lighting is required. During the day, having natural lighting as much as possible will be great. It can also be beneficial for you because sunlight is a great source of vitamin D. But of course, it is still important to have lighting fixtures to be used during the night. Aside from the fixed lightings, be sure that your rooms have enough tables or floor lamps to illuminate them. They can also serve as additional decor to your house. If you want to, you can also add some fairy lights to have some romantic feel. 

Clothing

How To Sew Clothes With A Sewing Machine

Nowadays, clothes seem to be more than a necessity. With the different trends coming up, it is hard to catch up sometimes. But come to think of it, the trends are just going on a cycle. For example, many would think that skinny jeans were just invented during this time, but it is not. It has been around for a while but was named differently. Then there are statement pieces that are timeless and do not seem to get out of styles like denim and leather jackets. It is because of these reasons that some people would like to try a hand with sewing.

It will be quite simple once you learned about the basics. You can do something with your hands but with trendy clothes and also for efficiency, a sewing machine will be a lot easier. For starters, here is what you need to know:

1. Know the Parts

The first thing you would need to know is the parts of a sewing machine. There are many of them that you might get confused about, and it is a significant part of starting. The reason for this is because there are certain items that will have their own places. Also, you would also need to know about the settings and how to control it. It will be best to read the manual since some sewing machines work differently than the other.

2. Know the Types

There are different types of sewing machines. Today, most people are using modern ones, because it is a lot easier and also is mostly available. But there are still some would use old and traditional. For a beginner, there are sewing machines available and is best to use. It would be best to start with the mechanical sewing machine. If you did that, it will be a lot easier for you to move with other types. It will also be more efficient because you will not have a problem if there is no electricity, and the other types are now usually run by it. You can still invest in an electric sewing machine so that you could also learn and not left behind by technology. Some electric sewing machines can be computerized, and it will be handy to learn about it.

3. Know the Materials

This is pertaining to the materials and fabric you will use with the machine. As a beginner, it will be wise to start with those fabrics that are medium in weight which is not too thin and not too thick. There are also fabrics that are stretchable, and you could give that a try once you are more experienced. 

4. Know the Techniques

Now that you are ready to use the machine, you should know about the different techniques. It will definitely depend upon the fabrics you would use. The first thing you need to learn and practice is stitching. By this, you would learn the basics of controlling the foot pedal and how you will guide your fabric through the needle. Once you have learned about this, it will be much easier to know about the other styles.

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Cheap DIY Projects for Home Decor

To call something, whether your own house or rented apartment, a home, it should be somewhere that you are comfortable and shows what you are. In order to do that, you should have your home decorated according to your tastes. But oftentimes, it will be very expensive and in addition to that, you also have to find something that will save space.

One of the things that will surely make your space be the one you will truly like is doing them your own. You may think that you are not that creative for that, but there are easy solutions. Aside from that, you will definitely save a lot. Here are some that you can try:

1. Repurposing Furniture

If you have a hard time finding the perfect furniture for you that is cheap, you can always take a look at stores that second hand. There are thrift stores or yard sales that sell very cheap and still in great condition. If there is a need to be repaired, you can do it yourself. If you do not like the design much, you can change it. This does not only include second-hand items though, but you can also give some of your old furniture a makeover. That way, you do not have to spend too much yet feels like it is something brand new.

2. Making Own Artwork

Artworks are a great addition to your rooms to make them look more interesting and elegant. The problem is that they tend to be pricey. Instead of buying one, why not make it yourself? This will be great for those who do some painting as their hobby, but what about those who are not? Well, it does not have to be complicated or sophisticated. There are some techniques that are great for beginners such as acrylic paint pouring. 

3. Painting Own Walls

Do you want to change the colors of your wall? You do not have to hire a contractor for that. You can definitely do it on your own. You just have to choose the right paints. You will also need to know the proper way and have the proper technique in applying them. If you will need some help, you can have some of your friends or family with you. 

