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Light Graffiti

There wasn’t a time that can be thought of when graffiti was ever appreciated as art, rather being defined as a form of barbaric behavior. Maybe it was misbehavior in its own right, but it sure was good looking. Here’s the cool part about what followed the old idea of graffiti… With technology came the concept of light graffiti, and it definitely brought about a change in the idea of graffiti on the whole. Working on a different platform altogether, there is absolutely nothing destructive about this one. Done mainly with the use of LED lights or flashlights, and a digital camera with manual settings, the outcome of light graffiti, or light painting as it is occasionally called, could be spectacular if you want it to be. What’s even more fun is that anything can be used as a medium for this form of “light doodling”. If it seems hard to believe, you should check out how to draw graffiti in Photoshop along with other tips and tricks.

How to Create Light Graffiti

Creating light graffiti isn’t half as bad as you may think it is. All you would require is a camera (preferably a DSLR), a variety of colored LED lights, or maybe even flashlights, and lastly a tripod or a flat surface. Take a look at one of the easiest light graffiti ideas that you could try out. It involves the use of LED lights or glow sticks (take your pick), and a digital camera. It’s simple, hassle-free, and most importantly it’s fun! So, here’s a guide for drawing light graffiti with a digital camera.

◆ Begin by gathering up all the material / equipment that you need at a convenient distance around you. You will need it like that in order to be able to move swiftly when attempting to create the light graffiti. Make sure you have everything (basically, the lights and your camera).

◆ The next thing you want to do is fix your camera settings that will be best suited for this job. What’s recommended for this is a camera with long exposure, an ISO setting of 100, and an aperture set to the smallest setting possible on the camera. Also, for its full effect, the best recommended shutter speed should preferably be anything between 5 seconds to 30 seconds. If situations permit it, you could also use an ISO of 200 or more. You will have to use your discretion for that though.

◆ Now that you have your camera fixed to the required setting, get ready to create some magical illumination. Do not forget though, to keep the flash of the camera off, as also to work in a dark or extremely poorly lit room. Working in a room with poor lighting will allow you the complete effect of what you are trying to achieve.

◆ Most of what you need to do while preparing to do light graffiti has been covered. It is now time to head to moving in front of the camera with the lights, while creating an image / word or whatever it is that you are aiming at.

While there is no real tip that can be offered to get it right, the one suggestion that can be offered is that of practice. Also, do not hesitate to use a variety of lights, such as glow sticks (use varied sizes & colors) in order to achieve an array of looks for your graffiti. Also, to add to the aesthetic value of what you are doing, feel free to use any good looking element available in the background. Oh, and don’t forget… When writing, make sure you do it backwards so that it looks right when you get a picture of it. All right then, what’s keeping you from it? Go get experimental, keep at it with some practice, and there should be no problem with getting to a point of perfection for some fabulous light graffiti.

History Graffiti Art

The meaning of the term ‘graffiti’ is: drawings or words that are scribbled or scratched on a wall. It has been derived from the Greek word ‘graphein’, which means ‘to write’, while the term ‘graffiti’ itself is the plural form of ‘graffito’, an Italian word. This art began making its way on public walls in the latter part of the 1960s. However, graffiti as a form of unsolicited messages has existed forever, with the ancient cave paintings, dating back 40,000 years to the Upper Paleolithic era. Right from those times, drawing has always been a means of human being’s deep need and desire to communicate.

Various Styles

Technically speaking, graffiti is a kind of art that is made on a building or wall. When graffiti drawings first started appearing, which was in New York City, the tools used to create them were usually spray paints or wide-tipped markers, which were used basically to draw ‘tags’, or the writer’s name, and not any art as such. This was done to make themselves known all over the city. The bigger and the more colorful they could make their tag, the more attention they got. This gave rise to graffiti ‘wars’ springing up, with each artist trying to outdo the other in making their tag bolder and bigger. However, once these artists figured that anybody could spray on huge letters, style began making its appearance.

To people who are unfamiliar with the art, all graffiti seems the same. However, there are several distinctive styles. Most of them are about using particular fonts to create letters or characters.

Tagging: It is used mainly for displaying penmanship, and is considered as lacking in artistic form.
Blockbuster: Large sized block letters are used.
Wildstyle: Interweaving graffiti letters with designs.
Throw-Ups: This type of drawing that is done very quickly using few colors.
Bubble Letters: Large letters written in a rounded style.

