Category Archives: Decorative arts

James Ward design: Friendly Beasts on Your Plate

James Ward design: Friendly Beasts on Your Plate

James Ward, a.k.a. JimBobArt, is a young UK based freelance illustrator who’s beautifully drawings moves from paper to different objects – plates, cups, walls, even a bath tub! After his holiday in Sweden he was inspired to start to draw on plates, as he found there is a lot of natural history prints on plates and furnishing. He uses a simple plates and he loves the idea of making cheap items such as blank plates into something a little more valuable.

Handmade Celebration Party Decor

Handmade Celebration Party Decor

Do leave plenty of time to make decorations for your celebration party. Remember that every last detail, from the venue itself right down to the drinks is a potential styling opportunity. None of it has to be expensive. As with styling your home, you can achieve a wonderful look for your celebration with a combination of second-hand shopping and home crafting.

Textile covered baggage

Textile covered baggage

Old baggage comes in all sorts of shapes and sizes. Many bags and cases still have shipping labels from their last journeys and some interesting clues as to whom they belonged. They were built to withstand robust handling as they were portered between boat, railway luggage car, cart or carriage, stacked high and packed full.

Sian Zeng Magical Textiles and Wallpaper

Sian Zeng Magical Textiles and Wallpaper

Sian Zeng is an award winning London based design company specializing in wallpapers, interior accessories and gift items. Established in 2010, Sian Zeng products are known for their narrative based designs which are often magical with an eccentric charm. It’s a weird world of fairy tales and vintage details that you have to notice.

An Easy Craft Project: Twine Wrapped Glass

An Easy Craft Project: Twine Wrapped Glass

Garden twine has a lovely natural texture and is great to use in this simple and costless yet effective project. By dyeing batches of the twine with special textile dyes (Dylon, Rit Dye, iDye, Tulip® Permanent Fabric Dye…) you can create colour combinations to suit your home interior. This project is very easy to realize that you can also involved your children or it can be a great school art class project.

Easy to make kid’s bedroom mural

Easy to make kid’s bedroom mural

Making the beautiful mural on the wall of your room is easy using the overhead projector. Just find an interesting motif (we recommend more simple picture if you are beginner), transfer it to transparent surface and project it onto the wall. Than trace it, and fill it in as though you’re painting in a giant kid’s coloring book. The result is a authentic, inexpensive mural that can transform a dull wall into a truly central point of a room.

Easy making button wreaths

Easy making button wreaths

There is something to do with all those extra buttons. You can turn your buttons into the home or garden decorations that are unique and clearly show your own personality. This is a simple button wreath project and very young children will enjoy selecting and placing the buttons, while older ones will be able to do it entirely on their own in about 45 minutes.

Acrylic Painting Introduction

Acrylic Painting Introduction

The acrylic painting medium is a fairly new addition to the various painting mediums available to today’s artists. It has been around since the 1950’s and has been continually under development and refinement ever since.

Acrylic paint is highly favored amongst artists because of its wonderful versatility. It can be applied thickly as an impasto having rich texture or in washes mimicking the characteristics of watercolor.

Home-made Perpetual Calendars

Home-made Perpetual Calendars

The calendars may seemed a bit out of the fashion. We all have a little icon on the bottom of our computer screen, so we know what date is today. But making a nice and unique perpetual calendar as a gift, or for your own home may be really joyful time of creativity.

Chess Game: Piece by Piece

Chess Game: Piece by Piece

Many historians believe that chess is the oldest game of skill in the history of mankind. It is thought to have originated in what is now northern India or Afghanistan sometime before 600 AD. The oldest written references to chess date from that era, but there are unverified claims that chess existed as early as 100 AD.