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House Painting Preparation Basics

House Painting Preparation Basics

Paints and preparations, and techniques vary per surface type, and unless you know what you’re doing, you can really make a mess of it. In this article, we will provide tips and tricks to help you get the job done right.

Step 1: Begin by replacing any and all damage surfaces, including wood, metal, stucco, or masonry surfaces. In this way, you will have a fresh canvas to work with.

Step 2: You will want to wash off all surfaces to be painted with a high pressure washer in order to reduce the amount of labor. Allow all surfaces to dry thoroughly.

Step 3: Use a scraper or heavy grain sandpaper to remove any blistered, loose, chipped, or cracked paint. Do so down to the base surface if necessary. You may want to use a small drop cloth to help catch loose bits of debris as it falls to the floor. In the case that the exterior requires the use of a sandblaster, be sure to hire a licensed professional.

Step 4: Once everything is sanded down, path all cracks, gouges, and screw holes to ensure the surface is even.

Step 5: Caulk all corners and seams in addition to areas above doors and window trim. Be sure to also tend to areas where the trim meets siding or spots where one type of material meets another, such as masonry to trim. This does not apply to areas where shingles or siding overlap or in between shingles. For best results, use a high-grade exterior caulk. Better substances such as those that are silicone based will work to bond to surfaces and ultimately resist breaking down.

Step 6: Use epoxy fillers to help repair issues in the woodwork.

Step 7: Purchase a stain blocking primer to cover dark stains. The same applies for mildewed area.

Step 8: Sand any and all glossy or rough surfaces. The coat requires a slightly rough surface to stick to. Be sure to remove any debris or dust.

Step 9: Cover or remove all light fixtures, electrical covers, plumbing outlets, and house numbers.

Step 10: Be sure to take down all screens. Once paint gets to them, it’s quite difficult to remove.

Step 11: Use drop cloths in order to cover items you do not wish to paint, including walkways, plants, cars, or property.

Step 12: Apply a paint primer to raw surfaces.

Step 13: Allow your primer to dry completely, and finish by applying at least two coats of exterior paint. Allow time for each coat to dry before adding another. Be sure to use a roller or spray machine for anything other than woodwork.

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Face Painting Ideas For Different Sporting Events

Face Painting Ideas For Different Sporting Events

Painting is an art of drawing anything on a particular surface using different colors, and other instruments. If something is painted on face of human beings, it is called face painting. Body painting is a fine art in which human body is used as a medium for painting. People show their feelings, emotions, wishes, and liking for anything, or animal by painting.

Tribal groups to reflect their close association with each other originally did face painting. However, it has now evolved in to a more fun activity, which is undertaken at different occasions, events, and festivals. Theatre actors, jokers, and artists to become more prominent, and stand out from the crowd are using it. Additionally, army commandos in field for disguising their appearances operations are doing face painting.

The display of affection and support for their sports teams is done by painting the flags on their faces by the spectators during different matches, and tournaments. The face painting, and sports body art is increasingly capturing the interest of the sports fans.

Special face painting kits are available in the market for such sports enthusiasts. These are made especially for painting the sports logos and flags. They are very popular among the sports fans and they contain the colours as well as different ornamental things which adds beauty to the whole design.

The major purpose of painting is to attract others, and to draw the attention of others. There are different trendy face painting ideas, and designs that youngsters use for parties. Different designs are selected depending on the use of painting. Mostly children like to paint tiger, clown, and super hero like spider-man, Dalmatian dog, cat, and fairy pirate on their faces.

People try to show their support for their favourite teams in amazing ways. They like a lot of variety in the face paints they use: glitter and metallic tones make each design unique and outstanding. All these paints are the special paints for use on the skin as they are non-toxic and can easily be washed off with the soap.

Face painting is very common in different sporting events where people love to paint the flags of their favourite country, or the country that they are supporting. In sports, people paint their faces to communicate different messages to the team members. The painting of flag on the face reflects the devotion, and love of a person towards the country. The fans of sportsmen or a particular game, love to paint their faces, which would reflect their feelings.

In sports venues, many face painters can be seen who paint the faces, hands, or arms of people professionally. These painters just have an insightful mind, some patience, a handful of face paints, few brushes, and a theme according to the choice of person who wants to paint his/her face, or any body part. Hand art is also similar to face painting in which the hand of an individual is painted like an animal, or an object.

Comic Art A Reflection Of Our Times

Comic Art A Reflection Of Our Times

It is said that art mirrors life. This is very true for comic art. In fact comic art reflects more than just our lives it often also explores our dreams and desires. And it is done in many different styles from fantasy to realism.

It is also true that comic art reflects life in rich detail. The use of comics by people of all ages and the accessibility that a common man has to comic art means that a huge number of subjects and interests are covered by comic art. It is more than just superheroes, covering everything from war to everyday life and relationships.