Each of these styles can be used to create various types of graffiti:

Hip-Hop: Reflecting African-American culture, this is considered to be the most traditional types.
Challenge: The intention of this type is just to express that somebody ‘was here.’
Poster: Drawings made on posters that have people’s pictures on them.
Aircraft: Drawing tags on airplanes, usually on the dirt on it.
Tree: As is apparent from its name, the paintings are done or carved on trees.
Invisible: It is a purely symbolic type, like the logos made on computer microchips, which although are there, can’t be seen by anybody.

History

Although the art of drawing graffiti letters began in the 60s, the period between 1971-1974 is generally regarded as the era when most of the pioneering work in graffiti was done, since this was the time when this form of art began spreading and getting publicity. For some of the youth of that time, it was a means through which they could vent their angst at a world, which they found oppressive, and as a way of rebelling against a society, which they thought was unjust and corrupt.

However, for others, these graffiti characters were simply a pleasurable means of expressing their creativity, just as a unique art form. Like conventional artists, they used walls as a canvas, onto which they poured their souls, their dreams, their hopes, and their fears with a spray can of bright colors. It was during 1975 to 1977, that the art of drawing graffiti reached its peak, with standards of drawing graffiti letters being established. As the 70s slipped into the 80s, being a graffiti artist became more challenging, as the authorities began clamping down harder on them, since it was considered vandalism, as most of the graffiti was made by gangsters, who were young and usually poor. This was known as the ‘die-hard’ era, as graffiti culture withdrew under cover.

Today’s graffiti culture is referred to as the ‘clean train era’, as many artists are taking their art from the subway walls and the insides of train cars, into studios and galleries, with the establishment increasingly viewing it as a genuine art form. And hence, these days, some cities have provided particular areas to graffiti artists, where they are allowed to display their art. The trouble with this is that a previous work has to be painted over in order to use the space. Therefore, good artists usually do not use such spaces. One of the most important features of drawing graffiti is that each piece of art has the artist’s name. Spray paint is the medium used, and there are particular techniques that have been established for drawing graffiti letters.

Different media is used to create each of these types of graffiti. Although this writing style is being legitimized, and some of it may be getting into more established forms of displaying art, such as studios and art galleries, purists are of the opinion that it is only the ones that show up on train cars and public walls are the true form.

Ways to Decorate Your Home with Abstract Art

Today, art has become much more available and popularized among all categories of buyers. Therefore almost every family has a picture or two in their home. Among all wall décor options, modern abstract art is probably one of the most frequent choices. Why is that? There are several reasons that mak e us so thrilled with abstractions.

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Why we love abstractions?

Today, art has become much more available and popularized among all categories of buyers. Therefore almost every family has a picture or two in their home. Among all wall décor options, modern abstract art is probably one of the most frequent choices. Why is that? There are several reasons that make us so thrilled with abstractions.

First of all, they are colorful and eye-catching. When coming into the room, you will probably notice a vivid mess of lines on the wall faster than a traditionally painted landscape. For second, abstract art

is very suggestive and thought-provoking. It can be anything you want it to be. For instance, you can see a scientifically inspired spectrum of sundown energy here or view it as a panorama of the sunset sky minimized to pure color. You can spend hours looking for hidden meanings encoded in bright colors and geometric patterns and still doubt your guesses. And finally, it appeals directly to our senses and emotions. Unrestricted by realistic, immediately recognizable shapes, abstractions confront us with raw associations and thus easily evoke our interest.

So adding a couple of nice abstract paintings to your interior will only benefit it. However, you should use them wisely to create a beautiful and harmonious room design. Hopefully, these recommendations will help you make the right choice!

Tips on using abstract art in your interios

  • Pick a theme of the painting according to your preferences and desires. Would you like it to be a geometric or color-driven abstraction? Perhaps you are a fan of minimalist art? The choice of theme directly influences the look and atmosphere of your place.
  • Consider the color scheme and general style of the room. The painting you choose should be in line with your interior design and enhance its strong sides. For instance, modern abstract textured art will add visual weight to your room, while very bright abstractions will make it look more contemporary.
  • Abstract paintings can be combined with both similar-style and classic wall décor. Just make sure the colors and images of the paintings you are going to group together match well.
  • Most people believe that abstract art is only for contemporary apartments. But nearly any classically design room can benefit from abstract paintings as well. Well-selected abstractions can be used to set off heavily ornamented furniture and refresh the interior.
  • Modern design trends encourage creative use of art in room design. For example, you can hang it frameless or lean it against the wall on your bedside table.

