Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Mosaic Art



The Mosaic is truly one of the world's great art forms, in terms of both longevity and durability it must be near the top. Archaeologist are are still today periodically unearthing beautifully preserved and intact Roman Mosaic throughout Europe.
The technique of Mosaic is so simple that it was most likely developed independently in many different cultures around the world. The instinctive nature of mosaic , placing one tile after another is quite reminiscent of building work, placing one brick on top of another. However there is certainly a greater delicacy required when creating a mosaic. From the ancient Greeks  to the Romans, Mosaics became the norm for the wealthy, decorating floors, walls, bathing areas and even temples and public buildings.
A well designed, coloured and highly finished mosaic would certainly have been a sign of power and prestige in Roman times. Some of the larger ones would have literally thousands of pieces of tile or hand cut 'tessera' within them. Many hours of preparation work and labour would have gone into  producing each and every mosaic.
The power of the art form has certainly lasted up until the present day. Contemporary mosacists use almost exactly the same techniques as the ancient Romans would have done. The only difference are the advances in tool technology and the wider choice of materials to use.
Today, mosaics can be made of such exotic materials as coloured ceramics, polished stones from around the world and even stained glass. It is to be seen whether contemporary mosaics will last quite as long as those of the ancient Romans. Generally, the Mosaic Arts patterns are created by arranging Tiles or Glass Pieces in a creative way. A simple picture or even a photograph can also be used to create Mosaic Tile patterns.
As mentioned above, Mosaic is a form of Tiling, which is used to create art pieces such as, Mosaic Table Tops, Mosaic Pools, or in homes. In modern times, digital images are used to create Mosaic Art, an art form known as Photographic Mosaic. In a Photographic Mosaic or Photo mosaic, each Pixel is an image and several such Pixels make up one large image. An individual Tile or Pixel in a Mosaic is known as Tessera. Mosaic Tiles are available in several Shapes, Sizes, Forms, Textures, Layouts, and Colors, which make them customizable and a lot of variety can be achieved with the artistic capabilities of these tiles.
Making a Mosaic Art is not as difficult as it sounds. There are two main methods, each having same preparation namely, Direct Method and Indirect Method. The difference between them lies in the way the Mosaic Tiles are distributed. Following are the steps for making a Mosaic Art:
Preparation:
• Decide on the pattern of your Mosaic.
• Photocopy the design or pattern so that it can be traced easily onto the Mosaic platform.
• Choose the suitable Tile for the Mosaic depending on the design.
Direct Method:
• Using an adhesive, fixes the Mosaic Tiles straight to the Mosaic Floor.
• Grout the Tile after the adhesive dries out.
This method is suitable for small projects. Direct Method is also easier as compared to the Indirect Method. In this method, the Mosaic is visible therefore; adjustments to the Tiles can easily be made. This method however, is not suitable for large projects.
Indirect Method:
• Create a Mosaic on a sheet of Brown Paper. The Mosaic should be made upside down.
• Apply the Mosaic Tile face down onto the paper, using adhesive.
• Transfer it onto the walls, floors, or craft projects.
This method is generally used in the case of Glass Tiles and Pebbles, but can be difficult with Ceramic Tiles having same surface underneath. The Indirect Method is used mostly for large projects, which have continuous elements or areas needing particular shape.




Thursday, September 17, 2009

Crazy Yodeling

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Colors Are Important for good mood


The colors you choose in your life can and does make a difference in your levels of stress. The colors you feel most comfortable with are the colors that best relieve your stress.
. Your mood is relaxed and calmed by the visual .
Remember you have the choices of what you wear and how your home looks. Trends and fashion fads come an go, these are stress causes.
You determine what you like and what makes you feel comfortable and relaxed. You empower yourself to color your world the way you feel happiest.
Colors have many different meanings. Have you ever been in a blue room, feeling calm and relaxed, and then walked into a red room and you began to feel chatty and excited?
The change in your mood wasn't just coincidence - it was an actual psychological and physiological response to the colors of the rooms.
When you are planning to decorate your home, the colors of your rooms should be one of your first considerations. You want to choose colors that you're not only comfortable with, but also colors that will create the right types of moods for both you and your guests in each room.
Let's start with some of the more common colors:
Blue is a calming, relaxing color. The color is good for bedrooms but can destroy the mood in a dining room as it serves as an appetite represent. Combined with green, blue exudes a natural atmosphere in a room. For centuries, green has been representative of life and birth, but on the flip side, it has been known for jealousy and inexperience. Like blue, green is a relaxing color. The color symbolizes a certain harmony both in the world and in life.
 Red on the other hand, is an appetite and conversation stimulant. Red is a fiery color that at times represents both hatred and passion. Red also represents power; thus the use of it for celebrities on the red carpet and red ties for powerful executives. Yellow is also a powerful color. Since yellow is the color of sunshine, it has a happy, uplifting aura. However, yellow can also be the color of melancholy and cowardice. Carefully pick the hue of your paint and decorations, noting the feelings you get in the presence of those colors.
 Pink is a soft color often used in the decorations and room decor for little girls. Psychological studies have actually shown that this color causes physical weakness in people. Orange is a mixture of red and yellow, so it has all the warmth and comfort of those colors. Some oranges - such as the color of pumpkins and fall leaves - is a stimulant and good for use in the dining room. Purple has always been a special color, representing royalty and spirituality.


