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Nifty Decorative Arts Ideas

Arts and crafts are a fun way to spend your time and give you a solid piece to show what you did. These can range from simple things like making your own decorative and functional birdhouse out of Popsicle sticks, to elaborate wall hangings implementing specialty decorative art supplies. There are a lot of neat and cool things you can do without spending much money or go full on and buy a kit to make something lasting and memorable.

Wreaths

During the holiday season, it’s always fun to make a wreath to decorate your home with. This can be bought, of course, but it’s more pleasurable to make one yourself, and it isn’t hard to do. Just buy the frame of the wreath, which is plastic, wood or metal ring with a hanger. Then buy the wrapper branches, which are long malleable wood pieces that you’ll braid around the frame. You can paint or decorate them with fake leaves or fake pine needles, glitter, hanging ornaments, etc. There are ways to make wreaths for any season of the year as well. You can even make them entirely out of natural components without spending any money.

Pottery

Another cool idea for a DIY decoration is pottery. You can buy permanent paint markers, which are similar to Sharpies but with a different type of ink. With pottery, you can design whatever you want from coffee cups to bowls, from plates to saucers and so on. These are easy art pieces because the whole process just involves drawing on the piece with your design and cooking it in the oven at a low temperature (around 200 degrees from cold then slowly heat it up) then you cool it off along with the oven, and do it a couple more times. That design is now a permanent part of the piece. Many people opt for this also when designing decorative plates for hanging.

Now, of course, the list goes on. You could develop whatever you want to show off your creativity or buy decorative items that someone else made. The important thing to keep in mind is that there are nearly limitless decorative art ideas around the world, and you can do whatever you want to. Get as creative and crazy as you like and try out any idea you come across to spice up the look of your world.

5 Strategies for Self-Marketing Your Art

As an artist, you’re well aware of how much time and work goes into your project. You spend hours to make everything just right. You are very exacting and professional, and you want to ensure that your customers are getting a quality product. When it comes to marketing, nothing is more frustrating than trying to market it. Here are five great strategies for self-marketing your art:

Local Businesses

Most artists prefer to live in a small town or an artsy town. Within these towns are many ‘mom and pop’ local businesses that allow artists to display their goods. So, gather together some great samples and go door to door with local businesses, and find out how many would be willing to put up just a few pieces of your art. It’s a great way to get to know people, and who knows, it might turn out to be a great deal all around.

Craft and Art Shows

Many towns have annual craft or art shows. Some of them have several a year. Enter a few pieces into the shows or have your own booth and get to know the visitors. Be sure to have plenty of great business cards on hand and some great samples of the pieces you represent. You could even take special orders to further your business.

Website

In today’s modern society, every business should have its own website. Here you can showcase your art and show it off. Be sure to include some great pictures; this is a way for people to contact you and whether or not you’ll take special orders. Set it up as an e-commerce site so that you can take credit cards and PayPal, and you’re likely to make some great sales.

Social Media

When people think of social media today, they think of Facebook, Google Plus, and Twitter. Be sure you have a presence on all three. A fan page is a great way to send people to your website and share your works. Give a few incentives and make sure that you are showing off your great artwork. Keep these pages frequently updated as you never know when your customers are perusing the site to look for that ‘perfect’ gift for someone.

Word of Mouth

A happy customer will show off the art that they bought from you and will encourage others to see your works. This is a great way to do some self-marketing. Include a few extra business cards with every piece of art that you sell. You’ll be sure to have rave reviews, and your customers will be delighted to share your card. It is amazing how this simple step can gain you more customers.

Artists are a special breed of people. They are focused, unique and enjoy their work and creative outlets. It is hard to find artists that aren’t happy with their life. They are very intense people and great assets to have on anyone’s friend’s list.

Self-marketing is a great way for an artist to go as it allows them to continue their creativity and ensures that they are selling to the markets that they desire. It helps them to fine tune their work into a well-crafted item so that they can keep up with the demands. Self-marketing is easy once you get the hang of it and once you try it, you’ll never go back.

 

10 Ways Visual Arts Affect Children

Most people regard visual arts as something that can be admired and appreciated on a spiritual level. But how many people have realized that it can greatly affect children and their development? Believe it or not, when children take part in visual arts, they increase several aspects of their lives.

10 Advantages of Visual Arts to Children

  1. First and foremost, visual arts help children to make good judgments regarding qualitative relationships. In other words, it’s not about a right or wrong answer instead they learn how to differentiate and read between the lines.
  2. Children are also taught that problems have multiple solutions and questions are never limited to a singular answer.
  3. One of the best things they can learn through visual arts has to be expanded perception. They will approach problems, choices and situations from several different aspects as opposed to having tunnel vision.
  4. Problem-solving skills become more diverse, which means they learn to accept the unpredictable. Just like the evolution of an art piece, they will hone their skills of surrendering to the circumstances, opening up a world of possibilities.
  5. Words and numbers are always limited, but when it comes to art, there are no limitations. Expression isn’t a matter of speaking the same language, but a question of having an open mind. It goes without saying that this is a special skill to have.
  6. It is human nature to forget the little things, and art reminds us that the little things can be very important. Whether it’s captured in a brush stroke or a certain angle of light that falls upon a sculpture, the little things mean much more than we think.
  7. Another valuable lesson is how to express themselves through materials and actions. A simple pencil becomes something great in their hands while a piece of paper transforms into a valuable canvas.
  8. You might not often find children expressing themselves through poetical means, but invite them to tell you about their artwork and you will see what happens to their vocabulary. In fact, they can explain their thoughts and feelings on a much deeper level.
  9. One thing visual art never fails to do is taking a child through a series of emotions they wouldn’t normally experience.
  10. Last but not the least, they are taught how to connect with their spiritual side. In a time where technology plays such a big role, this quality should never be overlooked.

Conclusion

Visual art is a crucial part of human culture and evolution. Without it, there would be very little beauty in the world.

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