If you are still clueless, you can start by decorating your place with this bright yet unobtrusive abstraction called ‘Sundown Energy.’ Services like ours are created to assist people like you in making their homes lovelier and cozier! We hope, you will succeed in it.

The TrustoCorp Art Collective

Since at least 2010, an artist or art collective called TrustoCorp has been creating artistic pranks satirizing American life and culture. TrustoCorp has managed to retain its anonymity despite receiving quite a bit of media coverage since its inception. At the time of this writing, the identity of the artists behind TrustoCorp remains unknown. In fact, no one even knows how many people belong to this collective. What we do know is that TrustoCorp’s satirical product labels and street signs seem to be a perfect fit with the world we live in.

In 2010, TrustoCorp started creating product labels and packaging and placing them in and amongst real products on store shelves. One humorous example was a soda can that the artists ‘stocked’ near sugary sodas in supermarkets. The gold, blue, and yellow can featured the TrustoCorp logo above the words ‘Nose Job in a Can’. Underneath the product’s title were printed instructions for use: ‘Step 1. Grab Can. Step 2. Smash Face’.

Along with satirical product labels, TrustoCorp has created imitation street signs and attached them to posts in cities across the US. New York, Miami, Los Angeles, San Diego, and San Francisco have discovered TrustoCorp’s signs on their streets. The signs are made of metal and designed to look similar to official street signs. For example, a black sign with a white arrow mimics the standard ‘One Way’ sign, but instead reads ‘One Day’. Underneath the arrow in smaller type, these signs add messages like, ‘When Hell Freezes’, and ‘Things Will Get Better’.

The collective’s website, TrustoCorp.com, maps locations in Manhattan where the street signs have appeared. The careful observer will note that, when connected, the locations form the shape of, perhaps, a fist raising a middle finger. Altogether, the TrustoCorp phenomenon seems like something that could only have happened in a futuristic sci-fi novel, but the group’s success indicates that the future is here.

Just what kind of a world we’re living in is the subject of TrustoCorp’s art; the collective seems to be poking fun at many elements of American culture, including the fast food industry, big business, the financial sector, and religion. At a gallery opening in New York City, the group created a carnival-style game where people attempted to knock over plates that displayed images of cultural ideals. The game was rigged so that religion, big business, and a few other plates could not be knocked over-a symbol of the hegemony of these institutions over the American way of life.

TrustoCorp’s aesthetic tends toward a retro-kitsch look. Blending retro styles with design that evokes official signage and packaging lends to the group’s appeal. The style strikes an essential balance between whimsy and social commentary, which has probably had something to do with the astounding degree of publicity that TrustoCorp has generated. The artists are not unrealistic about their activities, however. Their public statements are few and far between, but they have expressed the modest aims of breaking up the monotony of daily life and giving people something to smile about.

The art collective seems equally realistic about its chances of having a lasting impact. In homage to their clear ideological predecessor, Andy Warhol, the group created a street sign establishing a ‘Fame Limit’ in the style of parking regulation signs. The Fame Limit, of course, is 15 minutes, and according to the sign, it’s strictly enforced weekly from 9pm to 5am. Maybe that’s a signal that the artists of TrustoCorp haven’t quit their day jobs just yet.

How to Spray Painting Art

Most people commonly confuse graffiti with spray paint art. While it is true that the basics of both are the same, there is a stark difference between the two. Graffiti is more random and does not involve much thought regarding the artwork, design, or colors. Spray paint artists, on the other hand, pay more attention to all these aspects, and try creating meaningful pieces of art. They also utilize various other tools like brushes, sponges, and stencils to incorporate many shapes into their painting.

A Step-by-step Guide for Beginners

Step 1
To begin with, you need a proper ventilated place to practice. You can choose the wall of your compound, a garage, or a driveway for this. Once you have finalized the location, gather all the materials you will need, lay out newspapers or an old cloth at the place, and take out anything you don’t wish to get the paint on.

Step 2
Take the wooden piece or poster board to the place, and tape it onto the wall on the edges, with the help of masking tape or painter’s tape. This will make it easier for you to remove the board or the piece of wood, once you are done with. Before you start working, wear all protective gear to prevent any paint from falling on your body parts. Gloves and face masks are a must, to protect your hands from the paint and also to prevent intake of any hazardous paint fumes.