Purple is known for stimulating creativity in small doses, but large amounts of purple can cause depression and moodiness.
Considering the meanings of the different colors is an important part of decorating your room. You should consider both the way the colors make you feel - for example, if you fell in a vat of yellow paint when you were little, yellow is probably not a cheerful color for you - but you should also take into account the way that it will make your guests feel. Using blue in your dining area will likely suppress your visitors' appetites, and despite how much you may love the color for your dining area, you should consider their needs and desires as well.

Charcoal Drawing

 
One of the most commonly used mediums by artists is the drawing charcoal.
Drawing charcoal is easily accessible, can create the lightest of grays to the rich darkest of blacks and is very easy to work with.
Its popularly seems to be steadily growing over the years as more and more artists realize its unique quality to enhance the visual presentation of many of their sketches and drawings.
 Compared to that of the pencil, drawing charcoal is arguably more visually stimulating.
Also people will tend to take you more seriously as an artist, since drawing charcoal is used by some of the most renowned artists from all over the world.
Before using drawing charcoal for your artistic endeavors, you must be aware that there are a few different types of charcoals to choose from.
The first is the drawing charcoal pencil. The drawing charcoal pencil is merely tightly compressed pieces of charcoal wrapped in a plastic or a timber like material.
Charcoal can be flaky and powdery, so if you decide to use a charcoal pencil without its plastic or timber like wrappings, you may end up with dirty hands.
The charcoal pencil is also very easy to sharpen, which is very important for the finest details of your drawings.
Another of type of drawing charcoal is the Willow and vine charcoal. The Willow and vine charcoal is generally unwrapped and can produce shades from pale gray to a deep black.
This utensil is great for the everyday sketches. One of the most noticeable traits of the Willow and vine charcoal is that it tends to smudge.
Hard charcoal is a strong, tough sketching tool used primarily for extremely fine lines. You may be want to use hard charcoal on strong, thick paper.
Charcoal is general is very affordable. So you try them all out until you find the one that fits your needs the best.
Charcoal is a drawing tool which is used by many artists for the creation of various sketches.
It is a blackish residue having impure carbons, which are obtained by removing water from the animal and vegetable substances.
Generally, it is preserved by the process called fixative.
Usually charcoal is used in three forms by an artist.
1. Vine Charcoal.
2. Compressed Charcoal.
3. Powdered Charcoal.
Let's get down for more details of each one...
1. Vine Charcoal.
This charcoal is made from the burning sticks of wood in soft, medium and hard categories. Bamboo charcoal is the leading tool in Japanese charcoal drawing art.
2. Compressed Charcoal.
Compressed charcoal is a powder which is mixed with gum binder, and it is compressed into round as well as in square sticks. The hardness of stick depends on the amount of the binder. To cover wide sections of a drawing surface, finely powdered charcoal is mostly used.
3. Powdered Charcoal.
Sometimes if artists draw over the toned areas using charcoal it becomes darker, but it can become lighter if an artist wants.
Here's the difference between pencil and charcoal as a drawing tool. The main and most important difference between both pencil and charcoal is that the charcoal creates a line which is darker,
velvety, and it will spread easily. Artists generally use both natural and artificial charcoal as drawing media.
 Natural charcoal is a part of wooden charcoal and its characteristics suitable for an attractive drawing. The drawing begins with outlining the whole object using charcoal.
The main and most important feature to use charcoal is its unique ability to spread over the drawing surface.


Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Flowers From My Balcony

I snap some pictures on my balcony . This flowers I watch every day and I am happy to see it growing.There are some very interesting story about it ,but today I am not in writing mood...
Just few pictures of my little "garden" you can see.There are much more ... Sometimes there are plenty of different colours.Anyhow always is nice to see it.When I spray the flowers I feel calm.