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Jill Ricci, a goldmine of mixed media magic

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All those previous articles teaching the wonders of modge podge, image transition, painting affects, and more can be found on Jill Ricci's canvas. The beautiful collage work incoporates a striking color scheme, an I-spy game, and an overall gorgeous collaboration of different techniques. Take a quick look at her website portfolio for more ideas to try in your own style!

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In His Element

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28-year old artist Jonah Ward acts as a “facilitator — harnessing natural processes and phenomenon, while also according them their proper respect for their capacity for both incommensurable beauty and destruction.” http://www.jonahward.com/ http://www.artslant.com/global/artists/show/212875-jonah-ward...
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John Ward cultivates the creative power of branding and burning, going beyond the saudering iron. His works look similar to the charred wood tips found by your campfire or the seared woodworking found from the 70's; but what makes this so different? Ward waves his long, iron tool over planks of wood like a wand and lets cascading, molten glass drizzle in repetitious patterns. The effect looks natural with only a light touch of manipulation. 

 

To see video of Ward in his studio creating these simple and elegant works, follow the link to 'artslant.com'.

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Area of Interest focuses on the overlooked details in Michael Chase's photography

Area of Interest focuses on the overlooked details in Michael Chase's photography | Cultivating the Craft | Scoop.it

Just like Cliff Bridge in the previous article, Michael Chase's photography represents the complex world we live in that our selective attention will often overlook. Through his lens you'll see beautiful composition, texture, color, and new meaning when trying to guess where or what the picture is of. Up close photographs of grains of wood, kaleidoscope cement grains, and beautiful designs with and urban oompf really captivate the designer or artist in anyone. 

The pieces remind me of times I've trekked outdoors with a camera to snap shot photos for graphic design work; a texture here, a poster there. Try your hand at mimicking the beauty of these composed photos in any painting, design, or craft!

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8 Alternative Ways to Earn Money from Your Creativity

8 Alternative Ways to Earn Money from Your Creativity | Cultivating the Craft | Scoop.it

 

"Selling artwork is the obvious way for an artist to make money, but have you considered any of these alternative ways to earn extra income from your art?"

 

I've personally felt a never dying endevour to create an income off of what I can make, but what are the ways of successfully doing this? Fall on your face a couple times, loose a little bit of money, understand that art is pretty to look at but most people will walk past it, but don't loose hope! This article brings up simple ways of promoting yourself through blogs, interaction with like-minded people, online 'galleries', and more. Get excited! If you think you've really got something, chances are that someone else will think so too.

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Street Art Reminds Us What True Beauty Is: Photoshop

Street Art Reminds Us What True Beauty Is: Photoshop | Cultivating the Craft | Scoop.it
As a society, we’re constantly inundated with advertising. And a lot of those ads feature young and nubile bodies in exotic poses, designed to make you think that really attractive people also buy this product.

 

Image manipulation can be seen as ironic in this collection of examples from a German street artist who reminds us that these ads of people have been 'digitally manipulated' by photoshop by placing a photoshop toolbar along the side of each ad. His own way of manipulation, here, shows how images can really affect how we understand and communicate... and how irony can sometimes be the best of all tools.

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Taming The Wild Mind | Smashing Magazine

Taming The Wild Mind | Smashing Magazine | Cultivating the Craft | Scoop.it
Myths have developed around and researchers have studied how the human brain juggles creativity and organization.

"Saying that a wild creative mind can’t be tamed sounds romantic, but romanticism will serve you better in your actual products than in your schedule. The advice above will help you schedule your mind, enhance your creativity and use team members, time constraints and even deadlines to your advantage. Give your creative mind the structure and security it needs to run wild."

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Arriving and outgoing mail, is it art?

Certianly the web has given us more than enough ways to communicate in seconds, so why bother mailing anything? Personal touches and connections? For the sake of history? Ever consider that with email being the most relied on for professionalism, that maybe good old snail mail might have a new pitch for us? Letters, personal ones at that, are felt and held differently now that email has taken over. This leaves us with a new aesthetic to play around with, make that letter exciting! Give it the look of an old postal service mail, or stamp it all over, or even tie in some maps for a traveler's look!

Follow the link here to view a blog all about art in mail.

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Drawn Blog features Maurice Sendak, creator of 'The Wild Things'

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"Drawn Blog is your daily source of inspiration for illustration, animation, cartooning, and comic art."