Step 3
Since you are a beginner, use spray paint cans for your work. Apply pressure with the help of your fingers on the nozzle of the can to control the rate at which paint flows out from it. You can adjust as much as you want, and see the effect it has on the texture and shading of the paint. Apply a coat of paint on the poster board or wooden piece, and cover it with a glossy magazine page on top. When you take off the magazine page, you will have a different texture of paint at the particular spot. In the same manner, make different layers on the painting surface.

Step 4
To incorporate shapes in your art, use normal household materials. You can form circles using cups and glasses; squares and rectangles can be created using small boxes and so on. Try looking for varied shapes from various daily use items found in your house to create unique and innovative shapes. You can also make use of a stencil.

Step 5
For making straight lines, try using clay-modeling tools. This will also be useful in providing additional texture to your paint. Wood or metal scrapers are useful for making buildings in the painting. You can experiment with these tools by applying many layers of paint on them, and keep learning new ways to make your art more creative.

Points to Consider

While purchasing cans, ensure that you purchase ones of the similar brand. Also, pick up as many colors as possible to make your artwork more lively.
When you set out for doing your artwork, wear old clothes, or clothes used often so that you don’t feel bad, even though they get dirty.
Make sure you wear rubber gloves and a face mask to prevent hands from getting wet in paint and also to avoid inhaling any toxic fumes.
It is advised that pregnant women and people suffering from respiratory disorders keep away from doing any spray paint art.
While you are still a beginner, don’t rush into practicing all possible techniques. Take it slowly, and gradually move on to complex methods, once you are comfortable with the basic stuff.

By following the instructions discussed earlier, try mastering the art yourself. Similar to all forms of painting, spray painting too, requires a lot of practice and patience till you master it. You should find a large enough space, and remove time from your daily schedule every day to improve and polish your skills.

Learn different Graffiti Styles

Graffiti is a highly developed art form and to learn a graffiti style you will need to keep sketching different graffiti letters for a few months till you get the confidence to develop your own style. To learn to draw graffiti styles you will need to observe a lot, and keep copying other artists’s work till you get familiar with the various styles, so that you can come up with your original style.

How to Draw Graffiti Styles

  • Assuming you are a complete beginner to graffiti, it will be good for you to start by observing various graffiti style forms for inspiration. Look around the city for various graffiti artwork on the walls. Carry a digital camera with you in case you want to shoot the artwork and then later on sketch it. If you can’t find much artwork to observe and get inspired, then search online. You will come across various different styles of graffiti.
  • Find 5 – 6 different styles of graffiti style writing and save the images of these graffiti styles. Some of the popular styles are Chinese graffiti style, Bboy styles, Soft bubble lettering, Flava, Oldschool, Wavy, Throwup, etc.
  • Each style has its own set of characters. With a quick image search on the Internet you might even find A to Z letters of some styles. In Throwup style the letters are very curved and fat, while in the Chinese style the letters are very edgy and bold looking, in Bubbles style the letters are also very round and fat with very little space is between the letters. This way you can make observations for different graffiti styles.
  • If you like some styles, then observe them and try to copy the sketches in a rough way. First only draw characters imitating different style. If you like the hooks and barbs kind of letters more, then practice drawing these kinds of graffiti styles more. If you like the more smoother-looking character then Wavy, Bubbles, and Throwup are good styles for you to practice on.
  • Once you had enough practice with drawing these letters, it is time to develop your own unique style. Go with a style which is inspired from a certain style or scribble a lot to come up with a style which is totally unique and new.
  • Sample few graffiti letters to decide which should be your style. Then draw A to Z letters of the style you like. Make sure the letters are neatly drawn and are identified as one style.
  • Then draw words, numbers, words with numbers etc., using these graffiti letters. Draw a word, give it a 3D shadow depth. Then look at different background designs and give a background design which is popular like zigzag arrows, bubbles, blocks, or flames. You can also add a background which matches your word if you wish.
  • Then use ink to fill up the shadows and use colors which can be sketch pens or color pencils to fill up the letters. Use bright one or few colors to fill up the letters. Then color the background and you have finished your first graffiti letter which reflects your original graffiti style.
  • If you wish to paint this word on a wall, then make sure you select a site which allows you to draw graffiti, so that you don’t get into trouble.
So, follow the above steps to develop your own graffiti style, and then use spray cans to draw your graffiti on the wall. With practice you will be able to create your own unique and great-looking graffiti style. Good luck.