Given the diverse range of comic art, it is such that for almost any personality type you will be able to find a comic art to reflect those interests. Similarly you will find a diversity of drawing styles that range from the minimalistic to an elaborately detailed style. Comic art styles can also be very regional. If one is to observe just the comic art that is enjoyed by a country of the world one would have great insights about the people and places in that country.

And comic art is no longer a new art form. The modern comic book has been around for over 100 years and has been making great strides with every passing decade. It has embraced technology with vigor without compromising on the artistic value of the creations. Both the artistic styles and the typical subject matter have matured over time. The characters which were one static are now animated and their personalities defined to a greater depth.

No facet of our life now remains without comic books and comic art. Hollywood has embraced comic characters and brought them closer to life through successful films like the Spider-Man, Iron Man and Batman franchises. Comic book characters have become a part of our lexicon and their stories have become our modern day legends. For generations, writers and artists have told the stories of these characters and adapted them to reflect current times and they have become a prominent part of our society.

Comic books and comic art have become part of our everyday life. And collecting original comic art is a fun and rewarding hobby. You can know more about comic art at www.sketchmaven.com

Introspective Drama Art Of Piero Manrique At Agora Gallery

Introspective Drama Art Of Piero Manrique At Agora Gallery

Piero Manrique transforms the landscape of art with his large mixed media pieces. Using his fingertips and brushstrokes, he teases out a deep meaning from different varieties of paint, allowing them to interact to form something totally new. This is process art at its finest, and an expression of the evolving flow of nature. Colorful and ethereal, Manriques work is full of movement and introspective drama.
Piero Manrique was born in Peru and emigrated to the United States when he was a teenager. His art has always been his most natural form of expression.

Exhibition Dates: August 24th, 2012 September 13th, 2012
Reception: Thursday, August 30th, 2012
Gallery Location: 530 West 25th St, New York City
Gallery Hours: Tues Sat, 11a.m. – 6 p.m.
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About the Exhibition

Two exceptional exhibitions are coming to Agora Gallery, with art that will tantalize a variety of tastes and evoke memories in a wide ranging audience. The Chelsea International Fine Art Competition Exhibition presents the work of those artists who were selected by independent juror Ira Goldberg, Executive Director of the Art Students League of New York to take part in the show. Viewers will be touched by the sincerity and intelligence of these remarkable creations, and intrigued by the diversity they display. In The Kaleidoscope of Color the audience will be plunged into a fascinating world of powerful imagery and lively energy that combines broad scope with intricate detail. The exhibitions will begin on August 24, 2012 and the opening reception will take place on Thursday, August 30, 2012, 6-8pm. The Chelsea International Fine Art Competition Exhibition will end on September 12, 2012 and The Kaleidoscope of the Mind will end on September 13, 2012.
Featured Artists:

The Chelsea International Fine Art Competition Exhibition
Teymur Agalioglu | Arantxa Alvarez Fernandez | Bujar Babis Arizi | Mauricio Cadavid | Valerie Cordaro | Deborah Danelley | Doug DePice | Hilary Eddy | Juan Pablo Gayoso Mogrovejo | Giovanni Gelardi | Luis Guerrero | Kathleen Knauer | Robert Langstaff | Andre LaRoche | Piero Manrique | Joel Mara | Juan Miguel Palacios | Shelley Powsner | Abby Rieser | Meredith Rose | Mary Sauer | Phil Saunier (“SO”) | Susan Schmidt | Mark Van Crombrugge | John A. Varriano | Katerina Verguelis | Eric W. Shute | Ralph White | Elena Yevseyeva

The Kaleidoscope of the Mind
Joan Benjamin | Marat Kharisov | Fred Mou | Maria Magdalena Oosthuizen | Sharon Ross | Douglas The Boogie Man | Andy White

Interviews with the artists and high resolution images are available upon request.

The Magical Adventures Of Tigger And Pooh Collectible Gifts

The Magical Adventures Of Tigger And Pooh Collectible Gifts

A. A. Milne’s glorious designs of Winnie the Pooh and Tigger, and the many other characters that live in 100 Acre Wood, have been a feat for almost a century. Popular with children and adults alike, these amazing characters have really stood the test of time, and have now been immortalised as a collection of amusing figurines.

Tigger and Pooh figures are Incredibly fun making the perfect present for the fan of Winnie the Pooh; the renowned hunny eating bear! Pooh bear collectible gifts encompass everything from keepsake gifts for newborn babies to admirable ornaments and novelties, just right for any collector or as a gift to inspire a new collection.

Whether you adore the unique illustrations by E. H. Shepherd, or the endearing Disney representations, Tigger and Pooh figurines really reflect the pure joy behind these classic favourites with representations of Winnie the Pooh and Tigger showing how they have been depicted over the years.