 

Besides the hundreds of other amazing articles and reasons you should check out the Drawn Blog, you should consider learning a little lesson for the famous Maurice Sendak, creator of 'The Wild Things'. He shares his perspective on children's books and his illustration, and let me tell you it's not anything you'd expect.

 

Here's a sneak peak: 

"I don’t believe in childhood. I don’t believe there’s a demarcation of “you mustn’t tell them this, you mustn’t tell them that.” You tell them anything you want. Just tell them if it’s true. If it’s true, you tell them."

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The Clipart Fairy: Tutorial - Nature's Guide Porthole Large Card

The Clipart Fairy: Tutorial - Nature's Guide Porthole Large Card | Cultivating the Craft | Scoop.it

Card making has made a come back! We went from letters, to e-cards, and back again to a new purposed card. This especially is something to try, let your card display itself on it's own built-in eisel. Follow the link for a quick how to tutorial and try something new!

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Google’s World – Alejo Malia

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Google's World is a great set of Illustrations from Alejo Malia showing the what the world would be like like all the Google Earth / Google Map Icons were...

 

What an interesting thought, the world as a google map? Huge icons hovering over buildings and streets? Check out these drawings!

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Incredible Water Art

Ever drawn with water and dropped color in second? Try drawing blind and watch as your inks, dyes, paints, or even food color races through the water leaving behind an organic stain. This video turn art into a message through this simple and sweet trick.

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Copper - Step-by-Step

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Ever think of transforming your doodles into a comic or book? This tutorial tells how one Kazu Kibuishi creates his fantastic comic series, Copper, from sketchs to print. The detail can open up even more possibilities for that art journal that might have something to share.

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Mixed Media Collage

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Julie Shackson  explores the connections between textile, photography, and painting in her mixed media artwork. It organic in it's look and feel, very beautiful artwork!

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SEAN E AVERY - sculpture

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Recycled sculptures bring a different animal to life in Sean E. Avery's sculptures. Creatures are built out of materials found from scraps of office equipment from CDs to a neck from a lamp. Check out his gallery here to see all the sculpture work he's made, and look closer to find a secret to how he makes them.

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VIE – People + Places | Form & Function | Empowering Medical Information Design

VIE – People + Places | Form & Function | Empowering Medical Information Design | Cultivating the Craft | Scoop.it

"In this TED Talks video, Thomas Goetz outlines an idea he and his team are working on to revise the design of medical information to make it more useful for patients. I think that this idea demonstrates the power of graphic design as a communication tool. By designing complex medical information in a way that is typically reserved for interpretation by medical proffesional and making it accessible for patients, the design actually empowers patients to make better choices about their health.
This idea of designing complex information in a more digestible fashion is not a new idea and it can be seen on many food products in the form of nutritional facts labels which clearly outline nutrition information. While the design of the nutrition facts label is by no means ’sexy’ it is by all means functional. Its functional design is evidenced by the use of the font Helvetica, considered by many as the most utilitarian of fonts, and its simple color scheme of black and white.
While watching this video, I encourage to you to consider how design can improve communication of complex information as it pertains to your daily life. Perhaps you would like to see a redesign of your phone bill, tax forms or airline tickets."

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Cliff Bridge photographs and paints the rainbow.

Cliff Bridge photographs and paints the rainbow. | Cultivating the Craft | Scoop.it

Quoted from his flickr profile Bridge give us a quote to live by: "I have been inspired by a line from Rilke's poem THE WAY IN: Whoever you are, some evening take a step out of your house, which you know so well, enormous space is near........ Rilke wants us to see that infinite space is right in the midst of our ordinary, day-to-day life. Step out, he says. See the extraordinary in the ordinary!"

 

In that blink of a moment, Bridge snaps shots of the shifting colors  he creates. Drops of color in a glass, ever changing ice paintings, even people. Check out his photostream for more highlights of his work, each as striking as the sun's illumination.

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A Montage of Photographic Florals - Ben Giles, Ashkan Honarvar & Valeria Alevra | Patternbank

A Montage of Photographic Florals - Ben Giles, Ashkan Honarvar & Valeria Alevra | Patternbank | Cultivating the Craft | Scoop.it
Floral Artists Ben Giles, Ashkan Honarvar & Valeria Alevra arrange a beautiful composition

All those garden magazines, scenic pictures from last vacation, or even old seed packets have beautiful pictures displaying gorgeous flowers that I've never seemed to muster the will to toss. Finally, there must be hope for someone out there like me and indeed I found my savior on patternbank. Photographic and photoshopped looking images collages together petals and stems of beautiful color that peek out of grey photographs, lace inbetween folds of cloth, or grace a field of canvas. Altogether, this preview of the three artists is worth your time to, sorry for the pun but, stop and smell the roses.