Traditional African Art

Any work of art, to be appreciated, has to be understood in context of its cultural origin and culturally cherished values. You cannot view a piece of art in isolation of its origin. In fact, it would be appropriate to say that sometimes the culture speaks through art, and art helps us in understanding a particular culture better, in whatever form it may be. Ancient traditional African art, considered for a long time by the western world as primitive and unevolved, is now being hailed as aesthetic and meaningful. Part of the change in perception is due to the efforts of contemporary African artists and the diaspora, who have tried to blend the traditional with modern, using new creative mediums to express the ideas behind these antique works.

Traditional African art forms mainly include masks, sculptures, headdresses, carvings, dolls, cooking bowls, and jewelry. Most of it was made out of wood, as wood was available in plenty (from trees in West and Central Africa) and used a lot in day-to-day life. Traditional African art, in general, was more practical rather than ornamental, in the sense that the objects were meant to primarily serve practical purposes, not decorative. In addition, the arts were a means to reflect the beliefs, workmanship, and status (the more elaborate the work, the higher the status). For example, a mask (of an ancestor or a god) would be worn as part of a rite of passage by a young boy entering the stage of adulthood, or during a war, when the wearer could derive courage and strength from the mask. Similarly, bowls which were meant for cooking, were made artistically to weave some cultural or social value into it. A lot of the meaning attached to the art was symbolic.

Earlier, the Westerners undervalued African art. However, once they comprehended that this was not just a random art-form to adorn walls but had deeper meaning embedded within it, their perspective towards it changed. Artists like Picasso, Matisse, etc were greatly influenced and inspired by the geometric and abstract qualities of this simple yet complex art form. African art depicts the relationships between people and the unseen forces. It strives to attain a greater understanding and knowledge of the world by combining the seen with the unseen.

The 5 Elements

African art is both simple and complex. It is based on 5 basic elements, which are like common strands running through different works of art throughout the different regions of the continent. It aims to help the people understand their cultural, religious, and social beliefs through their unique designs. It reflected the belief systems, ideas, and values held by various African communities, and encouraged the younger generations to adopt them via various art forms. These elements include the following.

The Use of Human Figure
African art is an artwork created not just to please the eye but also to uphold religious values, and this is why the ‘human figure’ is given prime importance. This art deals with the spiritual and moral aspects of human lives. African artists considered the human figure to have a high aesthetic and religious value and associated it with true beauty. Through human figures, the artists didn’t want to portray a specific set of people. They rather aimed at conveying ideas pertaining to the reality of life. Spiritual beliefs, morals, and principles of life were conveyed through these portrayals. The artists even used animal figurines to put their ideas across.

Luster or Luminosity
African figure sculptures have smooth finishes and glowing, well-polished appearances. As per the African belief, a rough and irregular surface indicates ill-favored, unattractive, hideous, and morally-tarnished images. Thus, the artists made sure that their sculptures were polished well, with no irregularities on the surface, so as to be luminous. The human sculptures are also laden with jewelry to enhance their beauty. Sometimes, intricate designs are also made on the artistic pieces. Interestingly, in many of the African languages, there is only one word to describe both ‘beautiful’ and ‘good’. So, obviously, what is good is beautiful and the reverse is also true.

Composed Demeanor
The African sculptures generally have a calm, cool, and composed look. They are designed in such a way that they appear to be in control of themselves. Dignity, self-respect, elegance, and self-esteem radiate from them. These qualities tell us that the artists wanted their artistic creations to be well-mannered, rational, and logical, with straight and upright postures. Emotional outbursts and expressions were not entertained.

Youthfulness
The days of youth were considered to be the prime days of one’s life and hence the artists included this aspect in their art. Since youth symbolized energy, strength, activity, fertility, and tremendous vigor, the artists imbibed these attributes in their creations. They did not want to depict any negative vibes and endeavored solely to promote positive attitudes and attributes.

Symmetry and Balance
This element is the only one which has some similarity to the Western or other forms of art. This refers to the materials used in balance and proportion to create artistic pieces, while the previously mentioned elements focused on the culture, religion, morals, and aesthetic values.