Be a part of the magical adventures from the House at Pooh Corner, with Winnie, Tigger, Eeyore, and Piglet with gift items that your guaranteed to love. Whether you are searching for that special gift item, or building a collection of your much loved Disney Traditions characters, Tigger and Pooh figurines make the perfect gift for that special someone.

Art Deco Bedroom Styles

Art Deco Bedroom Styles

Art Deco is still one of the most sought after design schemes especially for bedrooms. The simplistic glamour and sleekness of art deco design makes it perfect for a striking bedroom scheme. Art Deco was characterised by its bold yet simple and deliberate shapes, attractive patterns and neutral luxurious colour palette.

The Art Deco period was one of sophistication and glamour with a quiet air of extravagance and money. Glamorous with an eclectic mix of textures and designs summed up this sumptuously design forward look. The Art Deco bedroom was one that made a feature out of the bedroom no longer leaving it just for sleeping but rather a room for spending time, relaxing and luxuriating in. Moving the bedroom on from a place for your bed and to sleep in left room for the introduction of a wider range of pieces of bedroom furniture. For instance the bedroom was no longer just for a bed but there were armchairs, chaise lounges, writing desks, feature lamps, rugs and screens.

A portrayal of wealth and affluence was significant of bedroom furniture design from the Art Deco period which originated in Europe in the early part of the 20th century particularly taking precedence after the Great War and symbolising the 1920s and 1930s.

The Art Deco movement in bedroom furniture showcased the varieties of wood that could be utilised and the different look that each type gave to the overall feel of the room. Some of the most popular choices were Violet Wood, richly vibrant in colour originating from Brazil and also known as Kingwood. Ebony and Mahogany because of there striking colours and their connotative indications of affluence and expense were also popular choices for bedroom furniture in an Art Deco room.

Wood played a huge part in the Art Deco movement being shaped and formed into exquisite patterns and shapes, often combined with other pieces of furniture in a mixture of textiles such as in an armchair with a wood inlay. Another trend was the massively popular parquet flooring of the 20s and 30s which was a geometric pattern of wood giving a much sought after wood effect which is still a popular choice of flooring today.

The Art Deco bedroom colour scheme was one of two facets from the luxurious, natural colour palette of cream, monochrome, dove and gunmetal grey to strong geometric patterns and striking sunbursts. Often the richer colours were used as accents in an Art Deco bedroom with the fabric of a dressing table stool, or cushions on an armchair or bed linen being a slightly bolder more striking colour choice than the walls or larger pieces of furniture which were often wood anyway.

Creative Activities For Toddlers Painting With Jello

Creative Activities For Toddlers Painting With Jello

As a work-at-hom mom of a 16-month old daughter, I’m always in search of safe, creative arts and crafts for toddlers. I like to fill our days with creative, educational and expressive activities and painting with Jello is not only fun, but also safe and creative. The best part is watching your toddler laugh and smile while they are painting. The results is a beautiful, fruity scented masterpiece that can be displayed for all to see.

Painting with Jello is simple, inexpensive, easy and safe. Here’s what to do:

1. For different colors, purchase a few different flavors of Jello. I like to get the Lime for green, Blue Raspberry for blue, Grape for purple, Orange for orange, Black Cherry or Strawberry for red, and Lemon for yellow. Watermelon is also great for pink. The store brand gelatin will work just as well as the name brand Jello.

2. Grab a few of the paper Dixie cups and fill each half full with warm water. Add enough Jello to create a good consistency for painting. The thicker you make it the darker the colors will appear.

3. Get your little one ready. Roll up the sleeves, get a bib and get ready to have some fun. Keep some moist papertowels handle just in case your little one gets a little over zealous with the paints!

4. Lay out a piece or two of watercolor paining paper. You can usually find a pad of painting paper in the arts and crafts aisle of most stores. If we’re doing this activity on the floor, I like to lay down a towel or two. I use an old tablecloth I have reserved for arts and crafts if we are on a table.

5. Either let your your little one paint with their hands or provide some watercolor brushes.

6. Praise their creativity and enjoy the beautiful artwork they create.

Don’t be surprised if your toddler takes time to sample the delicious flavors they are painting with. It will smell wonderful!

The best part is it is non-toxic, safe and the results are beautiful “scratch and sniff” paintings. Since the jello doesn’t completely dissolve, it creates a scratchy glitter effect. Your toddler will love to rub their little hands across the painting and each painting will be wonderfully scented.

If you’re making paintings, cards or gifts for loved ones, use the Jello paint as the recipients will enjoy it.

Finding safe and fun arts and crafts for toddlers is easy and painting with Jello is a great rainy day activity and addition to any moms go-to fun box.

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