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100 Ideas That Changed Graphic Design

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Psychedelia, found typography, and other ideas that shaped the way you absorb information...

 Take a look at the aging process of graphic design and how our many cultural choices have affected how we choose to relay and abosorb information. Whether it's the music, the artists, or the revolutions of the time, all things come together to share ideas. Originally a list of 100 ideas that influenced graphic design, this article shares it's top favorites ranging from psychedelia, metophorical lettering, and visual puns. Enjoy!

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Tips to Submit Art to an Art Gallery And How to Prepare

So, now that you have built up a collection of artworks, you may be dreaming about being showcased in an art gallery.

 

Your artwork is reflective of your own likes and interets, how you view and react to your surroundings. It may be daunting to submit them into an art gallery, but the following article here will explain how to successfully and confidentally make your art stand out to the gallery. Believe in what you've made, and trust me when I say that if you think your art is good there's someone else who may think the same thing. Follow these tips from a gallery director and learn how to approach the idea of marketing your passions.

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Jill Ricci, a goldmine of mixed media magic

Jill Ricci, a goldmine of mixed media magic | Cultivating the Craft | Scoop.it

All those previous articles teaching the wonders of modge podge, image transition, painting affects, and more can be found on Jill Ricci's canvas. The beautiful collage work incoporates a striking color scheme, an I-spy game, and an overall gorgeous collaboration of different techniques. Take a quick look at her website portfolio for more ideas to try in your own style!

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Mixing Up Illustration: Combining Analog And Digital Techniques | Smashing Magazine

Mixing Up Illustration: Combining Analog And Digital Techniques | Smashing Magazine | Cultivating the Craft | Scoop.it
My goal is to take a sketch or idea as far as it can go — and also, to get out of my comfort zone and challenge myself with every new job. For this article, I’ll use handcrafted brushes and Photoshop as my tools.

 

Smashing Magazine has lots of great tips and inspirational ideas to get yours flowing. Here is a great example of someone who's strongest talent is in their own hand, sketching. From there he shows you how to collaborate your 'analog' talents with digital, mainly photoshop, and voila! Organic design is born. Half the time digital technology comes off as limiting creativity, but if you know how to rearrange and skip around the problems you can really create something aweing. 

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Artificial Tree As Nature Sculpture | NatureMaker Artificial Trees

Artificial Tree As Nature Sculpture | NatureMaker Artificial Trees | Cultivating the Craft | Scoop.it
NatureMaker's artificial trees are one-of-a-kind nature sculptures. Indoor trees that can be integrated into any space, from elegant residential interiors to hotel lobbies and exhibit designs.

 

Trees inside the house? I'd love one of these realistic nature scenes in my own home. Just goes to show, you can make any skill into an art.

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Shoe design

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Michelle Hallberg is someone who can turn your shoes into beautiful artcrafts. She uses the color blue in her design a lot, and she has a lot earthy element in her design. If you check her other art profiles you can see she was influenced by Indian art a lot. Anyway, I've always been dreaming to do something with my shoes. Maybe one day I will try this. 


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“Tips for Artists Who Want to Sell,” by John...

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“Tips for Artists Who Want to Sell,” by John Baldessari, 1966-68.
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A Year in the Life of an Art Journal

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Gesso is truely a wonderful thing.

This glue like paste can be used as an opaque finishing, or in this example, like a paint. See the wood texture in the background? That's the gesso, applied as the first layer, and then covered by a thinned layer of paint. This article teaches more than just this technique however, it shows how to improve your ordaments, scrapbook pages, and more! Started by the original challenge of journaling through art, this article really shows how rewarding and interesting a journal can get!

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Painted Threads Projects: Little Metal and Canvas Mixed Media Books

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Simple gifts made from scraps!

My mother has successfully taught me one thing: never thrown anything away. I see her sewing together scraps and pieces of fabric, sew them into little squares, and then sew those little squares into a quilt block. 

This tutorial of scrapping together a quick canvas book is simple, inspiring, and can make a unique card or 'photobook' for a buddy. I'm thinking I'll use this with the modge podge image transfer how-to and come up with something tonight.

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