African art works include a wide range of items, namely animal art, body art, masks, jewelry, pottery, textiles, weapons, sculptures, baskets, currency, and bead work. These stunning objects are highly-sought-after nowadays, and adorn the homes and offices of connoisseurs across the globe. So, the next time you come across any piece of African art, stop to think about the idea that went behind making it. Find out which reality of life the African artists were trying to depict through their artwork. Identify the elements involved in the unique pieces and endeavor to appreciate their aesthetics.

The Minimalist Art

The earlier artists that were regarded as minimalist stood against anyone who tried to brand them as self-expressionists. Indeed, minimalistic art had much contrast to Expressionism. The art revolved around mostly simple geometric figures – uniform and symmetric, often cubic, stripped from their complex surroundings and thrown onto the canvas, using unmixed paint right from the tube.

Minimalism – The Masters of Less

Black Square
One of the earliest art that came to be defined as ‘minimal’ came from Kazimir Malevich, known as the Black Square. The painting describes just that – a black square on a white canvas. Originally derived as a concept in Russian Suprematism, the oil on canvas, as described by Kazimir, depicts the purity of an emotion. The black square represents the feeling, while the white background is the void that lies beyond this feeling, waiting for the feeling to end, to take hold of you once it does.

The Movement
In the words of one of the greatest in the Minimalist Movement, Frank Stella’s, “What you see is what you see” quote can be considered as the way to look at minimalist artworks. Of course, what you deduce from what you see is the result of opinions. His work, “The Marriage of Reason and Squalor, II”(1959) hinted at his commercial influence. Ad Reinhardt explains the Minimalism as, “The more stuff in it, the busier the work of art, the worse it is. More is less. Less is more. The eye is a menace to clear sight. The laying bare of oneself is obscene. Art begins with the getting rid of nature”. David Burliuk, a Russian Avant-Garde artist, wrote: ‘Minimalism derives its name from the minimum of operating means. Minimalist painting is purely realistic – the subject being the painting itself.’

A View of the Minimalist Movement, 1960

Origins
The real Minimalist Art Movement can be believed to have originated around the late 60’s in New York City. This can also be considered around the same time as the beginning of Literary Minimalism. The art depicted an extreme form of simplicity, often coming with a bare-all-without-baring-much attitude, giving minimalist artworks the hard-edge look that defines them. The main characteristics of minimalist art are what separate them from expressionist art – no form of cultural gestures, no representation of any strong public opinion, and absolutely no point of self-explanation of the artist through the painting or the sculpture.

The Names
Through time, the art came to be known as “ABC art”, “literalism” and “Reductive art”, with “Minimalistic” as the most prominent. The word was, however, rejected by most artists in the Movement. One of these was Donald Judd, the man famous for his ‘box art’ structures and installations. One of the people on the forefront of the Minimalist Movement of the 1960s, his work featured at “Primary Structures”, a historic group exhibit held at the Jewish Museum in New York, 1966. Alongside him were Carl Andre, Dan Flavin and Sol Lewitt, other important names of the Movement.

Other Art Forms
Although minimalism can be related to other art forms like Pop art or Land art (it may be debated on which is a derivative of which), minimalism holds its own style of headstrong artwork that is simple to see, yet provides a view into the human minds as heavy as (maybe even heavier than) the others. It still adheres to the concept of beauty being in the eyes of the beholder, but it does so in such a simple manner that we can discuss the effect of the work for hours.

The Passing of a Movement
It was at the end of the 1960s that the Minimalist Movement came to a slow and steady pace, if not been disbanded altogether. Artists moved on, critics fangs bared, attacked all minimalism, calling it frugal, confused and sometimes, ‘minimal’ in the derogatory sense. The most noteworthy critical remarks about the Minimalistic Movement can be found in an essay written by Michael Fried, “Art and Objecthood” (1967).

Towards the end of the 60’s, minimalist artists ended up redefining the concept of minimalism, using sculptures and Land art to almost eliminate the difference between object and the art of that object. This includes the “Light and Space” movement influenced by John McLaughlin. The works often included installations with materials like glass and resin. All works that pertained to the idea of minimalism, created after the Movement came to be known as “Post-Minimalism”.

To a minimalistic artist, less will always be more. They would refrain from an object having to share space, along with the viewers interest, with another object in the same canvas. They believe this to be a cause for unwanted confusion. It was, is, and hopefully will still continue to be, the belief that changed Modern Art.