4. DIY Organization and Storage

When it comes to home, proper storage is a must to best avoid clutter. Even though it is not that expensive to buy things that will help you to be organized and with storage, it is also easy to do them your own. You will surely have some old boxes or dishes, and you can repurpose them as a place to keep some of your stuff. If you do not want them to be boring, you can have them painted and designed that will also add some color. This way, you will save more rather than buying that at times will just also add some more to your space and be cramped. It will also great to recycle.

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How To Be Creative In Life

When we think of being creative, the first thing comes to mind is doing something in your own hands that come from an idea formed in the mind or simply put being an artist. It is not wrong per se, but being creative does not only apply to artists but can also be applied to anyone else. Creativity can be applied with the things you do whether it be for a job or just your everyday life. To develop it, here are some ways to do it:

1. Relax and Enjoy

No matter what stress you have experienced, remember to take a break once in a while. Not only it is good for your health, but it will also enhance your creativity. When you have a clear mind and just enjoy things around you, it may lead you to be inspired to do something or get an idea about something, and it may cause you well with your job or your home life. So go on a vacation or just take a moment to rest at your house and you never know, ideas might start popping in.

2. Enhance Imagination

To be creative, you will need to have a broad imagination. Before creating anything, artists usually have a vision or imagining it first. That is why it is important to have a broad imagination. This way, you will have ideas and inspirations in doing something. There are many ways to enhance the imagination. You can just read a book or listen to music, and it will help you. You can also go on a vacation or participate in any activities around you and that your way, you will also gain some experiences that will help you.

3. Start Now

Whenever inspiration hits you, start working on them immediately or else it might fade away, or the idea you have will be forgotten. It is not just only when an idea or inspiration strikes, you should also practice even in small ways. This way, you can further develop your creativity. This will also avoid you from having creativity blocks. You can also do some long term projects that will help you stay inspired and also get your hands and mind working often. For we know that to have something like engines work properly and to keep it from being rusty, it has to be maintained and moved, and that is the same with our brains.

4. Do Not Be Too Critical

Once you start on something, do not be so harsh and critical in what you do. Sure, it should not be mediocre but that does not mean it always has to be perfect. If you have done something and finished it, do not stress too much about the results and what it lacks. Instead, celebrate what you have achieved and done. You can ask some opinions of others if you want to help you ease the results. If it does result in lacking then have it as a lesson for next time, and you have your lesson and new inspiration as a result.

Household

Elegant Decorating Ideas for Living Rooms

In a house, the living room is what your visitors commonly stay and where they are entertained. It is for this reason that among all of the rooms in the house, the living room should always look pleasant and appealing.

It is said that what your home looks like reflects your personality. And as said before, the living room is what your visitors will mostly see, so it is important to make it look good and stylish. Would that be hard and expensive though? Not really. There are ways to make your living room look refined without spending too much.

1. Furniture

If there is something most essential in a room, it is the furniture. It is where people can rest and get relaxed. There is a variety that comes in different shapes and sizes. It is also made of different kinds of materials. It will be depending upon the space of the living room. If it is bigger and spacious, then you might need to have some bigger pieces that will fill up your space, and it is the same with the smaller ones. The reason for this is because the room might look either cramp or too expansive. For that, balance is important. You do not need to buy expensive furniture for your living room to look elegant. You just have to be creative and tolerant in finding one. You can look at thrift shops or yard sales for second-hand furniture that is still in good condition. There is also furniture that is cheap like a futon or a coffee table that will be a good addition to your living room.

2. Decor

The decor is the big factor to make your living room not look bland and boring. Like the furniture, it does not have to be expensive. Artworks are one of the great things to have in your living room, and there are inexpensive ones available. If it is your hobby, you can even make your own. You can also support someone locally and have it at your home as a way of promoting them. But of course, you can also make it personal by having some of your pictures or other photography. Rugs can also add dimension and interest to the room. Make it as big as your room, so that it will also create an illusion for your space. To add more life and color, plants are the solution. 

3. Light

Lighting will also have a great effect in your living room. It will definitely have an impact on the overall mood of the room. During the day, it is advisable to have natural light as much as possible. Not only it is good for you, but it will also help to make your room to be cozier. During night time, you can have lights that illuminate soft glow to be more romantic and dramatic. What will also help with the decor is to have some creative lamps and fixtures all over the room to add some interest.