How to Egg Art

Serious hobbyists or artists spend hours and days to create a piece of egg art. Artists create very intricate designs by carving on an eggshell using special tools, or decorate eggs with beautiful rhinestones and sparkle, creating pretty-looking eggs. However, if you are a beginner and want to learn this art, then start with small projects which involve simple painting and drawing techniques, rather than advanced sculpting or carving technique. As your hand gets steady and you develop a bigger interest in the art, you can invest in special tools and study egg carving techniques from artists.

Egg Art for Beginners

  • The first thing you need to do is decide how you want your egg to look. While doing this also research on the basic techniques of creating egg art.
  • Once you are done with the basic sketch of how you want the egg to look like, and the technique you are going to use, it is time to gather supplies.
  • Finding the right type of egg is important, you can start with a normal white chicken egg. Select a good, round, non-bumpy egg and clean it thoroughly. To do this you will need to make a fine hole at the top and bottom of the egg, then suck out the liquid in the egg using a syringe. Wash the egg with soapy-water using a syringe. Then wash the egg with tap water and let it dry.
  • If you wish to do a simple decorative egg, then pysanky style or the famous Ukrainian style is a good way to start with. To do this you will need beeswax, cold water dyes, vinegar, candle, pencil, a spoon, paper towels, and oil-based varnish. These are quite easy to find supplies, if you are having trouble finding these supplies then shop online.
  • First draw a simple design on the egg using the pencil, you will find many easy pysanky design on the Internet. After you are done with this, apply wax on the lines of the egg that you want to remain white. Then dip the egg in the lightest color first. Let the egg remain in the dye bath till it gets the desired color.
  • Then take out the egg and let it completely dry, then apply wax to the patches of the egg where you want to preserve the first color. Then again dip in the second dye batch. Repeat this process of wax, dye, drying egg till you have used all the colors.
  • Then light a large candle and rotate the egg directly on top of the flame till all the wax has melted.
  • Using paper towels remove any excess wax. Wipe off all the wax from the egg.
  • Finally apply several coats of varnish over the entire egg, this will seal off the pores of the egg and prevent any air getting inside to rot the egg. Varnish will also help to strengthen the egg.
  • These were the tips on creating easy egg art, if you wish to learn more about this art visit the site of International Egg Art Guild (IEAG). This is a site that is completely dedicated to egg art. With the help of this guild you can get updates on shows, buy supplies, attend workshops, etc.

So, start with a basic pysanky art project, and if you like the egg you created using this method, you can develop your hobby by visiting workshops or joining a local egg art club.

Footprint Art for Kids

As parents, we’re in a perpetual hunt for ideas that help boost kids’ creativity and meliorate their imagination. Footprint art is one such activity that will not only give them a learning experience, but immense joy too.
Paint the baby’s foot yellow. Help your little one make a stamp on one of his cute onesies, with toes pointing down. Let him dip his fingertip in paint and draw three black lines across the footprint. With a marker pen, complete the footprint bee by drawing the eyeballs and wings.
What better way to combine creativity and kids’ inherent love for the outdoors than by creating adorable butterflies on your garden pots.

Paint your baby’s heel black and rest of the foot in red. Stamp it on a paper plate, or ceramic plate if you’re planning to make a keepsake. Ask your baby to dip his/her fingertips in black paint and dot the bug. Help him finish the artwork by drawing legs and pasting googly eyes.

These bright and adorable butterflies on your kids’ bedroom linen will perfectly complement the character of their room, not to mention the immense pride they will feel at watching their creativity put to good use.

Paint one-forth part of your baby’s toe in green and the remaining in orange. Let him stamp on the plate. Let it dry completely. Give finishing touches with a marker pen.

Before stamping his/her foot on the item to be embellished, try a test print on a scrap paper or paper plate.

A great way of letting kids express familial bonds. Paint your child’s foot black and stamp on a cushion cover. Mom and dad can do their respective stamps. Let them dry. Help your kid paint the wings with black paint and beaks with orange. You can glue on two googly eyes, or fingerprint them.

A great way to preserve your kid’s creation for posterity by framing it for everyone to appreciate.

Choose paper colors wisely. The paint color should clearly stand out on the background paper.

For creating piggies, paint your child’s foot pink, one at a time, and let him stamp on pillow covers. Now, using the fingertips, make ears with a shade darker than pink. Use sharpies to complete the piggies by drawing curled tails and facial features.

Another design for the onesies that is sure to thrill your little Simba.

Personalize the artwork with name and age of the baby.

Another one for the keepsakes that commemorates your little one’s first visit to the beach.